Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Produced in Northumberland- simply the best

The Houses of Parliament were treated to a taste of Northumberland earlier today, as I welcomed Northumberland County Council’s ‘Produced in Northumberland’ team as part of an event to showcase and promote the county’s food and drink sector. 

‘Produced in Northumberland’ is a scheme which verifies that food and drink is produced in Northumberland, with audits carried out by Trading Standards and Environmental Health staff, and there are now around eighty businesses signed up with another forty interested or awaiting verification. Businesses already signed up include Brocksbushes Farm Shop, the Northumberland Spirit Company, the Artisan Bread Company and Kielder Organic Meats.

The food and drink sector is an incredibly important part of Northumberland’s economic growth, and ‘Produced in Northumberland’ aims to raise the profile of the food and drink industry in the county. It was a pleasure to welcome people and businesses involved in the scheme to Parliament, and I am delighted that so many in Westminster were able to find out for themselves about the extremely high quality of food and drink we produce in Northumberland. Well done to everyone involved in organising the event- I can’t think of a better advert for Northumberland food and drink.