Industry group to support local food and drink industry launched

Taste North East chair Henry Roberts (left) and Sir Donald Curry
Taste North East chair Henry Roberts (left) and Sir Donald Curry

A NOT-for-profit membership group is being launched for the food and drinks industry to offer advice and support in the tough economic climate.

Taste North East is being formed through the merger of Taste NE, the north east’s food and drink group, and Northumbria Larder, the organisation for local food and drink producers.

The aim of the new organisation is to champion and support everyone involved in the local food and drink sector, from artisan bakers to visitor attractions, hotels and retailers.

Taste NE will be a self-sustaining membership body that no longer needs to rely on public funding to survive.

Services offered by the new group will be open to all aspects of the industry, providing support from initial start-up enterprises through to expanding companies.

Chairman Henry Roberts said: “I am delighted that we are bringing the two groups together in a new organisation that has the interests of all those businesses connected to the food and drink sector at heart.

“In establishing Taste North East, we have cherry-picked the core strengths from Northumbria Larder and Taste North East. A key feature of this new food and drink organisation is that membership and support is open to all businesses working within the food and drink sector, including accommodation providers, retailers and restaurants.”

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