The North East is steeped in an entrepreneurial history from the launch of Lucozade in 1927 through to iconic heritage brands such as Bero, Newcastle Brown Ale, Greggs, Ringtons Tea and Primula Cheese.
We are recognised for our high quality artisan produce such Craster Kippers, Lindisfarne Oysters, North Shields Langoustines, acclaimed food growers as well as some of the best cheese and organic dairy in England.
From esteemed brewers to rural distillers, bakers to butchers, ancient grains to urban mushrooms – the North East has it all.
This upsurge and growth of premium, entrepreneurial food and drink brands as well as high growth in categories such as organic, free from and plant based innovation means that the North East is rapidly emerging as a UK manufacturing hub.
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.
A lack of identity and several attempts to redefine the North East as one homogeneous place failed to take into account a region that is fiercely proud of celebrating its tribal differences from Teesside, Wearside, Tyneside and Northumberland
As a consequence, a victim of reinvention, the ‘food identity’ of the North East has struggled to make sense of itself.
From Tyneside, Wearside, County Durham and Northumberland. Pan Haggerty to Primula Cheese. Parmo to Pease Pudding. These are our stories. A rich food culture to be proud of.
Despite all of this, we continue to trail our Northern neighbours by 10% and rank as the lowest performing sector in the region and the UK overall in terms of contribution to the regional economy.
Current contribution to regional economy (GVA)
FADNE target (GVA) by 2025
In 2007, Scotland Food and Drink, a not-for-profit organisation created to guide food and drink companies of all sizes towards increased profitability, was launched.
With a clear strategy, SFD have increased the value of the sector from £421 million to £1.5billion in 2017 with an ambition to grow the sector £30 billion by 2030 whilst building Scotland’s international reputation as a Land of Food and Drink.
We believe we have all the ingredients to build a world-class, sustainable food and drink offer right here in the North East.
One that can compete on a national and international level.
One with a strong local identity and a flavour of its very own.
Food and Drink North East is a CIC that will 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. We will grow the sector’s contribution to the regional economy to 10% GVA by 2025.
To have a world class reputation for quality food production, an incubator for innovative start-ups and manufacturing as well as celebrated as a gastronomic destination with heritage, sustainability, provenance and community at its heart.
Add your voice to ours and together we can make real change happen!
Currently, Food and Drink North East is entirely self-funded and resourced on the goodwill of our Board and partners.
FADNE is about ownership NOT membership. A thriving community of individuals, businesses and organisations working towards the same vision.
Please help us strengthen our voice in order to make our lobbying as effective as possible both regionally and nationally and to give us the mandate to push for change.
Get in touch
Food and Drink North East
c/o Studio 6, The Kiln,
Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 1AB
T: 0191 224 8919
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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