Sponsors

The Soil Association 2011 conference is kindly supported by:

Lead sponsor

Duchy Originals

Waitrose
Waitrose has 241 shops in England, Scotland and Wales. Regularly voted 'Britain's favourite supermarket', Waitrose combines the convenience of a supermarket with the expertise and service of a specialist shop - dedicated to offering quality food that has been responsibly sourced combined with high standards of customer service.
www.waitrose.com

Feature sponsors

Community Foods Established in 1971, Community Foods are the UK’s leading importer of organic dried fruit, nuts, seeds, pulses, grains and related commodities. Community Foods source ingredients from many countries around the world, always trying to ensure the highest quality, and the best ethical farming practices are used.

Crazy Jack is a range of top quality, 100% organic, dried fruits, nuts, pulses, seeds, rice, syrups and snacks, representing the best organic quality you can buy. See what we do at www.crazyjack.co.uk.
Ecotricity
 
Ecotricity is an energy company with a difference - dedicated to changing the way energy is made. We take the money our customers spend on electricity and gas and invest it in clean forms of power like wind energy, and soon sun. We have been building wind turbines and selling electricity across the country since 1996 and began offering ‘dual fuel’ (electricity and gas) last year. We power over 40,000 homes and 5,000 businesses and supply people like Lush, the Co-operative Bank and Oxfam.

We are proud to support the Soil Association, as one of their long-standing partners. We make a donation towards their work for each Soil Association member, or new member, who switches to us. Switching is easy and is the biggest single step you can take to reduce your emissions and protect the environment. To join us and help the Soil Association, you can sign up online at: www.ecotricity.co.uk or call 08000 302 302, quoting ‘Soil Association promotion’. Alternatively, chat to us at the conference and find out more.  
Food for Life Partnership The Food for Life Partnership aims to transform food culture by working with schools and communities, giving them the opportunity to take responsibility for their own health and impact on the environment through inspiring and supporting them to grow vegetables, cook, visit farms and eating real, wholesome food.

The programme is a third-sector coalition of food and health promotion charities - the Soil Association, the Focus on Food Campaign, the Health Education Trust and Garden Organic. Together we are working with more than 3,000 schools across England to transform school meals and food culture, supported by a BIG Lottery grant of £16.9 million over five years.
www.foodforlife.org.uk
Green and Black's
 
Green & Black's was founded in 1991 by Craig Sams and Josephine Fairley. The world's first organic chocolate brand, Green & Black's has always sought to deliver indulgence alongside a sustainable business ethos. Green & Black's is undoubtedly the foodies chocolate and has been voted the UK's coolest food brand for four successive years.

As Green & Black's celebrates its 20th birthday, the brand is now spreading its geographical wings with fast growing sales in the US natural foods channel and distribution as far a field as Australia and Canada. In 1994, Green & Black's Maya Gold became the world's first Fairtrade certified product and in 2011 Green & Black's are delighted to be converting their entire chocolate range to Fairtrade. To celebrate the 20th anniversary, the brand has recently launched its second chocolate recipe book and we are delighted to supply all conference attendees with a complimentary copy.

Green & Black's congratulates the ongoing great work of the Soil Association and we are delighted to be a sponsor of this year's conference.
www.greenandblacks.com
Triodos
 
At Triodos, our mission is to make money work for positive social, environmental and cultural change. We only lend money to people and organisations working to make the world a better place. As Europe's leading sustainable bank, we’ve been involved in the organic sector for over 30 years. It means we've extensive experience and in-depth expertise that can help organic businesses grow.
 
In the UK, our lending to organic businesses now accounts for a third of all borrowing and we work with around 200 organic producers and farms. We work closely with the Soil Association, providing its banking services and funding its important research. We also take part in 'conversion' events to encourage and support conventional farmers switching to organic methods. But there's much more to the organic sector than just farming. Triodos is involved with businesses producing and retailing everything from beauty products to vegan chocolate. Find out what Triodos can do for you and your organisation at www.triodos.co.uk, or call us free on 0800 328 2181.
Produce World Produce World manages numerous fresh produce supply chains for selected partners in retail, manufacturing and food service sectors. We are experts in organic produce and offer a diverse range of vegetables across potatoes, root crops, brassicas and alliums. Our five UK based business units include RB Organic, Solanum, Isleham Fresh Produce, Rustler Produce and Marshalls. Each site operates autonomously with additional central support from financial, IT, HR and training departments from the Produce World Head Office.

Since the company's inception in 1898, it has been built and expanded using strong ethical values: this business premise is still maintained today by the fourth generation of the Burgess family and our expert management team. Produce World's sourcing is a mixture of own grown, joint-ventures and collaborative working with dedicated grower groups both in the UK and overseas. We look forward to sponsoring the Soil Association conference in February 2010.

Supporter sponsors

Bart Spices Corman Organic
Cocoa Loco Duerr's
Fyffes Grove Organic Fruit Co
Kantar Worldpanel Marriage's - The Master Millers
Natracare Omsco
Organico Simply Gentle Organic
Westons cider