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Sales of Organic Products to Foodservice

The statistics cover sales of organic food and beverages to the foodservice area - ie. commercial kitchens, restaurants, institutions, etc. The purpose of the statistics is to provide an overall picture of the Danes' consumption of organic food by supplementing the existing statistics on the retail turnover of organic food. The statistics have been compiled annually since 2003 with subsidy funding from the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries.

Statistical presentation

The statistics is an annual web-based questionnaire survey on wholesalers' sales of organic food and beverages to the foodservice area - i.e. catering kitchens, restaurants, institutions, etc. The questions relate partly to total revenue for foodservice and partly to turnover to organic foodservice, divided into a limited number of product groups and customer groups. Food service is catering kitchens, restaurants, canteens, cafés, etc. - i.e. businesses and institutions where food is served.

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Statistical processing

Data is validated on-line form. Subsequent data is checked and corrected by re-contact to respondents. Then summed data and ratios are calculated.

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Relevance

The purpose of the statistics is annually to determine the extent of organic food service, ie use of organic food and beverages in restaurants, canteens.

User requirements are covered in the User Committee for food statistics. Statistics Denmark is also in regular contact with key users, including Environment and the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Food and Organic Denmark.

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Accuracy and reliability

The survey is a census, thus no sampling errors. Some uncertainty in the responses.

Measurement error: For some respondents, it is difficult to obtain figures in the study. These have made best estimates instead. Total sales of organic products to the food service is more certain than sales per product or customer groups.

Response Rate: More than 95 p.c. of respondents replied.

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Timeliness and punctuality

The statistics are published 9 months after the end of the reference period. The statistics are usually published without delay in relation to the scheduled date.

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Comparability

There is no publicly available comparable statistics.

The statistics are partially comparable with 'Retail sales of organic food'.

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Accessibility and clarity

The statistics is disseminated in Nyt fra Danmarks Statistik. Statistics Bank publishes figures for Sales of organic goods for foodservice under the topic Indenrigshandel med økologiske fødevarer. See more on the statistics Thematic site.

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