Press Releases

  • "Winning Insights" panel discussion 26th May 2020

    Farm Shop & Deli Show launch 'winning insights' - the first in a series of expert panel dicussions.

    Watch and listen as host Richard Fox talks to our award winning experts: Butcher Debbie Edge; Deli owner Anthony Johns and Cheesemonger Andy Swinscoe.

    They'll debate and discuss the unprecedented events of the last three months in relation to their own experiences with the aim of giving you insight, ideas and inspiration for going forward in – as is commonly known now - ‘the new normal’.

    The discussion, lasting just under 35 minutes, features our experts talking about the strategies they adopted to tackle Covid-19, and the challenges they faced. What aspects of their business models helped, and hindered them and what impact this has had for them to move their businesses forward.

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    Tuesday May 26

  • Supporting R.A.B.I.

    Fabulous Farms Shops, England’s comprehensive online farm shop directory are giving something back to the farm shops, farmers and their families by supporting the amazing charity, R.A.B.I.

    Fab Farm Shops team
    Liz Tyler and Claire Mortimer, Partners, Fabulous Farm Shops

    With mental health and financial wellbeing especially crucial during a crisis. R.A.B.I (The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution) has an experienced team of welfare officers that provide a caring, human link to tailored support for the farming community. One of the key things they provide is financial assistance which can help ease stress and anxiety, as well as organising free business appraisals and debt advice.

    During these unprecedented times and aware of such an important role R.A.B.I shall play in the months ahead, Fabulous Farm Shops have pledged 100% of the annual fee they receive from any farm shop who upgrades their listing on their directory between 5th April to the 5th July 2020.

    All farm shops who take up this offer, will not only benefit from the addition of live links to their website and email address, making it easy for customers to contact them. But they will also be supporting the R.A.B.I charity, who they themselves can also turn to in times of need.

    Fabulous Farm Shops directory lists every farm shop in England and update their site daily with vital information as to which farm shops are offering specialised services to help combat the spread of COVID-19, such as; no contact collections, click & collect, drive-thru’s and local deliveries.

    Find out more at: www.fabulousfarmshops.co.uk or email: theteam@fabulousfarmshops.co.uk

    Thursday May 21

  • THE UK FOOD SHOWS AT THE NEC POSTPONED UNTIL APRIL 2021

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION

    THE UK FOOD SHOWS AT THE NEC POSTPONED UNTIL APRIL 2021

    It is only a few short weeks ago that we had to postpone the UK Food Shows from April to September but as you are aware there is still no certainty about how we will emerge from the current lockdown.

    So following much discussion with our partners and picking up on the sentiment in the markets and communities we serve I now feel that it is in the best interests of all to further postpone Food & Drink Expo, National Convenience Show and Farm Shop & Deli Show until 12 – 14 April 2021 when we can again reunite at the NEC to deliver the UK’s biggest and best attended trade show.

    I am hopeful this will also be a clear rallying point for the food and drink sectors to get together after this disastrous and challenging time where we can share inspiration, learning and demonstrate some of the amazing innovation that continues to be the bedrock of the sector.

    We would like to thank our exhibitors, visitors, speakers, partners and suppliers for their continued support and patience during this challenging time.

    Thank you for your understanding and support and I look forward to coming out fighting in April 2021, in the meantime stay safe.

    Best regards
    Andrew Reed,
    Managing Director,  Exhibitions,
    William Reed

    Wednesday May 06

  • The British Cheese Weekender (8-10th May 2020) – Join Specialist Cheesemakers for Tastings and Tutorials at Home

    The Wensleydale Creamery joins first-of-its kind collaboration to celebrate and sustain specialist cheesemaking.


    One of the UK’s leading independent dairies, the Wensleydale Creamery, based at Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales, has joined forces with Britain's specialist cheesemakers to help shoppers connect with local producers and independent retailers as part of the British Cheese Weekender (8th – 10th May).

    This first-of-its-kind collaborative project is being led by the Specialist Cheesemakers Association (SCA), Academy of Cheese and the Guild of Fine Food, bringing together cheesemakers from across the country to encourage shoppers to support the sustainability of local and specialist cheesemaking at this time.

    Taking place over the May Bank Holiday weekend (8-10 May), the British Cheese Weekender will encourage shoppers to enjoy the best cheeses from around the UK, alongside a three-day schedule of free online pairings and tastings.

    Specialist cheesemaker Wensleydale Creamery, who handcrafts the creamy, crumbly classic Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese using milk from local family farms, is launching a special British Cheese Weekender Deli Box. Available to order from Saturday 2nd May, it celebrates award-winning, artisan cheese from the Wensleydale Creamery, as well as championing local food producers from in and around Yorkshire. Featuring are speciality cheeses such as Kit Calvert Old-style Wensleydale, Wensleydale Blue, Yorkshire Wensleydale, plus Yorkshire Cheddar, and a firm favourite at its Cheese Shop, Yorkshire Wensleydale & Ginger. They’ve been paired with specially selected accompaniments, including chutney, fruitcake & oatcakes.

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    Joining a line-up of respected British cheesemakers, the Wensleydale Creamery will be delivering an online tutorial, led by top Cheese Expert, Phil Jones at 4.30pm on Sunday 10th May. Viewers can sample cheese from the Deli Box alongside Phil as he ‘grades’ (cheese terminology for checking the cheese) and tastes a mouth-watering selection of cheese – explaining how a Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese is uniquely different from Yorkshire Cheddar and what makes the Kit Calvert Old-style Wensleydale and Wensleydale Blue so special. He will share the secrets to grading an award-winning cheese and advise on how to best pair cheese with other accompaniments.

    Commenting on the British Cheese Weekender, Tracey Colley, director of the Academy of Cheese, said: “We're lining up a series of virtual masterclasses over the weekend, hosted by top cheese experts, so that people can tune in and learn more about cheese as they taste along at home. We'll be covering topics from how to be a cheese judge to drinks pairings and storage tips.”

    The industry has been quick to respond to the current crisis with cheesemakers, cheesemongers, farm shops and delis rapidly pivoting their businesses to be able to sell cheese online. Recognising that customers are unable to travel to its popular Visitor Centre, the Wensleydale Creamery launched a new ‘Online Deli’ section on its website. Along with its comprehensive range of favourite Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese, the Online Deli also features Old Roan cheese by local Wensleydale farmhouse cheese-maker, The Home Farmer, and a large selection of local produce from crackers, chutneys and oils to biscuits, fruitcake, sweets and chocolate.

    Sandra Bell at the Wensleydale Creamery explains; “We are privileged to come together with specialist cheese-makers across the UK to celebrate and highlight artisan cheese-makers and traditional cheese-making skills in Britain. We’re fortunate to have exceptionally skilled specialists handcrafting quality cheese up and down the country who are reliant upon consumers’ support during this time, many of whom weren’t available online previously. We hope that by supporting the British Cheese Weekender, we can ignite people’s appreciation for specialist cheese and encourage as many shoppers as possible to support local and help sustain those businesses who have been impacted by the current situation.”

    Best-selling author Ned Palmer will also be delivering the history of British Cheese in 30 minutes as part of the British Cheese Weekender events. In his acclaimed book, A Cheese Mongers History of the British Isles, Ned explored the fascinating history behind Kit Calvert, the ‘father of Wensleydale cheese’, who helped to save Wensleydale Creamery from closure in 1935. The Creamery’s Kit Calvert Old-style Wensleydale is a cheese with significant heritage, named in honour of Kit Calvert and produced using a unique recipe emulating cheese made in farmhouses during the early 20th century.

    The Wensleydale Creamery tutorial will take place on Sunday 10th May at 4:30pm via https://blog.academyofcheese.org/british-cheese-weekender/whats-on-sunday-10th-may. The Big Cheese Weekender Deli Box is available to purchase here.

    Find out more about the British Cheese Weekender, as well as look up local cheesemakers and shops selling farmhouse and specialist cheese by visiting:
    https://blog.academyofcheese.org/british-cheese-weekender.

    The hashtags for the initiative are: #SupportSmallCheesemakers #BritishCheeseWeekender

    Friday May 01

  • The Yorkshire Creamery adds Yorkshire Butter to its portfolio

    New dairy brand, The Yorkshire Creamery, part of Wensleydale Dairy Products Ltd, has announced the addition of Yorkshire Butter to its product line up, joining an award-winning range of Yorkshire cheeses.

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    The Yorkshire Creamery brand launched in October 2019 with the aim of taking a stand against bland, championing exceptional quality and traditional recipes to make dairy products that ‘taste like they ought to’. It plans on doing this through great tasting, award-winning products combined with lots of personality.

    The distinctively rich and creamy Yorkshire Butter is the latest product to launch under The Yorkshire Creamery brand. The butter is made using cream that has been specially selected from local Yorkshire farms, which is batch churned and salted for a real depth of flavour and unique texture.

    The new Yorkshire Butter packaging will feature The Yorkshire Creamery’s iconic cow logo, which embodies the brand’s recognisable cheeky personality and proudly states the ‘made with cream from local farms’ messaging which makes Yorkshire Butter so unique.

    The Butter will join the Creamery’s range of award-winning cheeses launched to disrupt a crowded cheese category with products that are full of strength and character. The cheeses are made with milk from local farms and crafted by the experienced cheese experts at The Yorkshire Creamery. The range includes; Extra Mature Yorkshire Cheddar, Yorkshire Red and Double Yorkshire.

    Sandra Bell, Marketing Manager of The Yorkshire Creamery, explains: “We are delighted to announce the addition of Yorkshire Butter to The Yorkshire Creamery’s product portfolio of trusted dairy products. It’s our mission to take a stand against bland and bring consumers a butter with a true taste of Yorkshire, supporting local family farms and strengthening our proud Yorkshire credentials”.

    The new Yorkshire Butter brand will launch in selected Tesco and Waitrose stores across Yorkshire, Humber and the North East week commencing 20th April, along with Independent retailers through its Wholesale customers.

    It will also be available for home delivery on the Wensleydale Creamery’s online deli mail order offering here: https://www.wensleydale.co.uk/shop/

    To find out more about the Yorkshire Creamery, please visit: https://yorkshirecreamery.co.uk/.

    Tuesday April 28

  • New home delivery and 'pick & go' collection service launched by Award winners The Crieff Food Company

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    Perthshire-based business beat established competition from all around the UK to scoop 3 prestigious Farm Shop & Deli awards.

    The Crieff Food Company, based in rural Perthshire, struck gold THREE times at this year’s UK Farm Shop and Deli Awards. Facing stiff competition from established Food Halls around Britain, The Crieff Food Company was awarded Best UK Food Hall, Best Newcomer and Scottish Regional Winner.


    Commenting on the win, Jamie Landale (Chief Executive of The Crieff Food Company) said:
    “We are amazed, over the moon, jumping for joy and amazed again to have won in three categories. We’re a young and growing business and we decided to enter to see how we compared against the ‘big boys’ of the Food Hall world. To be awarded Best Food Hall in Britain is a real boost for both us and the beautiful town of Crieff where we are based. To also be named best Newcomer and Scottish Regional winner is the icing on the locally-produced cake. Huge thanks go to our amazing team for all of their hard work, our network of local suppliers and, of course, our loyal customers who believe in our ‘Shop Local’ ethos”.


    Mr Landale and his team put their success down to their culture of “Let’s go local”. The Crieff Food Company works with over 80 local suppliers, showcasing their high-quality produce in the Food Hall, Gift Hall and café at The Crieff Food Company, located in the centre of Crieff. In announcing The Crieff Food Company as winners of UK Food Hall of the year, the Judges commented:

    “There’s a huge focus on local sourcing, particularly in their excellent butchery department, combined with an enticing store front. They face big existential challenges with a can-do attitude.”

    This year’s awards were announced remotely as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, with plans in place to hold a Winners’ celebration event at the NEC on 8th September.


    The ongoing lockdown has also resulted in temporary operational changes at The Crieff Food Company. Whilst the Café and Gift Hall are closed, the Food Hall remains open for business, serving the local community of Crieff and Strathearn with essential supplies – with strict social distancing and hygiene measures implemented. It has also introduced a home delivery service and innovative “Pick & Go” collection service, which allows customers to phone through their orders then pick them up from outside the store.

    Find out more here.

    Thursday April 23

  • WENSLEYDALE CREAMERY EXPANDS ‘ONLINE DELI’ OFFERING

    The Company is developing its online offering to deliver cheese and other popular local produce to customers’ homes.


    The Wensleydale Creamery, based in Hawes at the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, is adapting to current circumstances and supporting local businesses by developing its online mail order offering so that customers can get their favourite cheeses, local produce and gifts delivered direct to their door.

    Recognising that customers are unable to travel to its popular Visitor Centre, the business is bringing its offering to customer’s homes by launching a new ‘Online Deli’ section on its website.

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    Along with its comprehensive range of favourite Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese, available for individual purchase, online shoppers can order from the new Yorkshire Creamery range of handcrafted cheese. The Online Deli also features a large selection of local produce from crackers, chutneys and oils to biscuits, sweets, chocolate and fruitcake, available to purchase online and delivered directly to homes.

    For those looking to put a smile on the face of friends and family, customers can order from the Wensleydale Creamery’s range of exclusive hampers, filled with their award-winning cheeses and the finest local produce.

    The Creamery is also launching its Visitor Centre home and giftware range online for the first time – from unique, locally sourced woodware, pottery and kitchen accessories to homeware, such as candles and diffusers; all sourced from local Yorkshire businesses.

    Trish Cannon, Visitor Centre Director, Wensleydale Creamery, said:
    “Here at Wensleydale Creamery, we are determined to do whatever we can to bring happiness to homes and support our customers to get their favourite cheese delivered to their door.
    “Whilst supermarkets are facing increasing demand and pressure, we don’t want to see people go without the everyday essentials – we hope our online deli will ensure everyone is able to easily access our award-winning cheeses, as well as supporting other local Yorkshire businesses whose delicious food products and locally-made gifts are available through our mail order.

    "With a wide range of local produce on offer, it is a great way to treat yourself or send special gifts to your loved ones, as well as support your local community.”

    The Wensleydale Creamery has also reduced postage costs from £4.95 to £2.95 (minimum £10 spend applies) to ensure as many customers* as possible can enjoy of the Online Deli.

    *Mainland UK

    For more information, please visit www.wensleydale.co.uk and www.yorkshirecreamery.co.uk

    Wednesday April 22

  • Farm to Fork Campaign Champions Role of Farmers to Feed the Nation

    A new campaign led by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society is aiming to celebrate and highlight the crucial role farmers are playing to keep the nation fed amid the worst public health crisis for a generation.

    Farm To Fork is a new social media-led initiative to champion the region’s important agricultural sector during the coronavirus outbreak. It champions individual farmers and farm retail business across the county at a time when the nation is relying on a seamless supply chain to continually restock shop shelves.

    Work on farms becomes busier at this time of the year. Springtime is peak lambing season and the more settled weather means farmers spend hours in tractor cabs to sow fields with crops. The campaign will highlight this exhaustive workload in what is a fresh attempt to explain to the public where and how the food we all rely on is being produced in Yorkshire.

    It will also raise awareness of the innovative ways in which farm shops are safely meeting social distancing rules to remain open. By doing so, it will highlight opportunities for the public to access a ready supply of high-quality, fresh British food from local outlets that they may not have used regularly before or even considered as alternatives to supermarkets.

    Nigel Pulling, chief executive of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, said: “We want to do everything we can as a charity to continue to champion and support the farming community, and inform the public about what our farmers do, during these testing times.

    “Farmers are not on the frontline of responding to the virus like our incredible nurses and doctors are. Nonetheless, they are key workers whose continuous endeavours day after day are meeting the demands of retailers and shoppers, who need a safe, high-quality and reliable supply of nutritious food.”

    Among the farmers whose work is being celebrated by the Farm To Fork campaign are Christine and David Thompson near Helmsley. The couple are preparing to start lambing and to sow barley for beer production. They also have wheat crops in the ground that will be used to make loaves of bread.

    Mrs Thompson said: “At the moment, we are lucky that our day to day work on the farm is largely unaffected by the current disruption that is affecting wider society. It means we can get on with our job and continue to contribute to a big industry-wide effort across the country to produce the food we all need to stay healthy.”

    The farm retail sector has been quick to respond to new government rules to quell the spread of the virus. Fodder at the Great Yorkshire Showground has closed its café but the farm shop remains open to a limited number of shoppers at any one time. It is also offering food parcel collections, as well as home deliveries to those who are self-isolating.

    Heather Parry, managing director of Fodder which sells produce from more than 430 local suppliers and whose profits help fund the charitable work of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, said: “The shop is very much open for business and we have introduced a raft of measures to ensure our staff and customers are safe. This includes limiting the number of customers in the shop, social distancing, hand sanitisers, plastic screens at the tills, sterilizing baskets and trollies regularly and card payments only.

    In this fast-moving situation, we are updating our website and our methods of working all the time. We introduced a new home delivery service for those who are self-isolating and we were flooded with orders before we started.  Our delivery area is Harrogate and Knaresborough and we have teamed up with our super suppliers Delifresh who are offering home deliveries to those we can’t reach. We have also introduced a free click and collect service for customers who can pick up their shopping from the car park.”

    In a similar vein, the Hullah family at Tancred Farm Shop in Whixley, between York and Harrogate, have adapted their own farm diversification retail business. Dean Hullah and his team, who are also supporting the Food To Fork campaign, are taking phone orders for food collections which can be picked up from a contactless collection point in front of the farmhouse.

    The Yorkshire Agricultural Society hopes there will be a lasting impact from promoting farmers and farm retailers in this way.

    Mr Pulling said: “With the support of the farming community, we want to raise awareness of the food our farmers produce throughout the year and to promote the farm retail sector at a time when farm shops are really rising to the challenge.

    “It would be fantastic, if by doing so, some shoppers develop new, lasting habits of choosing British food at the shop shelves and supporting local businesses.”

    Members of the farming community across Yorkshire are invited to support the campaign by submitting a simple photograph or video of themselves in action, whether on the farm or in their farm shop. They are also asked to offer a short explanation of what they are doing to produce food or make it available to the public.

    Whether it is sowing crops, lambing or offering home deliveries or takeaway orders from farm shops, the Yorkshire Agricultural Society wants to champion the sector. To contribute to the Farm To Fork campaign, email your submissions to benb@yas.co.uk.

    Wednesday April 08

  • Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2020 Winners Announced

    Farm Shop & Deli Award Winners Unveiled

    The winners of the Farm Shop & Deli Awards have been announced; the defining class of 2020, chosen from a prestigious, 51-strong shortlist of UK speciality retailers.

     

    The ceremony was broadcast via social media, following the postponement of the flagship Farm Shop & Deli Show due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Host Nigel Barden paid tribute to the ‘phenomenally high’ quality of finalists, adding: “not only do they patently care about their customers, but the sense of community they’ve exhibited, particularly recently, shows how fortunate we are to have such remarkable artisan food retailers, in our midst.”

    Spanning 11 categories, as well as a coveted ‘Newcomer of the Year’ gong, the awards, held in partnership with The Grocer, were founded to recognise the very best standards in speciality retail and celebrate the highest levels of service, product knowledge, initiative, innovation and community involvement.

    In uncovering the eventual winners, broadcaster, journalist and judges’ chair Nigel, was joined by a panel including food writer and co-chair Elaine Lemm, Deputy Editor at British Baker, Amy North, Owner of Wellgate Fisheries and President of the National Federation of Fishmongers, Giles Shaw, Fresh Foods Reporter at The Grocer, Henry Sandercock and Richard Nicholson from Cannon Hall Farm Shop – 2019’s Retailer of the Year award winners.

     

    Nigel said: “From a fantastic collection of speciality retailer finalists, dedicated to artisan quality, service and the communities they serve, we now have the very best of the best! What a fabulous group of winners they are; shining beacons in their respective fields – truly 2020’s finest!”

    The announcement was completed by the reveal of the 2020 Retailer of the Year. In addition to winning Cheesemonger of the Year and the regional award for North West, the accolade went to The Courtyard Dairy. Judges commented: “The Swinscoes & their young family live on site & have their own stock grazing in the surrounding fields.  The idea of a cheese vending machine for emergency out of hours purchases is a stroke of genius & just another example of how the Swinscoes inspire themselves, their 10 staff & a legion of adoring customers.  A truly worthy winner of our Retailer of the Year accolade.”

