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Vegan Fine Foods, 2018 Retailer of the Year finalist, Creative New Store/remodel

Vegan Fine Foods serves the plant-based community and beyond

This vegan mecca in south Florida has earned a finalist position as Retailer of the Year Creative New Store/Remodel. Here's why.

Vegan Fine Foods is an all-vegan grocery store, café and deli that opened April 20, 2018, and is located in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The store offers 100 percent plant-based products from refrigerated and frozen foods to pantry items, prepared foods and a full delicatessen.

Here are three ways Vegan Fine Foods sets itself apart:

Large selection. According to store leadership, Vegan Fine Foods is the largest all-vegan grocery store in the United States, occupying 4,000 square feet of retail space.

Unique product offerings. Patrons of Vegan Fine Foods will find a unique combination of high-quality local and regional plant-based products, in addition to nationally and internationally recognized brands. The store offers products difficult to find elsewhere in Florida, and imports unique foods from Colombia, Dominican Republic, and the United Kingdom. Vegan Fine Foods also supplies free entertainment and educational programming for its customers, regularly providing live music on the weekends and a number of events for local groups and organizations.

Vegan deli and café. Vegan Fine Foods boasts the only vegan deli case in the state of Florida, carrying locally produced vegan cheeses, meat alternatives and sandwiches by Miami-based Atlas Meat-Free Deli. The deli also carries fresh, raw salads and prepared foods from other local vendors. The café, which is separate from the deli, is called Inika Café at Vegan Fine Foods. It is a full-service café with a menu that includes bowls, wraps, burritos, empanadas, juices, smoothies, coffee, tea, espresso-based drinks and Pinkberry soft-serve vegan ice cream. Patrons will also find freshly baked pastries, cupcakes and cookies. The combination of the café and deli provides customers with a wide range of prepared food options as well as indoor and outdoor seating.

The other Retailer of the Year Creative New Store/Remodel finalists are:

City Market, Onion River Co-op
Kimberton Whole Foods

The Natural Foods Merchandiser/Natural Products Expo winners will be announced Friday night at Natural Products Expo East 2018.

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