Royal honour for Farrington Oils, Northamptonshire sustainable rapeseed oil producer

The Hargrave-based rapeseed oil company was founded in 2005

By Alison Bagley
Thursday, 29th April 2021, 1:00 am
Updated Thursday, 29th April 2021, 7:58 am
Duncan Farrington
Duncan Farrington

Hargrave-based cold pressed rapeseed oil producer, Farrington Oils, has won a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development.

Farrington Oils is one of 205 organisations nationally to be granted a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise today (Thursday, April 29), recognised for its excellence in sustainable development.

Set up in 2005 by Duncan Farrington, Farrington Oils is the UK’s first seed-to-bottle producer of cold pressed rapeseed oil.

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Farrington Oils produce Farrington’s Mellow Yellow Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil.

The Farrington’s Mellow Yellow range now includes oils and salad dressings, all of which use Farrington’s Mellow Yellow Rapeseed Oil.

The brand is available nationally, from Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Ocado, Co-Op, Booths and independent retailers.

The award in in recognition of their approach to sustainability, a commitment to being carbon and plastic neutral and for managing director Duncan Farrington’s work monitoring and increasing the carbon stored in his soils.

Oil drips from the press

He said: “Winning a Queen’s Award for Enterprise is a huge honour, and being awarded it for sustainable development in particular is a real testament to our commitment to the environment.

"Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do and I am so proud to be recognised for our decades of hard work and dedication in this area.

"Now more than ever, we all need to put our planet first, working towards a more sustainable future.

"I hope that seeing a small company from a village in Northamptonshire win such a prestigious award will encourage other small and medium-sized businesses to take the next step in their sustainability journey, so we can all do our bit for the planet.”

Solar panels

Last year, Farrington Oils made history by becoming the manufacturer of the world’s first food product to be certified as both carbon and plastic neutral.

Farrington Oils are signatories of the United Nations Climate Neutral Now Initiative pledge and have achieved the Carbon Neutral Gold Standard.

They have partnered with rePurpose Global to become plastic neutral and fund the removal of the same amount of plastic from the environment as used in their packaging.

Now in its 55th year, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious business awards in the country.

Duncan testing the soil

Following on from their award win, Farrington Oils will be continuing their sustainability work with Duncan Farrington involved in an EU funded project called AgricaptureCO2 working towards creating a globally recognised standard for measuring soil carbon content.