Warehouse automation provides ‘new growth’ for Riverford, the veg box pioneer

• Riverford Organic Farmers has adopted warehouse automation to improve customer choice and delivery performance at the doorstep.
• Daifuku, the world’s leading material handling specialist, advised Riverford on the choice of technology as well as implementation.
• New automation at Riverford’s Devon headquarters has given each delivery driver an hour back per day, thanks to increased warehouse efficiency.
• Pick-to-light technology has facilitated more sophisticated product choice for customers, enabling the introduction of more products as well as bespoke recipe boxes.

Riverford Organic Farmers, Britain’s largest supplier of organic produce, has engaged Daifuku to introduce automated picking, packing and conveyor technology into its headquarters in Buckfastleigh, Devon.

Founded by entrepreneur Guy Singh-Watson, the veg box business has carefully introduced automation to elements of its warehousing function to further improve the efficiency of its nationwide delivery service. Crucially, new technology has also enabled the £57 million turnover company to offer its customers an even wider selection of ethically-produced, organic products which include bespoke recipes.