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Award tally is proof we're getting it right, says Guy

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 20, 2013

Guy Watson of Riverford, which won a clutch of prizes at the Soil Association Organic Food Awards

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An organic home delivery company is celebrating after winning a collection of awards at a national food event.

Devon-based Riverford gained nine accolades at the Soil Association Organic Food Awards yesterday.

"Everything we grow and sell at Riverford is selected for flavour, and winning so many awards in a blind tasting reassures us that we're hitting the mark," said Riverford's founding farmer and current BBC Farmer of the Year, Guy Watson.

Riverford began as a vegbox business in 1987 delivering organic vegetables to 30 local home, before extending its food range to include picnic supplies, desserts and soups.

"Enjoying and sharing good food is at the heart of everything Riverford does, and we hope these awards will help us spread the Riverford word to more even more people," Mr Watson added.

The gold award-winning products were its butternut squash and bacon chowder, chickpea, cauliflower and coconut masala soup, vegetable harira soup, seville orange marmalade, homity pie and treacle tart, all of which are hand made.

Gold winners in the fresh produce categories were their baby artichokes, mini-cucumbers and carrots.

Over 500 entries were recorded in this year's awards, where the expert judging panel included chefs, restaurateurs, food writers and specialists, alongside celebrity foodies and consumer judges.

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