Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tasty Facts Go Online; Business Directory Has Plenty of Byte the Journal Taste Northeast England

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tasty Facts Go Online; Business Directory Has Plenty of Byte the Journal Taste Northeast England

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Byline: By Jane Hall

THE butcher, the baker and the artisan cheese-maker are just some of the local retailers, producers and caterers that have signed up to the new Journal Taste

North East England Campaign online business directory.

Forty-one firms that are passionate about local merchandise and already make, sell and use the wealth of fine vegetables, meats, fish, dairy items, cakes, preserves and beverages available in this region, have so far contacted us to be included in the directory - a version of which goes live today at www.journallive.co.uk/ north-east-taste/directory/

But with at least 159 artisan food and drink companies operating between the Scottish Border and North Yorkshire, we want scores more of you to play your part and tell the world what you are doing to champion North East food and drink - thus boosting the region's economy.

The aim of the directory is to encourage more consumers to support regional food by pointing them in the direction of the shops, businesses and restaurants and hotels that buy local, use local and eat local.

We also hope growers, retailers and producers will use it to not only source new suppliers, but find new outlets for their goods. Early regional food heroes who have signed-up include sisters Christine Jackson and Catherine

Armstrong, of Sunny Hill Free Range Eggs, from Detchant Farm, Belford, Northumberland; Stephen Wanless, of Northumbrian Gifts, which stocks a wide variety of bottled ales from micro brewers across the region which he distributes to specialist and independent retailers and online to individuals nationwide; craft bakery Thomsons, of Westerhope, Newcastle; Rugley Meats, of Alnwick, which supplies home-reared beef and lamb; Hexham-based Fentimans, which produces a range of botanically brewed beverages; and Honeybush & Butterbum of Sunderland, importers of loose leaf tea from China which they re- package in the North East under their own name and sell through delicatessens and direct on their website. …

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