10 Reasons to Visit Farm Shop & Deli Show

Registration is now open for Farm Shop & Deli Show; the flagship event which brings together the great and good of the speciality market to celebrate the very best of British produce, returning this March (30th March -1st April, NEC Birmingham).

Visitors keen to experience 2020’s most comprehensive programme of demonstrations, interactive live debates and tastings, all focused on improving the bottom line can go to: https://www.farmshopanddelishow.co.uk today to register for their completely free badge.

With the show’s dateline fast approaching, we provide a tantalising glimpse of just some of the highlights that visitors can expect to see.  


#1. Get future-ready: what’s next for food (12.50, 31st March 2020)

AI, robotics and tech-led farms may sound like sci-fi to some, but they’re already fuelling the food and drink industry across the world. With the expertise of esteemed Food Futurist, Tony Hunter and other key panellists we’ll investigate what’s happening now and next with advice on advances coming down the pipeline, the powers shaping our sector and how to ensure delegates are fully future-ready.


#2. Dragon’s Pantry (16.00, 31st March & 14.20, 1st April 2020)

Ready to witness the ultimate retail test? Watch and learn as brave entrepreneurs meet our fearsomely experienced industry ‘dragons’ to make their 15-minute pitch. Success could bring a new listing and coverage in The Grocer, while everyone gets invaluable insights into what works in-store.


#3. Farm Shop & Deli Awards Finals 2020 (15.10, 30th March 2020)

The Farm Shop & Deli Awards, in partnership with The Grocer have been launched to recognise the very best standards in speciality retail and to celebrate the highest levels of service, product knowledge, initiative, innovation and community involvement. It’s now time to recognise the speciality retailers leading the sector in customer service, innovation and community involvement at our 2020 Awards. Plus, our chairman of judges and notable food and drink broadcaster Nigel Barden will catch up with last year’s overall winner, Richard Nicholson of Cannon Hall Farm Shop, for a live interview, sharing the secrets of their success and explaining how the award helped them grow.


#4. Fermentation nation: matching craft beer and cheese masterclass (11.50, 30th March 2020)

It's not just craft beer undergoing a revolution in the UK. Artisan cheese is also enjoying a revival – with both products offering retailers opportunities for increased sales. So, join renowned food journalist & cheese writer Patrick McGuigan in this fun tasting session, where he’ll match some of Britain's best cheeses and beers, plus tips on driving profits.


#5. Eco-retail: making our sector sustainable (12.40, 30th March 2020)

Find out how the right choices can improve your profits and carbon footprint. Chaired by Holly Shackleton, Editor, Speciality Food Magazine she will be joined by our thought-leaders who will look at waste, packaging and more with easy and effective ways to ‘green’ your shelves. Practical advice will take in everything from innovative formats to simple switches to help make businesses more sustainable.


#6. Strange bedfellows? How farm shops and plant-powered brands can work together (14.10, 30th March 2020)

Can farm shops and plant-powered brands work together for mutual growth? We’ll reveal all with an insight-packed panel featuring influencers, pioneers and a former beef and dairy farmer (and documentary star) turned plant-based advocate. Learn how both sectors can unite for the good of their businesses, the planet and customers.


#7. Moveable feasts: mobile farm shops 15.10, 31st March 2020

Location can be a farm shop's Achilles’ heel – especially as some shoppers won’t travel. Meanwhile grocery and restaurant home delivery become ever more popular. So, is going mobile the solution? Hear from stores including Edward Johnstone, owner of the Sussex Peasant, who’ve decided to go on the road and explore the challenges and opportunities.


#8. Turn silver into gold: targeting older consumers (12.00 31st March 2020)

Old is now gold for the speciality sector. By 2037 there will be more over-65s in the UK than ever before – with over-50s now responsible for almost half of consumer spending (£320m a year). Come and learn how to tap into this lucrative older market, as we assemble a panel of leading experts, thinkers and business analysts including Ian Davis, Commercial Manager Wellington Health and Fitness and David Sinclair, Director International Longevity Centre for a unique panel session.


#9. Innovation, innovation, innovation!

The Farm Shop & Deli Show floor will be alive with more than 90 new product launches, with exhibitors including Beckford’s, Dalston Soda, Gasm Drinks, Potts Partnership, Saintly Foods and Woodmill Game, bringing their latest new innovations and initiatives to the show floor.

To see more of what’s on offer ahead of the show and plan ahead, visitors can go to: https://www.farmshopanddelishow.co.uk and select the ‘Innovation@’ product category, which aggregates each and every new launch at the show.

#10. Don’t just take our word for it...

These delegates took a day out of their busy schedules for The Farm Shop & Deli Show and couldn’t be happier that they did.

″It's very difficult in this day and age to actually find new things, you have to keep changing it up all the time so it’s really good to come to something like this.″

John Duhigg, Owner, Dornoch Stores


″There is lots of inspiration for a seasonal farm shop. I've been able to meet new people and see and try products in person.″

Nicola Gilbert, Court Farm & Leisure


The UK Food Shows unite five co-located shows under one roof, covering the complete supply chain in three comprehensive days of insight, innovation and inspiration. Food & Drink Expo joins Foodex, The Ingredients Show, National Convenience Show and Farm Shop & Deli Show, to create an unmissable proposition for progressive food and drink professionals across the industry.

While the content of each co-located show has been tailored to meet the exacting requirements of its respective audience, The UK Food Shows are united by four overarching themes: Health & Nutrition, Sustainability, Technology and Consumer Insight; issues faced unilaterally that will filter down into every part of the show discourse.  

The UK Food Shows are a product of the award-winning team at William Reed.