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Riverford Scores a Hat Trick

Posted on: June 4th, 2009 by Jules

Riverford has added another award to its belt as it was named Best Ethical Business at the Observer Ethical Awards in London last night. The award was presented by actor Colin Firth.

Lucy Seigle, Jack Slatter, Rachel Watson, Colin Firth

Lucy Seigle, Jack Slatter, Rachel Watson, Colin Firth

Riverford wins Best Ethical Business at the Observer Ethical Awards

Riverford has added another award to its belt as it was named Best Ethical Business at the Observer Ethical Awards in London last night. The award was presented by actor Colin Firth.

This follows Riverford picking up Best Organic Retailer at the Soil Association’s Natural and Organic Awards in April and the Riverford Field Kitchen winning the prize for Best Ethical Restaurant at the Observer Food Monthly Awards in March.

Deborah Meaden, from the BBC’s Dragon’s Den, was on the judging panel and said: “Riverford is ethical and environmental through and through. For years it has lived and breathed these values and is not simply jumping on the bandwagon.”

Guy Watson, founder of Riverford comments: “We are absolutely thrilled to win this award. To be recognised by The Observer and its readers twice this year is just phenomenal, a real testament to the hard work of the whole team, from the field workers to those delivering the boxes locally. This ethical award obviously celebrates our commitment to the environment, but it also reflects our belief that you can grow and deliver fantastic food in a way that gives a fair deal to everyone – farmers, staff and customers. It’s all about building understanding and long-term relationships.”
Liz Asteraki and Caroline Asteraki – Speer, sisters, who deliver Riverford boxes in the Kent area said: “Eating organically doesn’t have to cost a fortune: our boxes are consistently cheaper than the major supermarkets so we hope that more people will see that you can shop ethically without spending more.”

The Observer Ethical Awards were held at The Kensington Roof Gardens in London and were hosted by Lucy Siegle, The Observer’s Ethical Living Correspondent and actor Colin Firth. The judging panel was made up of the UK’s top environmental sustainability experts and Observer readers, as well as a host of well-known faces including Deborah Meaden and Ken Livingstone. Sir David Attenborough was given the Lifetime Achievement award.

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