     

    The Winners in full:

    Baker                        

    Lovingly Artisan, Cumbria

    Judges said: “They illustrate a great passion for hand-crafted breads and really take into consideration the health aspects of their ingredients.  They have an excellent synergy with local suppliers and are investing in a new retail & education hub, but although expanding, they’re careful not to lose sight of their beginnings.”

     

    Butcher                                 

    Brace of Butchers, Dorset

    Judges said: “They continue to show significant increases in turnover and footfall, while embracing plastic free and environmentally friendly practices, such as reusable packaging and refillable milk stations.  A fabulous, modern shop with a smart website, good community links and a customer-first approach.”

     

    Cheesemonger and North West regional winners                                 

    The Courtyard Dairy, North Yorkshire

    Judges said: “A fantastic out-and-out cheese shop, with a real passion for promoting farm made cheeses, which are matured on site by staff with a great in-depth knowledge. Real champions of the local community.” 

                                               

    Delicatessen and South East regional winners              

    Panzer's, St John's Wood

    Judges said: “A large, thriving deli which continues to see good percentage increases in turnover while keeping to their traditional values and heritage. Their staff-to-customer ratio is amazing and another good reason why this is a busy urban business.”

     

    Farm Shop Large Retailer and South West regional winners                

    Strawberry Fields Farm Shop and Restaurant, Devon

    Judges said: This farm shop is ambitious and forward thinking. A proper joined up business. Loved the fact they’re self-sufficient for electricity via eco-friendly means. Some talk the talk; these guys walk the walk!”

     

    Farm Shop Small Retailer and Midlands regional winners                   

    Welbeck Farm Shop, Nottinghamshire

    Judges said: Good use of social media, with strong imagery. They were early adopters of the unpackaged format, champion raw milk and are dedicated to having happy, educated and inspired staff.”

     

    Fishmonger                          

    Cross of York, North Yorkshire

    Judges said: Sustainability and education are key, and they continue to make a real success of being on the high street. It’s traditional and how we expect fresh fish should be.”

     

    Food Hall and Scotland regional winners           

    The Crieff Food Co, Perthshire

    Judges said: There’s a huge focus on local sourcing, particularly in their excellent butchery department, combined with an enticing store front.  They face big existential challenges with a can-do attitude.”

     

    Greengrocer                       

    K.D.Davis & Sons (The Greengrocers) Ltd, South Yorkshire

    Judges said: Marvellous to see a mature business that’s still growing at a healthy rate, driven by great commitment from the owners. They continue to recognize the value of existing customers while still actively hunting for new ones. Their colourful stall is a joy to behold and for those who can’t get to see it, deliveries are made by the same, familiar, friendly drivers every week.”

     

    Online Business                               

    Dukeshill Ham Co Ltd, Shropshire

    Judges said: Great photography, including a fabulous team photo.  They’ve added a blog to give another reason to visit the website.  There’s a huge commitment to staff training. This site is so much more than just functional.”

     

    Village Store / Local Shop                         

    Fittleworth Stores, West Sussex

    Judges said: “Absolutely at the heart of their community, with staff that span all ages including DofE students. Profits are reinvested into the community and they provide a meeting place for local groups and combat isolation for older people. Well run, with good business acumen.”

     

    Newcomer                           

    The Crieff Food Co, Perthshire

    Judges “They run supplier days, which are a great way of attracting those seeking provenance & they’re strong on making their own branded ready meals.  Another example of why they have sustained business growth.”

     

    East Anglia

    The Norfolk Delicatessen, Hunstanton

    Judges said: “Liked the continental feel of the exterior of this shop. The interior is warm and higgledy-piggledy and yet actually wonderfully organised. The supporting video is well-edited and gives all the information you need, plus having 75% of their stuff coming from local producers is a real bonus.”

     

    North East

    Farmer Copleys, Pontefract, West Yorkshire

    Judges said: “There’s a massive investment in their team and in effect provide a community support officer. They try and create something new, not always following others.”

     

    Northern Ireland

    Cunningham Butchers & Food Hall, Kilkeel, County Down

    Judges said: “For a hundred-year-old business, this one seems incredibly youthful and it’s apparent that the fourth generation who are now at the helm, continue to steer this business into new and rewarding uncharted waters.”

     

    Wales

    The Little Cheesemonger, Rhid-llanRhuddlan, Denbyshire

    Judges said: “A small but impressive operation with the owner taking her wares out to the community, particularly with popular school visits.  Her cheese, wedding cakes and sharing platters are really paying off and she even has vegan cheese options.”

     

    Retailer of the Year

    The Courtyard Dairy, North Yorkshire

     

    Monday March 30

  • THE UK FOOD SHOWS POSTPONED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION

    THE UK FOOD SHOWS 30TH MARCH – 1ST APRIL 2020 AT NEC POSTPONED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

    In light of the ongoing COVID-19 health situation, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone the NEC UK Food Shows.

    This decision has not been taken lightly.  We have been following Government and WHO advice to continue as planned however it is now more likely that under the Government’s ‘Delay’ phase large scale events will be prohibited before the end of March.

    We have been working closely with the NEC to secure new dates; Food & Drink Expo, Farm Shop & Deli Show and National Convenience Show will now take place at the NEC on the 7th – 9th September 2020.  There is not enough hall space to co-locate Foodex and The Ingredients Show on the same date, so these shows will move to 12th – 14th April 2021 to coincide with the 2021 running of the William Reed UK Food Shows.

    All existing bookings, live event content and visitor registrations remain in place and will be transferred automatically to the new dates.  We will be in touch with you individually over the coming days and weeks to facilitate a smooth transition.

    By acting now, we hope to remove the uncertainty and allow you to plan as effectively as possible whilst minimising your associated costs.  We would like to thank our exhibitors, visitors, speakers, partners and suppliers for their continued support and patience during this challenging time.

    Andrew Reed, Managing Director, Exhibitions, William Reed

    Wednesday March 11

  • Farm Shop & Deli Show to Showcase the Very Best of British

    Product innovation will be at the very top of the agenda when Farm Shop & Deli Show returns this March 30th-1st April, NEC Birmingham). The flagship event which brings together the great and good of the UK speciality market will be alive with over 400 exhibitors, boasting a staggering 137 brand new product launches.

     

    Visitors will get the inside track on 2020’s latest, greatest launches, alongside the chance to see and sample some of the country’s finest speciality fayre.  

    The Farm Shop & Deli Show exhibitor line-up is a hotbed of innovative movers and shakers who are disrupting the market and making waves in key trend categories. Here’s a selection of just some of the exciting suppliers and NPD to put on any visitors’ must-see list:  

     

    Low to No

    With falling alcohol consumption, more mindful drinking and a trend towards premiumisation, the stage is set for a bright future for low and no alcohol beverages; and there’s certainly no shortage of innovative suppliers on display at this year’s show. Dalston’s Soda (Stand J81) will be showcasing its new alcohol-free Gin & Tonic sparkling botanicals range.  The recipes contain a blend of distilled botanicals including juniper, coriander seed and lemon balm and come in Classic or Rhubarb flavour.

    Sea Arch Drinks Ltd. (Stand C128) is a sophisticated, calorie free, non-alcoholic spirit. Inspired by the sea and bursting with coastal freshness it uses 12 botanicals individually extracted using centuries old techniques. NPD on display will include Sea Arch, Sea & T, a ready to drink, non-alcoholic spirit with tonic. Vegan friendly and free from sugar, sweeteners, allergens and preservatives.

    The Mixology Collection (Stand E115) will be introducing The Hudson Standard, a range of small batch Shrubs featuring the pure flavours of the Hudson Valley. Its syrups are distinctly tart and sweet, blending seasonal fruits and spices with organic apple cider vinegar. Its bitters are made by finding the best quality ingredients and extracting the bright clear expressions of the individual elements. All of its products are handcrafted, natural and sustainable.

    And not forgetting CBD water brand ThreeDots (Stand E106) which is launching a sparkling trio at the show. ThreeDots carefully crafts its naturally flavoured sparkling water and infuse it with 15mg of CBD and three powerful botanicals (otherwise known as adaptogens) to help regulate stress. Low in sugar and only 17kcal per drink.

     

    Free-From / Plant Based

    With the boom in free-from and plant-based eating, Farm Shop & Deli show is the place to be to see some exciting new innovation in this fast-moving and fast-growing category.

    Check out The Unrefined Bakery (Stand B129) which has reinvented some of the UK’s most loved sweet treats in order to provide far more nutritional value, with absolutely no loss of delicious taste. Its products are vegan and free from refined sugars, gluten and anything artificial.  There will be also two new products on show including an Almond Butter Flapjack and a Rocky Road.

    Projuice (Stand G108) the wholesale smoothie, shake and ice cream suppliers will be showing off its cheeky range of vegan ice cream shakes. Available in three flavours Intense Chocolate: Chocolate Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate Chips; Black Velvet: Vanilla Ice Cream with Real Blackcurrants and Strawberry n Peach: Vanilla Ice Cream with Real Fruit. Simply blend with oat or soya milk for a dairy free delight.

    The Spice Pioneer (Stand D132) is launching five perfected spice mixes called Power Pods. The range includes Chicken Lollipops, Chilli con Carne, Fajita, Katsu Curry and Peri-Peri Chicken. All spice mixes are gluten-free, vegetarian and made with only natural ingredients. Each blend is crafted using global ingredients that are carefully selected depending on their quality to guarantee their powerful taste.

    Welovemanfood (Stand K120) will be displaying its new plant-based range of Janda condiments and sauces. There are 10 condiments and spreads available, all of which are suitable for vegans. Visitors will be simply spoilt for choice. 

     

    Food-to-Go

    With food-to-go forecast to be worth £21.7bn in 2020* Farm Shop & Deli Show is the place to spot the latest new products that can help accelerate sales growth.

    Wilding Snacks (Stand C105) is a company that offers exciting and innovative products, full of flavour and texture. At the show visitors will get to see and sample the company’s latest NPD; the UK’s first Lamb Crackling snacks. Using only the finest ingredients, the premium lamb snacks are full of rich flavour yet much lighter in texture than traditional pork crackling. Products are 100% natural, gluten- free, low carb and high in protein.

    Eurofood Services Limited (Stand C109) will be showcasing its Scraegg snacks single serving system. Providing perfect scrambled eggs, porridge and soups at the push of a button around the clock. Every single snack is freshly prepared for customers in under a minute and can be offered in a ‘2go cup’ or plated.

    The Coffee Boss Ltd. (Stand P101) will be unveiling its fully automated CBD Vienna Bean to Cup coffee machine which, capitalising on the trend for CBD, now dispenses drinks with CBD included.  Fully touch screen-enabled and able to make 150 cups per hour, it’s set to be a real showstopper this year.

     

    Still hungry for more NPD?

    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. 

    To register for a completely free badge visitors can go to: https://www.farmshopanddelishow.co.uk

     

    *Source MCA

    Tuesday March 03

  • Farm Shop & Deli Awards Finalists Revealed

    Farm Shop & Deli Awards Finalists Revealed 

    The definitive 2020 shortlist of the UK’s finest speciality retailers has been revealed, with the deserving winners of the Farm Shop & Deli Awards set to be announced during an exciting ceremony, held this March (Farm Shop & Deli Show 2020, NEC Birmingham).   

    Spanning 11 categories, as well as a coveted ‘Newcomer of the Year’ gong, the Farm Shop & Deli Awards, held in partnership with The Grocer, recognise the very best standards in speciality retail and celebrate the highest levels of service, product knowledge, initiative, innovation and community involvement.

    The awards culminate on Monday March 30th at 3.10pm.

    An expert judging panel lead by broadcaster and journalist Nigel Barden, have deliberated over and scored almost 90 entries, before creating a shortlist of just 51.

    Nigel was joined in the exacting process by food writer and co-chair Elaine Lemm, plus a line-up of judges which included Deputy Editor at British Baker, Amy North, Owner of Wellgate Fisheries and President of the National Federation of Fishmongers, Giles Shaw, Fresh Foods Reporter at The Grocer, Henry Sandercock and Richard Nicholson from Cannon Hall Farm Shop – 2019’s Retailer of the Year award recipients 

    Nigel comments: “Hard work, long hours, a dedication to artisan quality, to service and locality; these are the tenets that set the ‘great’ apart from the simply good. Each year the bar is raised in terms of quality, making the judging process and deliberation over the shortlist so difficult. I’m delighted to have had such high calibre team of fellow judges to help create what we now consider to be the defining class of 2020. We now look ahead with great excitement to the awards this coming March.”

     

    Farm Shop & Deli Awards categories include, Baker, Butcher, Cheesemonger, Delicatessen, Farm Shop - Large Retailer, Farm Shop - Small Retailer, Fishmonger, Food Hall, Greengrocer, Newcomer, Online Business and Village Store/Local Shop. For a full breakdown of how each is defined, visit: www.farmshopanddelishow.co.uk/awards  

    The finalists in full:

     

    Baker:                                   

    Ashbourne Bakehouse, Derbyshire
    Baker Toms Bread, Cornwall
    Lovingly Artisan, Cumbria
    Mayfield Farm Bakery, Essex

     

    Butcher:                             
    Aubrey Allen, Warwickshire
    Brace of Butchers, Dorset
    Cunningham Butchers & Food Hall Kilkeel, County Down
    Penshaw Farm Shop, County Durham 
    Walter Rose & Son, Wiltshire

     

    Cheesemonger:                              

    Cheese Etc, The Pangbourne Cheese Shop, Berkshire 

    George & Joseph Cheesemongers, West Yorkshire 

    Paxton & Whitfield, Warwickshire 

    The Courtyard Dairy, North Yorkshire 

    The Little Cheesemonger, Wales 

     

    Delicatessen:                                      

    Broad Bean Delicatessen, Shropshire 

    Forest Deli, Gloucestershire 

    Harp Lane Deli, Shropshire 

    Panzer's, St John's Wood 

    The Deli @ Castle Ashby, Northampton 

    The Little Deli, Hertfordshire 

    The Norfolk Delicatessen, Norfolk

     

    Farm Shop Large Retailer:                                              

    Balgove Larder Farm Shop, Fife 

    Ben's Farm Shop, Devon 

    Chatsworth Estate Farm Shop and Café, Derbyshire 

    Farmer Copleys, West Yorkshire 

    Farndon Fields Farm Shop, Leicestershire 

    Ludlow Farmshop, Shropshire 

    Strawberry Fields Farm Shop and Restaurant, Devon

      

    Farm Shop Small Retailer:                                              

    Alder Carr Farm, Suffolk
    Minskip Farm Shop, North Yorkshire 
    Roots Farm Shop & Café, North Yorkshire 
    Welbeck Farm Shop, Nottinghamshire

     

    Fishmonger:                                        

    Bells Fishmongers, Cumbria  

    Cross of York, North Yorkshire  

    The Fresh Fish Shop, West Sussex 

    World of Fish, Suffolk

     

    Food Hall:                                         

    Bents Garden & Home, Cheshire 

    Delifonseca, Merseyside 

    House of Bruar, Perth and Kinross 

    The Barn at Severn & Wye, Gloucestershire 

    The Crieff Food Co, Perthshire

     

    Greengrocer:                                       

    Elaine's Fruit and Veg, Leicestershire  

    K.D.Davis & Sons (The Greengrocers) Ltd, South Yorkshire  

    Rafters, East Yorkshire

     

    Online Business:                                               

    Dukeshill Ham Co Ltd, Shropshire 

    Milk & More, Hampshire 

    The Wasabi Company, Dorset 

    Two Farmers Crisps, Hereford

     

    Village Store / Local Shop:                                            

    Brooke's, North Yorkshire 

    Dornoch Stores, Sutherland 

    Fetchem from the Cupboard, Surrey 

    Fittleworth Stores, West Sussex

      

    Newcomer:                                          

    Dornoch Stores, Sutherland 

    Fetchem from the Cupboard, Surrey 

    Fittleworth Stores, West Sussex 

    Forest Deli, Gloucestershire 

    The Barn at Severn & Wye, Gloucestershire 

    The Crieff Food Co, Perthshire 

    The Deli @ Castle Ashby, Northampton 

    The Little Cheesemonger, Wales 

    The Little Deli, Hertfordshire 

    Two Farmers Crisps, Hereford

     

     

    Registration is free and 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. 

     

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    Monday March 02

  • 10 Reasons to Visit Farm Shop & Deli Show

    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.

    Monday February 03

  • UK Food Shows to Offer a 2020 Vision of the Modern Food and Drink Sector

    The UK Food Shows return this March (30th-1st April, NEC Birmingham) with a remit of providing 2020’s most comprehensive deep dive into the trends, products, challenges and opportunities that will set the food and drink agenda for the coming year.  

    The event unites 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.    

     

    Farm Shop & Deli Show

    Bringing together the great and the good of the speciality market to celebrate the very best of British produce, Farm Shop & Deli Show is where established players mix with burgeoning entrepreneurial brands to create a showcase like no other. 

    Throughout the three days, Farm Shop & Deli Live will be home to a comprehensive programme of demonstrations, interactive live debates and tastings, all focused on improving the bottom line. 

    Trends, trade secrets, testimonials and the influence of technology to reach and engage customers will be high on the agenda. Visitors will also have the chance to network with successful deli owners and learn how to grow and protect brand equity.  

    Stage highlights will also include Dragon’s Pantry – a new product showcase where daring entrepreneurs pitch to a group of ‘Dragons’, offering the tantalising prize of a potential listing. 

    Last but not least, the event will see the presentation of 2020’s Farm Shop & Deli of the Year Award, recognising excellence in the speciality retail market.                                                            

    The awards, held 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.  Finalists will be announced at the beginning of March, but only one will receive the coveted crown. 

    With an exhibitor list that reads like a who’s who of the speciality market and includes Goosnargh Gin, Teapigs, Cook, Crosta & Mollica, Nairn’s Oatcakes, Salty Dog Brands and Sipsmith, to name but a few, Farm Shop& Deli Show is a must-attend for anyone with a keen interest in the rude health of British speciality food and drink.   

     

    National Convenience Show 

    The meeting place for likeminded convenience retailers hungry for everything new in a market worth some £47bn*, returns in 2020, with key issues such as crime, technology, political engagement, sustainability, plastics, CBD, health and wellness, food-to-go, social media and the ban on menthol cigarettes, set to be tackled head-on. 

    The Retailer Hub will be the place to find business inspiration, bringing together a selection of leading suppliers, retailers and industry experts to share cutting edge shopper insight and business advice, alongside practical demonstrations. 

    Crucially, the show offers 2020’s most compelling opportunity to see and sample literally hundreds of business-changing products under one roof. Exhibitors such as Booker, Phillip Morris, Eat Natural, General Mills, Juul, Nisa Retail, Grenade and Weetabix will be bringing their latest, greatest innovations to the show floor and offering advice to retailers.  

     

    The Ingredients Show

    Probiotics, prebiotics, microbiome, gut health, sports nutrition, active nutrition, maternal and infant nutrition, personalised nutrition, medical nutrition, healthy aging, digital and wearable technologies, botanicals... The Ingredients Show is the place to see some of the big topics affecting and shaping the industry deconstructed, debunked and debated.

    The Ingredients Education Lab will feature a programme of content curated by leading titles Nutra Ingredients and Food Navigator, allied to an exhibitor list boasting names such as FrieslandCampina Ingredients, HB Ingredients, Agrofusion and Caldic (UK) Ltd. The show, now in its third year, pledges big names, ground-breaking innovations and lively presentations and is set to deliver on that promise.  

      

    Food & Drink Expo

    For the past 26 years, Food & Drink Expo has been the flagship event for retail, wholesale and foodservice audiences focusing on finished products, and in 2020 the show returns, revitalised and ready to tackle the key challenges affecting the sectors.      

    The Grocer Magazine’s Talking Shop Live is where these key themes will be debated.  Grocer editor Adam Leyland will host several high-profile keynote speakers, alongside masterclasses, plenary sessions, live interviews and panel discussions centred around hot button, state-of-the-nation issues. Insightful input from MCA and HIM! will also help frame the debate and offer the most up-to-date market data and trends. 

    Exhibitors including Bridor, Campden BRI, Radnor Hills Mineral Water Co., The Vegetarian Society and Coffee Central, will be bringing their latest new products and initiatives to the show floor.   

     

    Foodex

    It’s no exaggeration to say that manufacturing is on the cusp of a fourth industrial revolution, centred on technology, automation and sustainability. As the UK's premier trade event for food and drink manufacturing, processing, packaging and logistics, Foodex will be the place to learn more about ‘industry 4.0’ and meet the innovators – speakers and exhibitors – helping make sense of it all.  

