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Riverford Organic
Riverford Organic franchise delivers fresh organic produce to local people by the most direct route possible. They are the UK's leading organic produce delivery company which has sustained year-on-year growth.
Franchise Information
  • BFA Membership StatusFull
  • UK Years Established30 years
  • Current UK Coverage90%
  • Franchisee Support Staff7
  • Personal Investment Req.£12,500
  • Total Startup Cost£24,000
  • Home-based business locationYes
  • Business to consumer servicesYes
  • Franchisee operates individuallyYes
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A Record-Breaking Christmas for Riverford

12th January 2017

A Record-Breaking Christmas for Riverford

Riverford Organic Farmers, best known for their iconic veg boxes, are celebrating after a very successful Christmas sales period.

Riverford’s farm staff and network of franchisees worked flat out leading up to Christmas to ensure customers received safe delivery of their Christmas veg, meat and more.

Christmas delivery week has always been the busiest time of year for Riverford and 2016 was no exception. They saw a record-breaking increase in deliveries, as sales were up by over 15% and the average order value rose by 4.9% compared to 2015, turning over more than £2 million in the two weeks prior to Christmas.

Sales of their high welfare, organic meat contributed to the increase with nearly 9000 deliveries including meat compared to less than 7000 in 2015.

Riverford, who will be celebrating 30 years of business this year, believe the key is knowing what their customers want. Their core range performs well year on year, with customers adding cheese, wine and seasonal products like handmade mince pies and Christmas puddings to their orders. This year their new nut roast proved to be a popular product.

Riverford’s Franchise Services Manager Nigel Loveridge believes there are other contributing factors:
"We’ve recently rebranded and have worked hard to tell the story Riverford and its core values of good food, good farming and good business. We want the focus to be on where our produce comes from, how it’s grown and the people that are involved."

Riverford’s Managing Director Rob Haward explained:
"To grow, source, plan, market, pack and deliver this volume of food in one week was a mountainous challenge. Our spirit, commitment and hard work (combined with great planning) were up to the challenge. Everyone from our growers, pickers, packers, drivers, office staff and franchisee network worked extremely hard; I feel proud of what we have accomplished together."

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Riverford Invests in New Packaging TechnologyRiverford Invests in New Packaging Technology

11th December 2017

Riverford have introduced new packaging technology which reduces the time franchisees and drivers spend at a customers’ doorsteps.

Riverford Ditches Plastic Nets In Favour Of Biodegradable AlternativeRiverford Ditches Plastic Nets In Favour Of Biodegradable Alternative

30th November 2017

Riverford have ditched plastic nets in favour of a biodegradable alternative made from beech tree pulp.

Riverford’s Nick Kington Celebrates his Successful First YearRiverford’s Nick Kington Celebrates his Successful First Year

23rd November 2017

As Christmas rapidly approaches, Riverford’s Nick Kington is celebrating his first year as a Riverford business owner.

Riverford Celebrates Double MilestoneRiverford Celebrates Double Milestone

22nd August 2017

Riverford Organic reaches two impressive milestones in August 2017.

Riverford Wins at BOOM AwardsRiverford Wins at BOOM Awards

10th July 2017

Riverford celebrates as founder, Guy Watson, is named Best Organic Farmer at the BOOM Awards.

Riverford celebrate 30 years of Business at Annual Franchise ConferenceRiverford celebrate 30 years of Business at Annual Franchise Conference

6th July 2017

Riverford Organic marks 30 years since founder Guy Watson began growing veg on his parents’ Devon farm.

A Decade Of Deliveries For Riverford FranchiseeA Decade Of Deliveries For Riverford Franchisee

12th June 2017

Riverford franchisees, Andrew Wilson and Susan Taylor, are celebrating a decade of deliveries.

Riverford’s Newest Team Raring To Live Life on the Veg!Riverford’s Newest Team Raring To Live Life on the Veg!

5th June 2017

Grant Hughes and Elizabet Caminade-Lavault are the latest franchisees to join Riverford’s network of veg box delivery teams.

Riverford Raises Awareness Through The Veg FundRiverford Raises Awareness Through The Veg Fund

16th May 2017

Riverford's The Veg Fund scheme works in partnership with local schools, charities and other organisations to help them raise money.


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