Big demand for organic produce

Liz Sowden at Riverford
Liz Sowden at Riverford

Things are looking good for Liz Sowden, who delivers Riverford’s organic veg boxes to homes in the Horsham and surrounding area, 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.

Liz explained: “This is really good news for us. Like the rest of the organic industry, Riverford have 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 have 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.

Riverford’s organic offering extends to high welfare, pasture reared meat and dairy, recipe boxes and much more. Find out more at www.riverford.co.uk