Nominate speciality food retailers in Scotland for the Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2022

NO ONE more than farmers appreciate the hard work and investment that goes into creating a successful farm shop, specially when there's an element serving food.

In fact, many rural people are strong supporters of their local farm-based food shops and cafe/bistros – but now there's a chance to show your appreciation by nominating them for an industry award.

The organisers of the Farm Shop and Deli Show are inviting residents and businesses in Scotland to nominate speciality food retailers for their prestigious Farm Shop and Deli Awards. This means that you can nominate everything from butchers, bakers, cheesemongers, delis, farm shops, fishmongers, food halls, greengrocers, online retailers and village stores from your region can all be nominated over the next few weeks.

For 2022, this event is being held in celebration of those who have shown innovation to adapt their business during the challenges of the last few years.

Entries are open across nine regions and a range of categories to recognise those specialist retailers who are playing their part in creating a better world through sustainable initiatives, whilst supporting their customers, communities and suppliers.

Winners may have reduced food waste, changed packaging, introduced more sustainable suppliers, promoted eco-friendly initiatives or done something else differently that would have a positive impact on the planet in the future. The organisers recognise it’s about making small steps when it comes to sustainability.

An esteemed panel of judges will consider the ways in which retailers adapted and evolved their businesses throughout the pandemic before announcing regional finalists in early April. The winners will be revealed live from the Farm Shop and Deli Show, NEC Birmingham on Monday, April 25, 2022.

Organiser of the awards, Antonia Green – marketing manager at William Reed – said: “Local food and drink retailers are often at the heart of communities, and we want to recognise the hard work and dedication they have given during such challenging times.

"We are encouraging as many people as possible to help put their local stores on the map by telling us about the amazing speciality food businesses you have in your area. Your quick nomination could lead to them winning the ‘Best in Region’ title.”

There is a chance to win a foodie hamper from Fortnum and Mason for everyone who nominates. You'll have to be quick, though, you'll have to nominate or enter before the end of January using the awards website www.farmshopanddelishow.co.uk/awards

* The 2021 retail winner for Scotland was Pro Fish Services, of Aviemore – a fantastic fish retailer with a shop and a van with a local delivery schedule.

Commended retailers were:

Balgove Larder, St Andrews.

Provender Brown Deli, Perth.

The Crieff Food Company, Crieff.

The Spud Hut, at Westerton Farmers, Laurencekirk.