Farm Shop & Deli Awards seek food retailer nominees from the Highlands; Bakers, butchers, cheesemonger, farm shops, fishmongers, greengrocers, village stores and online business categories in awards
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THE hunt is on to find the very best food retailers – and Highland folk have been urged to nominate their favourites.
The annual Farm Shop & Deli Awards seek to honour the very best in local food and drink retailers across the UK.
And they are urging people and businesses to put forward nominations for this year's contest before the deadline of October 31.
"Local food retailers including butchers, bakers, greengrocers and farm shops were just some of the lockdown heroes that have hit the headlines during the pandemic," said a spokesman for the awards.
"Over the last few months there have been so many wonderful stories on how retailers have gone above and beyond to help their customers, staff, suppliers and communities during the Covid-19 pandemic. These range from introducing new online ordering processes, drive-thru farm shops, home deliveries, sourcing local suppliers and offering opening hours dedicated to keyworkers and ‘at-risk’ customers – to name just a few.
"We are looking for customers to nominate farm shops and specialist food retailers in the Scotland region for this prestigious award.
"New for 2021, the awards are placing emphasis on how specialist retailers have adapted their business and supported their community, staff and suppliers this year, rather than focusing on financial success. Consumers and suppliers are being asked to nominate retailers worthy of winning via an online nomination form by October 31.
"There is a chance to win a foodie hamper from Fortnum & Mason for everyone who nominates."
Those who have been nominated will be contacted in November and invited to enter via a quick and easy online entry form. Retailers do not need to wait to be nominated and can enter themselves using the same online entry form.
To nominate a retailer visit www.farmshopanddelishow.co.uk/awards .
The shortlisted retailers will be announced in January, with the winners and commended entries revealed live from the Farm Shop & Deli Show in Birmingham's NEC on April 12.
Awards are available in the following categories:
- Farm Shop – Large Retailer
- Farm Shop – Small Retailer
- Food Hall
- Online Business
- Village store/Local Shop
The Farm Shop & Deli Awards have been running for the past eight years and have celebrated, and supported, the speciality retail market by utilising their reputation and reach in the sector.