Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Food Partners Serve Up Pounds 3m

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Food Partners Serve Up Pounds 3m

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Byline: By KAREN McLAUCHLAN

A GROUP set up to promote local food producers has generated more than pounds 3m worth of business in its first year.

Sandy Duncan, lead programme manager for the North East England Food and Drink Group, said: "The last 12 months have seen a period of growth in the North-east food and drink sector, despite difficult economic conditions.

"An improvement in sector skills and increased access to national and international buyers has strengthened the industry and is providing the basis for ongoing sustainable development.

"There is still a huge amount of work to do and in 2009 the North East England Food and Drink Group will seek to build upon these achievements and add further value to what is an increasingly important sector in this region's economy."

The group organised for businesses to attend 16 consumer events, 11 trade exhibitions, including the internal Sial fair in Paris, and three major 'meet the buyer' conferences, from which the additional revenue was created. …

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