Our Mission

There are currently over 825,00 people working in the food and drink sector in the North East of England. Yet the sector only contributes 1.8% of Gross Added Value (GVA) to the regional economy.

This region is home to some of the most innovative and well known food brands in the UK. Yet although we have our undoubted success stories many are working in silos and find it difficult to access the help and advice they need to succeed and grow.

 

 

This coupled with 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. We believe that by working together can we change this. Our challenge is the bring together experts in this sector and develop a five-year strategy that will help 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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Current sector contribution (GVA)

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Sector contribution (GVA) by 2025

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. Our overall objective is to grow the sector’s contribution to the regional economy to 10% gross added value (GVA) by 2025.

Add your voice to ours and together we can make meaningful 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. We're a growing community of over 500 individuals, businesses and organisations who are working towards the same vision.

Join us and help strengthen our voice and extend our reach both regionally and nationally. So that together we can make our work more effective and achieve the positive change our region needs.

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

T: 0739 4522 991
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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