Sales of organic food and drink top £2billion for the first time after demand rises for the fifth year in a row

Demand for organic food and drink has risen for the fifth year in a row.

Annual UK sales were up 7.1 per cent in 2016 to top £2billion for the first time, a report found. Much of the rise was driven by high street chains including Pret a Manger, McDonald’s – which uses organic milk – Nando’s and Jamie’s Italian.

Clare McDermott of the Soil Association, which published the figures, said: ‘It’s a positive time for organic as it ticks lots of boxes for consumers.

‘Organic is extremely relevant for trends towards eating better food, knowing where you’re food comes from, avoiding pesticides or antibiotics and ‘free from’ diet:
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