27 January 2015

Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2015 - Category Winners Announced

From over 500 nationwide entries, the team behind the Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2015 announce the winners of the 12 award categories.

The awards, now in their second year, recognise the best retailers in this sector by looking at category and regional winners before appointing an overall winner at the Farm Shop & Deli Show Live stage on Monday 20 April 2015 at 2.45pm.

The awards are held in partnership with Olives Et Al, with category sponsors Lakeland Computers and Pidy and Hider. They recognise the very best standards in the UK's independent, speciality retail market by celebrating the highest levels of service, product knowledge, initiative, innovation and community involvement, offered by our heroes of the high street.

The categories include Baker of the Year; Butcher of the Year; Cheesemonger of the Year; Fishmonger of the Year; Delicatessen of the Year; Food Hall of the Year; Farm Shop of the Year – sponsored by Lakeland Computers; Online Business of the Year; Greengrocer of the Year; Group of the Year; Local shop of the Year – sponsored by Pidy and Hider; and Market of the Year.

The awards were judged by a team of expert judges from the world of speciality retail, fine food and food media. Once the award entries had been received the judges drew up a short list of entrants and then carried out a series of 'secret' visits in December 2014 to see the entrants in action.

Nigel Barden, Chairman of Judges and Food and Drink Journalist/Broadcaster, says: "Another brilliantly rewarding set of visits. There are some very focused, driven and talented food retailers in Britain, who deserve to be nourished and encouraged. It's marvellous that these awards can bring them to much wider attention."

Elaine Lemm, the Co-Chair of Judges and Food Writer, says: "I thought the high standard of last year's entries for the awards were unsurpassable. I was wrong. The quality, dedication and sheer hard work of all the businesses entering this year showed this is, once again, a sector of which to be proud. It is no wonder that shopping habits in the UK are changing with this retail of this quality on offer for the British shopper."

Nikki Storrar, Overall Winner of the Awards in 2014 from Ardross Farm Shop, says: "Winning last year was beyond our dreams. It was actually a member of staff who gave us the idea as it was something we had never really considered.

"The year after winning the awards was fantastic. The staff got so much pride in what they were doing. So to be asked to be a judge this year was great but also pretty daunting because of the effect that you may have on the person who has entered. It's also been a fantastic experience because I learnt a lot about what's happening in the industry and I also could sympathize quite a lot with people who have entered."

The scores will now be counted and judged within the ten UK regions, along with online votes from consumers, and the Regional Champions will be announced later on 17 March 2015. These winners will then go through to the final with the chance to win Retailer of the Year.

ENDS

Notes to editors:

Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2015 – Full list of Category Winners and Commended entrants:

Baker of the Year
Winner: Dee Light Bakery, London
Commended: Hambleton Bakery, Rutland

Butcher of the Year
Winner: Ludlow Food Centre,Shropshire
Commended: MeatNW5, London
Commended: M&W Farm Meats, Armagh

Cheesemonger of the Year
Winner: George Mewes Cheese, Glasgow
Commended: The Courtyard Diary, North Yorkshire
Commended: Cheese Please, East Sussex

Delicatessen of the Year
Winner: The Hungry Guest, West Sussex
Commended: Bloomfields fine food, Wiltshire
Commended: Fresh Basil, Derbyshire

Farm Shop of the Year sponsored by Lakeland Computers
Winner: Knitsley Farm Shop, County Durham
Commended: Cross Lanes Organic Farm Ltd, County Durham
Commended: Foxholes Farm Shop, Hertfordshire
Commended: Bodnant Welsh Food, Conwy

Fishmonger of the Year
Winner: Latimer's Seafood Deli & Café, Tyne & Wear
Commended: Ramus Seafood Emporium, North Yorkshire
Commended: Veasey & Sons, East Sussex

Food Hall of the Year
Winner: Fodder, North Yorkshire
Commended: Delifonseca Dockside, Merseyside
Commended: Bakers & Larners of Holt, Norfolk

Retail Group of the Year
Winner: Johns of Instow & Appledore, North Devon
Commended: Arthur Howell, Norfolk
Commended: Brown and Green, Staffordshire

Greengrocer of the Year
Winner: Andreas of Chelsea Green, London
Commended: Strongs Fruit and Veg, Lancashire
Commended: Market Garden Produce Ltd, Suffolk

Local Shop of the Year sponsored by Pidy and Hider
Winner: Shropshire's Own, Shropshire
Commended: Thrussington's Village Store, Leicestershire

Market of the Year
Winner: Tonbridge Farmers Market, Kent
Commended: Horsforth Farmers' Market, Leeds
Commended: Made in Stroud Ltd, Gloucestershire

Online Business of the Year
Winner: Parsnips and Pears, Nottingham
Commended: Alternative Meats Ltd, Shropshire
Commended: Best of British Beer, Staffordshire

FURTHER INFORMATION:

Farm Shop & Deli Show runs from Monday 20 April through to Wednesday 22 April 2015 and visitors can register for free at farmshopanddelishow.co.uk.

Times of the show:
• Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 April 2015 - from 10.00am to 5.00pm
• Wednesday 22 April - from 10.00am to 4.00pm

Exhibitors already confirmed range from artisan jam makers, crisp producers and bakers through to soft drinks and tea manufacturers. They include established names as well as new companies looking to gain listings for their innovative and original food and drink products.

In addition, the show will be growing its machinery, packaging and equipment offering along with services through to knives, furniture and flooring.

As well as the exhibitors, the show will also host the Farm Shop & Deli Live area where an exciting and comprehensive programme of demonstrations, live debates and tastings will be hosted. All of the activities are focused on helping retailers improve their bottom line.

The Farm Shop & Deli Live will also incorporate the Dragon's Pantry and the announcement of the overall winner of the Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2015.

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