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Awards

Food and Drink Business of the Year at the Western Daily Press awards

Food and Drink Business of the Year at the Western Daily Press awards

We're over the moon to have won Food and Drink Business of the Year at the Western Daily Press awards. 2017 marks 30 years of Riverford, so it's wonderful to be recognised for three decades of commitment to growing organic, flavoursome veg with sustainability at the heart of everything we do.

The British Farming Awards - Silver Award for Best Farming Partnership 2016

The British Farming Awards - Silver Award for Best Farming Partnership 2016

We're happy to say that last week the South Devon Organic Producers (SDOP) co-op won the silver award at The British Farming Awards for Best Farming Partnership. Guy set up the SDOP in 1998 to help supply the growing demand for our veg boxes. Almost 20 years later and almost all of the original farmers are still on board. Our boxes would be a little sparse without them; it's great to see all of their hard work rewarded with this achievement.

Ethical Consumer Magazine – Riverford vs Abel and Cole 2016

Ethical Consumer Magazine – Riverford vs Abel and Cole 2016

Ethical Consumer Magazine reviewed us, and fellow veg box company, Abel and Cole, to see who scored the highest ethical rating. We’re happy to say we came up tops. To give you an idea, with the best possible score at 20, the highest scoring supermarket is a 6, and we were rated 13.5, compared to Abel and Cole who came in at 11.5. Looking after farmers, staff, animals, customers and the environment has been at the heart of what we do since day one, and will continue to be.

Sawday’s Pub Awards -  Local, Seasonal & Organic Produce Award 2015/16

Sawday’s Pub Awards - Local, Seasonal & Organic Produce Award 2015/16

We are really thrilled to have won this award for our London restaurant, Riverford at The Duke of Cambridge. Nearly 800 pubs were featured in this year’s guide, so winning an award is a fantastic achievement. It’s all in the name of the award; three things that sum what we’re all about. We change our menu daily to work with the produce we’re picking on the farm; you can’t get much more seasonal than that!

The Veggie Awards – Best Vegetarian Recipe Box 2015

The Veggie Awards – Best Vegetarian Recipe Box 2015

We’re really proud of our recipe boxes, in particular the vegetarian box. The recipes really showcase our beautiful veg and are a great demonstration of how you don’t need meat to make a wonderful meal. The recipe box market is growing and there are lots of options out there, so to win this award really says something.

Vegetarian Living – Vegetarian Living’s Favourite Recipe Box 2015

Vegetarian Living – Vegetarian Living’s Favourite Recipe Box 2015

Our recipe boxes were a big hit with the team at Vegetarian Living magazine and were voted the favourite box in a comparison with Marley Spoon, Abel and Cole, Gousto and Hello Fresh. The judges were particularly impressed by the quality of our vegetables and how beautifully presented the box was. They found the recipes simple enough to make the ingredients shine, while being interesting enough to introduce new ideas to their cooking repertoire.

Observer Ethical Awards 2014 – Retailer of the Year

Observer Ethical Awards 2014 – Retailer of the Year

Guy Watson’s response to winning this award for the fifth time:
“We pride ourselves on being a fair-thinking business that makes considered decisions about how to do business with minimum impact on the environment and wider community. Our policies include supporting small-scale British farmers and producers as much as possible, and never air-freighting produce from overseas. We believe that good food should be available to everyone, and we’re delighted to have won such a prestigious award that shows you can do well in business without being unethical.”

Watch The Guardian’s video about Riverford here.

Soil Association Organic Food Awards 2013

Soil Association Organic Food Awards 2013

We’ve always said that our mission at Riverford is to make tasty, ethically produced food, so the nine golds we won at these prestigious awards reassured us that we’re getting it right. They were for Riverford’s own seville orange marmalade, homity pie, treacle tart, carrots, baby artichokes, mini cucumbers, plus three of our new soups: butternut squash & bacon chowder soup, chickpea, cauliflower & coconut masala soup and vegetable harira soup (also overall category winner).

RSPCA Daily Mirror Animal Hero Awards 2013

RSPCA Daily Mirror Animal Hero Awards 2013

We were delighted to be in the final for this inaugural award. The judges rated us for our mission to make naturally tasty, unadulterated and ethically produced food accessible as possible.

We believe that small-scale organic British family farms provide the best model of ethical meat, dairy and egg production, as their animal husbandry techniques provide a level of care per animal that is simply not achievable in intensive farming systems.

Best Organic Retailer 2013

Best Organic Retailer at the Natural and Organic Awards 2013

We’re really pleased to have been awarded Best Organic Retailer 2013 at the Natural and Organic Awards, hosted with the Soil Association.

Riverford was commended for broadening the appeal of cooking from scratch and for our ongoing commitment to making high-quality organic food available to a wide range of people.

