The shortlist of the UK’s finest speciality retailers for the 2021 Farm Shop & Deli Awards, in partnership with The Grocer and sponsored by Garofalo and Food & Drink Wales, have been announced – with two Northern Ireland businesses in the running.
Representing East Anglia, Midlands, North East, North West, South East, South West, Scotland and Wales, as well as Northern Ireland, the awards are celebrating specialist retailers from across the UK in recognition for their courageous commitment shown to their customers, community, staff and suppliers this year.
The two Northern Ireland entries are Colemans Farm Shop in Templepatrick, and Wilsons Butchers, Downpatrick, both in the Shop Category.
The full list of shortlisted retailers can be found via the link on the awards website: www.farmshopanddelishow.co.uk/awards
This year the awards received an amazing 153 entries, which are now being evaluated by an expert judging panel lead by broadcaster and journalist Nigel Barden, to determine the ‘Commented Retailers’ and ‘Best in Region Winners’ across the UK.
The live announcement will take place at 3pm on Monday, July 5, at the Farm Shop & Deli Show, NEC Birmingham.
Nigel is joined in the exacting process by food writer and co-chair Elaine Lemm, plus a line-up of judges which include Editor at British Baker, Amy North; Fresh Foods Reporter at The Grocer, Henry Sandercock; Branch Manager for Paxton & Whitfield Jermyn Street, London, Hero Hirsh; Head of Trading and Marketing for Booths, John Gill; and Head of consultancy business Delicious Planet, Victoria Robertshaw. The judges also include previous Retailer of the Year winners.
The Farm Shop & Deli Show is the flagship event which brings together the great and good of the speciality market to celebrate the very best of British produce and returns this July 5-7 to the NEC Birmingham.
Registration will soon be open and visitors keen to experience 2021’s most comprehensive programme of demonstrations, interactive live debates and the latest products and innovations, all focused on improving the bottom line, can go to: www.farmshopanddelishow.co.uk to register for their completely free badge.
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