Welcome to our FADNE Community

‘A blender of teas or iconic cheese. The artisan. The maker. The job creator’.

Getting involved in FADNE and helping to shape our work couldn’t be easier. Simply choose your level of engagement in our community from the options below.

Everyone is welcome to join our community that makes up the amazing food and drink landscape of the North East. We already have 750+ companies involved, ranging from big corporations to small producers, but we need you too!

From fisherman, farmer, food producer or manufacturer to restaurateur, retailer and food buyer. You will become a valued affiliate, associate, community partner or partner of an engaged network where business owners, thought leaders and sector specialists across the North East can connect and collaborate with others across the region’s food, drink and hospitality industry.



Join over 750 companies who are already an Affiliate and be part of the FADNE community for free forever.

Engage as little or as often as you like with us, and enjoy a monthly newsletter delivered straight to your inbox containing our latest news, industry insights and business support opportunities.

As an Affiliate, you will receive the following benefits:

Insights: receive important industry intelligence, news, views and guidance directly into you inbox once a month via our newsletter.

Support: engage with us on our social platforms to be kept up to date with specialist business support, learning resources and digital training opportunities.

Network: as part of our network, we will let you know of any specific events and opportunities that we feel would be a good fit for your business.

Events: we’ll give you a heads-up about any of our FADNE Community events before we release bookings to the wider public, so you can have priority access.


£520 / per year

Our Associate level is perfect for producers and small to medium businesses based in the North East region.

By joining our FADNE community as an Associate you will enjoy a wide range of benefits that can help fast track your business for success, as well as developing invaluable relationships with other businesses in the North East region and beyond.

As an Associate, you receive all the benefits available to an Affiliate, as well as:

Collaboration: get past the gatekeepers and benefit from tailored match-making that will fast track collaboration and open up opportunities for business growth.

Data: share and store all your product data clearly and easily with FREE Erudus membership, the leading data platform for the food industry, and access to its suite of manufacturer solutions. Find out more.

Events: regular updates on our exciting and innovative FADNE Community Events programme that is tailored for the North East food and drink industry. Including networking opportunities and call outs about how you can get involved in special projects and working groups.

Business Support: a 2-hour meeting with a food and drink specialist from Harlands Accountants, as well as a 50% discount on a financial benchmark report.

International Growth: access to the Arete Group‘s webinars and business support to help you expand your business in China. Find out more.

National News: receive e-publications from the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), the UK’s leading industry body and trade association, directly into your email inbox. Find out more.

Showcasing: discounted opportunities to exhibit at selected live and digital trade shows, as well as networking and ‘pitching’ events.

Workspace: affordable daily co-working space at our HQ and ‘Food and Drink Hub’ at The Beacon in Newcastle. Including free parking and discounted room rental.

Community Partner

£1,495 / per year

Community. Sustainability. Trade. Advocacy. The founding four pillars of Food and Drink North East

From food poverty to place making, public health to social inclusion – as an organisation we know that the food and drink industry is not just about the bottom line.

Already proud advocates of the incredible work carried out at a grassroots level across the North East, we can’t place enough value on the impact of local food partnerships, community groups and charitable organisations working to tackle some of the region’s biggest challenges.

We want to take that work one step further, coming together as a region to create a vibrant, inclusive and fair food economy that aligns to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and to help us create a powerful and collective regional voice for lobbying at a national level.

Leveraging our connections across industry, academia and both local and national government, we want to work with our community partners to develop progressive policies that go beyond just lip service and have a transformative impact on our communities for generations to come.

If you’d like to be a vital part of this journey, please join us as a Community Partner today.

As a Community Partner, you receive all the benefits available to an Affiliate, as well as:

Network: a quarterly networking brunch to provide organisational updates, share challenges and identify opportunities to collaborate.

Profile: a featured sponsor across all FADNE communications.

Influence: an active role in our cross-sector working groups, innovation sprints and specialist projects

Opportunity: leverage our network of over 750+ industry stakeholders and raise your profile within the business community.

Strategy: an invitation to our AGM, contribute towards our long term strategy and help us shape the future of the North East food and drink industry.


£4,495 / per year

As a FADNE Partner, you will gain access to our growing national and international network, make invaluable connections at a level of influence and become a thought leader for the industry.

Your involvement and contribution to our Advisory Panel, Cluster Groups and Specialist Projects means you will help shape the future of the North East food and drink economy for decades to come.

As a Partner, you receive all the benefits available to an Affiliate, Associate and Community Partner as well as:

Strategy: a place on FADNE’s Advisory Panel, Cluster Groups and Specialist Projects where you will help shape the future of the North East food and drink economy for decades to come.

Influence: use your industry knowledge to contribute to market insights and knowledge and become a thought leader for the industry.

Intelligence: gain access to market research from industry sourced reports and focus groups.

Financial Insights: a 12 month subscription to Xero (accounting software platform) and a free financial benchmark report showing you how well you are performing against your competition, thanks to Harlands Accountants.

Celebrate: free premium sponsorship and table for 10 at the FADNE Annual Social. Plus a member-rate discount on selected FDF events and attendance at an annual Regional FDF & FADNE Dinner.

View additional membership benefits from our FADNE Community partnerships: