Local pride and passion
The North East of England is widely recognised for the warmth and quality of our hospitality but our region also has a long history of food and drink entrepreneurs. From the launch of Lucozade in 1927 through to iconic heritage brands such as Bero, Newcastle Brown Ale, Greggs, Ringtons Tea and Primula Cheese.
High-quality produce such as Craster Kippers, Lindisfarne Oysters and the langoustines landed at North Shields. We have nationally-acclaimed food growers, restaurants and chefs as well as some of the best cheese and organic dairy in England.
From esteemed craft brewers to rural distillers, from bakers to butchers, from ancient grains to urban mushrooms – the North East has it all.
Our region is experiencing an upsurge of premium, entrepreneurial food and drink brands, as well as growth in categories such as organic, ‘free-from’ and plant-based innovation, helping the North East rapidly become a dynamic manufacturing hub.
Current contribution to regional economy (GVA)
FADNE target (GVA) by 2025
Food and Drink North East is a community interest company (CIC) whose aim is 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% GVA by 2025.
To build the North East of England’s reputation as a food and drink destination. To help our region become a recognised centre for innovative start-ups and world-class manufacturing. To showcase and celebrate its diverse food and drink offer while placing heritage, sustainability, provenance and community at its heart.