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Farm Shop & Deli Show brings the industry together to celebrate the best of British regional produce, premium and artisanal products, and offers specialist retailers and other local stores an opportunity to discover new and distinctive offerings to delight shoppers and set their stores apart.
It’s an insightful event for independent retailers, and this year there are some particularly exciting talks, awards and areas at the show.
1. Get up to speed on ‘Healthy and Natural’
Health is a massive trend for 2022, with more and more consumers showing interest in their personal wellbeing and where their food comes from. Therefore, being in the know when it comes to free-from, organic, vegan, veggie and nutrition brands, and non-food and drink lifestyle products with a sustainable, ethical and eco-friendly message is important for retail success. The Healthy & Natural area at Farm Shop & Deli Show features exhibitors including Andros Chef, James White and Radnor alongside a huge range of brands showing innovation in these areas.
2. Discover the industry’s finest retailers and products
Farm Shop & Deli Show recognises the speciality retailers leading the sector in customer service, innovation, and community involvement, as well as sustainable initiatives, at the exclusive Retailer Awards. Plus, the show’s brand-new Product Awards will be celebrating winners across the three days, showcasing excellence across six categories (Meat, Condiments, Bakery, Beverages, Confectionery and Preserves), with its esteemed panel of judges considering criteria such as sustainability, ethical brand stories and provenance before crowning the winners.
3. Don’t just throw It away: Giving Surplus Purpose talk
According to a recent report from the WWF, the food industry is the single largest global emitter of greenhouse gases, accountable for 1/3 of the planet’s greenhouse gas emissions, with food waste accounting for 8-10% of this. In fact, Project Drawdown, the world’s leading resource for climate solutions, labelled reducing food waste as the number one solution to solve climate change.
Therefore, the race is on for Britain’s farm shops, delis and other businesses to find sustainable and cost-neutral ways to reduce waste, against a backdrop of climate change challenges and Sustainable Development Goals. Simone Connolly, FareShare’s Midlands director and charity trustee explains how they work with businesses to help them reduce waste, while supporting their local communities in the unmissable talk ‘Don’t just throw it away: Giving Surplus Purpose’.
4. Experience innovation in the food sector
The fine food industry is bursting with innovation across the entire sector, and Farm Shop & Deli Show will be host to a large number of creative producers, with exhibitors including Ahmad Tea, Cook, Delice de France, Hawkshead Relish, Innocent, Cawston Press, and Cotswold Fayre. Amongst the stalls retailers might just find rising stars, and grab the opportunity to connect with new and existing suppliers.
5. A cut above the rest: the Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards
For the first time, this year’s Farm Shop & Deli Show will host the presentation of the Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards 2022, hosted by food and drink broadcaster Nigel Barden. Awarding butchers for over 20 years, Meat Trades Journal once again hosts the only UK awards dedicated to recognising this vital sector.
You can register for Farm Shop & Deli via this link.