30 November 2022
Two days left to enter.
BRITISH potato businesses have two days left to enter the Soil Association Certification's Best of Organic Market Awards 2023 which honour the farms, brands, businesses and people behind the UK’s organic industry. Entry is open to all certified organic businesses.
Now in their 10th year, the bi-annual BOOM Awards are a celebration of excellence across organic farming, beauty and wellbeing, fashion and textiles and food and drink. Closing date for entries is Wednesday, (December 1st) at 11.59pm.
Entry is free for any small Soil Association-certified businesses*, in recognition of these challenging times and with generous support from sponsors Huboo, CH&Co, Clearspring, Diversified Communications, English Tea Shop, Natracare, Norlo, Ooooby, Rachel’s Organic, RB Organic Ltd, Robin Appel Ltd. and Yarrah.
Commercial & Marketing Director for Soil Association Certification, Alex Cullen, said: “We are delighted to launch the BOOM Awards 2023. These are the first and only organic awards recognising the fantastic products, services and practitioners of organic in the UK.
“The organic market has exploded since 2019, and despite the current challenging times it continues to show great resilience. We are confident that the market will grow from strength to strength as more consumers choose sustainable and planet friendly products. The organic standard offers people the reassurance that food has been produced in a way that works with nature to protect soil, encourage wildlife and help tackle the climate crisis. The organic brands, retailers and businesses of today demonstrate amazing innovation, even in the face of huge disruptions and challenges.
“The BOOM Awards are an opportunity for organic farm and businesses to showcase their products and new initiatives, celebrate success, generate media coverage and increase sales and listings.”
The Farming and Business Awards will be judged remotely in May. Finalists will be contacted shortly after the judging to confirm they have been shortlisted for an award, and by the beginning of June 2023 at the latest. The BOOM Awards ceremony taking place on 5th July 2023 in Bristol.
Soil Association Certification Senior Business Development Manager Sophie Kirk said: "Despite the challenges facing farmers and the organic industry, we continue to see extraordinary innovation and diversification amongst organic farm businesses who are raising the bar to deliver efficiencies on farm and environmental and ethical benefits such as biodiversity, animal welfare, carbon capture and soil health. We continue to see new entrants entering the organic sector and are looking forward to seeing a record number of entries for the Best of Organic Farming Awards – over and under 10 hectares.
“The BOOM Awards offer valuable recognition and profile for those farmers at the vanguard of the organic movement and ultimately helps to inspire future generations of farmers to embrace organic and agroecological practices."
2021 Winner of the Best Organic Farming (over 10 hectares), Godminster Farm and company owner Richard Hollingbery said: " We are very proud that we have won the Soil Association BOOM Awards, It’s taken 30 years of really hard work. With the publicity that’s come from it, it’s helped put Godminster on the map. We’ve always told a story of the link between the farm and the cheese, it’s make’s it much more farm to fork. It’s a great honour and a great thrill.”
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