Overcapacity has hit the British organic meat sector with significant volumes of organic lamb and organic beef to be sold as conventional meat products this year. The British organic meat products market has suffered from supply shortages since the late 1990s however slowing growth rates and a large increase in domestically produced volumes is resulting in overcapacity, according to Organic Monitor. Market growth of 18% is projected in 2002 with much of the increase in domestic volumes to be absorbed by supermarkets substituting imports on their store shelves.