River­ford wins Ob­server award

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Etbusiness Daily -

RIVER­FORD has been named Best On­line Re­tailer in the Ob­server Eth­i­cal Awards 2010, voted for by the pub­lic. The award was pre­sented by ac­tor Colin Firth and The Ob­server’s Lucy Siegle at a star-stud­ded cer­e­mony at the Vic­to­ria and Al­bert Mu­seum in London.

This is River­ford’s third Ob­server award - last year the com­pany won Best Eth­i­cal Busi­ness and its farm res­tau­rant the Field Kitchen was named Best Eth­i­cal Res­tau­rant in the Ob­server Food Monthly Awards.

Guy Wat­son, River­ford founder, said: “We are thrilled to have won our third Ob­server award. These awards cel­e­brate busi­nesses and peo­ple that are try­ing to make a dif­fer­ence. At River­ford we aim to give a fair deal to ev­ery­thing and ev­ery­one that the busi­ness touches; from staff and grow­ers to our cus­tomers and the en­vi­ron­ment. To be recog­nised in this way is a huge boost.”

Gor­don Twigg, who runs River­ford’s Farm at Sacrewell, near Peter­bor­ough, said: “I’m de­lighted that our com­mit­ment to eth­i­cal and en­vi­ron­men­tally re­spon­si­ble prac­tices has been recog­nised with this award. It’s some­thing we take se­ri­ously as a com­pany and some­thing which we know is im­por­tant to our cus­tomers. Our suc­cess is down to the fact that op­er­at­ing in an eth­i­cal way isn’t some­thing we con­sider an add-on – it’s at the heart of ev­ery­thing we do.

“We’re open­ing up our doors this July so lo­cal peo­ple can see what we’re all about first hand. Our Trav­el­ling Field Kitchen will be vis­it­ing our farm at Sacrewell be­tween July 8 and 18. It’s a great op­por­tu­nity to find out more about us and en­joy a de­li­cious meal us­ing pro­duce straight from the fields.”

To find out more about River­ford’s Trav­el­ling Field Kitchen, visit www. river­ford.org.uk / sacrewell or call 0845 367 1155.

Other win­ners on the night in­cluded cam­paigner Hugh Fearn­ley Whit­tingstall, politician Caro­line Lu­cas and Gor­don Rod­dick. The Ob­server Eth­i­cal Awards are now in their fifth year and cel­e­brate those that stand up and take ac­tion against en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial in­jus­tice.

go­ing or­ganic: From left, Lucy Siegle, The Ob­server; Guy Wat­son, River­ford; Vitha Shep­ard, River­ford; and ac­tor Colin Firth.

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