    Foodex Centre Stage will welcome lively debate and interactive masterclasses featuring leading speakers from across the industry, while the Foodex Competition Theatre will host one of the biggest dates in the butchery calendar – Premier Young Butcher 2020, while introducing a brand-new awards scheme.

    Premier Young Butcher 2020 takes place on Tuesday the 31st March and is recognised as one of the most demanding UK butchery craft skills competitions on the circuit. Open to 18-28-year-old young butchers from across the UK, the five-hour competition with six categories including Ready to Eat, Stuffed Roast, Seam Butchery, Barbecue, Kitchen Ready and Display, has in the past proven to be a useful step toward talented 

    butchers going on to compete at WorldSkills UK Butchery and the World Butcher Challenge. The closing date for applications is Friday 1st February 2020, application forms can be requested by emailing: roger@nationalcraftbutchers.co.uk.

    Held for the very first time, the Craft Butcher Awards in association with National Craft Butchers (NCB) are set to showcase the skills of the 21st century craft butcher in product development and innovation. 

    Covering Barbecue, Charcuterie, Kitchen Ready, Meat in Pastry, Ready to Heat and Sausage categories, competitors will have the opportunity to demonstrate traditional skills in manufacturing as well as originality and innovation competing for Bronze, Silver and Gold awards. 

    Also taking place on the Foodex competition theatre, the search for Britain’s Best Loaf culminates in a live judging session, followed by a glittering awards presentation. Already a key date in the baking industry calendar, the impartial stamp of excellence takes in categories including Gluten Free, Innovation, White and Wholegrain with two categories for Sourdough –  Traditional and Commercial (sourdough produced by the addition of cultivated yeast and/or the addition of a commercial sourdough product) reflecting its now stratospheric popularity with British consumers. 

     

    *Source: IGD

    Tuesday December 17

  • Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2020: Consumer voting has commenced

    As the 2020 Farm Shop & Deli Awards entries closed for another year at the end of September, with 90 entries received from all over the UK and Northern Ireland, the online consumer voting stage of the Awards has now commenced and will finish on 31st October.


    Retailers who entered have received a voting pack with all the tools they need to raise awareness of their entries and drive their consumer votes before the October deadline.

    The Awards, which has already received over 3,000 votes for submitted entries across the 11 award categories, invites consumers to visit their website and vote to support their local retailer(s): https://www.farmshopanddelishow.co.uk/awards-directory-2020.

    Why consumer votes count

    Customer comments are important to the judging process and a chance to show support for local retailers. The consumer votes help decide the category, regional and overall Farm Shop & Deli Retailer of the Year Award winners.

    During the judging day in mid November, the Award’s judges will come together to review all category entries as well as the online consumer votes they have received. Based on quality of comments, rather than the quantity of votes, these consumer votes really do contribute towards deciding the shortlist for the Awards finalists.

    What’s more, as part of the judging process, comments from the judges and consumer voting are collated, evaluated and supplied to all entrants once the Award’s finals have taken place in April, providing invaluable and constructive feedback.


    Getting involved

    Voting is a quick and easy process. Consumers can visit the ‘2020 Entrants’ web page at farmshopanddelishow.co.uk/awards, select the retailer(s) you wish to vote for and submit your entry online. Online voting closes on 31 October 2019 and all voters will be entered into a prize draw to win a delicious Fortnum & Mason food hamper from the Farm Shop & Deli Awards team.


    About the Awards

    Free to enter, the Farm Shop & Deli Awards, in partnership with The Grocer, are highly respected in the industry for playing an important role in supporting, and celebrating, the UK’s independent, specialist retail market.


    Category awards are up for grabs across 11 different specialisms with nine regional awards also available - plus the coveted ‘Farm Shop & Deli Retailer of the Year’. There is also a chance for young companies, who opened since April 2017, to also compete for the ‘Newcomer of the Year’ Award won by Minskip Farm Shop in Boroughbridge in 2019.


    When asked to describe the Awards process, Emma and Ben Mosey from Minskip Farm Shop said “Thorough, reliable, just really the best.


    The judging process

    The Awards celebrate the highest levels of service, product knowledge, initiative, innovation and community involvement, offered by our heroes of the high-street and are judged by a panel that includes experts from the world of speciality retail, fine food and food media.


    Joining Chair of Judges Nigel Barden and Co-chair of Judges Elaine Lemm for the 2020 judges line-up are:


    • Amy North, Deputy Editor at British Baker
    • Holly Shackleton, Editor at Speciality Food
    • Anthony and Sue Johns, Owners, Johns of Appledore and Instow
    • Iain Hemming, Owner, Thyme and Tides
    • Arthur Howell, Owner, Arthur Howells Butchers
    • Jamie Hall from Neal’s Yard Dairy
    • Caroline Glover, Farm Shop Manager at Cannon Hall Farm Shop
    • John Gill, Managing Director, Fabulous Food & Drink
    • Chris McNeill, Editor at The Delicatessen Magazine
    • Martin Hesp, Editor-at-large at Western Morning News
    • Debbie and Callum Edge, Owners, Edge & Son butchers
    • Neil Nugent, Head of Product Development, Iceland Foods
    • Georgina Wald, Communications Manager, Fuller, Smith & Turner
    • Richard Nicholson, Owner, Cannon Hall Farm Shop & 2019 Retailer of the Year
    • Giles Shaw, President of the National Federation of Fishmongers
    • Simon Hurley, Managing Director, P2P Food Solutions
    • Henry Sandercock, Fresh Foods Reporter at The Grocer
    • Victoria Robertshaw, Co-owner, Keelham Farm Shop


    New for 2020 the entrants were provided with an opportunity to upload an optional video to support their entry and showcase their business.


    The online entries, videos and consumer votes will be evaluated by the judging panel before being whittled down to a shortlist of finalists, some of whom may receive a ‘secret’ visit later this year to see the retailers in action. The successful finalists will be announced in March 2020, with the winners revealed live at Farm Shop & Deli Show on Monday 30th March at the NEC Birmingham.

    Nigel Barden, Chair of judges and Food and Drink journalist, says: "It’s such a privilege to see the joy on the faces of the Farm Shop & Deli Award winners as their names are read out. All the hard work and long hours are pushed to the back of their minds, with the realisation that they are the finest in their sector.”

    Find out more, or vote online, at farmshopanddelishow.co.uk/awards

    Friday October 11

  • Meet the Winners: Campbell’s of Leyburn

    Campbells of Leyburn Village Store Local Shop lr

    Campbell’s of Leyburn is an independent family owned supermarket established in 1868 and this year they were crowned the winner of the Village Store/Local Shop of the Year 2019 at the Farm Shop & Deli Awards. We wanted to discover how winning this award had helped them so talked to Kath Campbell to find out what’s been happening over the last few months.


    What makes your shop special or different to others?

    As well as a supermarket we have in-store butchery and delicatessen counters and on our second floor you will find virtually every major wine producing region in the world is represented in our wine and spirits department. We also have around 100+ gins and 200+ whisky’s – many of which are available to sample!


    How did your staff feel when they heard you were a Farm Shop & Deli Award winner?

    Our staff were delighted – it’s a real achievement to be shortlisted let alone to win the award. We have a great team of staff and this award really acknowledges the hard work and dedication to the business that our staff put in.


    Which three words would you use to describe your shop?

    Oh, that is hard.

    1. Independent – We are extremely proud to be an independent retailer in this sector and as such we do as much as we can to support other, often local, independent and small businesses by stocking their products where possible.
    2. Welcoming – Our staff are all local and we know all of our regular customers by their names and we really do feel as though we are part of their lives – for some of our customers a trip to the supermarket provides the only interaction they’ll have in a day. We also actively encourage conversation with visitors and we are no stranger to passing on recommendations for places to visit!
    3. Choice – we cater for all budgets and tastes as we stock value through to top of the range lines.


    Retailers like you are often at the heart of communities, tell us about some of the things you do to support your local community.

    We support local sports teams through sponsorship and we also donate prizes for raffles and events regularly and we donate all of the money from our carrier bag sales to local charities. We take telephone orders from our customers who are unable to get in to the shop and we deliver to them weekly – this is a lifeline for some of our older customers who are unable to get out to do their own shopping.


    What did your customers think to the news about your award win?

    Our customers were extremely congratulatory on our award. When we shared the news on social media we had so many people interacting with us to tell us how pleased they were. That was lovey as it brought a fresh wave of pride reading all of the lovely things people had to say about us!


    How did you celebrate winning the award?

    I was at the awards ceremony with my daughter who is currently undertaking a retail apprenticeship in the shop. We had a meal and of course a few glasses of bubbly after the ceremony as we were fortunate enough to be staying over. It was great to be able to share such a special moment with my daughter – hopefully inspiring the future generation of Campbells!


    Tell us about some of the PR opportunities this award has generated for you.

    Since winning the award we have had PR opportunities with newspapers and social media channels from around our region. We have drawn interest from a far wider area. Also, winning the award has put us on the map as a destination thanks to the PR from the Farm Shop & Deli awards marketing team.


    What does winning awards like this mean to you?

    Winning this award brings confirmation we are getting things right. It’s a great feeling to have a panel of extremely talented people judge you and decide that you’re doing a great job. The feedback was brilliant and you could tell that the judges really had taken time to get to know our store.


    What do you love most about working in this industry?

    Everything! Retail is a highly competitive market and it is difficult for an independent store like ours to survive particularly when we don’t have the buying power of our competitors but we are succeeding. We have some wonderfully loyal customers and we also attract lots of visitors all of whom are very complimentary about our store. Many customers comment that they would like us to open up another store closer to them!


    Have you got any projects you are working on or plans for development you would like to share?

    We have recently had a replacement butchery counter installed and we are now working on our range of fresh ready meals which are proving very popular. We will continue with our wine tasting programme as through this we attract some extremely big names in the wine making industry.


    Why should retailers enter the Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2020?

    The year before we won this award we were entered and shortlisted but did not win. We took onboard the judges’ comments and some of them helped to improve our business so we then came back and won the award. It is an amazing feeling to receive recognition for the hard work of our whole team.

     

    interested in entering?

    Entries close Friday 20th September so click on the image below to commnence your entry:

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    Thursday August 22

  • Meet the Winners: Bakers & Larners of Holt

    Bakers and Larners Food hall and East Anglia lr

    Bakers & Larners is a completely family owned business and has been in the family since 1770. The store is known as the ‘Harrods of Holt’ or ‘Norfolk’s Fortnum & Mason’. As well as a food hall, they have an extensive wine department and cellars, a department store, four builders’ merchant branches and two Budgens supermarkets so they are quite diverse in their offerings. As winners of the 2019 Food Hall of the Year and East Anglia Region in the Farm Shop & Deli Awards, we spoke to acting managing director, Jane Gurney-Read, to discover how winning has helped the business.


    What makes your shop special or different to others?

    We are a unique store having been run by the same family for nearly 250 years. We offer a wide variety of local products and on many occasions, we have been the first choice for many suppliers starting out and have helped launch a number of local businesses.


    How did your staff feel when they heard you were a Farm Shop & Deli Award winner?

    All the staff were delighted. To win such a prestigious award on the back of the launch of our updated food hall was a great achievement.


    Which three words would you use to describe your shop?

    Individual, quirky and friendly.


    Retailers like you are often at the heart of communities, tell us about some of the things you do to support your local community.

    We support the Holt Festival, a number of local sports clubs and each year we select a chosen local charity and raise money in store to support them. We also support small local good causes with vouchers and raffle prizes. The business is also a firm believer in supporting our armed forces and each year we support the Royal Marines Norfolk Branch and the Army Benevolent Fund. We employ 275 staff with over 70% living within a 10-mile radius of where we are based as well as spending over £500,000 with local suppliers.


    What did your customers think to the news about your award win?

    Our customers feel part of the Bakers & Larners family and were delighted that we had been recognised.


    How did you celebrate winning the award?

    There were glasses of champagne all round.


    Tell us about some of the PR opportunities this award has generated for you.

    We have been able to showcase our award on any adverts and brochures we produce and we’ve also advised our customers of the win via our website and social media.


    What does winning awards like this mean to you?

    It is an amazing result. We have won a number of national and regional awards in the past across all divisions of the group but the Food Hall is the area for which we are best known. It shows that we have the right combination of products and helpful, knowledgeable staff.


    What do you love most about working in this industry?

    Variety with the chance to meet new people and help to launch new local suppliers.


    Have you got any projects you are working on or plans for development you would like to share?

    Next year we have a number of plans in the pipeline to celebrate our 250th anniversary – watch this space!


    Why should retailers enter the Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2020?

    To be part of this award and to get to the final is an achievement as it shows that the customers who nominated you appreciate your staff and the choice of products you have available.

     

    Interested in entering?

    Entries close Friday 20th September so click on the image below to commnence your entry:

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    Thursday August 22

  • Meet the winners: Cheese Etc - The Pangbourne Cheese Shop

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    We love chatting to our Farm Shop & Deli Award winners in the months after the event so we can discover how being part of this event has helped their business. In the first of our ‘Meet the Winners’ series we caught up with Jen Grimstone-Jones who is the owner of Cheese Etc - The Pangbourne Cheese Shop. This successful business won the Cheesemonger of the Year and South East Award 2019.

    The shop was originally opened in 2005. Jen took it over in 2015 and since then the shop has gone from strength to strength. They are a speciality cheese shop, selling over 130 different types of cheese alongside charcuterie, crackers, chutneys, wines, beers, ciders and gifts. The majority of their customers come and visit them in the store but they also sell to local pubs and restaurants as well as online.

     

    What makes your shop special or different to others?

    Our attention to detail; whether someone is coming in to buy a cheese wedding cake to feed 200 guests or a cheese sandwich for lunch, we treat every customer in the same way. We encourage our customers to try any of our cheeses before they buy them whilst talking them through the provenance of our products. People come to us not only for our selection but also our expertise.

     

    How did your staff feel when they heard you were a Farm Shop & Deli Award winner?

    The staff were totally blown away that we had been recognised by the Farm Shop & Deli Awards. We are a small village shop but we do our best and our success is completely down to the wonderful team who work alongside me. You enter awards not expecting to even be shortlisted, so to win was an incredible experience.

    Which three words would you use to describe your shop?

    Small, compact and cheesy.

     

    Retailers like you are often at the heart of communities, tell us about some of the things you do to support your local community.

    We do as much as we can to promote Pangbourne and the local area. We recently commissioned a map of all the local shops to be displayed in the village car parks which helps to guide visitors around the area. We always try and give raffle prizes to our local schools and I give talks at local clubs and societies – not charging for my time, just the cheese we take along for tasters. We also offer a friendly place for lonely local residents to come and sit, enjoy a cup of tea and to chat to our staff.

     

    What did your customers think to the news about your award win?

    They were all as amazed and chuffed as we were. Our customers always tell us how much they love the shop and they all contribute to its success.

     

    How did you celebrate winning the award?

    We didn’t really celebrate as life and work don’t allow us to take much time out so we’ve just been carrying on with trying to improve and to be the best that we can be.

     

    Tell us about some of the PR opportunities this award has generated for you.

    Local newspapers and magazines ran our press release and we had a lot of local coverage which has raised awareness of the village as a whole. It’s been great to see.

     

    What does winning awards like this mean to you?

    It is incredible to be recognised by such a prestigious award and amazingly humbling. I couldn’t speak after Nigel Barden read out our name, I was just so overwhelmed by it.

     

    What do you love most about working in this industry?

    I love our shop and I spend as much time in it as I possibly can. It’s not just a job, it’s a way of life. Cheese is such a fantastic product and I spend all of my free time trying to learn as much about it as I possibly can. When I go out to talk about cheese, I am just trying to share my passion. For me it is the ultimate food source and when I look at all of the variations that we have in our cheese counter I am just so in awe of cheesemakers!

     

    Have you got any projects you are working on or plans for development you would like to share?

    We are currently working on some different options for our website which will hopefully open doors to different communities. We also are looking to expand our team as we are getting busier and busier which is great.

     

    Why should retailers enter the Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2020?

    Just entering the awards made me focus on areas that we do well in, as well as those that we need to improve. It’s an amazing journey and I would encourage everyone to enter and see where the journey takes you.

     

    Interested in entering?

    Entries close Friday 20th September so click on the image below to commnence your entry:

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    Thursday August 22

  • Entries open for the seventh year of Farm Shop & Deli Awards

    Farm Shop & Deli Awards, in partnership with The Grocer, are excited to announce that entries for their 2020 Awards are now open and will close on Friday 20th September 2019. Free to enter, the Awards are renowned in the industry for playing an important role in supporting, and celebrating, the UK’s independent, specialist retail market.


    The online entry form has been revised slightly to help both the entrants and judges, and continues to provide tips and advice on how best to approach the answers. Entrants also have the opportunity to upload an optional 3 minute video to support their entry and showcase their store, team and customers to the judges and help get their passion across.


    Nothing to lose but everything to gain

    The Awards are FREE to enter and offer many benefits, including:
    • Exposure from a comprehensive marketing and PR campaign to industry and regional titles - entries & finalists can receive a reach of over 24,000 increasing to over 142,400 for winners and overall ‘Retailer of the Year’.
    • Raising their profile with their community and customers - using the tools provided throughout the entry to winning stages to help them promote their entry, and success.
    • Promoting their businesses to industry experts from the world of speciality retail, fine food and food media who form the judging panel.
    • Opportunity to network with like-minded speciality retailers, meet producers who can support their business and gain insights and advice from industry leaders at the finals held at the heart of the Farm Shop & Deli Show on Monday 30th March 2020.

    Here’s what some of the 2019 Award winners say:

    “We’d absolutely recommend businesses to enter because, even if you don’t win, the fact that you will be judged by your peers in the industry will help you improve your own business. If you win then you are going to get an amazing uplift in trade and recognition from suppliers who you didn’t know of before will be beating a path to your door to bring you more exciting things for you to sell.”
    Michael Baker, Managing Director, Bakers and Larners of Holt - Food Hall of the Year 2019

    “We decided to enter the 2019 Awards because, even though customers, suppliers and producers tell us we are great and we work hard, to be nationally recognised by an independent body that looks at everything is what makes us feel like we are better - to have other people say you are doing a good job.”
    Alice and Ian Evans, Owners, Broad Bean Delicatessen – Delicatessen of the Year 2019

    “The awards themselves are fantastic in respect of each individual store to put their case across and for their customers to be involved and vote for them. So it’s a kind of joint award with customers and entrants. It’s a true award and one of the best in the industry.”
    Andreas Georghiou, Owner, Andreas of Chelsea Green – Greengrocer of the Year 2019

     

    Take the time to shine

    There are twelve category and nine regional Awards, plus overall Retailer of the Year.

    The categories up for grabs are Baker, Butcher, Cheesemonger, Delicatessen, Farm Shop - Large Retailer, Farm Shop - Small Retailer, Fishmonger, Food Hall, Greengrocer, Newcomer, Online business and Village Store / Local Shop.
    The 2020 title is set to be a hotly contested competition reaching a crescendo on Monday 30th March, when the category and regional winners, plus Retailer of the Year, will be revealed live at Farm Shop & Deli Show at the NEC Birmingham.

    With entries open until Friday 20th September, there is plenty of time to prepare and submit an entry. And, as each year the Awards welcome submissions from both new and previous entrants, the mix of category entries change year on year - meaning everyone is a contender. So the question is, can you afford not to try?

    If you are interested in entering, or know a retailer who should, please visit farmshopanddelishow.co.uk/awards to learn more about the awards and enter.

    Friday July 19

  • 2019 Farm Shop & Deli Award winners announced

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    Cannon Hall Farm Shop in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, has won the jackpot scooping the coveted title of Retailer of the Year at Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2019, as well as the Farm Shop of the Year – large retailer and North East regional winner accolades

    Cannon Hall Farm Shop in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, has beaten competition from across the UK and Northern Ireland to be named Retailer of the Year at Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2019.

    Following a comprehensive judging process, the acclaimed farm shop also scooped Farm Shop of the Year – large retailer and the gong for North East regional winner at the awards ceremony last night at the annual Farm Shop & Deli Show at the NEC. Following nearly 5,500 consumer votes, the awards saw 12 category winners and nine regional winners revealed to an audience comprising fellow finalists as well as show visitors and exhibitors, all there to cheer on the proceedings.

