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Organic Seed Market - By Product (Vegetable Seeds, Crop Seeds {Wheat, Rice, Corn Barley & Oats}, Fruits & Nuts Seeds, Oil Seeds), Distribution channel (Wholesalers, Retailers, Cooperatives), Forecast, 2021-2027

  • Report ID: GMI247
  • Published Date: Jul 2021
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Trends

Organic Seed Market size exceeded USD 3.7 billion in 2020 and is estimated to grow at over 8.3% CAGR between 2021 and 2027. Organic seeds are cultivated without the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. Organic seeds give assurance to consumers that toxic and synthetic chemical pesticides, fertilizers, and genetically modified organisms are not used during the seed cultivation process.

Moreover, organic label and certification also ensure that strict organic cultivation standards have been followed by the farmers with respect to environmental protection. Thus, growing consumer concerns toward environmental degradation due to the increasing use of chemicals has propelled organic seed production across the globe. This further provides growth opportunities for the organic seed industry.

Organic Seed Market

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Rising demand for organic labeled food over the past few years is expected to drive the global organic seed market expansion over the projected period. The organic trend is gaining high acceptance due to increasing awareness among consumers related to negative health impacts of hazardous chemicals used in the conventional agriculture system.  For instance, research studies suggest that excessive use of chemical pesticides in conventional agriculture system have negative effects on neurological & cardiovascular health, respiratory system, and may also lead to cancer.

Favorable government initiatives to support organic farming may propel organic seed market growth. For instance, the implementation of government schemes in India such as Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana, National Food Security Mission, and National Food Security Mission is projected to boost organic production in the country. This provides a lucrative growth opportunity for the market.

High nutritional levels and antioxidant properties offered by vegetables to drive the demand for vegetable seed products

Vegetable Seed Product Market

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Organic seed market from vegetable seeds surpassed USD 1.2 billion in 2020. The demand for vegetable seeds is expected to show significant growth owing to the surging demand for vegetables such tomato, cucumber, carrot, eggplant, and okra that offer high nutrition and antioxidant properties. Rising focus of health-conscious consumers toward exotic vegetables such as asparagus, broccoli, parsley, and celery has boosted the cultivation of vegetables. This is further projected to propel the demand for vegetable seeds.

The leafy & cruciferous vegetable seeds segment of the market is projected to reach USD 650 million by 2027. The leafy & cruciferous vegetable such as bok choy, arugula, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, kale, cauliflower & radish are low in calorie and rich in fiber, folate, & vitamins E, C & K. Growing consumer preference for healthy food has led to a significant growth in the demand for leafy & cruciferous vegetable, propelling product demand and accelerating organic seed market statistics.

The gourd & root vegetable seeds product segment should grow at a CAGR of 8.3% over the forecast period. Gourd & root vegetables are rich in insoluble and soluble fibers, which will help to lower high levels of blood glucose and blood fats and boost the health of gut bacteria, reducing the risks of heart disease, Type-2 diabetes & bowel cancer. Rising awareness about health benefits offered by gourd & root vegetables will augment product demand.

Availability of organic seeds at lower prices should support the growth of wholesaler distribution channels in the organic seed market

Organic Seed Market Size, by Wholesaler Distribution Channel

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Organic seed market from wholesaler distribution channel segment is anticipated to surpass USD 4.2 billion by 2027. Wholesalers buy organic seeds from farmers in high quantities, store these seeds in warehouses, and resell them to retailers. As the seeds are bought in bulk quantities from the farmers and the wholesalers offer seeds at lower prices to the retailers or final consumers. The wholesalers also focus on forming strategic alliances with farmers for the procurement of organic seeds and reliable supply. These factors are forecast to fuel the sale of organic seeds through wholesaler distribution channel over the predicted timeframe.

Rapid demand for organic labeled food & beverages in North America should propel the organic seed market forecasts

North America Organic Seed Market

North America organic seed market is projected to register over 7.5% CAGR between 2021 and 2027. The demand for organic food and beverages has increased in the North American countries such as the U.S., and Canada due to increasing awareness about health benefits offered by natural & organic products. Growing prevalence of chronic diseases and significant shift of consumers toward healthy lifestyle & food habits have increased the demand for organic food and beverages. This trend is leading to increased demand for organic vegetables, fruits, and oilseeds in the region, which are the key attributes augmenting the regional market outlook.

Strategic acquisitions & mergers among industry participants to accelerate organic seed market competitiveness

The global organic seed market is highly competitive in nature due to the presence of numerous regional and local manufacturers operating worldwide. The key players in the market include Baker Creek Heirloom, Seed Saver Exchange, Renee’s Garden, Johnny’s Selected, Fedco, High Mowing, and Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. The key market participants are implementing various strategies includes expansion of product portfolio and mergers & acquisition to the increase industry share and to tap growth opportunities in the market.

For instance, in May 2021, Above Food Corp. signed a purchase agreement for acquiring Farmer Direct Organic Foods Ltd., which offers organic certified grains and legume proteins. The merger will help Above Food Corp.to expand its organic seed product portfolio.

In March 2020, Graines Voltz, a distributor of vegetable and floral seeds, signed an agreement with BASF SE to buy HILD Samen business based in Marbach, Germany. The acquisition will help Graines Voltz to enhance market share in the distribution of vegetable seeds in Europe.

Global organic seed market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD Million from 2016 to 2027 for the following segments:

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By Product

  • Vegetable Seeds
    • Leafy & Cruciferous Vegetable Seeds
    • Gourd & Root Vegetable Seeds
  • Crop Seeds
    • Wheat
    • Rice
    • Corn Barley & Oats
    • Others
  • Fruits & Nuts Seeds
    • Pumpkin Seeds
    • Flax Seeds
    • Others (Thistle Seeds & Chia Seeds)
  • Oil Seeds
    • Soybean Seeds
    • Sunflower Seeds
  • Other Vegetation (Salad Vegetable Seeds)

By Distribution Channel

  • Wholesalers
  • Retailers
  • Cooperatives

By Region

  • North America 
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe 
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia
    • Denmark
  • Asia Pacific 
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • Australia
  • Latin America 
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
  • Middle East & Africa 
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Tunisia
    • South Africa


Authors: Kunal Ahuja, Tushar Malkani

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Vegetable seeds accounted for a revenue of USD 1.2 billion in 2020 and will grow owing to the increasing demand for vegetables that provide high nutrition and exhibit antioxidant properties.

The organic seed industry share was valued at USD 3.7 billion in 2020 and will expand at a CAGR of 8.3% between 2021 and 2027.

The leafy & cruciferous vegetable seeds are set to record a valuation of USD 650 million through 2027 propelled by the surging consumer preference for healthy food.

The organic seed industry from wholesaler distribution channel is set to exceed a revenue of USD 4.2 billion by 2027 given that wholesalers provide seeds at lower prices to the final consumers or retailers.

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