According to the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (Statec), there is not really any evidence for a "boom" in the consumption of organic products. Since 2011, households have been spending between 10 and 14% of their budget on organic food.
The Statec study on household budgets suggests that the purchase of organic products does not really vary according to the age of the consumers, but rather according to their income. Households with a monthly income of less than €2,500 spend 7% of their food expenses on organic products. This percentage rises to 21% in households with an income of €6,500 or more.
The most purchased organic products are baby food (38%), honey (22%), eggs (20%), flour and cereals (15%), milk (12%), as well as fruit and vegetables (10%).
Whereas in 1977, households still spent 29% of their budget on food, this rate has fallen to 8% today. On the other hand, housing now accounts for 37% of household budgets, compared to 19% in the 1970s.
81% of organic products are bought in supermarkets, 9% in discount shops, and 8% in grocery shops. This distribution is slightly different for non-organic food products, 70% of which are bought in supermarkets and 21% in discount shops.