    The judges praised the Cannon Hall Farm Shop highly, with comments covering a respect for their digital presence and continued growth in what is a difficult time all round for retail, as well as their involvement in local causes and events. The judges said: “Interesting day to day view of a working farm. Great employer. Good social networking. Beautiful butchery counter with aging display.” Another judge complimented the retailer’s “sheer dynamism and success of what is still at its heart a farm. They measure smiles on faces and bums on seats, love it”.

    Cannon Hall Farm Shop’s customers were equally exuberant in their tributes, with locals citing the outstanding quality of produce, welcoming, helpful and knowledgeable staff and excellent variety of local sourced goods all under one roof as winning attributes.

    Customer comments include:

    “They have a wide variety of products and their butchers counter is products made from their own farm. The staff are so friendly and helpful and it as a real sense of community.”

    “Amazing quality produce and super friendly staff. That’s why I visit every week!”

    “Fantastic farm shop. The variety of different food is amazing. Wouldn't go anywhere else.”

    “It has a fantastic range of local produce and unique food and drink. There is a really good choice of cheese which can also be sampled. Always a pleasant shopping experience.”

    Co-chair of judges Elaine Lemm, a highly respected food writer, classically trained chef, teacher and ex-restaurateur, says: “Roger Nicholson took over Cannon Hall Farm at the age of 16 following the untimely death of his father, but in the 1980s, with farming becoming less and less profitable it became clear the farm needed to either diversify or sell. Against the advice of his bank, he headed down the diversification route, and today Cannon Hall is a resounding success.  Alongside the farm shop, there are two restaurants plus a dog-friendly café; there are adventure playgrounds; a year-round programme for visiting schools and a new £1.5 million farmyard where visitors can see the day to day workings of a modern farmyard including a milking parlour and a Rare Breeds Barn.

    The Nicholson family may have created a thriving commercially prosperous business, but they have never let go of what is still at the heart of this enterprise, their grandfather's farm. With their hugely successful, busy farm shop to supply, they produce 1000 pigs, 900 lambs and over 300 cattle each year.

    With awards and plaudits both regionally and nationally, it is no surprise that Cannon Hall and the Nicholson family are recognised as one of the pioneering businesses of this sector and worthy winners of the Farm Shop and Deli Retailer of the Year award.”

    Also worthy of praise is Minskip Farm Shop from Boroughbridge in the North East region, who scooped the 2019 Newcomer of the Year award and Village Store/Local Shop of the Year winners Campbell’s of Leyburn from North Yorkshire.

    This year both Midlands and North East regions championed the winners with three from each. Midland winners include Broadbean Deli from Ludlow, Battlefield 1403 Farm Shop from Shrewsbury and Online Business of the Year winners World products ltd t/a indianmart based in Leicester. 

    More about the judging process

    A team of over 20 leading experts judged the entries online before coming together last November to deliberate and shortlist the contenders.  During January and February secret visits across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales took place before the winners, and overall Retailer of the Year, were decided.

    The coveted accolades celebrate the best specialist independent retailers with judges looking for the most impressive levels of service, product knowledge, initiative, innovation and community involvement.

    Nigel Barden, Chairman of Judges and Food and Drink Journalist and Broadcaster, says: “More work than ever goes into the Farm Shop & Deli Awards, including an increased number of visits and more hours spent on the road for our judges. This gives the Awards even more kudos and esteem, as does the experience of our 20 judges who represent all aspects of the food and drink sector. Some of them are previous Retailers of the Year and appreciate how much benefit is gained by winning an award and the amount of work and expertise required to triumph. Winners and finalists get marvelous consumer and trade coverage, including a social media reach of 120,000 and a live announcement of the winners, and those shortlisted, at the Farm Shop & Deli Show at the NEC. The show and Awards are organised by William Reed, who have over 150 years of experience to call upon.”

    Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2019 – full list of category winners and commended entrants and regional winners: 

    Baker of the Year

    Winner: Lovingly Artisan (Kendal)

    Commended: Bondgate Bakery (Otley) / Hobbs House Bakery (Tetbury)  / Mayfield Farm Bakery (Harlow)


    Butcher of the Year

    Winner: Elderslie Butchers (Elderslie)

    Commended: Aubrey Allen (Leamington Spa) / Battlefield1403 Butcher (Shrewsbury) / Hugh Black & Sons Butchers Ltd (Bathgate) / Surrey Hills Butchers (Oxshott)


    Cheesemonger of the Year

    Winner: Cheese Etc, The Pangbourne Cheese Shop (Reading)

    Commended: The Cheese Lady (Haddington) / The Cheese Shop (Chester) / The Little Cheesemonger (Rhuddlan)


    Delicatessen of the Year

    Winner: Broad Bean Delicatessen (Ludlow)

    Commended: Bayley & Sage (Battersea) / Forest Deli Ltd (Coleford) / Giddy Grocer (London) / Ginger Whale Delicatessen (Cleckheaton) / Guzzl (London) / MacFarlane's Delicatessen (London) / The Bees Country Kitchen (Chorley) / The Olive Tree Deli (Mold) / Thomas of Helmsley (Helmsley)

     

    Farm Shop – Large Retailer of the Year

    Winner: Cannon Hall Farm Shop (Barnsley)

    Commended: Chatsworth Estate Farm Shop (Bakewell) / Cobbs Farm Shop & Kitchen (Hungerford) / Newlyns Farm Shop (Hook)

     

    Farm Shop – Small Retailer of the Year

    Winner: Battlefield 1403 (Shrewsbury)
    Commended: Eggs To Apples Farm Shop (Etchingham) / Minskip Farm Shop (Boroughbridge) / Parc Y Bocs, Burns Farm Shop (Kidwelly) / Tori and Bens Farm (Kings Newton) / Waterperry Farm Shop    (Oxford) / Welbeck Farm Shop (Worksop)

     

    Fishmonger of the Year

    Winner: Fyne Fish (Cockermouth) Ltd (Cockermouth)

     

    Foodhall of the Year

    Winner: Bakers & Larners of Holt (Holt)

    Commended: Cunninghams Butchers & Food Hall (Newry) / Delifonseca Dockside (Liverpool) / Shrewsbury Market Hall (Shrewsbury) / Webbs Garden Centre (Droitwich) / Weetons Food Hall (Harrogate)

    Greengrocer of the Year

    Winner: Andreas of Chelsea Green (London)

    Newcomer of the Year

    Winner: Minskip Farm Shop (Boroughbridge)

    Commended: Bayley & Sage (Battersea) / Broad Bean Delicatessen (Ludlow) / Forest Deli Ltd (Coleford) / Giddy Grocer (London) / Guzzl (London) / The Cheese Lady (Haddington) / The Little Cheesemonger (Rhuddlan) / Waterperry Farm Shop (Oxford)

     

    Online Business of the Year

    Winner: World products ltd t/a indianmart (Markfield)

    Commended: Farmers Choice Free Range Ltd (Fareham) / Farmison & Co (Ripon) / Milk and More (Aldershot)

     

    Village Store / Local Shop of the Year

    Winner: Campbell's of Leyburn (Leyburn)

    Commended: FINK (York) / Good Food (Catford) / Helperby Stores Deli & Café (York)

    Regional winners were:

     

    East Anglia: Bakers & Larners of Holt (Holt)

     

    Midlands: Battlefield 1403 (Shrewsbury)

     

    North East: Cannon Hall Farm Shop (Barnsley)

     

    North West: Lovingly Artisan (Kendal)

     

    Northern Ireland: Cunninghams Butchers & Food Hall (Newry)

     

    Scotland: Elderslie Butchers (Elderslie)

     

    South East: Cheese Etc, The Pangbourne Cheese Shop (Reading)

     

    South West: Cobbs Farm Shop & Kitchen (Hungerford)

     

    Wales:  The Olive Tree Deli (Mold)

     

    Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2020

    Back by popular demand for a seventh year of nationwide recognition of the enormous growth and improvement in our farm shops, delis, grocers, butchers and bakeries, Farm Shop & Deli Awards will be back in 2020, with entries opening in July 2019. Further information on the awards and how to register interest to enter, can be found at www.farmshopanddelishow.co.uk/awards


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    Further information: 

    Farm Shop & Deli Show 2020 returns to the NEC from Monday 30th March through to Wednesday 1st April 2020 www.farmshopanddelishow.co.uk 

     

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    Tuesday April 09

  • Farm Shop & Deli Show highlights Healthy & Natural

    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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    Monday April 01

  • Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2019: Finalists Announced

    The shortlist for the prestigious awards has been announced with winners due to be unveiled at Farm Shop & Deli Show Monday 8th April at the NEC, Birmingham

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    2019 Farm Shop & Deli Awards judges

    The 2019 judging panel of industry experts met up last November in London for a day of evaluation and deliberation. Secret visits and mystery shops followed over the next three months to finalise the shortlist, before the announcement on 1st March of the category contenders for the 2019 Farm Shop & Deli Awards, in partnership with The Grocer. Winners will be revealed live at the Farm Shop & Deli Show, 3.30pm on Monday 8th April 2019.

    Chair of Judges Nigel Barden, Co Chair of Judges Elaine Lemm, Ashleigh O’Mahony, Food Trends Reporter at The Grocer and, joining the panel for 2019, Georgina Wald, Corporate Communications Manager for Fuller, Smith & Turner are just some of the 2019 Farm Shop & Deli Awards judges who faced the difficult task of whittling down the category finalists this year.

     
    Recognising and rewarding specialist retailers

    Returning for the sixth year the Awards, who are sponsored by Garofalo pasta, commend retailers’ success in speciality sectors and regions respectively. Category awards are up for grabs across 11 different specialisms including Butcher of the Year, Delicatessen of the Year, Farm Shop of the Year and Online Business of the Year, which has tripled in the number of entries received for 2019.

    The 12th Award up for grabs is ‘Newcomer of the Year’ and it’s positive to see that the number of young businesses entering the Awards continues to grow year on year and, for 2019, champion seven of the nine Award regions from across the UK and Northern Ireland. With more established companies also competing in the Awards there is certainly a diverse representation from the entire sector and our judges have a fantastic range of entrants to judge.

     

    Supporting the Awards

    Over the past six years the standard of entries has continued to rise in each of the 12 categories, making the judges’ deliberations in November, and the secret visits to confirm the shortlist, an intergral part of the process. Regardless of the number of entries a category may receive, the judging process ensures that the best contenders are supported and celebrated, regardless of how many finalists the Awards may end up with. We have absolute confidence in our hard working judges and their final decisions and thank them for supporting the Awards with such integrity.

    Chair of Judges and Food & drink journalist & broadcaster Nigel Barden tells us: “I am delighted to continue to be involved with the Farm Shop & Deli Awards. It’s a fabulous initiative for the sector and offers the best way to recognise and reward excellence for the UK’s local, artisan and high street speciality retailers. These awards are so important for the industry. One really big factor is the quality of judges. They’re really right across the board from retailers, from producers from food and drink journalists.”

    Co chair of judges Elaine Lemm adds: “I feel these Awards are so important to the industry. The farm shops and delis are a very specialised sector of retailing in this country and this is a chance for them to have their voice heard, and really to get it out to the public just how important these businesses are.”

    This year there are 50 businesses shortlisted as category finalists, which include nine who are also potential ‘Newcomer of the Year’ winners. The regional winners, who represent the very best retailers that stand out among their local competition from across nine UK regions, will be selected from the category finalists and also announced live at the awards ceremony at Farm Shop & Deli Show, 3.30pm on Monday 8th April - as well as the coveted Farm Shop & Deli Retailer of the Year.

    TAKE A LOOK AT THE 2019 CATEGORY FINALISTS

     

    Friday March 01

  • FARM SHOP & DELI SHOW ANNOUNCES TOP SPEAKER LINE UP FOR 2019

    Farm Shop & Deli Show returns to the NEC from 8 – 10 April 2019

    The sector’s leading event for delicatessens, farm shops, restaurants, garden centres, food halls, butcheries and bakeries, returns from 8-10 April with an unrivalled opportunity for visitors to tap into the wealth of advice and insights on hot industry topics.

    In addition to the top produce, equipment and gifting options on show, visitors will also be drawn to the Farm Shop & Deli Live stage, where a host of industry leaders will share their thoughts and experience on issues ranging from the rise of gin, to ethical eating and tapping into the healthy appetite for the wellness market, plus an array of other topical talking points that are key in today’s industry.

    Each session will offer real business insights and share exclusive tips to help retailers make small changes to achieve big results and keep one step ahead of competitors. The series of talks provides the chance for top end, independent retailers and buyers, caterers, importers, distributors and wholesalers to discover some of the best produce on offer today.

    The Farm Shop & Deli Live stage will host a ‘Plastic to palm oil’ discussion, which will be top of the list for retailers of all sizes looking to address consumers’ current eco-worries. A responsible retailers’ roundtable, chaired by author, chef and broadcaster Richard Fox, will put across simple hacks to create a sustainable store, with plenty of practical and affordable tips to put into action right away.

    Visitors will also be able to pick up top tips on how stores can align with wellness and healthy lifestyle trends. Founder of Glowing Potential Emily Foster will explore the $4.2 trillion wellness market, with advice on how to cash in on shoppers looking for healthy nutritious and Instagram-friendly food and drink.

    A focus on healthy living is an area where customers are demanding innovation and the drinks market has not been exempt from a shift towards products backed by health claims. The ‘Healthier beer’ discussion with David Ware from Greens Brewery, Rob Fink from Big Drop Brewing and Graeme Louden from CGA, will offer insight into the importance of burgeoning brews from gluten free to zero alcohol.

    While good beers and wine are fundamental to any catering outlet, cheese carries just as much importance in farm shops and delis. Visitors will be given advice on how to conquer the cheese category in the taster session of The Academy of Cheese’s Structured Learning Course. Cheesemonger Ruth Holbrook from Paxton & Whitfield will be on hand to answer questions on creating a counter that’s a cut above the rest, while the Academy’s founding Director Tracey Colley will share her passion for this most integral part of any deli counter.

    Another big draw to the Farm Shop & Deli Live stage will be a discussion on ‘Better by design: improve your store environment’, which will offer both cost-free and practical quick wins to boost sales by transforming the look and feel of a traditional farm shop. Richard Ford, Associate Director of Sherlock Studios, will focus on how to do things differently to surprise customers with innovative store design.

    A wealth of sales and marketing secrets will also be put forward in the psychology led session from Digital Blonde’s Karen Fewell, who will lead visitors through clear insights on effective methods to supercharge marketing strategies. Real life examples will demonstrate how to put advice in to action and boost sales.

    With three days of sessions, visitors can expect to pick up an abundance of business advice, including guidance from brothers David and Stephen Flynn of The Happy Pear, who will share details of how they built their plant-based food empire and overcame challenges along the way. The duo has expanded their in-store presence, maximised on diversification, and have even launched their own retail range, which is stocked in Waitrose. With a fundamental understanding of their customers and a successful online offer, attending retailers could learn a thing or two from the Flynn brothers.

    Farm Shop & Deli Show is co-located with the National Convenience Show, where the Retailer Hub will host several sessions of interest to Farm Shop & Deli Show visitors. Richard Lim, CEO of Retail Economics, will lead the discussion on ‘Success after Brexit: What’s next for food and grocery’ – a must-attend for retailers looking to understand the risks posed to the sector in a post-Brexit reality, while seizing new opportunities. Additionally, Alan Mahon, the brains behind purpose-driven craft beer Brewgooder, will also be on hand with advice on how to give convenience store consumers a new ethical choice at the chiller.

    Away from the stages, the coveted Farm Shop & Deli Awards will return for their sixth year, recognising the best independent retailers across 12 categories. The hotly anticipated finals will be held live at the show on Monday 8 April, hosted by Chair of Judges and renowned food and drink broadcaster Nigel Barden. He will also catch up with last year’s overall winner Edge & Sons Butchers for a live interview, where visitors will hear the secrets of the company’s success and how the award helped the business grow.

    British Baker’s Britain’s Best Loaf will also return for 2019, when judges will deliberate over category winners including Best Sourdough, Best Wholegrain and Best Gluten Free Loaf. Visitors will experience a slice of the action at the live result, which will see another batch of bakers rise to the challenge with their greatest bakes.

    The sector’s most innovative entrepreneurs will also be put to the ultimate retail test as they brave the Dragon’s Pantry to pitch their best ideas to a panel of industry experts. The 15-minute pitches offer an unmissable opportunity to gain invaluable insight into what works in store, and success could bring lucrative new listings.  

    Farm Shop & Deli Show Commercial Director Mat Rose said: “We’re looking forward to not only showcasing the very best artisan and speciality products on the market, but also providing the opportunity for visitors and attendees to dive into a world of advice, inspiration and guidance from some of the most successful industry leaders.”

    Farm Shop & Deli Show is co-located with 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. To register your interest for all the free-to-attend shows and receive more information, visit:

    https://www.farmshopanddelishow.co.uk/visit/register-interest.

     

    For further press information please contact Lesley Foottit or Danielle Hope-Wynn in the event press office on 020 7240 2444 or email wrbm@stormcom.co.uk 

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    Wednesday February 13

  • Garofalo blog: Recognising excellent pasta

    How to recognise excellent pasta

    An informative article from our Awards sponsors Garofalo on how good quality pasta is produced, and how to recognise it.

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    Good quality pasta is first and foremost recognised by its colour and smell; the choice should always be a golden, amber colour with the smell of fresh wheat. The highest quality pasta is bronze die formed, an ancient Italian technique that gives a rough porous surface to the pasta that enables it to absorb the sauce well.

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    As Pasta is simply made with only two ingredients water and wheat you can’t make an excellent pasta if the best wheat is not used. If we want to get technical at this stage, it is the quality and quantity of the two gluten protein present that primarily determines the quality of the wheat. The much sort after al dente texture of cooked pasta with the wheat taste is a result of the two proteins working their hardest to protect the internal structure of the pasta and giving it strength as it is cooked in boiling water. If the water that the pasta is cooked in remains colourless then you can be assured that the proteins have done a good job and kept the starch under control; the result al dente pasta. Out of control the starch will absorb water, swell so much it breaks; the result cloudy water and soggy pasta.

    Bronze die pasta has nothing to do with changing the colour of the dough, the die is the plate that the dough (durum wheat and water) is pushed through to form the huge numbers of pasta shapes available. It’s amazing that two basic ingredients can produce in excess of 300 pasta shapes!

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    As the dough is pushed through the die made from bonze the friction built up between the die and dough resulting in a slightly rough, porous texture perfect for sauces to cling to and be absorbed, a delicious combination of sauce and pasta in every mouthful. The alternative is a die made from Teflon (cheaper and quicker than the bronze die), which gives smooth and slippery pasta surface and you find yourself with the classic meal of pasta followed by sauce even though they are on the same plate.

     

    This is not where the story of excellent pasta ends, the final part in this story is the drying process. Time and temperature are important but before this could be controlled pasta makers relied on Mother Nature and dried pasta in the open air. So it was not by chance that Gragnano a small town near Naples in southern Italy, became the birth place of the pasta industry in Italy, thanks to the springs, the surrounding of the town and the passing wind. Gragnano was a huge open air drying system, perfect for drying pasta dough. Pasta makers are not relying on nature now but temperature and timed drying chambers, specific for each shape. Shorter drying times are the most cost effective for production but drying too quickly can result in brittle pasta which breaks easily.

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    The qualities required for an excellent pasta and the place in Italy where the pasta is made are now recognised in an IGP certification – Pasta Di Gragnano IGP.

    The IGP label specifies that the quality of the food product is directly linked to the region where it is produced, processed, or prepared.

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    "Pasta di Gragnano IGP" is the only dry pasta variety to be recognized by the European Commission as IGP. The label gives protection to the quality of the pasta produced by those companies that are awarded it. A product that is awarded IGP status guarantees a traditional taste as well as high quality.

    Pasta di Gragnano IGP was born in 2010 to testify to the history of Gragnano and its pasta production methods, with rules that governed the production process of pasta given the IGP status. Recently the rules were made tougher giving greater protection to the quality of Pasta di Gragnano IGP. The new rules state;

    • The pasta must be produced within the municipality of Gragnano
    • The pasta dough must only be produced with high quality durum wheat semolina and water from local aquifers.
    • The extrusion of the dough to form the pasta shape must take place through bronze dies.
    • After cooling, and within 24 hours, the pasta must be packaged in the place of production to prevent the loss of moisture that would compromise the organoleptic qualities of the product.
    • The protein level of the final product must be 13% or above

    Gragnano IGP pasta is produced by fourteen companies belonging to the Consorzio di Gragnano IGP.

