Farm Shop & Deli Awards Flying the Flag for UK’s Independent, Speciality Retailers

Following the resounding success of the all-new 2014 Farm Shop & Deli Awards in partnership with Olives Et Al, entries are now open for 2015 and a new category has been introduced to mirror the growth within the sector.

Enter online at farmshopanddeliawards.co.uk

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Now in its second 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.

The Awards developed from Founding Partner Olives Et Al’s Deli of the Year, saw nearly 300 entries in 2014, doubling the amount from previous year.

New for 2015, a new category of ‘Retail Group’ has been launched for retailers that have more than one site, or have multiple shops that fall under each category in one premise they can enter under the ‘Retail Group’ category.

There are now thirteen categories to enter under:

• Farm Shop
• Delicatessen
• Baker
• Butcher
• Cheesemonger
• Garden Centre
• Greengrocer
• Fishmonger
• Food Hall
• Online Business
• Local Shop
• Market
• Retail Group

Jack Halliday, Farm Shop & Deli Show Director said “the introduction of our new category and increasing entrant numbers mirrors the growth in the UK’s Farm Shop and Deli sector. This growth is being driven by great independent retailers and their high levels of customer service, product knowledge and community spirit. All things that set them apart from mainstream retail.

All the experiential factors, together with the great retail products and seasonal produce, link directly to a consumer demand for fresh sourcing and provenance. Something that arguably, this sector can deliver better than anywhere else.

The Farm Shop & Deli sector is delivering increased interest, passion and conversation in the UK food and drink market, what better platform than the Farm Shop & Deli Awards for business growth in the UK.”

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 now farmshopanddeliawards.co.uk

The overall winner will be announced at Farm Shop & Deli Show on 20 April 2015 at Birmingham’s NEC.

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For more information contact:

Holly Pullen
William Reed Business Media
01293 610235
Holly.Pullen@wrbm.com

 

 

Notes to editors:

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 Awards ‘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.