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.
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.
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.
FADNE will work as a NICRE Innovation Associate alongside Newcastle University, to co-design and deliver a programme of enterprise and innovation pump priming activities around digital transformation and low carbon logistics in the food and drink sector.
FADNE has collaborated with the North East Local Enterprise Partnership to provide data and intelligence for the industry report on the impact of COVID-19 on the North East food and drink sector, which is now available online to read and download.
“In light of the ongoing challenges we face as a country with Covid-19, I want to pay tribute, once again, to all of you working within our food and drink supply chains as you continue to feed the nation under such difficult circumstances. The country is grateful for all that you have done & continue to do.”
Featuring a jam-packed schedule of speakers, specialists and food entrepreneurs, sign up now for our Speaking From Experience programme which is specifically designed for the North East food and drink sector, and help your business embrace the future with confidence.
FADNE has worked tirelessly to lobby local leaders to allow outdoor markets to continue, and it has now been announced that Newcastle City Council has put in place the necessary safety measures that will allow markets to reopen on Wednesday 2nd December.
A new concept box from Local Heroes NE that champions the absolute best of North East food, drink and chef talent. It brings together the North East’s most accomplished chefs with the finest North East produce to give you a food box filled with delicious meals and produce.
In late August 2020, GRUB Productions was asked to work on a Standing up for British Standards campaign for the WWF to promote British food standards through the voice of local people involved in supplying, producing and working within the food industry.
We have some incredible food and drink stories across the North East, and a fantastic history of food heritage, identity, culture, innovation. To celebrate these stories, we launched GRUB Productions in June 2020, a specialist creative content division from Food and Drink North East.
On behalf of over 200 food and drink producers in the North East, we are asking councils in the North East to support outdoor community food and drink markets which are critical to grass roots economy.
COVID-19 has dramatically affected the food, drink and hospitality sectors with many businesses struggling to see what their future looks like post-pandemic. As they begin to open up after lockdown we believe the time is the right is to support these invaluable regional assets at a time when they are at their most vulnerable.