Leading event Farm Shop & Deli Show returns to the NEC from 8-10 April with a focus this year on healthy and natural exhibitors
The sector’s leading event for delicatessens, farm shops, restaurants, garden centres, food halls, butcheries and bakeries will be back at the NEC from 8-10 April. For nine years, the show has built a reputation as the unmissable annual event for the speciality food and gifting sector.
This year, the show will shine a light on healthy and natural produce with exhibitors showcasing their products in the ‘Healthy & Natural’ area. Visitors will be able to use it as a one-stop shop to discover a range of natural, vegan-friendly snacks on display by exhibitors, such as Growers Garden. It uses fresh broccoli from its own farms as its number one ingredient, helping to eliminate food waste through the use of 'wonky' veg.
Molhado’s stand is a health and natural must visit to see its cold-pressed extra virgin oils of the finest quality, made using only the best raw ingredients sourced from local farms of Limpopo, South Africa. The range includes Avocado, Apricot Kernel and Macadamia.
Healthy living is an area where consumers are increasingly demanding more choice and innovation and the drinks market has not been exempt from a shift towards products backed by health claims. Cannabis Tea focuses on body and mind botanicals, grown in certified organic farms. The tea is free from pesticides and chemicals, non-gmo and vegan. It has been shown to help people with stress, relaxation, depression, anxiety and pain relief.
Providing another big draw to this area will be Nairn's Oatcakes Ltd. Baking since 1896, Nairn’s award winning products are high in soluble fibre and full of complex carbohydrates giving consumers a natural and wholesome boost. Visitors will also be able to pick up top tips from exhibitors, Taza Bake, the first bread factory to specialise in fresh flat bread (Khobez) in Scotland. Their bread is chemical free and contains no additives.
In addition to ‘Healthy & Natural’ area on the show floor, visitors will also be invited to listen to industry leaders speaking at the Farm Shop & Deli Live Stage. With three days of sessions, visitors can expect to pick up an abundance of advice within this sector, including guidance from David Ware from Greens Brewery; Rob Fink from Big Drop Brewing; and Graeme Louden from CGA, in their discussion on ‘Healthier beer’. The panellists will offer insights into the importance of burgeoning brews from gluten free to zero alcohol.
Another attraction to the Live stage will be ‘Healthy food, healthy profits, “wellthy” consumers’ with Emily Foster, Founder of Glowing Potential. With shoppers now hungry for healthier options that complement a wellness-centric lifestyle, there are plenty of ways for store owners to cash in on this healthy appetite. Visitors can join Emily Foster for insights into maximising profits offered by the $4.2 trillion global wellness market, and to learn how to meet a growing trend with healthy, nutritious and Instagram-friendly food and drink choices.
Visitors focused on a healthy and natural must join David and Stephen Flynn from The Happy Pear in the session ‘Plant based pioneers’. From their legendary café to inspiring Youtube channel, these Irish brothers are on a two-man mission to make plant-based food and drink sexy as The Happy Pear. Discover how they built their empire, overcame challenges along the way, and found the sweet spot where health and wellness fuel a happier way of life.
Farm Shop & Deli Show is co-located National Convenience Show, The Forecourt Show and the second instalment of The Ingredients Show. Together they will bring together suppliers from across the food and drink retail industry.
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