BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 06 July '19

Soil Association celebrates the best of organic at this year’s awards ceremony

The best in sustainable food and farming has been celebrated with the Best of Organic Market (BOOM) Awards, announced at a prestigious ceremony at Oval Space, London.

Run by Soil Association Certification, the UK’s largest organic certification body, the BOOM awards ceremony saw organic brands, products and people crowned as the best in their field.

My Green Pod Heroes Yeo Valley, Tideford Organics and Clearspring all received awards at the event, which was attended by over 300 guests from major retailers, organic brands and industry figures.

Prizes were awarded to food and drink products judged on their taste and quality by expert panels from the industry.

Creating sustainable change

Other categories recognised the organic businesses and pioneers who are doing things differently and creating sustainable change in the world.

The final award of the night went to the Nation’s Favourite organic product, voted for by the public. Godminster’s Vintage Organic Cheddar was crowned as the UK’s most-loved organic product following a tight contest that saw over 300 products nominated and 4,000 votes cast.

2019’s food and drink BOOM award winners

BEST OF ORGANIC DAIRY

Godminster, Vintage Organic Cheddar
A delicious, creamy vintage organic cheddar in Godminster’s distinctive burgundy wax.

BEST OF ORGANIC PANTRY

Hembridge Organics, Organic Raspberry Jam
Deliciously ripe English grown organic raspberries are cooked in small batches to give an intense, full flavour.

BEST OF ORGANIC FRESH PRODUCE

Bothen Hill, Organic Asparagus
Organically grown asparagus from West Dorset’s largest organic vegetable grower.

BEST NEW ORGANIC PRODUCT

Pip Organic, Rainbow Fruity Lollies with Cheeky Veg
Fruity ice lollies with five real organic fruit & vegetable segments.

BEST OF ORGANIC SNACKS

Nairn’s Oatcakes Limited, Organic Super Seeded Oatcakes
Packed full of wholegrain oats, as well as flax, sunflower and chia seeds for extra crunch.

BEST OF ORGANIC CHILLED & FROZEN

Tideford Organics, Lentil + Spinach Dhal Soup
Lightly spiced dhal with plenty of plant-based protein and Vitamin A.

BEST OF ORGANIC MEAT & POULTRY

Higher Hacknell Farm, Organic Lamb Cutlets
Deliciously tender lamb, for grill, barbecue, frying or casserole.

BEST OF ORGANIC SPECIALIST DIET

Clive’s Pies, Organic Creamy Mushroom Pie
A hearty plant-based pie filled with organic mushrooms in a herby sauce.

BEST OF ORGANIC CONFECTIONERY

Original Beans, Zoque 88% Spirited Dark, Selva Zoque, Mexico
Dark chocolate with tropical aromas of lychee amongst a coconut and cocoa-rich body with a smooth melt.

BEST OF ORGANIC BABY & CHILDREN’S PRODUCTS

Lower Hurst Organic, Organic Beef & Carrot Meatballs
Organic beef and vegetable mince made with fresh organic ingredients.

BEST OF ORGANIC BAKERY

Daylesford Organic, Organic Beetroot Sourdough
Made with the juice and gratings of fresh market garden beetroot, featuring an earthy flavour and dark pink colour.

BEST OF ORGANIC NON-ALCOHOLIC DRINKS

Brocton Leys, Organic Apple Juice
Delicious organic apple juice from a hidden organic garden in south Staffordshire

BEST OF ORGANIC ALCOHOLIC DRINKS

Davenport Vineyards, 2017 Diamond Fields Pinot Noir
English organic Pinot Noir, grown on a south facing sandy clay soil site.

BEST OF ORGANIC SCOTTISH PRODUCT

Island Bakery Organics Ltd, Lemon Melts
Irresistible tangy treats dipped in ridiculously rich white chocolate

‘The organic market is booming, with more people than ever looking for, talking about and choosing organic. Small steps can make a big difference in supporting our environment, and by choosing organic we are all playing our part in supporting a more sustainable food system, working with nature to protect the soil, encourage wildlife, avoid antibiotics and reduce pesticide use.

‘Organic businesses have always been innovators and pioneers, and I’m delighted that we’ve been able to celebrate some of the very best through the BOOM awards, which get bigger and better each year.’

CLARE MCDERMOTT
Business development director for Soil Association Certification

Non-food and drink awards

BEST OF ORGANIC INDEPENDENT RETAILERS

Locavore Community Interest Company
A social enterprise building a more sustainable local food system which is better for the local economy, the environment and its communities.

BEST OF ORGANIC EATING OUT

Riverford Field Kitchen
An organic dining experience dedicated to growing and cooking seasonal, organic food with vegetables and herbs picked daily from their farm and field kitchen.

BEST OF ORGANIC BOX SCHEMES

Riverford Organic Farmers
A box that chooses varieties for flavour rather than appearance. In 2018, Riverford delivered around 45,000 boxes per week of veg, fruit, grass fed organic meat and more.

BEST OF ORGANIC ONLINE RETAILING

Ocado
An online grocery delivery service which added 600 new organic products to its organic ranges in 2018, providing extensive options for the organic shopper.

BEST OF ORGANIC SUPERMARKETS

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd
Working closely with some amazing organic growers and producers, Sainsburys are continuing to satisfy growing customer demand for organic products.

BEST ORGANIC FOOD BLOGGER

Gluts & Gluttony, Kathy Slack
Kathy writes a blog about the harvest she gets from her beloved organic vegetable patch, how she grows organically and cooking.

BEST ORGANIC FARMER

Jo and Tim Budden, Higher Hacknell Farm
Farming organically, Jo and Tim have created a system which offers many common-sense answers to the problems facing agriculture, the food industry and our environment.

BEST OF ORGANIC INNOVATION

The Organic Pantry Ltd
A thriving wholesale business, box scheme and onsite farm shop, with an extensive online shop for organic fruit, vegetables and meat.

BEST ORGANIC EXPORT COMPANY

Clearspring
Family owned business who have been committed for over 25 years to pioneering authentic Japanese specialities and organic fine foods.

BEST ORGANIC PACKAGING INITIATIVE

Arla Foods, Arla Organic Eco Cycle Bottle
A new(ish) milk bottle that maximises recycled content, containing 50% recycled material and is fully recyclable.

BEST ORGANIC MARKETING CAMPAIGN

Yeo Valley, Yeo Kefir Marketing Campaign
A campaign which shared a snapshot of content around fermentation, microbiome, live bacteria and gut health coming from a selection of experts and enthusiasts in this field.

A booming market

The Soil Association is the UK’s leading membership charity campaigning for healthy, humane and sustainable food, farming and land use. Founded in 1946 by farmers, scientists, doctors and nutritionists to promote the connection between the health of the soil, food, animals, people and the environment.

Today the organic market is booming, with the market worth a record £2.33bn following seven years of sales growth, according Soil Association Certification’s 2019 Organic Market Report.

The next big event in the organic calendar is Organic September. Retailers, brands and food services are encouraged to get involved, and Soil Association Certification will be running events, demonstrations and pop-ups across food, beauty and textiles throughout September, including Organic September Saturday on 14 September.