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Entries for the inaugural Scottish Retail Food & Drink Awards have only been closed for a few days but entrants are already benefitting with free listings on the leading online wholesale platform Delishops.

As part of a special deal agreed between the Awards and Delishops, every single entrant has been offered a free listing which will put them and their company and products in front of more than 5,000 buyers from all sectors of the food and drink industry on the Delishops platform.

This ensures every entrant can gain valuable access to new buyers in Scotland and further afield across the UK and beyond.

Delishops is a leading online wholesale platform, enabling buyers to buy from the comfort of their desks and producers to showcase their products 24/7.

Buyers can get in touch via the platform, order samples and, of course, place firm orders. The listings also allow producers to start lasting relationships with buyers and keep them updated with news, product offers and launches.

Many entrants have already taken up the opportunity in the last few days to showcase their fantastic food and drink products on Delishops and many more will be added over the coming weeks.

Awards Director Helen Lyons explains: “As part of the fantastic deal we agreed with Delishops, every single entrant will receive a free listing on the Delishops site. This lets them get in front of more than 5,000 of the most influential buyers in the UK and beyond and will hopefully lead to many of them securing listings and sales. At the end of the day, the whole point of the Scottish Retail Food & Drink Awards is to help producers grow listings and sales, and to help retailers unearth brilliant new products for their stores.”

In addi-tion, all winners at the Scottish Retail Food & Drink Awards 2021 will be given a year’s free access to Delishops Pro, representing a saving of £780.

“Delishops Pro offers a wide range of outstanding benefits,” says Lyons. “It allows winners to create their own Virtual Showroom, where a live ‘meet-the-maker’ video will be hosted. Winners also gain access to one of Delishops’ sought-after spaces at the next Delishops Discovers ‘Meet the Maker’ Event in conjunction with the Speciality and Fine Food Fair.

“This gives winners a fantastic introduction to new wholesale customers, and valuable exposure thanks to Delishops’ extensive digital and social media PR channels. Additionally, winners will enjoy coverage in Delishops’ regular newsletters sent to a database of over 5,000 and growing.”