We Might Not Pay the Same for Organic Food this Year

 We Might Not Pay the Same for Organic Food this Year

Studies suggest organic food in India can cost anywhere from 20% to 100% more than conventionally produced food. A family of four might spend between ₹5,000 and ₹10,000 per month on organic produce, depending on their habits and location.

In 2024, these prices are likely to be modified for several reasons. But first, we shall discover the poll insights to understand how the general consumers in India react to the organic food served to them. 


What is Organic Food? Definition and Breakdown

Organic food refers to products grown and processed according to specific regulations that emphasize natural practices, animal welfare and environmental sustainability.  Organic farming avoids synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotics, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). It relies on methods like crop rotation, compost, and natural pest control to maintain soil health and manage pests. 


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Organic animal products come from livestock raised in humane conditions with access to the outdoors and organic feed. Organic farming practices aim to conserve biodiversity, reduce pollution, and promote ecological balance.

Here's a breakdown of key aspects of organic food:


Production: Follows strict guidelines set by regulatory bodies like the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) or similar organizations in other countries.

Processing: Minimally processed and avoids irradiation, industrial solvents, or artificial additives.

Types: Includes fresh produce, meats, dairy, eggs, and even processed organic foods like crackers, drinks, and frozen meals.


8 Poll Insights on Organic Food Consumption | PollPe

PollPe conducted several opinion polls on their Android application to study consumer insights related to organic food. Here are the responses that they conveyed: 


  1. Preference for Organic Produce: A significant portion of the audience (47.38%) is extremely likely to choose organic produce over conventional options, indicating a strong interest in organic foods.

  2. Price Sensitivity: Nearly half of the respondents (46.42%) are willing to switch to organic foods if priced the same as conventional ones, suggesting a potential increase in demand if prices align.

  3. Awareness and Trust: While awareness about organic food choices varies, a considerable number of respondents (48.49%) express complete trust in the organic products they consume, emphasizing the importance of transparency and authenticity in labelling.

  4. Popular Organic Items: Fruits (36.13%) emerge as the most hyped organic food item, followed by vegetables (27.61%), indicating potential areas for market growth and pricing adjustments.

  5. Motivations for Switching: Health (41.69%) emerges as the primary motivation for switching to organic foods, reflecting growing concerns about personal well-being and nutrition.

  6. Consumption Patterns: The majority of respondents (62.07%) consume organic foods several times a week or occasionally, indicating a significant market for organic products beyond niche consumers.

  7. Information Channels: Social media emerges as the primary source of information about organic foods (37.25%), highlighting the importance of digital platforms in shaping consumer perceptions and purchasing decisions.

  8. Premium Pricing Acceptance: A majority of respondents (73.04%) are willing to pay a premium of up to 20% for organic products, indicating a willingness to invest in health and sustainability despite cost considerations.


These poll results suggest a strong interest in organic foods among young Indians, driven by health consciousness and a willingness to support sustainable farming practices. With proper pricing strategies and increased awareness, the organic food market in India has the potential for substantial growth.

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Organic Food Price Shift

The Indian organic food market is booming, expected to reach $10.1 billion by 2026. This rapid expansion suggests increasing affordability and potentially lower prices for some organic products. As consumer awareness rises, competition among producers might drive price stabilization or even slight reductions.


Organic food generally costs 20-100% more than conventionally produced options in India due to stricter regulations, lower yields, and higher labour costs. Prices can also vary in urban and rural areas. Overall, The Indian organic food market is experiencing significant growth, which could lead to more affordable organic options in the future.


Emerging brands are utilizing this gap and introducing new and affordable organic products, hence making organic food affordable for all. Yes, the prices will still be higher than non-organic food items, but this year we can estimate a drastic decrease in the rates. A decrease in organic food prices in India in 2024 is not guaranteed, but there are positive signs suggesting potential affordability improvements.


Final Word

Organic food is gaining popularity in India because of the consumer awareness boom since the COVID surge. People are more aware than aware, and sustainable products are in higher demand. The Poll results by PollPe suggest that Indian consumers prioritize organic food whenever possible, and support eco-friendly methods of farming. 


Due to the competition and awareness, new brands are likely to sprawl across the country and serve affordable organic food items. This will allow consumers to buy organic food at slightly lower prices across several categories. 

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