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.

The Durham Food Hub operated between 2017 and 2019 to tackle that issue and support small food businesses to prepare for, and then access routes to new markets

The Durham Food Hub was spearheaded by food champion Keith Gill, and over the past three years he has worked with, and supported, small independent producers from across the county.

The producers were given help to get their products into supermarkets, accommodation providers and cafes and restaurants across County Durham.

The original work was funded through a grant from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation which came to an end in 2019. However, the company has now been transferred to the private sector and is trading under the new name of Artisan Food and Drink Associates. Keith remains a driving force in the new company, which has taken on the delivery of the Taste Durham Welcome Packs. Artisan Food and Drink Associates continues to work with small food producers to find suitable new sales channels. You can get in contact with AFDA through their website . 

Launched in late 2019, Food and Drink North East  (FADNE) is a new organisation covering the North East Region of England which promotes the fantastic food and drink produced in the region, including County Durham. It is looking to build an engaged community of businesses that champions positive trade, a sustainable and circular economy and hopes to act as a voice for the region’s food and drink sector. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic FADNE launched the Local Heroes Virtual Market which allows customers to select themed boxes of locally produced food and drink. 



“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
Artisan Food and Drink Associates


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