     

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    Garofalo, who have been producing pasta in Gragnano since 1789 when it obtained a license from the Municipal Council for the production and sale of high quality pasta, is the largest producer of dried pasta with Pasta Di Gragnano IGP status.

    This year in the UK the familiar packs of Garofalo pasta will hit the shelves with subtle design changes and proudly displaying the Pasta Di Gragnano logo.

     

    Garofalo offers a wide variety of pasta shapes and it is up to us and our imagination to match the right taste to the right pasta shape and not limit our creativity and always create something extraordinary to enjoy!

    Garofalo pasta is available from your local wholesaler.

    Contact us for more details 01438 813444 / info@garofalo.co.uk

     

    Wednesday January 30

  • Farm Shop & Deli Show gears up for ninth event at NEC

    Farm Shop & Deli Show 2019 returns to the NEC from 8-10 April 

    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, offering visitors the opportunity to meet with over 450 suppliers that encompass the core food categories from chocolate, hot drinks and olives, to condiments, meat and preserves.

    And that’s not all – as the show has developed, a growing and popular focus on other areas of the speciality market has also evolved. Exhibitors representing categories including stationery, candles, furniture and home goods will be present, as well as those offering equipment, labelling and packaging.

    Artisan food continues to be climbing in consumers’ consciousness, with food wholesaler Bidfood recently describing how the political environment in the UK and concerns around sustainability and food provenance are set to fuel the major food trends of 2019.

    The four ‘mega’ trends predicted are perfectly in line with what Farm Shop & Deli Show represents, with gourmet food; low waste; healthy and allergen free options; and lesser-known cuts of meat all topping the list, alongside an elevated consumer interest in understanding the provenance of their food and the process by which it is made. And Bidfood also anticipates that 2019 will see diners embracing seasonal produce, foraged food and artisan products that have a strong marketing and sourcing story behind them.

    Among the key suppliers gathering at the NEC in April will be Beech’s Fine Chocolate; A Little Bit Food Company with its gluten-free, vegan range of dressings, ketchups, sauces and dips; kitchen store cupboard staple Epicure, which has a portfolio of over 100 products from prepared fruits and vegetables to meat and fish; Boost Drinks will showcase its value energy, protein and sports drinks; while Fentimans will display its award-winning beverages, hand crafted using the finest natural ingredients and the time-honoured botanical brewing technique.

    The major players on the equipment side will also be present, with Brook Food demonstrating its extensive bakery equipment, among others, while all-impotant store lighting queries will be answered by Self Electronics Germany GmbH – a leading manufacturer of professional LED lighting solutions.

    Hailing from Farm Shop & Deli Show’s growing gifting representation will be Apples to Pears, a Cotswold-based gift company known for its award-winning Gift in a Tin range. Anco Dog Treats will present its 100% natural biscuits, chews, treats and food, demonstrating that dogs can follow the same eating trends as their owners.

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    In addition to the top produce, equipment and gifting options on show, visitors will also be drawn to listen to industry leaders speaking at the Farm Shop & Deli Live Stage. Attending bakers will be sure to watch Cinnamon Square’s Paul Barker’s session on blending bread with botanicals like magnolia and fennel and learn more about the innovative techniques that led him to win at British Baker’s Baking Industry Awards.

    In another success story, budding and expert bakers will be able to get winning advice from Alexandra Martin, the Retail Operations Director behind Warren’s Bakery. Cornwall’s oldest pastry maker has turned itself into a fresh force with expert leadership and now boasts 54 company-owned stores and 30 franchises across the UK. As such, Martin is well placed to offer advice to business owners in need.

    Meanwhile, retailers with a strong drinks offer will be able to pick up tricks from a session with The Wine Tipster’s Neil Phillips and Anthony Johns, who will talk attendees through refreshing their alcohol offer and building customer loyalty.

    Christine Tacon, the Groceries Code Adjudicator, will be on hand to make sure every supplier knows all about the Code, how to benefit from it and when to speak up. This will, no doubt, be a well attended session as retailers navigate the rapidly changing regulations in the industry.

    Live competitions

    After a tricky few years for the bread market, wrapped and artisanal varieties are on the rise with value sales up by 4.3% to £1.4bn last year, and still rising. And so, back by popular demand, British Baker’s Britain’s Best Loaf 2019 will see another batch of bakers fighting it out for this prestigious title. Visitors will be able to watch judges deliberate over who will take home the coveted crown next year across a range of categories, including Best Sourdough, Best Wholegrain and Best Gluten Free Loaf.

    The live line-up will also see budding entrepreneurs face a formidable panel of judges in the show’s Dragon’s Pantry slot, where they will present their best new product ideas in a 15-minute pitch in hope of winning professional advice on the best route to market.

    The Farm Shop & Deli Awards Final

    The Farm Shop & Deli Awards have become incrementally more popular year on year as industry creatives battle it out for the prestigious titles awarded across both regions and categories. Back for their sixth year, the awards recognise the very best independent retailers, celebrating the highest standards in the UK and Northern Ireland market.

    The long-awaited finals will be hosted by Chair of Judges Nigel Barden, renowned food and drink broadcaster. Nigel and his fellow judges have evaluated the finalists shortlisted with the highly-anticipated winners to be announced live at the show on Monday 8 April.

    There will be 12 category winners across Baker, Butcher, Cheesemonger, Delicatessen, Farm Shop Large Retailer of the Year, Farm Shop Small Retailer of the Year, Fishmonger, Food Hall, Greengrocer, Local Shop or Village Store,  Newcomer of the Year, and Online Business of the Year. Nine regional awards will also be handed out, plus the overall Farm Shop & Deli Awards Retailer of the Year.

    Farm Shop & Deli Show Commercial Director Mat Rose said: “The ongoing trend for artisan produce, provenance and entrepreneurial innovation has not slowed down in recent years and we are delighted to bring the Farm Shop & Deli Show back in 2019 to provide a platform for all the exciting companies and retailers who have devoted their careers to this sector.

    “We will showcase the very best products that our country has to offer, providing invaluable inspiration for businesses in the UK and further afield, and creating further drive for this revolutionary sector to continue its rapid and enthusiastic growth.”

    As well as inspiring retailers with the latest products, innovations and ideas, attendees will have the unique advantage of networking with peers in an unrivalled benefit offered by this sector-specific show.

    Farm Shop & Deli Show is co-located National Convenience Show, The Forecout Show and the second instalment of The Ingredients Show. Together they will bring together suppliers from across the food and drink retail industry To register your interest for all the free-to-attend shows and receive more information, visit:

    https://www.farmshopanddelishow.co.uk/visit/register-interest.

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    For further press information please contact Lesley Foottit or Danielle Hope-Wynn in the event press office on 020 7240 2444 or email wrbm@stormcom.co.uk 

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    Kantar Worldpanel 31 December 2017

    Tuesday December 18

  • Gift of the Year 2019 press release

    Farm Shop & Deli Show are proud to sponsor the Gift Food category for The Gift of the Year 2019 competition, which is open for entries across 20 categories. Please read on for further information from competition organisers...

     

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    You have one month to enter your products and ranges. We are looking for the best in the gift and homeware industry. The winners will be announced in early February.

    The largest and most prestigious product competition in the gift industry, Gift of the Year celebrates the best products that will be on the market in late 2018 and throughout 2019. We are already seeing some fantastic entries coming that are getting exposure already through our social media and newsletters.

    Winning and highly commended products are featured in the beautiful Winners Brochure which is distributed at all major trade shows throughout the year, and to GA retailer members. The top prize, courtesy of Autumn Fair, is a free stand for the winner of the Judges’ Choice award – the winner among winners.

    It isn’t just about the winners, though. Nominating one of your products for a Gift of the Year award will give you access to special logos you can use on your website, social media and even in print. The same goes if you are shortlisted, and you may even find your products featured on the Gift of the Year social media channels on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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    On top of the publicity that entering can provide, every single entry placed in the competition is put before the panel of judges during the online stage of judging in December. It’s a fantastic chance to put your new products in front of buyers, and every year judges ask to be put in touch with entrants to talk more about their products.

    The competition will remain open until the end of November, so you still have a month to enter your gifts.

    You can enter online at www.giftoftheyear.co.uk. If you have any questions, you can call the Gift of the Year team on 0121 237 1142 or contact Luke on Luke.palmer@ga-uk.org

    Wednesday October 24

  • Consumer voting has commenced for Farm Shop & Deli Awards

    As the 2019 Farm Shop & Deli Awards entries closed for another year on 21st September, with over 85 entries received from all over the UK and Northern Ireland, the online consumer voting stage of the Awards has now commenced and will finish on 31st October.

    Retailers who have entered will receive a voting pack with all the tools they need to raise awareness of their entries and drive their consumer votes before the October deadline.

    The Awards, which has already received over 750 votes for submitted entries across the 11 award categories, invites consumers to visit their website and vote to support their local retailer(s): https://www.farmshopanddelishow.co.uk/awards-directory-2019.

     

    Why consumer votes count

    Customer comments are important to the judging process and a chance to show support for local retailers. The consumer votes help decide the category, regional and overall Farm Shop & Deli Retailer of the Year Award winners.

    During the judging day in mid November, the Award’s judges will come together to review all category entries as well as the online consumer votes they have received. Based on quality of comments, rather than the quantity of votes, these consumer votes really do contribute towards deciding the shortlist for the Awards finalists.

    What’s more, as part of the judging process, comments from the judges and consumer voting are collated, evaluated and supplied to all entrants once the Award’s finals have taken place in April, providing invaluable and constructive feedback.

     

    Getting involved

    Voting is a quick and easy process. Consumers can visit the ‘2019 Entrants’ web page at farmshopanddelishow.co.uk/awards, select the retailer(s) you wish to vote for and submit your entry online. Online voting closes on 31 October 2018 and all voters will be entered into a prize draw to win a delicious food hamper from the Farm Shop & Deli Awards team.

     

    About the Awards

    Free to enter, the Farm Shop & Deli Awards, in partnership with The Grocer, are highly respected in the industry for playing an important role in supporting, and celebrating, the UK’s independent, specialist retail market.

    Category awards are up for grabs across 11 different specialisms with nine regional awards also available - plus the coveted ‘Farm Shop & Deli Retailer of the Year’. There is also a chance for young companies, who opened since April 2016, to also compete for the ‘Newcomer of the Year’ Award won by The Goring Grocer in 2018.

    “It feels amazing to win. We’ve worked really hard over the last 2 ½ years since opening so this is great. My advice is to work hard, don’t cut corners just to the best you can and have amazing people working or you – that’s the key.”
    Caroline Pierrepont, The Goring Grocer, 2018 Delicatessen of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and regional winner South East.

     

    The judging process

    The Awards celebrate the highest levels of service, product knowledge, initiative, innovation and community involvement, offered by our heroes of the high-street and are judged by a panel that includes experts from the world of speciality retail, fine food and food media.

    The online entries and consumer votes will be evaluated by the judging panel before being whittled down to a shortlist of finalists, some of whom may receive a ‘secret’ visit later this year to see the retailers in action. The successful finalists will be announced in March 2019, with the winners revealed live at Farm Shop & Deli Show on Monday 8th April 2019 at the NEC Birmingham.

    Nigel Barden, Chair of judges and Food and Drink journalist, says: “I am delighted to continue to be involved with the Farm Shop & Deli Awards. It’s a fabulous initiative for the sector and offers the best way to recognise and reward excellence for the UK’s local, artisan and high street speciality retailers.”


    Find out more, or vote online, at farmshopanddelishow.co.uk/awards

     

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    For more information, contact:
    Antonia Green
    William Reed Business Media
    01293 610235
    Antonia.green@wrbm.com

    Notes to editors:

    The twelve categories include:
    • Baker
    • Butcher
    • Cheesemonger
    • Delicatessen
    • Farm Shop – Large Retailer
    • Farm Shop – Small Retailer
    • Fishmonger
    • Food Hall
    • Greengrocer
    • Newcomer
    • Online Business
    • Village store/ Local Shop
    With nine regional awards across:
    • East Anglia
    • Midlands
    • North East
    • North West
    • Northern Ireland
    • Scotland
    • South East
    • South West
    • Wales

    The Farm Shop & Deli Awards are brought to you by William Reed Business Media, leading publishers and event organiser for over 150 years, with an extensive grocery and retail portfolio including over 10 award schemes and campaigns, three major conferences, three trade exhibitions including Farm Shop & Deli Show and numerous seminars and networking lunches.

    Additional photographs and high res versions of those included in this press release are available. Please contact Antonia Green, Marketing Manager Farm Shop & Deli Awards, 01293 610235 or Antonia.green@wrbm.com

    Thursday September 27

  • Meet Jamie Hall your Farm Shop & Deli Awards judge

    At the moment, local food retailers across Britain are busy putting the finishing touches to their Farm Shop & Deli Awards entries. Entering the Farm Shop & Deli Awards can truly put your business in the spotlight, whatever stage you get to.


    With just a week left to submit your entry we’ve been chatting to judge, Jamie Hall from Neal’s Yard Dairy to see what he will be looking for when he reads those entries.


    Tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do?

    At Neal’s Yard Dairy, I am in charge of ROW which is the Rest of the World export markets as well as overseeing our domestic shop and food hall customers. This role involves me keeping in touch with the buyers, tasting a lot of cheese and visiting as many shops as possible to provide training and support.

     

    Why do you like to judge the Farm Shop & Deli Awards?

    Judging gives me fantastic insight into shops and food halls, some that I might not have already had the pleasure of meeting. It also gives me great insight into some of our current customers and I love reading what retailers have been doing to drive their business.


    What will you be looking for when judging these awards?

    When judging the Farm Shop & Deli Awards, I always look for a shop with a vision. The winners will be those who really take pride in what they do. They will also be breaking the mould, educating their consumers and encouraging them to buy the latest products. 

     

    If someone is considering entering for the first-time what advice can you offer them when writing their entry?

    Make sure you include high quality photos and share your information with clarity. As judges, we need to be able to quickly understand what you are doing in your business and how you got there. Have a clear structure to your entry so it’s easy for the judges to follow. 

     

    Tell us three words that every winning food retailer will need to have

    Vision, clarity and drive

     

    Read more Awards blogs here.

    Thursday September 13

  • Meet the Farm Shop & Deli Awards judge Martin Hesp

    Martin Hesp is the editor-at-large of the Western Morning News. He’s also the food editor of the largest daily paper in South West England and maker of the Adventures in Rural Journalism podcast. We are delighted to have Martin on our Farm Shop & Deli Awards judging panel as he has fantastic insight into what consumers are looking for from independent food businesses.


    Why do you like to judge the Farm Shop & Deli Awards?

    I like to see independent food-based businesses taking on the giant supermarket chains and also enjoy seeing the owners of these businesses inspiring and promoting good local food and drink in their areas. It’s fantastic for me to be able to report back to consumers who read our food pages on what’s happening within the local area and food industry.


    What will you be looking for when judging these awards?

    When reading through the entries, I am going to be looking for elements of uniqueness and innovation. I’ll also be on the hunt for initiatives which show how a business is promoting high-quality locally produced, grown or reared food and drink.

     

    If someone is considering entering for the first time what advice can you offer them when writing their entry?

    My advice would be to go the extra mile in making sure you outline what is different and/or unique about your business. In what areas are you going the extra mile? Why are you going the extra mile? What difference does this make to your customers? Show this in your entry and catch the attention of the judges.


    How can entering awards help a small food business?

    As a journalist, I can definitely say the awards help those who enter. To be shortlisted or even better to win outright will guarantee your business fantastic publicity in the local media. It’s the kind of publicity that you simply could not pay for by merely embarking on an advertising campaign.


    Tell us three words that every winning food retailer will need to have.

    Uniqueness, innovation and passion

    Read more Awards blogs here.

    Thursday September 13

  • Meet the Farm Shop & Deli Awards judge Holly Shackleton

    Every time a new Farm Shop & Deli Awards entry comes into our inbox we feel inspired reading about the amazing independent food retailers up and down the UK. We know many of you are still busy finalising your entries but don’t forget to hit the submit button no later than Friday, 21st September, 2018.


    To help you make sure your entry will catch the eyes of the judges, we’ve been chatting to Farm Shop and Deli Awards judge, Holly Shackleton. She is the editor of Speciality Food, a magazine read by independent retailers across the UK - from farm shops, delis and food halls to garden centres and cheese/wine etc specialists.


    Why do you like to judge the Farm Shop & Deli Awards?

    I like to judge the Farm Shop & Deli Awards as I love celebrating retailers who are at the top of the game. These awards bring to light independents who are doing a great job of inspiring their customers, challenging the multiples and bringing the best of the food and drink industry into their stores - and it's thoroughly enjoyable to be a part of the process.

     
    What will you be looking for when judging these awards?

    When judging the Farm Shop & Deli Awards, I look for retailers which stand out from the crowd in terms of their philosophy/mission and how they're going about making it a reality. That could be something relatively small-scale, such as wanting to support local producers and promote the food and drink of their local area, or grander - for example, they could have an aim to be entirely eco-friendly by 2020.


    If someone is considering entering for the first time what advice can you offer them when writing their entry?

    My advice would be to provide as much detail as you can. Something which seems everyday to you could just be the thing which makes you stand out from the crowd. I'd rather an entrant demonstrated their passion by writing reams about what they do than came across a bit uninspired (and missed out important details) by keeping it overly brief.


    How can entering awards help a small food business?

    Small businesses can benefit hugely by entering the Farm Shop & Deli Awards. These are the Oscars of the independent retail world, and by being named as a regional or category winner you'll become known and respected across the UK. If you go on to get the overall winner accolade, you'll be recognised as the very best in an already exciting market.


    How does entering awards motivate employees?

    Winning an award really is something that employees can be proud of, and entering awards makes every member of the team work that little bit harder to prove that their team is worthy of gaining recognition.

     

    Tell us three words that every winning food retailer will need to have.

    Passion, an innovative approach and the drive to make it happen.

     

    Read more Awards blogs here.

    Thursday September 13

  • Meet your Farm Shop & Deli Awards judge, Arthur Howell

    Arthur Howell is the owner of two butchers, a delicatessen, a wet fish shop and a bakery. His daughter Alex, who runs the bakery, is the fifth generation of the family to work in the business that was established by Arthur’s great grandfather in 1889. With just one week left for you to get your entries to us we’ve been chatting to former winner and now one of the judges for the Farm Shop & Deli Awards, Arthur Howell to find out what he will be looking for.

    Why do you like to judge the Farm Shop & Deli Awards?

    I love reading what businesses are doing to get an edge in the current climate. Some of them are really progressive in their thinking and I find it very inspirational. I get great pleasure from playing my part in recognising their achievements and rewarding them for all their efforts. Things are tough out there for independent businesses and the awards are a great incentive.

     

    What will you be looking for when judging these awards?

    The businesses which get my vote will have to show great passion for their produce, original ways of displaying their goods and also demonstrate superb service to their paying customers.

     

    If someone is considering entering for the first time what advice can you offer them when writing their entry?

    If you’re ‘umm-ing and ah-ing’ about entering you should just take the plunge and go for it. Nothing ventured, nothing gained is the right spirit in my opinion. You shouldn’t be shy when it comes to shouting about your business. Being involved in these awards helps you to get the support of your local community. It’s always worth giving it a go as even the entry stage helps you get your business out there.

     

    How can entering awards help a small food business?

    Entering awards is fantastic for prestige and publicity. Your local media will be delighted that one of their traditional, well-established businesses has brought a shining prize back to the county.

     
    How does entering awards motivate employees?

    Awards give everyone in the business something to aim for and work towards for the year and being part of these awards works wonders for staff morale. Everybody plays their part in a successful submission and they get a great boost from knowing how valued their efforts have been. Winning gives staff a great sense of pride and achievement.

     

    Tell us three words that every winning food retailer will need to have.

    Innovation, knowledge and leadership.

     

    The Farm Shop & Deli Awards provide an opportunity for local and online food retailers to get their business seen and heard amongst some of the industry’s biggest influencers. Entering these awards is simple as all the entry is done online but taking the time to submit yours could help to drive your business and sales. You will then be able to use this as an opportunity to engage with your local community by appealing for votes in our national awards. Once the voting stage is over it’s time for us to hand the decision over to our prestigious panel of judges, chaired by Nigel Barden.

    Enter before 21st September here.

    Read more Award blogs here.

