Soil Association Certification has announced a new partnership with the Organic Food Development Centre (OFDC) – China’s organic certification body – to make it easier and cheaper for UK businesses to export organic products to this rapidly growing market.
It is predicted that the organic market in China will be worth approximately US$7.8 billion by 2015 and this collaboration will enable Soil Association-certified organic businesses in the UK to export to China at the same time as increasing the amount of high quality UK organic products available to Chinese consumers.
“This new partnership comes at a time where there is positive growth in both the UK and Chinese organic markets and exports of UK organic produce to China can really flourish,” explains Emma Yeats, senior certification manager, Soil Association Certification. “Working with OFDC will make the process of certification for our UK licensees wanting to export to China both efficient and cost effective. We are delighted with this partnership which helps develop an important export opportunity.”
Xingji Xiao, director of OFDC in Beijing, commented on the move: “We think the partnership is good and very important for our collaboration and can help us promote our mutual organic programme.”
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