10 April 2024, 07:00 AM
  • The UK’s specialist retail sector is preparing to reunite this month as Farm Shop & Deli Show returns to the NEC Birmingham as part of the UK Food & Drink Shows 2024, taking place from 29th April – 1st May
Five reasons to visit Farm Shop & Deli Show

Promising a festival of talent, advice, innovation and networking across three days, here are the top reasons to make a trip to the midlands.

One free ticket, five jam-packed shows
The UK Food & Drink Shows comprise five individual events under one roof all of which can be accessed with just one visitor badge. Across Farm Shop & Deli Show, Food & Drink Expo, The Restaurant Show, National Convenience Show and The Forecourt Show, there are countless opportunities to witness innovation and get networking, meaning valuable time spent offsite can have even more of an impact for visitors whose interests go beyond any individual show.

Exhibitor excellence
Over 1,200 exhibitors are set to come together across the five shows, giving visitors an abundance of choice whilst also providing brands with the most up-to-date look at innovation in their respective sectors. The breadth of exhibitors offers visitors solutions across all aspects of their business, from the latest trending products to drive footfall, to the essential services required to keep operations running more smoothly than ever.

Business advice
Five stages – The Grocer Stage, Farm Shop & Deli Stage, Chefs’ Stage, Restaurant Stage, Convenience Store and Forecourt Trader Stage – present a standout programme of seminars with industry experts offering their takes on the most pressing issues and thought-provoking topics.

Whether it’s questions around sustainability, the impact of the cost-of-living crisis, the future of plant-based eating, improving diversity and inclusion, harnessing technology or trends for 2024 and beyond, sessions are designed to tackle the problems that the industry professionals continue to come up against, whilst also giving visitors an opportunity to ask their burning questions. See the full line up here.

Industry heavyweights out in force
Five separate stages, set up across the different shows, include a panellist line up that reads like a who’s who of industry specialists. Just some of the names signed up to speak are:
• John Gill, Head of Procurement & Marketing at Booths
• Renée Elliott, Founder / Owner at Planet Organic
• Nicki Stewart, Director at Diverse Fine Food
• Paul Hargreaves, Chief Empowerment Officer at Cotswold Fayre
• Rosemary Shrager, Celebrity Chef at Rosemary’s
• Emma Mosey, Chair at Farm Retail Association

See the full list of speakers here.

Innovation at every turn
Whether you’re looking to expand your deli counter offering, get hold of a new energy drink range, find a financial solution or discover the latest back-of-house formats, hundreds of innovative products are set to grace the show floor at the NEC.

Covering the entire industry, the UK Food & Drink Shows are unparalleled in their ability to bring people together, build and foster better relationships, discover business building insight and celebrate innovation.
Register for your free pass today.