Britain's original 'seed to bottle producer' of cold pressed rapeseed oil
Duncan Farrington was born and brought up on Bottom Farm in the Northamptonshire village of Hargrave. He is the fourth generation of the Farrington family to farm, and works Bottom Farm in partnership with his father, Robert.
After university, Duncan joined the family business, and Bottom Farm made a perfect place for him and his wife Eli to bring up their children. The financial pressures that a growing family can bring made Duncan realise that the farm had to diversify in order to support them all. Whilst studying at university and observing how Europe was enthusiastically embracing rapeseed oil, Duncan had started to develop a healthy interest in the potential benefits the crop might bring to Bottom Farm. This dedicated research ensured that Duncan’s interest developed into a passion: he truly understood the wonderful culinary properties and nutritional benefits that could be obtained from cold pressed rapeseed oil.
This knowledge and passion was then to be harnessed, as Duncan launched Farrington Oils Ltd, and in 2005 launched Farrington’s MELLOW YELLOW® - a cold pressed rapeseed oil. So determined that the business would be successful, Duncan initially drove round the region’s local shops demonstrating his enthusiasm and commitment to his all-natural product, and persuading them to stock the cooking oil. And now, MELLOW YELLOW® cold pressed rapeseed oil is stocked in hundreds of retail outlets throughout Britain and Ireland and is the primary ingredient in the range of dressings and mayonnaise.
Now, Farrington Oils is a successful thriving business, employing family members, including Duncan’s mother - Angela - who helps bottle the oil, and other full and part-time people from the local area. Duncan says, “I am really proud that MELLOW YELLOW® is a success for Bottom Farm and our area. I don’t get to drive a tractor as much as I did, but that’s a small price to pay.”