Bio food prices in French supermarkets 'too high'

A year-long study found prices for organic produce were, on average, 75% higher than non-organic food

22 August 2019
By Connexion journalist

Supermarkets in France are charging too much for organic food, a consumer watchdog has claimed.

UFC-Que Choisir made the claim following a year-long study that found the price of 'bio' food in French supermarkets is, on average, 75% higher than conventional food.

The study compared the 24 most-consumed fruits and vegetables in France for one year, from May 2018 to May 2019. It found prices for organic potatoes were nearly twice the price of their conventional counterparts; organic apples were one-and-a-half-times more expensive than ordinary ones - while there was a 163% mark-up in price for organic leeks compared to non-organically grown products.

The magazine advised shoppers to buy organic fruit and vegetables from specialty stores, where they were, on average, 19% cheaper than supermarkets.

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