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Business continues to look good for Riverford Organic Farmers and its network of franchisees, following the 2019 Soil Association Organic Market Report.
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  • BFA Membership StatusFull
  • UK Years Established30 years
  • Current UK Coverage90%
  • Franchisee Support Staff7
  • Personal Investment Req.£30,000
  • Total Startup Cost£30,000 approx
  • Territory-based business locationYes
  • Business to consumer servicesYes
  • Franchisee operates individuallyYes
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A Growing Organic Market for Riverford

19th February 2019

A Growing Organic Market for Riverford

The 2019 Soil Association Organic Market report tells of yet another year of steady growth, showing a 5.3% increase in sales of organic products. The market in now its eighth year of growth with sales rising to reach a record £2.5 billion by 2020.

Almost £45 million per week is spent on organic products in the UK.

Consumers seem to be making evermore ethical choices when purchasing food and drink, putting much more consideration into choosing what products they consume, with less packaging and plastic seeming to be high on the list.

Good news for Riverford as home delivery has grown the fastest at 14.2%. It’s estimated that by 2023, produce sold via online and box schemes will make up a quarter of all UK organic sales. That is compared to supermarket organic sales, which have shown a decrease in their share of the market over the last year.

It seems changes in consumer diets have had an impact on the various sectors, with a rise in veganism and plant-based eating leading the way. Provenance still factors highly and has been a driving force for many since the 2013 horsemeat food scare. Consumers look to certified organic produce for the assurance and integrity it offers.

Riverford offers high welfare, pasture-reared meat and dairy and vegetables grown free of artificial pesticides. Produce our customers can trust. The company has also pledged to replace single-use plastic with home compostable packaging used in our veg boxes by the end of 2020.

Riverford franchise services manager, Nigel Loveridge, said:

"Once again the latest report brings us good news. Riverford has seen year-on-year growth for the past nine years. It’s encouraging that more and more people are recognising organic food for its health benefits, assurance of trust and traceability, as well as a more environmentally-friendly way to buy food and support a sustainable farming system.

“Sustainability is one of the main reasons Riverford has farmed organically for over 30 years. Since day one, the business has believed in a better way of producing food and it’s reassuring to see that others share the same values."

It continues to be an exciting time to be involved in the organic market. With year on year growth, the market offers a safe investment. Riverford customers are historically loyal, once they’ve settled in to life with a veg box. As-long as they continue to receive great produce and service, a business within this sector will flourish and remain profitable.

Riverford currently have home delivery franchises available within the Midlands and the North.

Find out more about the franchise opportunities with Riverford Organic by clicking below

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What Our Franchisees Say

Even during the toughest of times I don’t think I have honestly ever regretted taking on my Riverford Franchise.Jim Harbridge, Portsmouth Home Delivery

You need to love the product or the business you are promoting. If you don’t subscribe to that, you can’t inspire others to feel the same way.Fiona Littleton, East Manchester Home Delivery

Trust in the Riverford Business planning process. It may seem time consuming and complicated at the outset but is based on sound /tried and tested principles. If you follow it’s logic it'll give you a great steer and provide a solid base for achieving success.Hilary Garnham, Somerset West Home Delivery

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