Please provide a list of all the retailers in France who import Australian organic products.

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Please provide a list of all the retailers in France who import Australian organic products.

INTRODUCTION

My research indicated that little, if any, organic food and beverages are being imported from Australia to France. The EU, including France, has strict regulations on organic food and beverage imports from non-EU countries.

While we are unable to provide you with a list of retailers, we can give you insight into Australia's food exports to EU countries, as well as provide context for organic food in France.

METHODOLOGY

You asked for a list of all the retailers in France who import Australian organic food and beverage products. Researching all French retailers would be outside the scope of a single Wonder Request, so I started out by first determining: (a) What food and beverages Australia exports in general; and (b) What food and beverages Australia exports specifically to France.

Next, I researched trade regulations between the two countries. Lastly, I looked for any recent news that would put France's organic food industry into greater context.

AUSTRALIAN EXPORTS

First, I broadly researched the food and beverages that Australia exports to all other countries. The food items in the top 10 (by revenue) were:
# 7 Beef
# 9 Wheat

Next, I researched the food and beverages that Australia exports specifically to France. Of the top four (by revenue) identified by the Australian government, the food items were:
#4 Meat (excluding beef)
Of all import source countries for France, Australia comes in at #53, representing only 0.2% of France’s imports. We can reasonably assume that there are few Australian goods on the French market. Any organic food would lie within that 0.2%.

EUROPEAN UNION IMPORT REGULATIONS

Since 01/01/2009, the European Union, including France, has regulated organic food imports:
Organic foods allowed into the EU from Australia:
1. Product categories:
(a) unprocessed crop products and vegetative propagating material and seeds for cultivation;
(b) processed agricultural products for use as food composed essentially of one or more ingredients of plant origin.”
The current EU regulations severely limit organic food and beverage imports from Australia. For example, while meat is one of Australia's top exports to France, organic meat is prohibited.

FRANCE'S DEMAND FOR ORGANIC FOOD

Compared to other EU countries, France's demand for organic food was initially slow to gain momentum. However, demand has been increasing over the last two years. In the first half of 2016, sales of organic food grew by 20%. French farmers are eager to keep up, with organic farmland expanding to 5.8% of all farmland.

If demand eventually outpaces supply in France, importing organic food could be a necessity. However, if EU trade regulations remain unchanged, France would have to rely on other EU countries and not Australia. The issue of organic food in France is dynamic and worth monitoring.

CONCLUSION

Due to EU trade regulations, Australian organic food exported to France is strictly limited. Furthermore, Australian exports represent only 0.2% of all of France's imports. When looking at all this data as a whole, we can deduce that little, if any, Australian organic food is exported to France. Unless a particular product or brand is specified, a search of all French retailers would not be within the scope of a single Wonder Request.
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