November, 2009 ~ Redwood tops Ethical Company Index in world’s best selling ethical reference guide for fourth year running. “Yet again this company scores fantastically on our overall ethical analysis,” says ECO – The pioneering vegan food company bought earlier this year by charity and animal rights campaigner Heather Mills has just been named the UK’s most ethical vegetarian foods supplier for the fourth year running.
The multi award winning Redwood Wholefood Company, which produces over 50 deliciously different ‘guilt-free’ foods from 100% natural plant-based ingredients, received the accolade in the latest edition of The Good Shopping Guide, the world’s best selling ethical reference book. Published by the Ethical Company Organisation (ECO), the popular guide lists the level of social responsibility of the companies behind hundreds of everyday consumer brands.
After examining the environmental records of all the leading vegetarian foods suppliers, the ECO awarded Redwood an overall rating of 91% in its Ethical Company Index, the highest score.
Factors taken into consideration were Redwood’s progressive attitude towards the environment, human rights and animal welfare. Other vegetarian brands featured in the research were Cauldron Foods, Wicken Fen, Tivall, Realeat, Linda McCartney, Grassingtons and Quorn, who all received lower scores.
“The Good Shopping Guide encourages people to buy Redwood products as yet again this company scores fantastically on our overall ethical analysis,” said William Sankey, research and editorial director at the ECO. “See the book or www.ethical-company-organisation.org for more details on the comparative ethicality of the vegetarian foods sector brands.”
Heather Mills said she was absolutely delighted that Redwood had once again been recognised by the ECO, which sets the benchmark for corporate social responsibility.
“Concern for the environment, human rights and animal welfare has always been at the heart of everything Redwood does,” Heather said. “We pride ourselves in offering the very best in ethical meat-free foods that help people adopt a kinder, more compassionate lifestyle.
“I’d particularly like to thank the incredibly loyal and conscientious employees at Redwood, who believe passionately in all that they do, for their endless support and enthusiasm, because they have made the company what it is today.”
As well as being the leading supplier of vegan foods to the health food trade, Redwood also sells selected ranges under the Cheatin’, Vegideli and Cheezly brand names through supermarket chains, including Waitrose, Morrisons and Tesco.
Among the many innovative foods produced by the company are amazingly realistic Cheatin’ ‘meats’ in ‘bacon’, ‘chicken’ ‘ham’ and ‘beef’ varieties, meat-free turkey and beef style ‘roasts’, pâtés, gourmet burgers, ready-to-eat sausages, fish-style fingers and dairy-free ‘cheese’.
Heather Mills bought Redwood in July this year after revealing she had been a fan of the company and its ethical, compassionate foods for many years. She said buying Redwood had been “a dream come true.”
Redwood has won numerous awards from organisations such as Viva!, The Vegetarian Society, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and The Vegan Society.
Because everything in its range is free from animal ingredients and derivatives as well as cholesterol, lactose, hydrogenated fats and GMOs, Redwood foods are ideal for vegetarians, vegans, people suffering from lactose intolerance and anyone looking for a healthier and more ethical lifestyle.