Observer Ethical Awards

Riverford win Best Retailer at the Observer Awards 2013

'We were absolutely delighted to be named Best Retialer at the Observer Ethical Awards 2013; many thanks indeed to all of you who voted for us.' - Guy Watson.

Farmer of the year award

BBC Farmer of the Year 2012 - Guy Watson

Guy is absolutely thrilled to have received this award for a second time.

Judges, Adam Henson and Christine Tacon CBE commended Guy for his inspirational approach to running a sustainable business.

"We were looking for someone who is passionate about what they do, who is entrepreneurial, innovative and a great communicator and Guy Watson is all of those things” said Adam Henson.

Visit Devon Tourism Awards

Visit Devon Tourism Awards 2012 – GOLD WINNER – ‘Taste of Devon’

The judges said: “They have worked hard in providing and promoting local produce, whether their own farm, co-operatives or from local suppliers. They also maintain an ethos of providing a meal that is seasonal and fresh”.

Observer Food Monthly Awards 2012

Observer Food Monthly Awards 2012

Runner up for Best Independent Retailer at the Observer Food Monthly Awards 2012.

Food Hero Devon Life Food and Drink Awards

Food Hero at the Devon Life Food & Drink Awards 2012

Guy Watson is delighted to have been awarded the Food Hero title at the Devon Life Food & Drink Awards. The judges were impressed with Guy’s passion and dedication to organic food and the way he has developed Riverford to be one of the country’s leading vegbox delivery businesses.

Good Farm animal Welfare Awards

Compassion in World Farming’s Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards

We’re thrilled we swept the board with these four awards. In recognition of our commitment to farm animal welfare, we were awarded the Good Chicken, Good Egg, Good Dairy and Good Pig titles. These awards are testament to Riverford’s commitment to maintaining the highest possible standards of animal welfare, both on our own farms and with our network of partners. Our customers can rest assured that our animals live a fairer and happier life and taste all the better for it.

SA 2012 award

Winner at the Soil Association Organic Food Awards

We’re delighted with our homity pie win in the pies, pizzas and flans category of the Soil Association Organic Food Awards!  Our beef pasty was also highly commended, with our crème fraîche commended. This award is a great testament to the quality of ingredients, the skills of our cooks at the Riverford Farm Shop, and our commitment to flavour first.

RSPCA award

Best Independent Retailer 2011, RSPCA Good Business Awards

We’re massively excited to have won Best Independent Retailer in the Food category of the RSPCA Good Business Awards. We hope it shows the lengths we go to to ensure the meat, milk and eggs we sell are as ethically produced as the veg we grow.

ethical award 2011

Best Online Retailer 2011, Observer Ethical Awards

We were amazed and thrilled to win this award two years in a row! It's voted for by customers and the public - thank you for all your support.

ethical award 2010

Best Online Retailer 2010

Our third Observer award! Colin Firth and Lucy Siegle presented us with a beautiful engraved wooden trophy at a ceremony at the V&A in London.

food monthly award

Best Ethical Restaurant 2010, Observer Food Monthly Awards

The Field Kitchen team was overwhelmed to win this award two years in a row, voted for by Observer readers.

organic food award


Winner, Fruit & Vegetable category, Soil Association Organic Food Awards 2009

Our mini cucumbers were crowned tastiest of all fruit and veg. Judges called them 'delicate, sweet, fresh and crunchy'. Hot on their heels were our pointed cabbages, awarded Commended.

organic retailer award


Best Organic Retailer 2009, Soil Association Natural and Organic Awards

We were really thrilled to get this one; it was voted for by the public and our customers.

ethical award 2009

Best Ethical Business 2009, Observer Ethical Awards

Deborah Meaden from Dragon's Den said we are "ethical and environmental through and through". We got a crazy-looking trophy depicting our carbon footprint; come and see it if you visit our farm in Devon.

ethical restaurant award

Best Ethical Restaurant 2009, Observer Food Monthly Awards

Our Field Kitchen restaurant won this, voted for by Observer readers. The Field Kitchen team called this "the highest accolade" possible.

business community award

National Example of Excellence 2009, Business in the Community's Rural Action Award

This award celebrates our work with grower groups around the country. HRH The Prince of Wales gave us a baby oak tree from Highgrove, which we're planting on the farm in Devon.

food writer award

Best First Book and Work on British Food 2009 for the Riverford Farm Cook Book, Guild of Food Writers Awards

Guy and Jane were overwhelmed to win two awards for their first book. We were in good company; other winners included Jamie Oliver, Heston Blumenthal and Mark Hix.

award winner

Non-Multiple Retailer of the Year 2008, Farm Business Food and Farming Industry Awards

A customer secretly nominated us for this; thank you very much whoever you are! James picked up this award in his kilt.