The AMI Sourcing conference took place at Haus Rissen in Hamburg on 25 and 26 September 2018. Dr Klaus-Jürgen Holstein of the organisation Ein Herz für Bio organises the event every year. This time, around 65 procurement specialists from the organic industry gathered to find out about the latest developments and trends on the market.
Market supply and development prospects
In her lecture about vegetable proteins for human and animal consumption, Diana Schaack of AMI gave insights into the current state of the market. Both the supply of and demand for organic products have been increasing continuously, although the surge of the past years has slowed down somewhat. The AMI reports that the organic market has grown by 4.6% since the previous year.
Specific product categories such as our high-quality vegetable flours and proteins and baking mixtures even grew by 10.7% in the first quarter of 2018. During the past five years, between 2013 and 2018, the market for organic flours and proteins surged by 62.2%.
Food safety and food fraud
The IFS Food has been treating food fraud as a separate assessment category since July 2018. Linda Solcher of the Eurofins laboratory published an extensive report on safeguarding food against adulteration. It highlighted the difficulties which producers of high-quality goods face in trying to guarantee the quality and purity of their purchased materials.
Certified Food Round Table
The event concluded with an open round-table discussion, during which participants from different industries exchanged their harvest estimates and prognoses for the various source countries.
Our sales team will be happy to assist you with any questions about individual products and the general developments in the organic sector.