Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2017: Entries now open


Arthur Howell, winner of the 2016 Farm Shop & Deli Retailer of the Year Award with his wife Liz and daughter Alex.

The Farm Shop & Deli Awards, which celebrate the very best of the UK’s specialist food and drink market, has opened entries early for the 2017 competition. In response to feedback from previous entrants and due to the high standard of the applications received, they wanted to ensure all entries had sufficient time to prepare their answers and enter these prestigious awards during the summer months ahead. The launch date has therefore been brought forward and entries are now open, with the deadline for entries Friday 16th September 2016. 




Following resounding success since its launch three years ago, these awards have received over 1,000 entries from the specialist independent retail market, with nearly 17,000 consumer votes and over 7,000 online votes registered.

Now in its fourth year, Farm Shop & Deli Awards recognise the very best standards in the UK’s independent, speciality retail market. With an expert panel of judges joining Nigel Barden Chair of Judges, the Awards will celebrate the highest levels of service, product knowledge, initiative, innovation and community involvement, offered by our heroes of the high-street.


Nigel Barden, Chairman of judges and food & drink broadcaster/journalist commented: "The artisan food and drink market is particularly competitive and it’s crucial that we recognise those who are championing the sector by leading from the front. It’s important that they can be acknowledged by the public and their peers in the trade.”

Nigel Barden, Chairman of judges and food & drink broadcaster/journalist


Category awards are up for grabs across 12 different specialisms with nine regional awards also available - plus the coveted ‘Farm Shop & Deli Retailer of the Year’. A team of judges, which includes experts from the world of speciality retail, fine food and food media, will evaluate the online entries before whittling these down and carrying out a series of ‘secret’ visits later this year to see the retailers in action. Scores will be counted and judged along with online votes from consumers ahead of the finalists being revealed in March 2017, and the winners unveiled live at the Farm Shop & Deli Show on Monday 24th April 2017.

Nigel Barden, Chairman of judges, with 2016 Farm Shop & Deli Retailer of the year
Arthur Howells and Elaine Lemm, Co-chair of judges and food writer.


Following his win of ‘Butcher of the Year’,’ Regional Winner’ for East Anglia and ‘Farm Shop & Deli Retailer of the Year 2016’, Arthur Howell said: “Being named Retailer of the Year 2016 at the Farm Shop & Deli Show Awards has given my business a fantastic boost. As well as the huge prestige that comes with winning such an award it has also helped cement north Norfolk’s reputation as one of Britain’s top culinary hotspots. I have recently seen a 20% increase in the number of local hotels and restaurants I supply and I believe that extra business has been generated as a direct result of the award.

I fly the Norfolk flag with pride and one of the first things I did after this year’s show was to have the Retailer of the Year 2016 logo incorporated on the bodywork of my delivery vehicles. It’s been a real talking point and I think the award has made my customers, whether they’re local residents or holidaymakers, even more assured of the quality of the produce I provide.”

Arthur Howell sits proudly in his new delivery van


The Farm Shop & Deli Awards is free to enter and open to all independent retailers selling regional fresh/farm produce or with a delicatessen counter. 

Enter online at:

Or visit the website to find out more.

The category, regional and Farm Shop & Deli Retailer of the Year 2017 winners will be announced at Farm Shop & Deli Show on 24 April 2017 at Birmingham’s NEC.



Further information:

The twelve categories include:

• Baker
• Butcher
• Cheesemonger
• Delicatessen
• Farm Shop – Large Retailer
• Farm Shop – Small Retailer
• Fishmonger
• Food Hall
• Greengrocer
• Market
• 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


Entrants will first be judged within their category, once Category winners have been agreed judges will also choose a best Regional winner. Winners from the Regional round will then have the chance to win the prestigious title ‘Farm Shop & Deli Retailer of the Year’. The overall winner will be announced at the Farm Shop & Deli Show in April next year at Birmingham’s NEC.

Each award will be judged on the many factors covering speciality retail including highest levels of service, product knowledge, initiative, innovation and community involvement. Chair of judges, Nigel Barden, will be joined by leading speciality retailers and key industry figures to bring a wealth of knowledge to the judging process. The judging process will include mystery visits and public votes and the public will also have the opportunity to nominate their favourite retailer for the award.

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.