    Wednesday September 12

  • Meet 2018 Wales regional winners Rhug Farm Shop

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    Back in April we were proud to crown Rhug Farm Shop as the regional winner for Wales. Since winning the award, we’ve been chatting to general manager, Graham Webster to find out what happened when they returned to Wales with this prestigious title.

     

    How did you feel when Nigel Barden called your name out as a Farm Shop & Deli Award winner?

    The whole team were thrilled when Nigel announced we had won the regional prize for Wales. We are so proud of what we do here in North Wales, supporting our local community and businesses, so it was nice to be recognised with the award. This is the second time we have won it in three years.

     

    How did you celebrate the win when you got back to your local community?

    We celebrated our win with champagne and cakes in with the entire team.

     

    How have you used the win to create local PR and interest around your business?

    Our win was posted on our social media as soon as the award was announced and within minutes it had featured on several Welsh online media and radio stations. BBC Cymru interviewed my shop supervisor a few days later and we had several papers run a feature on our award.

     

    What does it take to create a winning award entry?

    To win the award we just keep trying to get better at what we do. Having a passionate and dedicated team is crucial too.

     

    What makes the farm shop and deli industry so special?

    It is the only award specifically for our type of business and is run by people with an understanding of what we all have to do to survive and thrive in this current economic climate. This uncertainty makes the awards very pertinent.

     

    Why would you recommend food retailers enter these awards?

    I would recommend it as the entry stage alone makes you question what you are doing in your own business, and more specifically what you are improving and changing, which is always a good thing to do. It also generates some excitement amongst the team and gives us all something to look forward to when we visit the show. All awards are good for business in challenging us all to keep getting better – but this one is by far the most important in our industry.

     

    Interested in entering?

    Entries close Friday 21st September and you can enter here.

    Thursday September 06

  • Specialist foodies delight as Farm Shop & Deli Show boasts more visitors than ever before

    Thanks to Farm Shop & Deli Show 2018, this April the NEC once again saw some of the most exceptional quality food producers from the UK and beyond grace the show floor with ingredients from specialist vinegars to edible flowers just some of the notable highlights. The exhibition hall saw the sector’s leading delicatessens, farm shops, restaurants, garden centres, food halls, butcheries and bakeries in attendance and announced record attendance as those from across the industry came together to see the hundreds of companies showcasing their best wares.

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    From 8-10 April 2019, Farm Shop & Deli Show will return to Birmingham’s exhibition hall alongside the National Convenience Show, The Ingredients Show and The Forecourt Show. Many exhibitors have already confirmed their spot on the floor, including Cook, Cawston Press, Global Payments, Fine Cheese Co and Pinkster Gin.

     
    Andrew Reed, managing director of events and exhibitions at William Reed, said: “‘The line-up and content from an exhibitor and visitor point of view demonstrates the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of the UK food sector, despite the negative headline we’ve seen daily regarding Brexit. With improving attendance levels, we can see a vibrant future for the industry. William Reed is committed to the UK market and we look forward to many more years hosting the shows and providing business critical information.”


    Anne Jones, sales executive at exhibitor Hawkshead Relish Company, said: “We were absolutely delighted with the footfall and the people coming to our stand. We chose to exhibit at Farm Shop & Deli Show because we’ve done the show for several years and have always been really encouraged by the number of positive leads we’ve had from it. We exhibit at select number of shows which we feel will pay off and Farm Shop & Deli is certainly one which we always find provides a very good return on investment.” 


    Jonathan Treagust, Head of Concessions at Laithwaite’s Wine, said: “We exhibited at Farm Shop & Deli last year and it worked really well for us so we were really keen to come back this year and meet more suppliers. It’s going really well so far and we’ve had the chance too chat to some really nice, engaged customers.”


    Great New IdeaEach show, the Great New Idea competition is a fantastic place to see some of the most exciting and innovative products out there and this year the Farm Shop & Deli Show saw over 150 companies vying for the top prize. This year, The Pished Fish Ltd beat out the competition with its Gin and Tonic Smoked Salmon. The product has a wonderfully light smoke with notes of gin, juniper and citrus fruits such as lime, grapefruit.

       
    Dragon’s Pantry

    This year’s Farm Shop & Deli Show was full of exhibitors showcasing the very best of speciality production from traditional age old production methods to flavour innovation tapping into the most current trends. 
    A highlight of each year is the Dragon’s Pantry which sees daring entrepreneurs face the ultimate test pitching new products to the show’s panel of industry ‘dragons’ after inititally receiving top tips on perfecting their pitch. This year’s winner was Big Drop Brewing Co who presented the dragons with their finest 0.5% ABV beer.


    Farm Shop & Deli Awards finals

    On Monday 16th April Farm Shop & Deli Live hosted the finals of Farm Shop & Deli Awards. 13 category and nine regional winners were revealed by Chair of judges Nigel Barden before the accolade of 2018 Retailer of the Year was awarded to butchers Edge & Son from Birkenhead.


    The stage also welcomed a session on coffee entitled ‘Full of Beans’, an interactive coffee tasting with Elliot Wallis from Monkshood Coffee. Top retailer and trend setting coffee expert Wallis explained the benefits of embracing craft coffee, understanding coffee beans and how to ensure a consistently superior serve. He began by noting that there is no such thing as a perfect coffee, before offering advice on the best coffee machines and methods to use in an independent coffee shop. 


    Food & Drink Expo, Farm Shop & Deli Show and National Convenience Show took place at the NEC alongside Foodex and for the first time this year welcomed The Ingredients Show into the selection of world class exhibitions. The combined weight of these five shows this year brought together 1,500 suppliers representing a huge array of companies and technologies within the UK’s food and drink industry. 


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    Tuesday May 01

  • Farm Shop & Deli Show to showcase products of the future

    Farm Shop & Deli Show 2018 brings the newest artisan products to the NEC from 16–18 April


    Farm Shop & Deli Show will return to the NEC from 16-18 April with the latest artisan products coming into the market, offering visiting retailers the first opportunity to strike up business relationships with their future stockists.

     

    The sector’s leading event for delicatessens, farm shops, restaurants, garden centres, food halls, butcheries and bakeries will bring together hundreds of companies, all showcasing their best wares.

     

    Among them will be fresh herb champions A Little Bit Food Company, which has expanded its popular range of ambient dips with a mint, pea and parsley dip. Made with all-natural ingredients, snackers can dip straight from the jar or add to pasta or bruschetta. This product is gluten free and suitable for the growing market of vegetarians and vegans.

     

    With our nation’s well documented love of tea, this favourite beverage will be well represented at Farm Shop & Deli Show. One such company is Archivist, which will launch its Flamboyant & Co teas exclusively at the show. With bright, distinctive packaging, its innovative flavour range includes White Tea & Mango; Tumeric Chai & Jasmine Green Tea; Gin & Tonic; and Green Darjeeling. Caffeine-free flavours are also available in the Good Night Tea and Ginger & Lemongrass variants. There is a choice of either loose leaf or pyramid teabags (all fully recyclable) and the tea is sold in 150g or 15 teabag packs.

    On the harder side of the drinks category, Black Wolf Brewery will bring its new Boe Gin range – Boe Violet Gin (41.5%); Boe Peach & Hibiscus Gin Liqueur (20%); and Bow Scottish Bramble Gin Liqueur (20%).

    Confectionery will also be well covered at the event as Billington’s Gingerbread will exhibit for the first time, bringing its sumptuous gingerbread packs. They each contain 15 fingers of deliciously crisp and aromatic gingerbread packed in three layers and presented in a beautifully illustrated, soft touch Billington’s box, including viewing window, product history and serving suggestions.

     
    Meanwhile, Coco Chocolatier, the premium artisan chocolate producer, will showcase its innovative range, all packaged in original artwork designed by up and coming artists. The company specialises in unusual flavour combinations from Gin & Tonic to Artisan Roast Espresso Dark Chocolate and Lavender, each flavour is crafted as a work of art.  There are 12 different flavours to choose from, and a special 6 or 12 bar gift box can be curated for the perfect present.  Each bar retails at between RRP £4.50 - £4.95 and gift boxes from £28 for 6 bars in an original artwork box.


    Always an event that generates huge excitement, the Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2018, sponsored by Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses and PriceCardPro, will take place on Monday 16 April. Thirteen category winners, a set of regional winners and the overall Retailer of the Year will be announced after weeks of secret judging up and down the country, led by BBC Radio Two star and food connoisseur Nigel Barden.


    The winners of Britain’s Best Loaf will also be revealed, with the nation’s top bakers pitting their proofing against the rest for accolades including Best Sourdough, Best Wholegrain and Best Gluten Free Loaf.


    The Farm Shop & Deli Live stage will draw the crowds once again, with an all-star speaker line up. TV personality and Gloucestershire farmer Adam Henson will undergo a live interview with Richard Fox to tackle how the public can be helped to understand the integrity and pride farmers take in producing food.


    Inspirational couple Terry and Carol Tang will also be the centre of attention as they regale crowds with how they have built an award-winning business together, named Terry Tang Designer Cakes. Visitors looking to take a step into the world of entrepreneurialism will be well placed with a seat at this session, as the Tang family explain how they transformed their passion into profit.


    The stage will see a full three days-worth of speakers, all geared up to help budding and established business owners take the next steps in their quests for greater success. The winning exhibitors of the Great New Idea competition will also be announced at the show. Visitors can look out for those products in the running at the show, which will be marked with a Great New Idea sticker, and be the first to see the winner announced. 

    Farm Shop & Deli Show is co-located with Food & Drink Expo, National Convenience Show, Foodex and the new The Ingredients Show. Together they offer unparalleled networking opportunites as suppliers, retailers and manufacturers from across the industry gather in the heart of Birmingham. To register for free, receiving entry to all co-located shows, visit: www.farmshopanddelishow.co.uk. 

     

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    Tuesday April 10

  • Farm Shop & Deli Show announces speaker line up for 2018

    Farm Shop & Deli Show announces speaker line up for 2018

    Farm Shop & Deli Show 2018 returns to the NEC from 16 – 18 April

    This year’s Farm Shop & Deli Show will be unmissable for owners of delicatessens, farm shops, restaurants, garden centres, food halls, butcheries and bakeries, offering the ideal opportunity for those looking to pick up trade secrets and business-boosting inspiration.

    This year’s event, which will occupy 15% more floor space than last year, will showcase one of the strongest line-ups of live talks and debates to date, all gracing the ever popular Farm Shop & Deli Live stage. Each session has been curated to cover topical trends within the speciality sector such as the importance of sourcing local produce and stocking identifiable brands to add value. The series of talks are designed to help give real life insights to visitors to the show and share exclusive insights and tips to help retailers to make small changes to achieve big results and keep abreast of all the big industry issues of the moment. 

    ‘Re-thinking retail: achieving smart integration’ will be a popular session for retailers keen to maximise their sales. Speakers Luca Mathiszig-Lee &  Tom Richardson from Hill & Szrok, who run a thriving butchers by day and restaurant by night will take to the stage to share their insights on how to make smart integration work and make the most out of a business. Some of their secrets to success include ensuring consistency from website to shop floor, as well as offering the best organic products.

    Speaking of top produce, ever more savvy consumers are demanding the best across all food sectors. With cheese as an integral part of any deli counter, business owners need to know their Stilton from their Cheddar. Knowledgable cheese writer and World Cheese Awards Judge Patrick McGuigan will take his audience through a tasting of new wave British cheeses as he reveals the latest trends and how to translate them into extra sales. From exciting new accompaniments to the secrets of creating an award-winning counter, attendees will learn how to be a cut above in the cheese world.

    Food waste has been at the top of the media agenda for some time, as the issue weighs ever more heavily on consumers’ consciences. Matthew Fort, top TV personality, presenter and writer, will be interviewed live by Richard Fox, Love Food Hate Waste ambassador, on his thoughts on food waste and sustainability and what it means for businesses. As a highly respected figure in the UK food and drink industry, Matthew will also provide invaluable insight into his career so far.

    Visitors will learn tips to reduce waste, as well as prolonging shelf life. Provenance, a similarly important issue for consumers, will also be discussed in a live interview with TV presenter Adam Henson. He will shed light on how speciality retailers can and should charge premium rates for quality produce.

    Another big draw to the Farm Shop & Deli Live stage will be Laura Hamilton’s session on succeeding in the community. The Place in the Sun presenter will also be interviewed live by Richard Fox on how she took over her local post office to create a profitable community resource complete with a café and deli area. The interview will cover her plans for high-end sourcing and how niche products help her store stand out, inspiring attending business owners to take the next step in their outlets.

    With three days of sessions, visitors can expect to pick up even more advice, such as how to think differently to stay ahead of the game and keep their operations fresh; improve in-store service and boost sales; introduce a second-to-none coffee offer with top retailer and trend-setting coffee expert Elliot Wallis from Monkshood Coffee; get onboard with the latest trends in drink with CGA Commercial Director Graeme Louden; and capitalise on the booming consumer trend for free-from food through marketing, with Karen Fewell of Digital Blonde.

    There will be many more sessions at Farm Shop & Deli Live, all free to attend and designed to aid retailers in boosting their own bottom lines. Away from the stage, there will be plenty to keep attendees busy. One of the most popular elements of the show is the Farm Shop & Deli Awards Finals, held in association with sponsor PriceCardPro, which will be back for its fifth year. The awards highlight the very best independent retailers, recognising and celebrating the highest standards in the UK and Northern Ireland market. Hosted by Chair of Judges food and drink broadcaster Nigel Barden, the winners will be revealed live at the show on Monday 16 April.  

    British Baker’s Britain’s Best Loaf will also return for 2018. The judges will make a live announcement of who managed to rise to the challenge of offering the best bread across a range of categories, including Best Sourdough, Best Wholegrain, and Best Gluten Free Loaf.

    Meanwhile, the sector’s most innovative entrepreneurs will brave the Dragon’s Pantry, presenting their best ideas to a panel of industry experts. Those who dare to pitch will be rewarded with professional advice on the best way to market and refine their offering.

    Exhibitors will also be in with a chance to win the Great New Idea competition. All are eligible to enter, if their product has been launched within the last 12 months, with a winner announced at the show. Visitors will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite prior to the show via www.farmshopanddelishow.co.uk.

    Farm Shop & Deli Show Commercial Manager, Dan Eversfield, said: “Artisan and speciality food can make a real difference to retailers in terms of profits and the kind of customers they attract into store and we’ve worked hard to create a show this year that allows visitors to learn how they can really utilise this strength to their benefit.”

    Farm Shop & Deli Show takes place alongside the National Convenience Show, Foodex, the new Ingredients Show and Food & Drink Expo, which remains the UK’s largest food and drink trade event. Taking over the NEC in Birmingham, this combination of shows provide suppliers with access to a wealth of food and drink industry names, from retailer to manufacturers. You can register for free access to all of the show at www.farmshopanddelishow.co.uk.

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    For further press information please contact Lesley Foottit or Alasdair Copland in the event press office on 020 7240 2444 or email wrbm@stormcom.co.uk 

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    Thursday March 15

  • Farm Shop & Deli Show gears up for eighth successful year at NEC

    Farm Shop & Deli Show gears up for eighth successful year at NEC

    Farm Shop & Deli Show 2018 returns to the NEC from 16 – 18 April

    Bringing the latest developments in artisan produce to the NEC this April, Farm Shop & Deli Show is the sector’s leading event for delicatessens, farm shops, restaurants, garden centres, food halls, butcheries and bakeries as they look to discover the latest trends in speciality food and drink. The show will allow visitors to see products from over 450 companies, as well as to hear from thought leaders speaking at the Farm Shop & Deli Live Stage.

    As consumers become more conscious of the origin of their food, demand for locally sourced and farmed produce continues to increase, with Datamonitor expecting retail sales to surge from £3.6bn to £4.2bn by 2021. The 2018 edition of Farm Shop & Deli Show will provide the perfect opportunity for visitors to stay at the forefront of this established and growing market by seeing some of the sector’s most exciting food and drink products.

    Exhibitors at Farm Shop & Deli show represent every corner of the speciality sector. Among the diverse range of companies at the show will be confectionery specialists Amelie Chocolat; Bon Bons; and Melting Pot Fudge, drinks suppliers Cawston Press; Franklin & Sons; Laithwaite’s Wine; Tick Tock Tea and Thunder Toffee Vodka; as well as market leaders from across the speciality sector including Pasta Garofalo; Cook; Driver’s Pickles and Woodall’s Charcuterie.

    Among the exhibitors is Hilltop Honey, founded in 2011 by young beekeeper Scott Davies. Having won prestigious awards for both quality and its environmental commitments, visitors can make a bee-line to Hilltop Honey, which will bring its speciality range of thyme, lavender and orange blossom honeys to the show.

    Joining Hilltop Honey will be Avlaki Oils. Avlaki’s organic extra virgin olive oils capture the aroma, taste and nutritional benefits of fresh oil by harvesting only in December and bottling unfiltered in January. Following this trend for natural ingredients, whilst introducing something for those with a sweeter tooth is Beech’s Fine Chocolates. Beech’s employs traditional handmade methods and will have its all natural Champagne and Prosecco truffles and its best-selling Classic Fondant Creams on show.

    Pennington’s Premium Spirits and Liqueurs will exhibit a tastebud-tantalising range, including Gingerbread, Bakewell and Kendal Mint Cake liqueurs. Those looking to keep a clear head may want to head over to Big Drop Brewing Co. The company brews low-ABV craft beers, with no artificial extraction processes. Big Drop will bring its Pale Ale, Stout and Spiced Lager to prove why it was awarded Innovator of the Year at the New Producer Awards 2017.

    The Farm Shop & Deli Awards Finals

    One of the most popular elements of the show is the Farm Shop & Deli Awards Finals. Now in their fifth year, the awards highlight the very best independent retailers, recognising and celebrating the highest standards in the UK and Northern Ireland market.

    The long-awaited finals will be hosted by Chair of Judges Nigel Barden, renowned food and drink broadcaster. Nigel and Co-Chair Elaine Lemm, former chef turned respected food and drink writer, have evaluated the finalists shortlisted by an expert panel of judges back in November, to select the category and regional winners being announced live at the show on Monday 16 April. Nigel will also conduct a live interview at the show with the current titleholder and last year’s overall winner, Victoria Robertshaw of Keelham Farm Shop. Talking on the subject of ‘Survival of the Fittest’, Victoria will share the secrets of her success and explain how winning helped her business grow.

    Awards will be handed out across 13 categories including Baker, Butcher, Cheesemonger, Delicatessen, Farm Shop Large Retailer of the Year, Farm Shop Small Retailer of the Year, Fishmonger, Food Hall, Greengrocer, Local Shop or Village Store, Market of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, and Online Business of the Year. Nine regional winners will also receive an award plus the overall Farm Shop & Deli Awards Retailer of the Year.

    Farm Shop & Deli Live

    Visitors looking to learn from the best will be in for more than just edible treats at the Farm Shop & Deli Show 2018, as the line-up of live talks and debates looks set to be the strongest programme since the show began. The talks will engage with broader trends across the speciality sector, including the importance of sourcing local produce, the value of having identifiable brands and how to develop a category to increase business profitability.

    Among the speakers will be the inspirational Terry and Carol Tang, who have together built an award-winning business, Terry Tang Designer Cakes. The Tang family will explain to listeners how they transformed their passion into profit, as well as setting out the nitty-gritty of creating, marketing and managing a successful brand.

    Sales of free-from food are on the up as consumers look to this popular lifestyle trend, with Euromonitor reporting an 11.7% sales increase in the sector last year. Never has there been a more opportune time, then, for Karen Fewell of Digital Blonde’s talk on trust, marketing and the free-from consumer. As a free-from consumer herself, Karen will combine her personal experience with her professional nous as an expert marketer, leading an informative session featuring real-life case studies, the latest trends, insights and advice – explaining how to use the powerful psychology of trust to make an emotional connection with all kinds of consumers.

    Visitors will be able to drink in the latest trends as CGA Commercial Director Graeme Louden reveals the top stocks to hop on in 2018, and how businesses can maximise sales in an informative interactive tasting session. Also on stage will be TV presenter and Gloucestershire farmer Adam Henson, who will be asked by Richard Fox how the public can be helped to understand the integrity and pride farmers take in producing food.

    Bread remains the most consumed food in the UK, bought by over 96% of the population according to the Grocer, so one of the most popular parts of Farm Shop & Deli Show is expected to be the return of British Baker’s Britain’s Best Loaf of 2018. The judges will make a live announcement of who managed to rise to the challenge of offering the best bread across a range of categories, including Best Sourdough, Best Wholegrain, Best Gluten Free Loaf and many others.

