VegBox Recipes

Press Release - 30th January 2007

Winners Of 2006 Veg Box Scheme Awards Announced

Link to high res version. Following an excellent response from UK veg box scheme customers, voting closed in the 2006 Veg Box Scheme Awards on 31st December 2006.

Today, Veg Box Recipes, who sponsored the awards, are pleased to announce the winners.


Two Winners Chosen

Due to the high standard shown by the best-rated schemes in the country, it was decided to award two prizes, rather than one.

Winner - Veg Box Scheme Of 2006

Linscombe Farm in Devon www.linscombe.co.uk

"A large number of schemes received such excellent feedback that picking the winner was a difficult choice," says Clare Josa, of VegBox-Recipes.co.uk, "But Linscombe Farm won because their customers told us they are providing a consistently high level of quality and friendly service, in addition to growing the produce themselves, so minimising food miles. Their customers particularly praised them for how fresh the produce is and the variety in the boxes."

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Helen Case, of Linscombe Farm, says:
"We are absolutely thrilled to win this award. Producing an exciting weekly box, entirely from produce we grow ourselves on our farm is hard work and challenging, but we believe it is the only way to ensure our boxes contain the freshest quality vegetables.

"Nutrition is linked to the vitality of the produce and you are what you eat after all! That our customers voted for us to win this award shows they appreciate our efforts, enjoy our vegetables and the process of cooking and eating them, and that makes it all worthwhile."




Highly Commended
An additional prize of Highly Commended was awarded to:

The Wild Star Food Company in Sheffield www.wildstarfood.com

Clare Josa says, "The feedback from Wild Star's customers showed they are doing such a good job that we had to recognise their efforts. They are providing excellent, friendly customer service, great quality fruit and vegetables and their weekly newsletter and recipe suggestions are very popular."


Emma Boardwell, of Wildstar, says:
"We are really giddy to have been given the highly commended award from veg-box recipes. We always put customer service as our number one priority, and feel privileged as a small but rapidly growing scheme to be recognised for this.

"We feel that receiving a box from Wild Star should always be a treat, and have built a service offering flexibility and variety to ensure that 'box boredom' never sets in.

"We are chuffed to bits that our customers have been so generous in their praise, and we will continue to strive to keep them happy!"



National Survey Of Veg Box Customers

The competition also formed part of a National Survey of Veg Box Customers.

The results have been analysed and compiled into a free report covering:
  • what customers expect from their box schemes
  • how well schemes are meeting these needs
  • future trends in the veg box market
Read the survey press release to download your free copy of the report.




About The Awards

The 2006 Veg Box Scheme Awards aimed to recognise the hard work put in by those who run veg box delivery services, as well as encouraging best practise within the industry.

Sponsored by VegBox-Recipes.co.uk, the awards celebrate the achievement of those running box schemes.

"There's much more to running a box scheme than filling cardboard boxes with vegetables and delivering them round the neighbourhood," says Clare Josa of Veg Box Recipes.

"It takes planning, commitment and enthusiasm, even at times when the rest of us would rather be lounging in the sun or cosy by the fire. That's why we ran the 2006 Veg Box Scheme Awards. We were looking for the best (and the worst!) of the bunch."

Box scheme providers were rated by their customers on quality, flexibility, variety, service and value for money.

Customers also had their say on what their veg box scheme is doing well and what they could do to improve.




Notes to editor - about VegBox-Recipes.co.uk

Over 50% of people who give up on their veg box scheme do so because they don't know how to cook the vegetables they receive.

VegBox-Recipes.co.uk aims to solve this problem by providing veg-box-friendly recipes that make it easy to use even obscure veg box ingredients.

The recipes use seasonal food, with a strong UK-grown bias.

Veg box schemes support the local food economy and reduce the burden on the environment, as well as providing fresher, more local food than supermarkets. Our research shows that subscribing to a box scheme improves your diet, by increasing the amount of vegetables you eat and getting them to you while they're still fresh and full of nutrients.

Contact Details:

Clare Josa
Phone: 01425 403 408

Email: contact us
Web: www.vegbox-recipes.co.uk



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