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Organic wine firm Vintage Roots returns to growth

Published:  30 April, 2014

Organic wines supplier Vintage Roots has seen sales surge by 12% in the past nine months.

The distributor, based in Hampshire, said growth is coming from both new business and expansion from long-term customers.

The group's new wine list, set to launch in June, will add 60 new organic wines including Gemtree from Australia, Magnien from Burgundy, Terra Tangra from Bulgaria and even a Mongolian wine called Hansen.

New spirits include a seaweed gin from Dà Mhìle, and a rhubarb vodka liqueur from Loch Ness.

Vintage RootsNeil PalmerVintage Roots’ director Neil Palmer said the renewed buzz around organic is helping grow sales.

Director Neil Palmer said: "After several years of sales stagnation, we're really pleased to be experiencing such strong growth again. There's a renewed excitement and buzz around 'organic', with both new outlets and expansion from existing successful clients too.

Vintage Roots' director Neil Palmer said the renewed buzz around organic is helping grow sales.

"As always our approach to carefully planned sourcing and selection is a crucial part of our success, coupled with the attentive service and follow through we offer. We strive to make 'organic' a positive choice for everyone."

Last month reported that overall sales of organic produce increased by 2.8% to £1.79 billion in 2013. This represented the first increase in the UK's organic sector for four years. But sales of organic beers, wines and spirits in supermarkets went against the grain, falling 7.6% in the same period.

The latest annual report from the Soil Association shows that independent retailers led the charge, with shoppers looking for local, specialist and online outlets for products not available in the mainstream multiples. Sales of all types of products through independent retailers increased by 6.9%.

Vintage Roots, which supplies organic and biodynamic wines, beers, and spirits, was set up in 1986. It now lists over 400 certified organic wines, spirits, beers, ciders and soft drinks.