Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2018: Entries now open

Retailer of the Year
Victoria Robertshaw, Co-owner Keelham Farm Shop winner of the 2017 Farm Shop & Deli Retailer of the Year Award with Arthur Howell, 2016 winner, and Nigel Barden, Chair of Judges

In 2018 Farm Shop & Deli Awards will enter their 5th year in recognising, and celebrating, the very best standards in the UK’s independent, specialist retail market. With an expert panel of judges joining Nigel Barden Chair of Judges, the prestigious Awards will celebrate the highest levels of service, product knowledge, initiative, innovation and community involvement from entrants from across the UK and Northern Ireland.

These Awards really are a great way for retailers and their customers and community to get involved together. The 2018 Awards are open for online entries now until 30th September 2017, with the finalist announcement in early March 2018. Category, Regional and overall ‘Retailer of the Year’ winners will be revealed live on stage by Nigel himself, at the Farm Shop & Deli Show on Monday 16th April 2018. Enter online at

The 2017 Awards received over 3,400 online votes during the consumer voting stage, and the final in April 2017 was attended by more than 120 visitors supporting the 55 category and regional finalists. Keelham Farm Shop Ltd cleaned up at the ceremony, proudly taking home a hat-trick of awards: Farm Shop Large Retailer of the Year, sponsored by Lakeland Computers Ltd, their regional award (North East) and the coveted Farm Shop & Deli Retailer of the Year Award for 2017!

“I feel amazing and really proud to have won the awards. We decided to enter, as the awards are prestigious, recognised and fantastic for the team to be rewarded in such a way. In the build up to the final we’ve had great PR in both local publications and food magazines which is great for businesses.”
Victoria Robertshaw, Co-owner, Keelham Farm Shop. Farm Shop of the Year Large Retailer, North East Winner and overall Farm Shop & Deli Retailer of the Year


Benefits of taking part

The Farm Shop & Deli Awards are a fantastic way for specialist retailers in the food and drink sector to showcase all the great work you and your team are doing nationally and with your local customers.

Entering provides an opportunity for you to raise your company profile, generate positive PR for your business, put your work and achievements in front of a highly regarded panel of judges as well as providing a fantastic opportunity to increase your customer engagement.

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. And, through the Awards comprehensive online, social media and print marketing campaign, your company profile could reach a potential audience of over 26,000.

Nigel Barden, Chairman of Judges and Food and Drink Journalist and Broadcaster, says: 

"The Farm Shop and Deli sector continues to grow in size and importance, as do these awards, which crucially acknowledge the finest in the field, in both retail and online. They also help consumers track down the finest out there, as these talented retailers continue to push the boundaries."

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

Category awards are up for grabs across 12 different specialisms, as well as Newcomer of the Year, with 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 2018, and the winners unveiled live at Farm Shop & Deli Show on Monday 16th April 2018.

Entries are now open.

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The category, regional and Farm Shop & Deli Retailer of the Year 2018 winners will be announced at Farm Shop & Deli Show on 16 April 2018 at Birmingham’s NEC.

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