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Promoting local produce

Engaging a vibrant community

Food and Drink North East (FADNE) is a community interest company (CIC) made up of local business owners and experts who understand the challenges the sector faces and are working together to solve them. A movement of like-minded people our aim is to build the North East’s reputation as a food and drink destination with heritage, sustainability, innovation and community at its heart.

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‘Welly to Belly’ School Food Matters Project

‘Welly to Belly’ School Food Matters Project

We’re delighted to be running the ‘Welly to Belly’ North East pilot initiative of a national School Food Matters project to teach children about food and to improve children’s access to healthy, sustainable food during their time at school.

FADNE launches a strategic partnership with Arete Group

FADNE launches a strategic partnership with Arete Group

By partnering with the Arete Group, who work with multinational brands and companies to successfully launch and grow businesses in China, this strategic alliance offers a more accessible route to UK brands to reach greater heights in the China market.

North East England Farmers Markets now managed by FADNE

North East England Farmers Markets now managed by FADNE

With effect from 1st May, North East England Farmers Markets (NEEFM) will come under the umbrella of FADNE who will manage its website and social media channels, as well as continuing to support the market operators’ network.

Hub for North East food and drink sector at FADNE’s HQ The Beacon

Hub for North East food and drink sector at FADNE’s HQ The Beacon

Food and Drink North East (FADNE) has partnered with The Beacon business centre to create a hub for the North East food and drink sectorby providing workspace, training business support, technical advice, as well as targeted events and networking opportunities for businesses large and small across the industry.

Citylife Business Support webinar with Too Good To Go

Citylife Business Support webinar with Too Good To Go

We are partnering with Too Good To Go and Newcastle Gateshead Initiative for a Citylife Business Support webinar on Thursday 18th March at 11am that will introduce you to the Too Good To Go platform and how you can use it protect both the environment and your profit.

For too long the North East’s food and drink sector has been overlooked. While other regions have flourished we have hidden in the shadows of our industrial past. We believe this region offers something truly unique and that it’s worth shouting about.

Steeped in an entrepreneurial history from the launch of Lucozade in 1927 through to iconic heritage brands such as Bero, Newcastle Brown Ale, Ringtons Tea and Primula Cheese. 

Our region is recognised for its artisan producers such as Craster Kippers, Lindisfarne Oysters, acclaimed food growers as well as some of the best cheese and organic dairy in England.

We are now seeing an upsurge in craft producers and the growth of premium, entrepreneurial food and drink brands as well as progressive areas such as organic, ‘free from’ and Fairtrade as well as becoming a manufacturing hub and a leader in food and drink innovation.

We believe the time is right to come together. To engage this vibrant community. To focus our efforts, share knowledge and get the word out. To grow from the grassroots up.

Food and Drink North East is a community interest company (CIC) made up of local business owners and experts who understand the challenges the sector faces and are working together to solve them.

We’re not a fish – we’re the pond. A network that connects, enables and encourages collaboration across the region.

A movement of like-minded people who understand that when the tide comes in, all boats will rise.

Together we will build the North East’s reputation as a food and drink destination with heritage, sustainability, innovation and community at its heart.

Our work falls under four broad categories

Community

Taking a grassroots approach, we will work with local businesses across the sector to encourage collaboration and partnership, form a clear sense of regional identity and promote an ambitious food and drink offer that will help the North East compete both nationally and internationally.

Trade

We will launch an innovative trading hub that links food producers to buyers. Identifying, organising and facilitating trade missions to showcase the region’s food and drink credentials. Launching strategic partnerships that target specialist support to regional food and drink businesses.

Sustainability

We will lead the region’s contribution to the National Food Strategy Review. Creating cluster projects to promote growth, jobs and skills development. Forming cross-sector partnerships and a ‘good food business’ network to tackle the issues of food poverty, food waste and public health at a regional level.

Advocacy

We will become an independent industry voice, with influential cross-category representation and ‘fly the flag’ on behalf of the regional food and drink sector at a local, national and international level. Partnering and collaborating with other food movements to develop reciprocal relationships and share best practice.

“We discovered my grandfather’s recipe so my wife and I decided to try making his piccalilli. We shared the results with friends and family and the feedback was so great we knew we were onto something!”

Andrew Calder, Calder’s Kitchen

“As a mum of two running a small business is hard work – but I love it! Being a small batch chocolatier enables me to be creative as well as hands-on. It’s also incredibly rewarding when customers enjoy our chocolate!”

Zoe Robertson, Good Tempered Chocolate Co.

“Coming home to set up the first urban winery on Tyneside has been a dream come true. I’m one of the lucky ones who found their passion in life in winemaking and made it a reality. I’m so proud to share this with the people of the North East.”

Elise Lane, The Winery by Laneberg Wine

Join the FADNE network!

With over 600 individuals and businesses already involved, the FADNE network is a body of like-minded people who want to build the North East’s reputation as a flourishing food and drink destination.

Add your voice to ours and together we can make our work more effective and achieve the positive change our region needs.

Fill in your details via our sign up form and we will keep in touch with you via our newsletter to let you know of the latest industry news, business support and funding opportunities, issues and projects we want you to be involved in, and upcoming events and workshops that are tailored for the North East food and drink sector.

Get in touch

Food and Drink North East
The Beacon
Westgate Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear
NE4 9PQ 

E: info@fadne.org

About us

Food and Drink North East is a community interest company (CIC). We aim to build a vibrant and engaged community that champions positive trade, promotes a sustainable circular economy and acts as a collective and inclusive voice for the region’s food and drink sector. Focussed on four strategic areas, our objective is to grow the sector’s contribution to the regional economy to 10% gross added value (GVA) by 2025.

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