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At its first annual conference, UK ORGANIC (formerly Organic Trade Board / OTB) set out its ambition to unite representatives across the supply chain to reenergise the organic sector and arrest the current volume decline the industry has been experiencing.

Established as a Community Interest Company (CIC) UK ORGANIC (UKO) has put forward a plan to serve as the sector’s marketing agency, to drive a unified message and create renewed consumer interest. The move has been prompted by the urgent need for a fresh approach to secure a healthy future for all organically certified producers, processors, and products. The organisation will also support consumers to access products grown without harmful chemicals, promoting health and sustainability for all.

Adrian Carne, the Chair of UKO believes the launch marks a pivotal moment.

“Organic farming represents the gold standard for sustainable agriculture. It is the only certified agricultural system that offers quantifiable climate and biodiversity outcomes. It is legally binding and globally recognised,” says Adrian Carne.

“Inadequate funding and a fragmented landscape have meant however that the organic sector has not been able to capitalise on the key benefits of organic food in the shopper’s mind. While numerous sustainable farming initiatives are competing in a crowded space and risk confusing consumers further.

“This realisation necessitates a transformative approach to developing a clear strategy for organic development, and the founding of UKO signifies this necessary change in mindset. With a clear vision, alternative funding, and inclusive approach, UKO is poised to lead the charge towards a sustainable and thriving organic industry.”

As a consumer association, UKO will set out to simplify messaging, raise awareness, and create demand for certified organic products – including textiles, cosmetics, and other non-food items. It aims to deliver strategic consumer activation and communication programs to support consumers in making informed purchasing decisions.

Operational costs will not rely on membership fees. Instead, UKO will seek funding from external stakeholders, including philanthropic foundations and government bodies that have aligned interests to consolidate organic’s renewed efforts.

Through an inclusive approach and at no cost UKO invites certified producers, processors, brands, distributors, retailers, and all interested parties (including press) to join as Fellow Supporters.

Fellow Supporters will receive valuable resources and will unite the sector, helping to achieve common goals.

You can access all of the presentation from the launch here:

Watch the live stream recording here

For those interested in Joining as Fellow Supporter or as Affiliate Supporter please sign up here