Bristol’s organic shops and café won a coveted award, the Soil Association’s 2013 Best Independent Retailer Award, on Thursday 19th September. The award, in its 27th year, is the most prestigious and widely respected in the organic sector and was supported by Seeds of Change at a celebration in central London. The awards showcase the UK’s best organic food produced with passion, creativity and care.
The judges said: “What is unique about The Better Food Company is that they are outward facing and drive the organic message regarding bees, environment, health and community as much as driving the retail business.”
With two thriving stores in Bristol and a customer base growing every year, The Better Food Company offers the best example of independent retailing of organic that extends well beyond the product range and stores. For The Better Food Company, it is a ‘way of life’ and core to their business objectives.
The Better Food Company showed great examples of embracing every opportunity for pulling in more customers, innovating on ranges, communicating through newsletters and staging unusual events to grab the attention of the public.”
The award was received by Shop Supervisor Ian Cross and Assistant Manager Edward Temple.
The Better Food Company’s Managing Director Phil Haughton said “We work so hard to put people and planet first, and to make sure the company lives up to its ethos. This award recognises this achievement, so it’s for us all, staff and customers, and the producers and farmers we work with”.
The award joins several other accolades achieved by The Better Food Company this year, including The Fairtrade Business gold mark and the Bristol Good Food Award for Outstanding Contribution to Sustainability.