Sales of organic dairy products in Europe expanded by 26.2% in 2001 to top €1.2bn (US$1.08bn), according to a new strategic study by strategic research & consulting company Organic Monitor. Consumer demand for organic dairy products remains strong in Europe with many countries reporting sales growth in excess of 30% in 2001. The highest growth was observed in the Italian and German markets last year due to the BSE crisis elevating consumer demand. The BSE crisis has been responsible for a large rise in organic food sales from mainstream food retailers in these countries.