Better Food's history
Better Food was established by Phil Haughton in 1992 as an organic delivery service, operating from a warehouse in St Werburghs.
In 1998 Better Food became a limited company.
In 2003 Better Food moved to its current location in the Proving House in St Werburghs, and became a more conventional retail outlet, still committed to its organic and local principals.
Since 2004 Better Food has also sold fresh produce grown on a 24 acre site 8 miles from Bristol in Chew Magna, originally managed by the company and now managed by/in collaboration with The Community Farm. The Community Farm is a not-for-profit community organisation founded by, among others, Phil Haughton, Better Food’s MD, which aims to put people back in touch with the land. The Farm manage the Better Food Company’s wholesale business and veg box scheme.
In 2006, the St Werburghs shop extended to fill the entire ground floor area of the Proving House so as to increase its product range and open the café.
In October 2010, we opened a second store on Whiteladies Road. The Clifton-based food hall and deli remains true to the company’s local, organic and ethical principles and increases accessibility to organic food in the city.
In 2016, our third store opened at Wapping Wharf, in Bristol city centre. With the best offer on organic, local and independent produce in the area, the latest store and cafe is the perfect stop for residents in south Bristol.
In 2017 we celebrated our 25th Anniversary, and spent the year celebrating the innovative businesses we work with, continuing to support the ever-growing range of creative and pragmatic talent we are proud to have as part of our business and food community. We also launched our bold Streets to Kitchen campaign, working with two local charities to help people off the streets and into the kitchen, learning how to cook and serve food for themselves and others.
Better Food has been awarded the Soil Association’s BOOM Award (Best Independent Organic Retailer) in 2016 (Finalist) and 2017 (Winner)
We have been awarded a Fairtrade South West Business Award (Multiple Retailer) in 2016 (Gold) and 2017 (Silver)
In 2017, we were the first cafes in England to be awarded the Soil Association’s Organic Served Here Award and again in 2018 (both at 4 stars)