This report outlines specific requirements for food and agricultural products imports into Austria. Austria as a member of the European Union follows the EU directives and regulations. It is recommended that this report be read in conjunction with the EU-27 Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards.
Globally, the organic market reached 54.9 billion US dollars in 2009. A large part of the turnover was in Europe (48 percent) and in North America (48.1 percent). Since 1999 (15.2 billion US dollars), the global market for organic products more than trebled (Sahota 2011).
Market, Certification and Production Information for Producers and International Trading Companies
For some people organic agriculture is “farming without chemical fertilizers and pesticides”. This is short and concise, but misses important characteristics. Organic agriculture follows the logic of a living organism in which all elements (soil, plants, farm animals, insects, the farmer etc.) are closely linked with one other. Organic farming therefore must be based on a thorough understanding and clever management of these interactions and processes.
Despite the economic down-turn, consumer expenditures in Austria continue to increase in real terms, growing by 1.2 percent in 2009. Further increases of 1 percent are forecast for 2010. Although foods and beverages from Austria, Germany, and other EU countries dominate Austrian retail shelf space, there are good market opportunities for U.S. products, particularly at the upper end of the market. Consumer oriented food and beverage products remain the most important U.S.