Women bakers in denim aprons in a bakery

Source: KJ’s Bothy Bakery

The team at KJ’s Bothy Bakery, which was among the winners at the 2023 awards

Entries are open for the Farm Shop & Deli Retailer Awards 2024, which celebrate specialist retailers and their achievements in the independent sector.

These awards, run in partnership with The Grocer and supported by family-owned business Fieldfare, are a golden opportunity to recognise and honour the remarkable achievements and unwavering dedication displayed by specialist retailers, including bakers.

Scottish business Kj’s Bothy Bakery was among the winners for the 2023 having been named best small retailer in Scotland.

The awards are free to enter, with entries accepted until Friday 29 September across 11 categories:

  • Baker
  • Butcher
  • Cheesemonger
  • Delicatessen
  • Farm Shop large (turnover over £600.001)
  • Farm Shop small (turnover under £600,000)
  • Fishmonger
  • Food Hall
  • Greengrocer
  • Online Business
  • Village store/ Local Shop

Entrants will also be automatically entered into the pool for Best in Region across seven UK regions:

  • Anglia
  • Midlands (including East Midlands and West Midlands)
  • North England (including North East, North West and Yorkshire & the Humber)
  • Northern Ireland
  • Scotland
  • South England (including London, South East and South West)
  • Wales

Category winners and those selected as Best in Region will then go on to battle it out for the ultimate title of Retailer of the Year 2024.

The esteemed panel of judges, hosted by Nigel Barden, will be evaluating what initiatives retailers have implemented over the last 12 months to develop and grow their store or business. The winners will then be revealed live at the Farm Shop & Deli Show at the NEC Birmingham on Monday 29 April 2024.

“It continues to be a great honour to chair our fabulous panel of judges and be involved in celebrating the champions of the specialist retail food and drink sector,” Bardon said.

“I’m delighted that the category awards are returning this year. Alongside the regional accolades, Newcomer of the Year and Retailer of the Year we can highlight the finest retailers across the UK.”

For more information and to enter the awards, visit the Farm Shop & Deli Show website.