Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2017: Consumer voting has commenced 

Celebrating the very best of the UK’s specialist food and drink market, The Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2017 are pleased to announce their online consumer voting stage is now open and will close on 31st October. The Awards, which have already started to receive entries for the 12 award categories, welcome consumers to visit their website, and vote to support their local retailer(s).

The 2016 Farm Shop & Deli Awards judges


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 later this year, 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.


Getting involved

Voting is a quick and easy process. Consumers can visit the ‘2017 Entrants’ web page at, select the retailer(s) you wish to vote for and submit your entry online. Online voting closes on 31 October 2016 and all voters will be entered into a prize draw to win a food hamper from the Farm Shop & Deli Awards team.

If you don’t see your local retailer, and feel they are worthy of an award, please encourage them to enter online. It’s free and a fantastic way for specialist retailers in the food and drink sector to showcase all the great work they and their team are doing nationally and with their local customers. By entering they can raise their company profile, generate positive PR for their business and put their work and achievements in front of a highly regarded panel of judges. The closing date for entries is Friday 16th September.

Retailers who enter 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.


About the Awards

Following resounding success since its launch three years ago, the Farm Shop & Deli 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.  

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 show on Monday 24th April 2017. 

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.   


Find out more, enter or vote online at