Record sales with "Ohne GenTechnik" seal
In 2018, food manufacturers will sell goods with "no genetic engineering" seal to the food trade for seven billion euros. Compared to the turnover in 2017, this means an increase of 27 percent, reported the Association for Non-Genetic Engineering (VLOG). "The brilliant development of the 'Without GenTechnik' seal is a sign of the great trust of consumers and food retailers in the seal of quality," VLOG CEO Alexander Hissting commented on the figures.
In 2017, the food processing industry with "Without GenTechnik" seals sold 5.44 billion euros. Milk and milk products played the most important role with 3.06 billion euros (56%). Poultry meat products accounted for 1.36 billion (25%) and eggs 772 million (14%). The sales figures are based on information provided by licensees of the "Ohne GenTechnik" seal. The seven billion euro turnover for 2018 represent a prognosis of the enterprises. All numbers refer to the turnovers of the manufacturers. Expenditure by end users on non-GM foods may be about 20 percent higher, the VLOG estimates. That would be around 6.5 billion euros for 2017 and predicted 8.4 billion euros for 2018. Hissting expects "growing popularity for the 'Without GenTechnik' seal and further significant increase in sales in the coming years."
The legal basis for the success of the seal was laid down by the EC Genetic Engineering Implementation Act (EGGenTDurchfG), which came into force ten years ago. A year later, the then Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, Ilse Aigner, had the uniform "Ohne GenTechnik" seal, a green rhombus with the words "Ohne Gentechnik" and a stylized leaf, designed. In 2010, she transferred responsibility for the licensing and control of the "Ohne GenTechnik" seal exclusively to the Verband Lebensmittel ohne GenTechnik (VLOG).