Yeo Valley Canteen handed four stars for organic food

PUBLISHED: 17:00 04 December 2018

Yeo Valley staff celebrating its four-star rating from Organic Served Here. Picture: Yeo Valley

Yeo Valley staff celebrating its four-star rating from Organic Served Here. Picture: Yeo Valley

Yeo Valley

An environmentally-friendly business has been commended for its commitment to organic food.

Yeo Valley Canteen and Garden Café, in Blagdon, has achieved an Organic Served Here award with four stars for serving 75-95 per cent organic ingredients on its menu.

Organic Served Here, an award scheme run by the Soil Association, celebrates and raises awareness of restaurants’ and cafés’ commitment to serving organic food, using a star rating for the percentage of organic ingredients on the menu – it is the only award of its kind in the UK.

Yeo Valley’s staff canteen opened to the public in 2015 so visitors could enjoy locally-sourced and organic food.

The business’ food ambassador, Paul Collins, said: “Our ethos here is to keep it local, organic and simple.

“That approach to food runs right through the Yeo Valley business and our canteen.

“Whether it is our dairy products, the beef we rear on our farms or the vegetables we grow in our organic garden, we have the same attitude. It is not fine-dining, but I think that’s what our customers like about us.”

For Yeo Valley to earn its fifth star, it must source 95-100 per cent of its ingredients organically and then be audited by Soil Association.

Business development manager for the Soil Association, Sarah Jupp, said: “Having helped Yeo Valley to find additional organic certified food suppliers, we understand the lengths to which they have gone to serve responsibly sourced ingredients to their customers.

“We are very proud to reinforce its sustainable ethos through the Organic Served Here award.

“With 40 per cent of meals now eaten outside of the home, chefs can play an important role in shaping the food we eat and how it’s grown.

“By sourcing organically, Organic Served Here award holders are helping to reduce air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions, providing a better quality of life for animals, and reducing the use of pesticides in our food.”

Yeo Valley is Britain’s biggest organic brand and was established in 1994.

Its flagship business is in Blagdon but the company also has two bases in Highbridge and Cheddar.

To find out more about Organic Served Here, visit 
www.soilassociation.org/osh

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