Poland prefers domestic food products

Poland is currently Europe's leading producer of poultry, apples and champignon mushrooms. Mateusz Marek/PAP

Close to one-third of Poles prefer domestic food over imported products, a report compiled under the Polish Opinion Monitor project revealed on Sunday.

The report authors note that exports of Polish food are on the rise, amounting to EUR 15.4 billion between January and June 2019, an 8-percent rise on the previous year. Poland is currently Europe's leading producer of poultry, apples and champignon mushrooms.

Asked about their main food shopping criteria, 58 percent named price, but 69 percent said they were ready to pay more for Polish-made ecological food. Thirty eight percent said they were mainly guided by ingredients and expiry dates, 30 percent the product's Polish origin.

As many as 51.8 percent said they mainly shopped in local food stores, 51.3 percent named discount markets. Only 40.5 percent said they shopped in supermarkets.

The Polish Opinion Monitor is a joint polling project by the PKO Bank Polski, the IBRiS pollster and the Sustainable Technology Forum. The report, the first in a planned cycle, was compiled from an October 2-6 survey of 1,100 adult Poles.