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An open letter to regional local authorities

An open letter to regional local authorities

To whom it may concern, Food and Drink North East (FADNE) continues to consult companies across the region’s food and drink sector during this new phase of COVID-19 restrictions. Traders are being adversely affected during this already difficult time. As outdoor...

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Campaign launched to champion North East food and drink offer

Campaign launched to champion North East food and drink offer

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.

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FADNE’s Community Fund boosts vital work

FADNE’s Community Fund boosts vital work

More than £1,000 worth of fresh produce has been donated to vulnerable families and individuals using a Tyneside-based food bank, thanks to a new initiative celebrating the North East’s food and drink heroes. The milk, butter and eggs from regional producers has been...

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Terry Laybourne’s North East food memories

Terry Laybourne’s North East food memories

I guess that my first food memories are from visiting my Nana’s house in Elswick as a 4 – 5 year old in what must have been around 1960. It didn’t seem so at the time but when I reflect back now it’s clear that there wasn’t much money around; it was by no means a...

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Virtual Market goes from strength to strength

Virtual Market goes from strength to strength

At the beginning of lockdown Food and Drink North East (FADNE) consulted hundreds of food and drink producers and merchants from across our region. Asking them how the COVID-19 crisis will impact their businesses. The results were startling, to say the least, with...

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An Open Letter

An Open Letter

Hello, My name is Jessie Jacobs and I am a Director at Food & Drink North East (FADNE). I am a social entrepreneur with eighteen years experience in charity leadership, local and national campaigns and a former senior parliamentary researcher. I am also, Tees...

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COVID-19 – Producers come together to support the sector

COVID-19 – Producers come together to support the sector

A North East Food and Drink group is launching a delivery service in an attempt to keep members afloat and get good food to people in the region. A virtual market to promote, sell and deliver high-quality local North East food and drink during the coronavirus lockdown...

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FADNE launches with high profile visit from DEFRA

FADNE launches with high profile visit from DEFRA

The North East’s food and drink community played a crucial role in an important visit last week, when it hosted the Defra team leading Government’s first in-depth review of the UK’s food system in 75 years.  Coordinated by the newly-launched Food and Drink North...

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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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