Rhug Farm Shop has been announced as a finalist in the 2018 Farm Shop & Deli Awards; with the winners being revealed live at the Farm Shop & Deli Show, in the Birmingham NEC, at 3.30pm on Monday, 16 April 2018.

Chair of Judges, Nigel Barden; Co Chair of Judges, Elaine Lemm; Holly Shackleton, Editor of Speciality Food and John Gill, Head of Commercial Operations & Buyer at Booths are just some of the 2018 Farm Shop & Deli Awards judges who faced the difficult task of whittling down the category finalists this year.

The Awards commend retailers’ success in speciality sectors and regions respectively. Category awards are up for grabs across 13 different specialisms. The Rhug Farm Shop has been chosen as a finalist in the Farm Shop Small Retailer of the Year category and is the only finalist, out of the ten, from Wales.

Lord Newborough, Owner of the Rhug Estate, said, “We are absolutely delighted to have been chosen as a finalist for the Farm Shop & Deli Awards. We pride ourselves on our customer service in the Farm Shop and the success of Rhug is built on always trying to go that extra mile for our customers. The team, led by Graham Webster, is always striving to do better and that is how it should be.”

This is the fifth year of the Awards and their success and reputation grows from strength to strength. Recognising the best in class in the specialist independent retail market, they celebrate the very best standards, levels of service, product innovation and community involvement in the sector.

Nigel Barden, Chair of judges, said, “It’s gratifying to see lots of new names amongst the finalists as the Awards are becoming even more respected. The food & drink retail sector continues to attract inventive, hardworking entrepreneurs, many of whom have transferred their business skills from other industries.”

This year there are 58 category finalists who have been shortlisted. The regional winners, who represent the very best retailers that stand out among their local competition from across nine UK regions, will be selected from the category finalists and also announced live at the awards ceremony, as well as the coveted Farm Shop & Deli Retailer of the Year.

The winners of the awards, held in association with sponsors PriceCardPro, will be announced at the Farm Shop & Deli Show, at 3.30pm on Monday, 16 April, for visitors to the show to get the first glimpse at those companies leading the sector. 

FarmShop – Small Retailer of the Year finalists include: Rhug Farm Shop (Corwen); Blair Drummond Smiddy Farm Shop (Blair Drummond, Stirling); Cedarbarn Farm Shop (Pickering); Etherington's Farm Shop (Scorrier, Redruth); Fordhall Organic Farm (Market Drayton); The Gog Farm Shop (Shelford Bottom, Cambridge); The Lambing Shed Farm Shop and Café (Knutsford); Three Trees Farm Shop & Cafe (Chiseldon, Swindon); Waterloo Cottage Farm (Great Oxendon); Welbeck Farm Shop (Worksop).