Farm Shop & Deli Show ramps up plans for 2018

Whether you’re an independent farm shop, delicatessen or artisan food outlet, the Farm Shop & Deli Show will be the place to be in April. The sector’s leading event will return to the NEC in Birmingham from 16th-18th April, alongside four other events that cover the entire food and drink supply chain

Visitors to the show will be able to source the newest and most innovative products from more than 450 companies, while hearing about the latest industry trends and from the leading figures in the UK’s artisan food and drink industry.

Speciality food remains highly popular in the UK. Demand for locally sourced and farmed food continues to grow, with Datamonitor expecting retail sales to increase from £3.6bn to £4.2bn by 2021. The 2018 edition of the Farm Shop & Deli Show will provide the perfect opportunity for visitors to stay at the forefront of this established and growing market by seeing some of the sector’s most exciting food and drink products.

The range of exhibitors at the Farm Shop & Deli Show will cover all aspects of the speciality sector, giving farm shops, delis, bakers, butchers and garden centres, the opportunity to source quality produce that will fuel growth throughout 2018.

Among the companies exhibiting their products and services in April will be: Diverse Fine Food Distribution, Rowcliffe, Cook, Global Payments, Lakeland Computers, Empire Bespoke Foods, Cotswold Fayre, Tenuta Marmorelle, Yorkshire Baker and Bonta Italia.

One of the highlights of the show will be the Farm Shop & Deli Awards. Now entering their fifth year, they will reveal the crème de la crème of British independent retailers. A panel of judges – including food and drink broadcaster Nigel Barden, plus representatives from Neal’s Yard Dairy, Booths, Iceland Foods and British Baker – will score stores based on levels of service, innovation and community involvement in speciality retail. Category and regional winners, as well as the overall Farm Shop & Deli Retailer of the Year will be announced at Farm Shop & Deli Show on Monday, 16 April 2018.

The Farm Shop & Deli Live area will once again host an insightful and comprehensive educational programme. Visitors will benefit from live demonstrations, topical debates, tastings and presentations given by industry leaders, who will give them inspiration for the next stage in their businesses.

Additionally, a team of professionals will judge the Britain’s Best Loaf competition, which has become the talk of the craft bakery sector since its inception. Awards will be presented to the bakers exceling in five categories – Sourdough, Wholegrain, White, Innovation and Gluten Free.

Dan Eversfield, Farm Shop & Deli Show commercial manager said, “Artisan food continues to be one of the success stories of the UK food and drink industry. Farm Shop & Deli Show will showcase the very best products that our country has to offer, providing invaluable inspiration for businesses in the UK and further afield.

“British food and drink exports grew by 8.3% year-on-year to £4.9bn, with international retailers looking to take advantage of the UK’s food and drink manufacturing expertise. When you also take into account the weaker pound, products from these shores are in demand and we expect this year’s event to be a hive of acitvity with buyers joining from around the globe.”

Farm Shop & Deli Show is co-located with the UK’s largest food and drink trade event – Food & Drink Expo –National Convenience Show and Foodex, as well as the new The Ingredients Show. Together they will bring together suppliers from across the whole food and drink industry, from retailers to manufacturers.

To register for free, receiving entry to all co-located shows, visit farmshopanddelishow.co.uk

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