Acta Univ. Agric. Silvic. Mendelianae Brun. 2013, 61, 539-546

https://doi.org/10.11118/actaun201361020539
Published online 2013-04-24

Organic food market in the Czech Republic

Iva Živělová, Michaela Crhová

Department of Regional and Business Economics, Faculty of Regional Development and International Studies, Mendel Univerzity in Brno, Tř. generála Píky 7, 613 00 Brno, Czech Republic

The contribution provides partial results of the research focused on organic food, a product from organic farming. The total area of ecologically farmed areas in the Czech Republic permanently increases, however the offer of organic food is insufficient, in particular in view of their structure. Deficiency in organic food is being solved by imports. Distributors play an important role in the organic food market. In the Czech Republic the largest share from them is occupied by retail chains. Their share continues to grow to the detriment of other sales channels. One of the main factors affecting consumers’ interest in organic food is its price. The comparison of organic food prices and prices of conventional food in the selected retail chains, Globus Czech Republic, limited partnership, SPAR Czech business company Pte., Tesco Stores CZ JSC, AHOLD Czech Republic JSC, BILLA Pte., and in organic food and healthy nutrition stores showed significantly higher prices. The smallest difference in prices can be monitored in the milk and milk products. On the contrary, the largest difference is in fruits, vegetables, eggs and jams. However, the consumers’ awareness of organic food quality is at the same time increasing and the consumers are willing to pay for them a higher price.

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