The Forest Deli, Coileford

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Vote for Forest Deli to win ‘Delicatessen of the Year’

Local Delicatessen Forest Deli from Coleford have entered into the Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2019 and they need your help to win!

The Awards, in partnership with Forest Deli, are highly respected in the industry for playing an important role in supporting, and celebrating, the UK's independent, specialist retail market. Each entrant will be judged on the many factors covering speciality retail including highest levels of service, product knowledge, initiative, innovation and community involvement.

Chair of judges, Nigel Barden, will be joined by leading speciality retailers and key industry figures to bring a wealth of knowledge to the judging process. The judging process will include mystery visits and public votes from consumers via the Awards website.

The aim of the Awards is to highlight our highly driven and passionate local businesses like Forest Deli, to generate the coverage they deserve. Winning this Award would help build them as a destination, putting them on the map both regionally and nationally and in turn, bringing interest to Coleford.

Nigel Barden, chair of judges and food & drink broadcaster commented, “I am delighted to continue to be involved with the Farm Shop & Deli Awards. It’s a fabulous initiative for the sector and offers the best way to recognise and reward excellence for the UK’s local, artisan and high street speciality retailers.”

Debbie Jones, Co-Owner at local Delicatessen Forest Deli said “A win for us would be a win for the town of Coleford, which would be to the benefit of multiple local businesses. We are in a small town, but against national trends there are two bakeries, three butchers, a traditional greengrocer - and all the business in the town centre are small and independent. Our deli adds to this, people shopping locally and not in supermarkets is very much what we are part of. We operate in a mutually beneficial way with all our suppliers and customers. At current count we support over 30 local suppliers and independent businesses, which is constantly increasing as we add to our product range. Being on the Welsh / English border (and with Debbie being Welsh & Simon being English) we showcase the best of both sides and promote all we can for the area of The Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley. Quality produce doesn't take sides!”

These coveted Awards recognise excellence within the specialist retail market, focusing on independent speciality retailers who sell regional fresh/farm produce or have a delicatessen counter. They are offered across twelve categories, including Delicatessen.

Entrants will also have the opportunity to win as a Regional Winner. The Regional Winners will progress through to have the opportunity to win the overall coveted title of ‘Farm Shop & Deli Awards Retailer of the Year’ announced at the Farm Shop & Deli Show, Monday 8th April 2019 at Birmingham’s NEC.

Vote for Forest Deli online via the 2019 ‘Entrants’ web page at: https://www.farmshopanddelishow.co.uk/awards-directory-2019. Voting closes on Wednesday 31st October 2018 and one lucky voter will be entered into a draw to win a food hamper.


11 October 2018


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Forest Deli

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