1400sThe history books mention our ancestors (called Tripp) farming in Somerset.
1960s1961 - Roger and Mary Mead set up at Holt Farm, with 30 cows, a few sheep and some crops.1969 - The farm next door came up for sale, so they expanded.
1970s1972 – We opened our doors with a tea room and pick-your-own fruit, and also tried our hand at making yogurt with leftover milk from our clotted cream. It was so good, we took to the roads, selling it locally from our Morris Minor van!
1980sWe enlarged our herd to make more milk, while our yogurt movement gathered momentum. By now, we were a team of 30.
1990s1990 – Roger Mead died, leaving Tim and Mary at the helm of our 135-person business.1994 – We began buying some milk from other organic farmers (the Organic Milk Suppliers Co-operative), and the Yeo Valley Organic brand was born.
2000s2002 – Our first crop of elephant grass was planted – a sustainable biofuel that keeps us warm all winter.2008 – All our land, from the farms to our gardens – was now certified organic.2010 – Our first TV ad hit the screens, followed by another year later.2011 – 50 years in the Valley! We moved our milk bottling over to solar power and we won our third Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development.2012 – Mary Mead is awarded an OBE for her services to sustainable dairy farming.2014 – We joined up with local farmer Luke to host ValleyFest.2015 – We introduced Yeokens on our packs, and opened our canteen to the public.2016 – Yeo Valley was introduced in the Middle East.
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The Organic Milk Suppliers Cooperative
We’re doing everything we can to support British dairy farms, starting with always paying our farmers a fair price for their milk. We’ve worked with some of them for over 20 years – since 1994 in fact, when we helped to create OMSCo (Organic Milk Suppliers Cooperative).
Our partnership with OMSCo means that its members – over 250 organic farms across the UK – are able to keep going, which helps keep rural communities alive and kicking.
Tesco & Fareshare
We’ve Teamed Up With Tesco And Fareshare To Help Fight Food Waste
From time to time, we find ourselves with some extra fruit, so we got together with the good guys at Tesco and FareShare to devise a plan. Enter Left-Yeovers!
Made with the some of the tastiest goodies we have to hand, our Left-Yeovers make sure nothing goes to waste. And with 10p from every pot going to FareShare, we go even further to get good food to the people who need it the most.
Our family of fruit growers
Our family of fruit growers
On a quest for the best organic fruit
Are you an organic fruit grower, or know someone who is? Better still, are you based in the UK? We’re always looking out for people to team up with, so please drop us a line at email@example.com – we’d love to have a chat.
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