    The live line-up will also see daring entrepreneurs face the ultimate test as they brave the Dragon’s Pantry, presenting their best ideas to a panel of industry experts. All entrants will be expected to pitch new products in return for professional advice on the best way to market and refine their offering.

    Farm Shop & Deli Show Commercial Manager, Dan Eversfield, said: “Artisan food continues to be one of the success stories of the UK food and drink industry, driving growth in this sector. Farm Shop & Deli Show will showcase the very best products that our country has to offer, providing invaluable inspiration for businesses in the UK and further afield.

    “British food and drink exports grew by 8.3% year-on-year to £4.9bn, with international retailers looking to take advantage of the UK’s food and drink manufacturing expertise. When you also take into account the weaker pound, products from these shores are in demand and we expect this year’s event to be a hive of acitvity with buyers joining from around the globe.”

    Farm Shop & Deli Show is co-located with the UK’s largest food and drink trade event – Food & Drink Expo – National Convenience Show and Foodex, as well as the new The Ingredients Show. Together they will bring together suppliers from across the whole food and drink industry, from retailers to manufacturers. To register for free, receiving entry to all co-located shows, visit:

    www.farmshopanddelishow.co.uk

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    For further press information please contact Lesley Foottit or Alasdair Copland in the event press office on 020 7240 2444 or email wrbm@stormcom.co.uk 

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    Tuesday February 06

  • Farm Shop & Deli Show to offer three days of free business advice

    Farm Shop & Deli Show 2018 returns to the NEC from 16 – 18 April

    December 2017 – The Farm Shop & Deli Show 2018 will gather the latest artisanal food and drink products in one place, as well as high-end gifting products.

    Speciality food remains in high demand and the 450-strong range of exhibitors at the Farm Shop & Deli Show will cover all aspects of this sector, giving farm shops, delicatessens, bakers, butchers and garden centres the opportunity to source quality produce that will fuel growth throughout the coming year.

    The latest in artisanal products will be covered from sweet and savoury to snacking. Exhibitors will include Arden Fine Foods (UK), which will have a stand showcasing its top-of-the-range bakery products and Franklin & Sons, which will display its high-end water and soft drinks, while the trendiest and tastiest cheeses will be found at the Blacks Cheese stand. Away from food and drink, Dandelion Stationery will showcase its upmarket products, The Art File will bring its range of unique stationery and greeting cards, while Monty Bojangles will wow with its chocolate confectionery.

    One of the main highlights of the show will be the Farm Shop & Deli Live stage, which will see a host of industry experts cover the most topical issues on everyone’s minds – all designed to help visitors increase their businesses’ bottom lines.

    One session will cover the art of upselling, with retailers taught the best ways to encourage ancillary purchases at the point of sale, such as coffee, charcuterie, wine and cheese. This ties into a further session on ‘counter techniques’ whereby customers are inspired into additional purchases.

    The best way to learn is from those who have done it and Farm Shop & Deli Live will bring a host of trading deli owners who will share their secrets to success with the audience welcome to seek the advice they most need.

    The hottest topics in the industry will be explored including food waste – an issue that has come to prominence in recent years and remains an issue close to consumers’ hearts. Visitors will learn tips to reduce waste, as well as prolonging shelf life. Provenance, a similarly important issue for consumers, will also be discussed with TV presenter Adam Henson. Participating in a live interview, he will shed light on how speciality retailers can and should charge premium rates for quality produce.

    An undeniable visitor benefit of Farm Shop & Deli Live is the free business guidance it offers. A series of experts will offer their advice on matters from diversification and becoming a multi-site operator to using technology to retain and engage customers and using PR and social media. Retailers will also learn how to establish a brand, launch a product and maximise shopper spend. Giving yourself a point of difference and standing out from the competiton is key in retail and all that will be covered during the three days at the show.

    The Farm Shop & Deli Awards, now in their fifth year, will take place at the show on Monday, 16 April 2018. The top UK independent retailers will be judged by a panel including food and drink broadcaster Nigel Barden, Elaine Lemm and representatives from Neal’s Yard Dairy and Booths.

    Additionally, a team of professionals will judge the Britain’s Best Loaf competition, which has become the talk of the craft bakery sector since its inception. Awards will be presented to the bakers exceling in five categories – Sourdough, Wholegrain, White, Innovation and Gluten Free.                        

    Farm Shop & Deli Show Commercial Manager, Dan Eversfield, said: “Artisan food continues to be in high demand as consumers look to spend their disposable income on the finer things in life. Farm Shop & Deli Show will showcase the very best products that our country has to offer as well as offering invaluable business advice for retailers in this field.”

    Farm Shop & Deli Show is co-located with the UK’s largest food and drink trade event – Food & Drink Expo –National Convenience Show and Foodex, as well as the new The Ingredients Show. Together they will bring together suppliers from across the whole food and drink industry, from retailers to manufacturers.

    To register for free, receiving entry to all co-located shows, visit:

    www.farmshopanddelishow.co.uk

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    For further press information please contact Lesley Foottit or Alasdair Copland in the event press office on 020 7240 2444 or email wrbm@stormcom.co.uk 

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    Tuesday December 19

  • Farm Shop & Deli Show ramps up plans for 2018

    Farm Shop & Deli Show ramps up plans for 2018

    Farm Shop & Deli Show 2018 returns to the NEC from 16 – 18 April 

    19 October 2017 – Whether you're an independent farm shop, delicatessen or artisan food outlet, the Farm Shop & Deli Show will be the place to be in April. The sector’s leading event will return to the NEC from 16-18 April, alongside four other events that cover the entire food and drink supply chain.

    Visitors to the show will be able to source the newest and most innovative products from more than 450 companies, while hearing about the latest industry trends and from the leading figures in the UK’s artisan food and drink industry.

    Speciality food remains highly popular in the UK. Demand for locally sourced and farmed food continues to grow, with Datamonitor expecting retail sales to increase from £3.6bn to £4.2bn by 2021. The 2018 edition of the Farm Shop & Deli Show will provide the perfect opportunity for visitors to stay at the forefront of this established and growing market by seeing some of the sector’s most exciting food and drink products.

    The range of exhibitors at the Farm Shop & Deli Show will cover all aspects of the speciality sector, giving farm shops, delicatessens, bakers, butchers and garden centres, the opportunity to source quality produce that will fuel growth throughout 2018.

    Among the companies exhibiting their products and services in April will be: Diverse Fine Food Distribution, Rowcliffe, Cook, Global Payments, Lakeland Computers, Empire Bespoke Foods, Cotswold Fayre, Tenuta Marmorelle, Yorkshire Baker and Bonta Italia.

    One of the highlights of the show will be the Farm Shop & Deli Awards. Now entering their fifth year, they will reveal the crème de la crème of British independent retailers. A panel of judges – including food and drink broadcaster Nigel Barden, plus representatives from Neal’s Yard Dairy, Booths, Iceland Foods and British Baker – will score stores based on levels of service, innovation and community involvement in speciality retail. Category and regional winners, as well as the overall Farm Shop & Deli Retailer of the Year will be announced at Farm Shop & Deli Show on Monday, 16 April 2018.

    The Farm Shop & Deli Live area will once again host an insightful and comprehensive educational programme. Visitors will benefit from live demonstrations, topical debates, tastings and presentations given by industry leaders, who will give them inspiration for the next stage in their businesses.  

    Additionally, a team of professionals will judge the Britain’s Best Loaf competition, which has become the talk of the craft bakery sector since its inception. Awards will be presented to the bakers exceling in five categories – Sourdough, Wholegrain, White, Innovation and Gluten Free.

    Farm Shop & Deli Show Commercial Manager, Dan Eversfield, said: “Artisan food continues to be one of the success stories of the UK food and drink industry. Farm Shop & Deli Show will showcase the very best products that our country has to offer, providing invaluable inspiration for businesses in the UK and further afield.

    “British food and drink exports grew by 8.3% year-on-year to £4.9bn, with international retailers looking to take advantage of the UK’s food and drink manufacturing expertise. When you also take into account the weaker pound, products from these shores are in demand and we expect this year’s event to be a hive of acitvity with buyers joining from around the globe.”

    Farm Shop & Deli Show is co-located with the UK’s largest food and drink trade event – Food & Drink Expo –National Convenience Show and Foodex, as well as the new The Ingredients Show. Together they will bring together suppliers from across the whole food and drink industry, from retailers to manufacturers.

    To register for free, receiving entry to all co-located shows, visit:

    www.farmshopanddelishow.co.uk

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    Thursday October 19

  • Doors close on a successful seventh Farm Shop & Deli Show

    From the 24th to 26th April 2017, around 4,000 visitors and over 450 exhibitors celebrated the Farm Shop & Deli Show 2017. From the moment the doors opened, thousands of retailers and small business owners flocked through the door, eager to learn from the industry experts and suppliers who were on hand to share advice, innovation and knowledge.

    Speaking at the show was presenter and columnist, Saira Khan who also inspired retailers at the main stage with her sound advice on engaging with consumers. Her passion and drive for helping small business owners was evident as she spoke to exhibitors and retailers about her experience of growing a business, with practical tips that could easily be implemented back at the office.

    Other highlights at the stage on day one included Richard Fox and his expert panel discussing food waste and how it can boost profits, whilst Tom and Henry Herbert from Hobbs House Bakery attracted the audience with their loaf masterclass.

    The much-anticipated Britain’s Best Loaf was also judged live at the show in association with British Baker and Rank Hovis. Bakers from all corners of the UK brought their best sourdough, wholegrain, white, innovative or gluten free offerings before the judges. Yorkshire-based, Seasons Bakery claimed the overall title with its innovative Beetroot Multiseed Sourdough loaf.

    After a busy first day hundreds of visitors gathered at the stage to listen to the announcements of the annual Farm Shop & Deli Awards. Categories ranged from butcher to cheesemonger to online businesses and included the overall winner of Retailer of the Year. This was presented to Keelham Farm Shop from Skipton in Yorkshire who picked up three awards from the prestigious event.

    Pulling in the crowds on the second day was cheese expert and award-winning author Patricia Michelson, who demonstrated how to maximise sales through a superior display in-store. Paul Hargreaves, CEO of Cotswold Fayre talked about the essential skills for harnessing people power with the aim of empowering retailers and producers to go back to their businesses and put new ideas and vision into practice.

    Four business owners braved the first Dragon's Pantry where they had five minutes to pitch to eight industry experts before facing a further five minutes of questioning. The ‘dragons’ chose Great British Biscotti as their first winner.

    The Farm Shop & Deli Show organisers held a new event for 2017, which was open to exhibitors, visitors and speakers after day two of the show. Guests were invited to relax and unwind at the After Party where they could enjoy a fun evening of comedy, entertainment, food and drink.

    For the final day, the engaging speaker list continued starting with a digital focus from both Charlie Turnbull, from Turnbulls and Karen Fewell, founder of Digital Blonde Ltd. Visitors could also learn about beer essentials with Melissa Cole and Richard Fox.

    Wednesday also saw the climax of the Dragon's Pantry with five different businesses talking about their new and exciting products. It involved further tough questioning from the ‘dragons’ alongside sound advice that will help direct and drive businesses forward.Traditional Indian snack, Karkli was announced as the winner of this second instalment with Great British Biscotti being crowned the overall winner by the judges.

    Before the doors closed at the NEC, Farm Shop & Deli Show Exhibition Sales Director, Dan Dixon revealed the winners of the Great New Idea Award. Over the last few months, exhibitors could enter and receive votes for new and innovative products with the top three and overall winner being selected by industry experts. Healthy snack company, Innate Food was announced as the 2017 winner with the Froze POPS popsicle and Fori savoury snack bar being revealed as the runners-up.

    Innate Food founders, Elsa Valentine and Tess Walker believe that food is a combination of art, science and maths. With a vision for putting health back into snack foods, they developed the Innate range of colourful snack squares that are not only good for you but taste delicious too.

    The dates for the next Farm Shop & Deli Show have been announced and will take place at the Birmingham NEC from the 16th to 18th April 2018. It will run alongside Food & Drink Expo, National Convenience Show, Foodex and the Food Ingredients Show. Suppliers looking to exhibit should complete an initial enquiry form http://www.farmshopanddelishow.co.uk/exhibit/enquire-about-exhibiting

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    Tuesday May 09

  • Under one week to go before doors open on Farm Shop & Deli Show

    WELL WORTH THE VISIT


    The countdown has begun for the opening of the much-anticipated Farm Shop & Deli Show 2017. Excitement is mounting, stands are being prepared, food and displays perfected - all the show needs now is you!

    Designed especially with the specialist food retailer in mind, the seventh Farm Shop & Deli Show is free to attend for all farm shops, cafés, delis, food halls, garden centres, butcheries, fishmongeries and bakeries.

    Farm Shop & Deli Show is the perfect place to find fresh new ideas and inspiration, learn about the latest trends, source winning new lines and meet suppliers face-to-face. Taking precious time out to attend this eclectic and comprehensive event is such a great investment in your business.

    Speaking about some of the many reasons to attend the show as a retailer, Dee Gill, company Director of Dee Lite Bakery says, “The show benefited my business by me being able to actually talk to people and see products in person rather than just a picture or something on the internet.” And Tony Figg, Head Butcher at Chatsworth Farm Shop says, “It benefits us a lot because we’re keeping up with the times.”

     

    IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO REGISTER

    So don’t get left behind. There’s always a place for you at Farm Shop & Deli Show. Visitors can register online before and even during the show. Simply visit farmshopanddelishow.co.uk then download and print your badge, or collect it on arrival and enjoy everything the show has to offer. Your badge will also gain you access to The Forecourt Show and the National Convenience Show.

     

    EXUBERANT EXHIBITORS

    Charcuterie  Olive stand   Pies

    With over 450 exhibitors gathered to impress the discerning retailer, visitors’ senses will be deluged in the best possible way by a host of sights, smells and tastes. A whole range of products and services to suit all businesses will be present. From frozen rosé wine popsicles (Frozé by POPS, Stand K109) to honeycombs in a crate (Art of Honey Ltd, Stand E24), there is a pleasing surfeit of categories to explore including Bakery, Chocolate, Confectionery & Snacks, Cheese & Dairy, Ethnic, Fairtrade & Organic, Charcuterie & Meat, Seafood, Fruit & Vegetables, Giftware and Beverages. There will even be packaging, labeling, equipment, business services, logistics and supply chain specialists on hand to help get new products noticed and supplied further afield.

    Just a taste:
    Bad Boy Chilli Mash creates chilli pureés and sauces. Handmade in small batches in their Cornwall kitchen, Bad Boy saves you the hassle (and the pain) of chopping chillies yourself. You can also try their specialist sauces (if you dare) at Stand D37.

    Plenty! Pies in Gloucestershire have recipes for over 150 pies including Wild Boar & Chorizo, Tuscan Summer Veg and Slow Cooked Cotswold Venison. With a real passion for pies, director and former sporting estate manager, Marc Birch says, “there is a buoyant market for pies that aren’t simply a vessel of mediocracy – we’re producing chalices holding the finest ingredients!” See which pies they’ll be presenting on Stand B51.

    Cook Trading Ltd. Lauded as a lifesaver by new mums and busy professionals alike, Cook make delicious food for your freezer just as you would make at home and save you time in the process. They are especially friendly to families with new babies, offering a 10% discount. Salute them at Stand L39.

     

    BIG NAMES IN THE KNOW

    There will be many big names and experts-in-their-field at the show. Here’s what some of them have to say about their involvement with Farm Shop & Deli Show 2017:

    Richard Fox – chef, author and broadcaster
    “I’ve been compèring at the show for a number of years now and I love it! It has a great feeling of camaraderie amongst the exhibitors, visitors and participants, and as such I look forward to it every year and to catching up with people who are now more than just business acquaintances.”

    Nigel Bardon – presenter and Farm Shop & Deli Awards Chair of Judges
    “It’s huge and cleverly put together. Massively diverse.” When asked to sum up Farm Shop & Deli Show in three words, Nigel immediately said: “Vibrant, Informative, Fun”.

    Also sharing their wisdom and demonstrating their skills and experience will be author, presenter and former BBC Apprentice candidate Saira Kahn and the brothers from Hobbs House Bakery, Tom and Henry Herbert who say, "We're looking forward to the smells and tastes of this year's Farm Shop & Deli Show; it really is a unique experience. We love getting to meet so many like-minded people with such a passion for good food and clever, wholesome baking. Come and join us for our session: 'Use your Loaf Master Class' on the main stage at Farm Shop & Deli Live where you can hear our story and harvest our top baking and retail tips. Then hear us discuss how locally sourced produce can increase business in our session, 'Cash in on Local' at the Retailer Hub. We'd love to see you there."

     

    Britain's Best Loaf announced Monday 24th April at 1:30pm from the main stage

     

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    Sponsored by Rank Hovis, Britain’s Best Loaf is back. Competing in five categories, bakers from all corners of the UK will bring their best sourdough, wholegrain, white, innovation or gluten free offerings before the judges. Britain's Best Loaf’s overall Winner 2016 was Bexhill Farm Kitchen with their winning white tin loaf. Who will take the title home this year?

     

    Farm Shop & Deli Awards Winners revealed Monday 24th April at 3:15pm from the main stage

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    Now in their fourth year, the Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2017 come to a crescendo after the rigorous judging process. Independent retailer finalists will be crossing their fingers to hear who wins the coveted awards in categories that include Baker, Butcher, Cheesemonger, Delicatessen, Farm Shops, Greengrocer, Market, Local Shop and Online Business. There will also be Regional Awards and Overall Retailer of the Year recognition.

    The Farm Shop & Deli Award-winners will be named by broadcaster and Chair of Judges, Nigel Barden on day one of the show. Nigel will be accompanied by 2016 'Farm Shop & Deli Retailer of the Year' winner Arthur Howell, a butcher from Norfolk, who will also give an insight into how business has been since his triumphant win last year.

    The awards celebrate the very best standards, levels of service, product innovation and community involvement. “It’s a joyous journey visiting the award finalists around the UK,” says Nigel, “and, with the standards being so high, it's the attention to detail that really makes the winners stand out. It'll be a privilege to hand over the accolades at the awards and to witness the look on the winners' faces that clearly illustrates how all their hard work has paid off.”

    See the full list of Farm Shop & Deli Awards category finalists.

     

    Great New Idea Winner announced Wednesday 26th April 3:30pm

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    In the lead up to Farm Shop & Deli Show, exhibitors have been vying for votes after entering their innovative products into the Great New Idea competition. Visitors to the Farm Shop & Deli Show website were encouraged to opt for their favourite entrant and votes are now being counted.

    Last year’s winner was Boozy Udders who have really noticed an upsurge in sales of their alcoholic cocktail ice cream. Chief ‘Udder’, Sarah Ward says, “a considerable influence for us being busy is definitely down to winning the Best New Idea Award at The Farm Shop and Deli Show last year! We were thrilled to win, especially as it was the first time we'd really presented Boozy Udders to such a large and influential audience.”

    Author, Chef and Broadcaster Richard Fox and Farm Shop & Deli Exhibitions Director Dan Dixon will introduce the most innovative ideas from the show floor on the final day of the exhibition at 3:30pm.

     

    Dragons' Pantry Tuesday 25th April and Wednesday 26th April

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    A fun and nail-biting highlight of the live sessions on the Farm Shop & Deli Show stage is Dragons’ Pantry. With a bank of discerning dragons ready to pounce on entrepreneurial offerings, participants will have just 15 minutes to clinch a deal, gain recognition, garner advice or return home with nothing but food for thought.

    What will Paul Hargreaves, CEO of Cotswold Fayre and Pantry Dragon be looking for? “Innovation, passion, great packaging and a world-beating product! A concise pitch with visuals and finished product available to taste are always the better ones from my 5 years’ experience of being a dragon!”

    And Pantry Dragon, Jeremy Bowen from Paxton and Whitfield (Cheesemongers by Royal Appointment) asks for: “True facts and figures rather than fluff and a story… Products and people who have done their homework and delight in a credible dialogue about their yummy product.”

    Tuesday 25th April and Wednesday 26th April will see different dragons fiercely grilling hopeful entrepreneurs. Make sure you secure a spot in the audience for this fiery event.

