Sir, I write in response to the article 'Local is the new Organic' (The Grocer, 5 March). Organic is not the big loser to local. Market figures show that organic beef sales were up 15% year-on-year to the end of 2010. Milk and yoghurts continue to show strong growth. And, as the same issue of The Grocer shows, retailers are still backing organic. For example, Tesco is extending its lines of Belton organic Cheddar, Pip has just launched its new organic orange juices and there is an unprecedented marketing spend on organic planned for 2011.

Let's not forget that many of the organic foods on sale in the UK are produced and manufactured here and are very much local. The difference is that they are local and organic. What more could consumers want?

Huw Bowles, chair, Organic Trade Board

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