Canada, Switzerland to expand organics trade

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OTTAWA, Ontario – An expanded equivalency agreement between Canada and Switzerland will allow all Canadian multi-ingredient processed products to be exported to Switzerland starting Oct. 1, the Canadian Ministry of Agriculture and Agri-Food reported. The arrangement includes Canadian and Swiss organic wine standards.

Canadian organic producers and processors are expected to benefit from new trade opportunities, the agency said. Switzerland’s market for organic products is the eighth-largest organic market in the world with a value of C$2.66 billion in 2014, representing 7.5 percent growth over 2013.

“In today’s global trade environment, this arrangement is great news for Canadian organic processors and producers who will particularly benefit from Switzerland’s processed food and beverage market,” Lawrence MacAulay, Canada’s Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food , said in a statement. “Creating opportunities for Canadian businesses is important to maintaining a healthy economy and growing the middle class.”

Canada and Switzerland first reached an equivalency agreement for organic certification systems in December 2012.

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