     

    FARM SHOP & DELI LIVE SPEAKERS – A SELECTION:

    At the heart of Farm Shop & Deli Show is the wealth of live sessions bringing you demonstrations, advice, industry knowledge and know-how. Be encouraged, entertained and educated, ask questions and be prepared to take many worthwhile notes at Farm Shop & Deli Live. Here’s just a selection of what to expect on tap from the main stage.

    Rethink your drinks offering and boost your business, with Kent Barker from Borough Wines Imports
    Monday 24th April 14:30pm - 15:00pm
    Mitchel Adams from Borough Wines Imports explains how getting your wine and spirits offer correct can uncork fresh profits for your farm shop or deli business. Learn how to match your list to your local demographic and discover how a Straight-from-the-Barrel wine refill system could boost your business and increase loyalty in the local community.

    La Grande Fromage:
    Perfect your cheese offer with author and cheese specialist Patricia Michelson
    Tuesday 25th April 13:00pm - 13:45pm
    Cheese expert and award-winning author Patricia Michelson has helped some of the greatest Michelin-starred chefs perfect their cheeseboards. Quite literally the ‘Big Cheese’, Founder and Director of La Fromagerie, Patricia will demonstrate how to maximise sales through a superior display for your store.

    Create eye-catching (and compliant) labels with confidence
    Tuesday 25th April 11:00am - 11:25am
    From health claims to legislation change, creating eye-catching labels that comply with constantly evolving regulations can be a headache. Erica Armstrong, from legal, technical and strategic specialists FoodChain ID, is here to help you navigate this minefield, with an expert guide to innovative and creative packaging that ticks all the right boxes with regulators and consumers.

    Meanwhile…

    Paul Hargreaves, CEO of Cotswold Fayre, will talk about the essential skills of harnessing people power. Paul explains: “I hope to empower retailers and producers to go back to their businesses and put new ideas and vision into practice. I find that many businesses within this sector are too insular and could learn a lot from others if only they spent time together. This session is a start to do just that. I guarantee that people will take home at least one good idea that will make their business more profitable.”

    Charlie Turnbull owner of Turnbulls Deli in Dorset will be hosting two sessions. Of his session 'Liquid gold – sourcing superb olive oils' Charlie says, “It is not enough to have good oils, retailers need to be able to demonstrate it so customers feel the value for themselves and make the purchase. My session focuses on skills that do that.” Charlie’s second session is 'How to expand your digital delicatessen'. He says, “E-commerce has been around for a while but with over 60% of independent food shops having no online offer, most don't see how it can help them. I give a nuts and bolts tour of the opportunities big and small to increase your income and defend against the online competition.”

     

    The After Party Tuesday 25th April at 7pm

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    The Farm Shop & Deli Show organisers have announced a new event this year, which is open to exhibitors, visitors and speakers. After a busy day at the show, guests are invited to relax and unwind at the After Party where they can enjoy a fun evening of comedy and entertainment and of course, good food and drink.

    The party will take place in the Kings Room of the Hilton Birmingham Metropole. Tickets include entertainment, dinner, beer, wine and a pay bar. Attendees will enjoy a delicious Indian buffet with the entertainment being provided by well-known TV, radio and live stand-up comedian, Dominic Holland. Those wishing to attend can find out more and book tickets here.

      

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    Issued on behalf of the Farm Shop & Deli Show by Digital Blonde Ltd. For more information about the event or to arrange interviews with organisers, speakers or exhibitors please contact karen@digitalblondemarketing.com or call 07966 549619.

     

    Wednesday April 19

  • The Farm Shop & Deli Show exhibitors prepare to impress with Great New Ideas

    The 2017 Farm Shop & Deli Show is gearing up to host its largest array of exhibitors yet. When the doors of the NEC in Birmingham open on 24th April, visitors will be met by sensory delights from over 450 companies. From the passionate artisan to established household names, products will be on display for visitors to taste, test and even judge.

    THE GREAT NEW IDEA AWARD – VOTING NOW OPEN

    Farm Shop & Deli Show visitors are encouraged to vote for their favourite food, drink, product or equipment innovation in the Great New Idea Award. To vote (and for a chance to win £250), look for the Great New idea badge on this list http://www.farmshopanddelishow.co.uk/products and complete the voting form on the page of your favourite idea. Voting is open until 17th April.

    Here’s a small taste of the mouth-watering ideas and clever concepts that are in the running this year:

    Popcorn Shed
    Popcorn Shed was founded by two cousins (Laura Jackson and Sam Feller) who, after spotting a gap in the market, gave up their corporate city jobs to experiment with fancy popcorn flavours. They have been known to blow up a popcorn machine in their early experiments but have now perfected popular flavours such as Salted Caramel and Pecan Pie – both up for the Great New Idea Award.

    Self-professed ‘Kernel-In-Chief’ Laura says, “We finally hit on a winning formula, and so many requests followed from friends and family that we ended up storing it in the garden shed. Our families started calling it the Popcorn Shed, and that’s how we named our business.”

    Their secret family recipe is kept under lock and key at their ‘Shedquarters’, but Laura and Sam are passionate about sharing their resulting gourmet creations with the world. Handmade in small batches and packed in cleverly designed shed-shaped boxes, Popcorn Shed Gourmet Popcorn is available online and in various outlets, including Harrods.

    “This is our first time exhibiting at Farm Shop & Deli Show.” Laura says, “We’ve heard great things and we’re really looking forward to it!” Pop to their Stand No. J110.

    Coffee Logs by bio-bean Ltd.
    Coffee Logs are carbon neutral briquettes made from recycled coffee grounds. Launched last October, each log is made up of grounds from 25 cups of coffee. For use in wood burners, chimneas and open hearths, they burn longer, hotter and cleaner than wood and all for less money. They produce a pleasant woody smell when they burn – so you get all of the benefits of a clean, green, high-performance biofuel without your home smelling like a coffee shop.

    bio-bean founder and CEO Arthur Kay came up with the idea while studying architecture at UCL. He was designing a sustainable coffee shop when he realised that large quantities of waste coffee grounds are produced all over the UK. He had the idea of converting this waste stream into energy and discovered that coffee waste contains lots of energy. Three years on and bio-bean have built the world’s first coffee recycling factory in Alconbury, Cambridgeshire where waste grounds are recycled into Coffee Logs.

    In the past two years alone, bio-bean have won numerous awards including the SRA Food Made Good Sustainable Innovation Award 2016, Virgin Media Business VOOM 2016 and Finance for The Future Innovative New Idea award 2015. The Great New Idea Award 2017 could be their next.

    Pippa Henderson, Marketing and Communications Executive, said: “The team at bio-bean are really excited for the Farm Shop and Deli Show 2017. It will be a fantastic opportunity to talk about our amazing product, Coffee Logs, start more conversations with stockists and partners and discover some of the best farm shop and deli products the country has to offer.” Find them at Stand M111.

    Fori Bars
    Described as “the love child of premium jerky and a top-notch granola bar,” Fori bars are meat-based snack bars for the modern hunter-gatherer. Launched in winter 2016, the protein-bar-with-a-twist combines high-quality meat with fruit and seeds and comes in Piri Piri Chicken, Moroccan Lamb and Chilli Beef varieties.

    Based in Wales, the company name Fori comes from the Welsh verb, fforio, which means to explore. It is also a derivative of forage. And with a mission to change the way people snack or forage for the better, Fori founder, Carl Austin says, “We use organic apricots and dates, to avoid sulfites and sorbates. We also use cranberries infused with natural pineapple juice.”

    Fori bars are the ultimate explorer snack bringing a new approach to old recipes - recipes that the native Americans created, food that Shackleton ate on his voyages and that explorers have eaten for hundreds of years. They are a Great New Idea contender with a rich heritage. Venture to their Stand No. J90.

    EXHIBITORS BRING QUALITY, TASTE AND PASSION IN ABUNDANCE

    Whether they’re up for an award or not, the 2017 Farm Shop & Deli Show exhibitors are ready to showcase their products with gusto. There is something for everyone. From honeycombs in a crate to frozen rosé wine popsicles, cutting-edge display lighting solutions or the ultimate pork pie, Birmingham really is the place to discover new brands and passionate producers.

    Julian Abel, Managing Director of no-nonsense cooking sauces Nowt Poncy® says, “As a start-up company we’re really excited to be exhibiting at our first major exhibition. We want the buyers and deli owners to understand that to get the best flavours and textures simple is sometimes best, especially when our sauces are also vegetarian, vegan and carnivore friendly AND they are certified gluten free too. The fact that we can spread the word about our products at The Farm Shop & Deli Show is just fantastic.”

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    Tuesday March 21

  • Farm Shop & Deli Show reveals 2017 Awards finalists and first ever after-show party

    It’s been an exciting week of announcements for the Farm Shop & Deli Show as the shortlist of award finalists has been announced, as well as the big reveal of The After Party for exhibitors, visitors and speakers. The Farm Shop & Deli Award winners will be named by broadcaster and Chair of Judges, Nigel Barden on day one of the show, which takes place from 24th to 26th April at the NEC in Birmingham.

    The awards recognise the best in class in the specialist independent retail market. Now in its 4th year these honours celebrate the very best standards, levels of service, product innovation and community involvement in this sector. Finalists have all been through a tough judging process as submissions are evaluated and then mystery shopping and secret visits are undertaken alongside an intense face to face judging day.

    Nigel Barden, Chair of Judges, recognises how hard each entrant works: “It’s a joyous journey visiting the award finalists around the UK and, with the standards being so high, it's the attention to detail that really makes the winners stand out. It'll be a privilege to hand over the accolades at the awards and to witness the look on the winners' faces that clearly illustrates how all their hard work has paid off.”

    CELEBRATING A SUCCESSFUL SHOW IN STYLE

    The Farm Shop & Deli Show organisers have also announced an After Party which will be open to exhibitors and visitors. Guests will enjoy a fun evening of comedy and entertainment where they can relax with new contacts, meet old friends and network with the industry in an informal setting.

    This new event takes place on Tuesday 25th April at 7pm in the Kings Room of the Hilton Birmingham Metropole. Tickets include entertainment, dinner, beer, wine and a pay bar. Attendees will enjoy a sumptuous Indian Buffet with the entertainment being provided by well-known TV, radio and live stand-up comedian, Dominic Holland. Those wishing to attend can find out more and book tickets at http://www.farmshopanddelishow.co.uk/fsdlive/after-party

    INSIGHTFUL LEARNING FROM INDUSTRY EXPERTS

    As well as the excitement of the awards and After Party visitors will also see an incredible line-up of speakers who will be on-hand to share their knowledge and expertise with retailers. Paul Hargreaves, CEO of Cotswold Fayre, is set to be a popular speaker as he talks about the essential skills of harnessing people power. Paul explains: “I hope to empower retailers and producers to go back to their businesses and put new ideas and vision into practise. I find that many businesses within this sector are too insular and could learn a lot from others if only they spent time together. This session is a start to do just that. I guarantee that people will take home at least one good idea that will make their business more profitable.”

    Charlie Turnbull owner of Turnbulls Deli in Dorset will be hosting two sessions; 'Liquid gold – sourcing superb olive oils' and 'How to expand your digital delicatessen'. Both sessions are on the 26th April and, as in previous years, are set to draw in the crowds. Charlie is a passionate supporter of the Farm Shop & Deli Show and said: “Independent retailers need to find quality foods that taste noticeably better to define their offer and pull customers into their shops. The Farm Shop & Deli Show is a goldmine for that. Attendees should come and listen as e-commerce is coming whether we like it or not and I can show you how to start in the shallow end of the e-commerce pool and then grow this with your business.”

    Another session being eagerly anticipated is that of Karen Fewell from Digital Blonde. As online retailers are becoming more prominent so is the use of digital marketing. Karen’s session, on the final day of the show, recognises that social media marketing is not just for Millennials. Speaking ahead of her sessions she explained: “With retailers needing to market to everyone from Millennials to Baby Boomers it can feel overwhelming knowing where to start, which channels to use and what to say. In this session, I’ll be clarifying how different generations behave online and sharing practical insights to grow a customer base and increase online engagement.”

    Registration for the Farm Shop & Deli Show is open at http://www.farmshopanddelishow.co.uk. A visitor badge will gain additional access to The Forecourt Show and the National Convenience Show which run alongside. The show is supported by FARMA and The Giftware Association.

    The Great New Idea Award

    Farm Shop & Deli Show visitors are encouraged to vote for their favourite product or equipment in the Great New Idea Award and be in with a chance of winning £250. To vote, look for the Great New idea badge on this list http://www.farmshopanddelishow.co.uk/products and complete the voting form on the page of your favourite idea.

    Notes to editors

    Full list of finalists for 2017 Farm Shop & Deli Awards

    Baker of the Year
    Bondgate Bakery (Otley) / Hambleton Bakery (Rutland) / Hobbs House Bakery (Tetbury) / The Hungry Guest (Petworth)

    Butcher of the Year
    Brace of Butchers (Dorchester) / Cunningham Butchery and Food Hall (Kilkeel) / Meat NW5 (London) / The Pink Pig Farm (Scunthorpe) / Walter Rose & Son (Devizes)

    Cheesemonger of the Year
    Cheese Please (Lewes) / Cheeses of Muswell Hill (London) / Paxton & Whitfield (Jermyn Street, London) / The Courtyard Dairy (Settle)

    Delicatessen of the Year
    Arch House Deli (Clifton) / Billingtons of Lenzie (Glasgow) / Delilah Fine Foods Leicester (Leicester) / Papadeli (Bristol) / The Gourmet Pig (Fishguard) / The Norfolk Deli (Hunstanton)

    FarmShop – Large Retailer of the Year
    Bodnant Welsh Food Centre (Tal y cafn, Conwy) / Chatsworth Estate Farm Shop (Bakewell) / Drewton’s Farm Shop (South Cave)/ Keelham Farm Shop Ltd (Thornton)

    FarmShop – Small Retailer of the Year
    Cross Lanes Organic Farm Ltd (Barnard Castle) / Dahlia’s Farm Shop (Blackpool) / Foxholes Farm Shop (Hertford) / Roots Farm Shop (Northallerton) / The Gog Farm Shop (Cambridge) / Uncle Henry’s (Grayingham) / Welbeck Farm Shop (Worksop)

    Fishmonger of the Year
    Latimers (Whitburn) / Ramus Seafoods (Harrogate) / The Fresh Fish Shop Ltd (Haywards Heath)

    Foodhall of the Year
    Bakers & Larners of Holt (Norfolk) / Cranstons /Brampton Food Hall (Brampton) / Delifonseca Dockside (Liverpool) / Ludlow Food Centre (Shropshire)

    Greengrocer of the Year
    Andreas of Chelsea (London) / K.D. Davis & Sons (Rotherham) / Rafters of Driffield (Driffield)

    Local Shop of the Year
    FINK (Boroughbridge) / Shropshire’s Own (Shrewsbury) / Siop Pwllglas (Ruthin, Denbighshire) / StockGhyll Fine Food (Ambleside)

    Market of the Year
    Horsforth Farmers Market (West Yorks) / West Malling Farmers Market (Kent)

    Newcomer of the Year
    Brace of Butchers (Dorchester) / Court Farm Shop (Cheltenham) / Donaghy & Sanderson (Pitlochry) / Love Cheese (York) / The Lambing Shed Farm Shop (Knutsford)

    Online Business of the Year
    Dukeshill Ham Co Ltd (Telford) / Farmison (Ripon) / Parsnips and Pears (Colston Bassett) / The Cornish Fishmonger (Saint Columb)

    Regional winners will be selected from the above finalists and announced at the show, 3.15pm on Monday 24th April as well as the overall ‘Farm Shop & Deli Retailer of the Year’.

    Further information:

    Follow Farm Shop& Deli on Twitter: #FSD2017 @FarmShop_Deli
    Like Farm Shop & Deli on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FarmShopDeli
    YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/FarmShopDeliShow

    Issued on behalf of the Farm Shop & Deli Show by Digital Blonde Ltd. For more information about the event or to arrange interviews with organisers, speakers or exhibitors please contact karen@digitalblondemarketing.com or call 07966 549619.

     

    Wednesday March 08

  • INNOVATION AND EXPERIENCE UNDER ONE ROOF AT THE FARM SHOP & DELI SHOW

    Back for its seventh year, the Farm Shop & Deli Show returns to the NEC in Birmingham from 24th to 26th April 2017 with a whole host of speakers, stands and awards for food retailers to explore. The 2017 show is set to be the biggest yet with over 450 exhibitors on hand to showcase their food, drink, gifts and equipment products.

    INDUSTRY EXPERTS TAKE TO THE STAGE

    There will be a wealth of experienced and stimulating speakers, offering insight into industry trends as well as sharing business inspiration and advice. Farm Shop & Deli Live will be the place to learn how to maximise profits whilst embracing innovation, all chaired by renowned chef, broadcaster and writer, Richard Fox. Known for his passion and industry expertise, Richard will guide audiences through a programme of exciting live sessions and thought-provoking debates.

    Visitors to the opening day of the show can witness Tom and Henry Herbert from Hobbs House Bakery as they divulge their trade secrets. The famous baker duo will share their success story and the recipe for their mouth-watering sough dour, whilst revealing insightful tips for retailers from their own Hobbs House stores.

    Building relationships with customers is vital for small food retailers and author, BBC Apprentice candidate and TV presenter, Saira Kahn is perfectly placed to share her knowledge on how to get customer engagement right.

    Paul Hargreaves CEO of Cotswold Fayre, will show visitors how to harness people power. His session will explore how to build a workplace community, get Millennials onside and empower teams so retailers can hold onto their top talent.

    Patricia Michelson, the Founder and Director of La Fromagerie in London will also take to the stage. La Fromagerie in Marylebone is famed for its cheeses and in her session, Patricia will demonstrate how local stores can maximise sales through a superior display.

    Melissa Cole, award winning beer writer and sommelier will talk about the do’s and don’ts for creating the ultimate craft beer with her interactive tasting session, whilst Richard Fox cooks up some deli classics for the perfect combination.

    CELEBRATING SUCCESS

    The show will once again play host to The Farm Shop & Deli Awards. These prestigious awards recognise independent retailers selling regional fresh farm produce or with a deli counter. Categories include Baker, Butcher, Cheesemonger, Fishmonger, Delicatessen, Greengrocer, Market, Village Store and the ever-increasing Online Business.

    The awards are chaired by broadcaster and writer, Nigel Barden and his panel of judges will reward the highest levels of customer service, product knowledge, initiative, innovation and community involvement.

    A PLACE TO DISCOVER

    Innovation is at the heart of this event as the Farm Shop & Deli Show showcases concepts and creations in ingredients, equipment, drinks, products and digital tools to aid customer service, inspire and boost profits. Visitors will be able to touch, taste, try and talk to the exhibitors to see how they can grow their business.

    Innovation is a strong theme running across the event. Retailers are recommended to check the show’s website to see all the exciting new launches in the line-up for this year’s Great New Idea award. With just under three months to go, Great New Idea contenders already causing a buzz of anticipation include;

    Clear Skin Herbal Tea from Cindy’s Tea Ltd which claims to be a great all round tonic for your skin. Low Sugar Brownies, Blondies, and Greenies from Adonis Smart Foods which were created in response to a lack of low sugar snacks and contain mainly nuts, seeds and fibres. Marienburg Premium Oak Lump Charcoal which is 100% organic charcoal made from oak and ash tree wood. Prior to manufacture wood is dried in natural conditions for several months with no chemical additives used. Raisthorpe Oak-Aged Yorkshire Gin which takes mineral water from an ancient spring in Raisthorpe and then distils this with fresh botanicals and watercress.

    The Great New Idea contenders can be voted for at http://www.farmshopanddelishow.co.uk/products. All the 2017 exciting new ideas and technologies will be put to the vote in the Great New Idea competition, with show attendees and an expert panel deciding on the best new concept.

    The Farm Shop & Deli Show is the perfect place to find inspiration, learn about the latest trends, source products and suppliers or simply network with friends and colleagues.

    Online registration is open at www.farmshopanddelishow.co.uk and a visitor badge will gain additional access to The Forecourt Show and the National Convenience Show which run alongside. The show is supported by FARMA and The Giftware Association.

    Ends

    Follow Farm Shop& Deli on Twitter: #FSD2017 @FarmShop_Deli
    Like Farm Shop & Deli on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FarmShopDeli
    YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/FarmShopDeliShow

    Issued on behalf of the Farm Shop & Deli Show by Digital Blonde Ltd. For more information about the event or to arrange interviews with organisers, speakers or exhibitors please contact karen@digitalblondemarketing.com or call 07966 549619.

    Thursday February 09