The judges said they were impressed by the chain’s commitment to the environment and to selling UK and locally produced organic food. It was also commended on the quality and choice of its organic produce, its commitment to ethical trading and animal welfare and its levels of customer satisfaction.
Soil Association marketing director Martin Cottingham said: “Sainsbury has shown genuine support to UK organic farmers. Nearly all organic beef, pork, lamb and dairy items are home produced. It has also reduced carbon dioxide emissions from its fleet and developed packaging that’s more environmentally friendly.”
London-based home delivery service Abel & Cole was voted organic retailer of the year for nurturing small suppliers.
Pammy Riggs, an organic chicken farmer from Devon, was voted Organic Business Person of the Year.