Britain’s Soil Association Certification and China’s organic certification body, the Organic Food Development Centre (OFDC), have entered into a unique partnership that is hoped makes it cheaper and simpler for British organic businesses to export to China.
Demand for organic products in China is growing rapidly, with the market estimated to be worth US$7.8bn next year, according to one 2012 industry report, indicating that China’s consumers are increasingly looking for food and products they can trust.
The partnership will allow Chinese organic consumers to access more British organic produce, as well as enabling UK Soil Association certified organic businesses, which saw strong growth of 6% in 2013, to export to this major market.
Xingji Xiao, Director of OFDC in Beijing said: “We think the partnership is good and very important for our collaboration, and can help us promote our mutual organic programme.”
Emma Yeats, senior certification officer at Soil Association Certification, said: “This new partnership comes at a time where there is positive growth in both the UK and Chinese organic markets and exports of UK organic produce to China can really flourish.
“Working with OFDC will make the process of certification for our UK licensees wanting to export to China both efficient and cost effective.”
The new partnership is part of the Soil Association Certification’s Export Support Programme, through which experts are working with international governments, trade associations, export agencies and certification bodies in different markets, to open up new business opportunities for Soil Association certified organic businesses.