Now in its ninth year, The Farm Shop and Deli Show is as always, packed with delicious discoveries and passionate producers and suppliers. Whether you’re interested in sampling some of the latest gins and craft ales or looking at reducing plastic use in store – it’s all here under one roof. Here are just a few ideas, innovations and trends you might like to look out for on your visit to the show.
The viral vegan sensation
On the Mummy Meagz stand (N98) show visitors will find the team behind the vegan cream egg that became a national sensation. The eggs have been featured everywhere from Sky News to the Daily Mail. Thanks to this success Mummy Meagz is fast becoming one of the most recognisable vegan brands in the UK. Show visitors won’t want to miss out on sampling the company’s current range of Rocky Road Cake Bars, targeted at the vegan and gluten free confectionary grab and go market.
The award winners
The show really does bring together some of the best suppliers to the farm shop sector. Testament to this is just how many of the show’s passionate exhibitors have award-winning products and services. Winner’s of last year’s Great Taste Golden Fork for the best food or drink from Northern Ireland, Natural Umber, will be on stand L81 with their Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, which was a hit with the Great Taste judges. While producer of premium sparking presses, Radnor Hills (stand N101) was recently highlighted in London Stock Exchange Group’s 1,000 Companies to inspire Britain report, which celebrates the UK’s fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium-sized businesses. Another award-winning exhibitor you won’t want to miss is The EPOS Bureau on stand D81, who have just scooped Supplier of the Year at the National Farm Retailing Association Awards. Visit their stand to find out why they are recommended by both the Guild of Fine Food and FARMA.
The problem-solving sink
With a variety of fresh produce usually on offer at deli counters and farm shops, appropriate hand-washing facilities are important – but what if it’s not easy to access the plumbing and fit a traditional sink? Enter Teal Patents (stand L49) and their portable hand wash units for caterers. Teal sinks are perfect for the food and catering industries, maintaining high levels of hand hygiene, placed wherever needed, with no plumbing required. Visit the stand to find out why they’re ideal for street food suppliers, retailers, farmers’ markets and kiosks, outside catering, fast food outlets, ice cream vendors, coffee kiosks and sandwich bars.
The proud family businesses
The institute for Family Business estimates that more than a quarter of UK GDP comes from family-owned businesses. You’ll find a strong showing of successful family businesses at this year’s show, from dynamic start-ups to well-established brands with decades of history behind them. First time exhibitors Packaging for Retail (stand B100) are husband and wife team who supply beautiful packaging to artisan producers who need smaller quantities. While Ahmad Tea (stand D89) is a Hampshire based, family owned business with four generations of expertise, founded on a commitment to great tea and good causes. Over on stand D77 you’ll find ward-winning family business Tim’s Dairy, who are celebrating 70 years of producing delicious yogurt by launching a brand-new range of Greek style yogurts called ‘The London Collection’. These are just a few of the family businesses exhibiting, visit the show and you’ll have the chance to meet many others.
The alcoholic indulgence with a health conscience
When you think about premixed alcoholic drinks, sugar and preservatives can spring to mind – but this is not the case with Silver Swift Drinks (stand J87). Rose Unwin, a semi-elite endurance athlete founded Silver Swift in 2017 with a vision to create a uniquely delicious range of premixed spritzers with a health conscience. Rose’s lifestyle choices revolve around health and well-being, she competes in half Ironman triathlons and other ultra-endurance events in her spare time. The Silver Swift range proves you can lead a healthy life and still enjoy a few of alcoholic drinks without worrying. It’s a must try at The Farm Shop and Deli Show!
Don’t miss these fantastic exhibitors and many more, register to attend the show today.