Over half of Saudi consumers (55 percent) purchase organic foods more than once a month – Foodex Saudi
The appetite for organic foods in Saudi Arabia is on an upward trajectory, with a third of consumers (33 percent) purchasing more in the last 12 months compared to the previous year, according to a new survey.
The poll, conducted by YouGov and commissioned by Arla Foods, also revealed that over half of Saudi consumers (55 percent) purchase organic foods more than once a month.
The leading driver of this trend is health reasons (64 percent) with 49 percent of consumers believing organic food to be healthy, more natural (45 percent) and safer for consumption (44 percent) when compared to non-organic food due to production methods that are free from pesticides, added hormones and antibiotics.
In January, Arla launched Arla Organic Milk across markets in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam, as part of its commitment to make organic accessible and affordable to families in the Middle East.
According to the survey, over half of Saudi consumers (51 percent) also believe organic products to taste better.
Ethical food choice motives – concern for environment (19 percent) and animal welfare (12 percent) – also have a strong influence on consumers’ attitudes in Saudi Arabia, it added.
Fruit and vegetables is the dominant organic category, making up 66 percent of the market, followed by dairy (50 percent), eggs (49 percent), poultry (45 percent), cereals and bakery (44 percent), fish (36 percent), followed by red meat (35 percent).
Commenting on the research, Ann-Camilla Kjaempe, category director at Arla Foods said: “The organic food segment is gathering pace in Saudi Arabia, bolstered by consumers’ growing interest in health and wellness.
"Consumers are increasingly looking out for more natural foods, as we have seen from the first few months of launching Arla Organic. The research also indicates that consumers are supportive of animal welfare and environmental concerns and consider these as attractive product attributes that influence their purchasing decisions.”
Source: Arabian Business