Business set to boom for local organic veg business

In 2018 Riverford will become employee-owned

Things are looking good for Riverford Organic Farmers which grows and delivers veg boxes throughout the North, following the latest Soil Association Organic Market Report.

The report tells of a six per cent growth to the organic market in the last year. This is the sixth year of growth for the organic market with sales rising to a record £2.2 billion.

Riverford’s northern farm, Home Farm at Newby Wiske, near Northallerton, is one of four Riverford farms countrywide which together produce and deliver the company’s iconic veg boxes to more than 50,000 homes each week.

Greg Penn, business development manager at Riverford, said: “This is really good news for us. Like the rest of the organic industry, Riverford has seen year on year growth with new customer numbers and weekly deliveries.

“It seems more and more people are recognising organic food for its health benefits, assurance of trust and traceability, and also as a more environmentally friendly way to buy food and support a sustainable farming system.

“Sustainability is one of the main reasons Riverford has farmed organically for over 30 years now. Since day one the business has believed in a better way of producing food and it’s so reassuring to see others are catching on too.”

Sales of organic products in supermarkets rose by 4.2 per cent, while home delivery services like Riverford saw an impressive 9.7 per cent rise.

The amount of farmland in conversion to organic also rose by 22 per cent, as growers respond to the growing demand for organic food.

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