Building a Food Heritage for the Future

Locally made produce makes a massive contribution to County Durham’s economy, however there is still a barrier to market for many food producers.

Durham Food Hub has been launched to tackle that.

The group, spearheaded by food champion Keith Gill, will work with, and support, small independent producers from across the county.

From an artisan baker to an ice cream dessert company, to a dairy which produces things like butter and yoghurt and a specialist sausage producer, the chosen companies will be given help to get their products into supermarkets, accommodation providers and cafes and restaurants across County Durham.

The food market in County Durham is growing, with around 100 small producers of food and 1,000 outlets where food products are sold, including retailers, independent shops, restaurants and accommodation outlets.

Durham Food Hub’s mission is to get even more locally produced products onto menus and on the shelves of outlets – and ultimately give producers a tangible route to the national market.

“As consumers we are becoming much more aware of where the food we eat comes from, and there’s definitely a focus on sourcing products that are made closer to home. We are fortunate that there are so many wonderful food producers in County Durham.”

Keith Gill
Durham Food Hub Manager


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