SUNSHINE Coast "clean eaters" are embracing the nationwide push back towards organic living.
A new report to be released today titled The Australian Organic Market Report 2012 shows a 15% growth in the Australian organic industry in the past two years, exceeding global trends.
The Coast has become a haven for those in search of the best organic products with dozens of businesses satisfying the demand.
The Natural Food Store moved to its Mons Rd premises at Forest Glen in mid-2011 and popularity for the destination store has skyrocketed since.
Manager Ryan McLintock said the business had seen a 25% growth in the past few months.
"It's a strong industry and our store has gone from strength to strength with the community demand seeing us open the garden centre and cafe," he said.
The store has increased staff from 70 to 100 in just a few months to meet customer demand.
"We like to think we can showcase healthy eating, focusing on gluten-free and dairy-free and organic, and also show how it can still taste good," Mr McLintock said.
"We like to do as much as we can to make organic foods more mainstream.
"Education and awareness are a huge part of how the industry works.
"There is more information out there and I think people are more aware of what food does to their bodies, and they are seeing the benefits.
"I'm not surprised by the report.
"The industry has always been before its time and it's getting stronger and that's why we want to support that growth."
Yandina's Goodness Gracious Organic and Gluten Free Cafe owner Jill Milne is helping to break the perception of organic meals being dull.
"There is a real perception out there that an organic cafe would make brown and boring meals, but that's not true," she said.
"We have three types of quiche, two types of cheesecakes, pancakes and fruit cakes.
"People are starting to realise what is going in their mouths."
The Biological Farmers of Australia (BFA) commissioned the Australian Organic Market.
>> WHERE YOU CAN GET IT
- Big Pineapple Market, Saturdays
- Kawana Waters Farmers Market, Saturdays
- Jeffers Market, Maroochydore and Yandina
- Embellish Organics, Peregian Beach
- The Natural Food Store, Forest Glen
- Forest Glen Organic Meats
- B Fresh at Warana Markets
- Organika, Noosaville
- Pardons Fruit Store, Noosa Junction
- Belmondos, Noosaville
- Yandina Markets
- Raw n Love, Maleny
- The Organic Warehouse, Maleny
- Raw Food, Maleny
- Maple St Co-op
- Maleny Organic Farmers Market
- Healthy Organic Fruit 'n' Veg, Marcoola