Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2017: Finalists Announced
The shortlist for the prestigious Farm Shop & Deli Awards has been announced with winners due to be unveiled at Farm Shop & Deli Show: 24 – 26 April 2017, the NEC, Birmingham
The 2017 Farm Shop & Deli Judging panel
About this years award finalists
Following evaluation, deliberation, secret visits and mystery shops the judging panel of industry experts have announced the Farm Shop & Deli Awards category finalists, with the winners being announced live at the Farm Shop & Deli Show, 3.15pm on Monday 24th April 2017.
Chair of Judges Nigel Barden, Co Chair of Judges Elaine Lemm, Holly Shackleton, Editor of Speciality Food and Jamie Hall, Neal’s Yard Dairy are just some of the 2017 Farm Shop & Deli Awards judges who faced the difficult task of whittling down the category finalists this year.
Back for the fouth year by popular demand, the awards recognise the best in class in the specialist independent retail market. They celebrate the very best standards, levels of service, product innovation and community involvement in the sector.
The awards continue to commend retailers’ success in speciality sectors and regions respectively. Category awards are up for grabs across 13 different specialisms including Baker of the Year, Delicatessen of the Year, Farm Shop of the Year, Local Shop of the Year and, new for 2017, Newcomer of the Year. Among the shortlisted are Hobbs House Bakery from Tetbury, The Gourmet Pig Deli from Fishguard, The Gog Farm Shop from Cambridge and local shop FINK from Boroughbridge.
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 on Monday 24th April as well as the coveted Farm Shop & Deli Retailer of the Year.
Supporting new businesses
During the face-to-face judging day in November 2016, a number of entries were identified from businesses which have opened after April 2014. The judges therefore decided to introduce a brand new category for 2017, ‘Newcomer of the Year’, to recognise and reward the achievements of such retailers. This enabled worthy contenders to continue to be judged against their fellow ‘category’ entrants, but also separately against other ‘newcomers’. Finalists in this category include Court Farm Shop from Cheltenham which opened in September 2015, York cheesemongers Love Cheese and farm shop The Lambing Shed from Knutsford, both in their first year of trading and Brace of Butchers, also contenders in the Butcher of the Year category.
Nigel Barden, Chair of judges, commented: "It’s a joyous journey visiting the awards 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’s also apparent when staff have been well trained and crucially enjoy their work. Inspired, informed and enthusiastic folk behind the counter make a shopping experience so much better. To achieve this sense of nurturing in the Online Category is a piece of modern wizardry! It’s also been marvellous to see the recently established businesses rise to the top in the Newcomer of the Year category.
It’ll be a privilege to hand over the accolades at the Farm Shop & Deli Show on 24th April and to witness the look on the winners’ faces that clearly illustrates how all their teams' hard work has paid off.”
Nigel Barden visiting Cheeses of Muswell Hill, finalists in the Cheesemonger of the Year category
Co-chair of judges, Elaine Lemm, added: “Whether a farm shop, market, bakery, deli or cheesemonger, a food hall, local shop or online retailer, discovering the wealth of talent, hard work and passion that goes into these businesses is one of the highlights of my working year. Out on the road meeting and getting to know everyone once again reaffirms to me how valuable the Farm Shop and Deli Awards are in recognising their dedication.
This year is no exception, and I am thrilled that young businesses are also now included with the Newcomer of the Year category as the pool of talent is now a whole lot deeper. Everyone is a winner whether they take away one of the awards in April or not, and I for one are justifiably proud of them all.”
The winners of the awards, held in association with category sponsor Lakeland Computers, will be announced at Farm Shop & Deli Show, 3.15pm on Monday 24th April for visitors to get the first glimpse at those companies leading the sector.
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’.
If you'd like to find out a little more about each of our finalists, read their customer comments and hear what our judges said, please click on the link below:
Farm Shop & Deli Awards finalists to be announced 3.15pm on Monday 24th April.
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