We are Food and Drink North East (FADNE) a community interest company (CIC) made up of local business owners and experts who understand the challenges the food, drink and hospitality sectors face and are working together to address them.

We’re not a fish – we’re the pond. A network that connects, enables and encourages collaboration across the region. FADNE’s aim is to build the North East’s reputation as a flourishing food and drink destination with local heritage, sustainability, innovation and community at its heart.

Join us

Joining FADNE is easy. We offer three levels of membership to suit every business. From dipping your toe in the water as an affiliate to helping us shape our organisation and its direction of travel as a partner.

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Making a difference

At FADNE we pride ourselves on getting things done. We network, lobby and cajole and collaborate with major stakeholders locally and nationally to ensure the voice and interests the North East food, drink and hospitality sector is heard and acted upon. Here are some of the things we’ve been up to lately.

Sunderland BID Joins Forces with Food and Drink North East

Sunderland BID Joins Forces with Food and Drink North East

“We are thrilled to welcome Sunderland BID as a FADNE Partner. This collaboration represents a significant opportunity to take our work regional and work with a progressive, forward thinking partner. With Sunderland BID, we will drive innovation and growth, ensuring that the Sunderland’s food, drink and hospitality cluster continues to thrive and evolve”.

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Ongoing initiatives

FADNE are continually looking for new ideas to deliver tangible value to our members. Here are some of our current ongoing initiatives.

Grub Productions


A B2B platform designed to help buyers and suppliers across tourism, food, drink and hospitality connect and explore potential commercial relationships.

Part of the HITS Programme

Jesmond Food Market


We organise the region’s most prominent culinary and catering annual event for student and professional chefs in the North East to showcase their skills.

North East England Farmers’ Market

Local Heroes

Our B2C brand that works with regional councils to create hyper local, well curated food and drink markets as part of a vibrant, circular and sustainable economy.

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