Produced in Northumberland

Proud of our local food & businesses that promote it Many businesses in Northumberland boast a wide variety of county produce and acclaimed local delicacies for visitors to enjoy.

Northumberland offers a wide variety of fresh produce and there are many businesses around the county who specialise in these wonderful delicacies.

We’re proud of our local food and the businesses that promote it which is why we use our Produced in Northumberland stamp to verify them. This way you’ll know that the food you’re enjoying has come straight from our brilliant county.

From butchers to bakers, B&Bs to breweries, we inspect participating firms to make sure they’re using the local produce they say they are.
 

Aims and benefits of Produced in Northumberland



If you are a business click here to apply. For further information, please contact Ken Henderson on 01670 623794 or click here to email him.

Learn more about the aims and benefits of Produced in Northumberland here. 

The council is actively helping to boost county trade by setting up this dedicated Produced in Northumberland scheme for county businesses.

Produced in Northumberland member news

Northumberland restaurant bidding for third restaurant of the year win

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Produced in Northumberland member, The Old Boat House in Amble, Northumberland have been nominated for the prestigious title of ‘Coastal Fish Restaurant of the Year’ in the 2018 Fishing News Awards, having scooped the prize in both 2016 and 2017.
 
The Awards celebrate outstanding achievements, expertise and innovation in the coastal and fishing industries. Last year the restaurant was commended for its use of local produce and friendly service and the owners are hoping to win the 2018 prize so they can continue to raise Amble’s profile and see it’s coastal community thrive. 
 
The Old Boat House Food group was founded in 2014 by husband and wife duo Martin and Ruth Charlton who now run four venues in Blyth and Amble, employing 32 staff. Their initial offering, The Old Boat House Amble has since become a nationally renowned destination for seafood fans. Mr Charlton believes this is partly due to their previous award wins.
 
“Last year’s award gave us the confidence to open a new venue in Amble, La Famiglia creating a further 6 full time jobs. We also launched Northumberland Restaurant Week to give people far and wide a chance to experience what the region has to offer with great value deals. We hope this proves our continued support in growing the local economy and providing employment opportunities in the area”.
 
To coincide with the award bid the food group plan to expand and modernise The Old Boat House which will create eight more jobs and draw more people to Amble Harbour Village, helping to further establish Amble as a growing tourist destination. 
 
Ruth Charlton added, “We’re dedicated to engaging with our local community in a number of ways; from supporting apprentices through Northumberland College to using a range of local suppliers and fisherman. We hope this commitment shines through when people are deciding whether to vote for us”.
 
The restaurant group will be running a range of competitions and giveaways to celebrate the nomination and thank it’s customers for their support. For more info visit boathousefoodgroup.co.uk
 
Voting in the Fishing News Awards 2018 closes on midnight Friday, 27th April 2018. Voting forms are available through the link tiny.cc/amble or via the Fishing News website fishingnews.co.uk/awards 
Northumberland is England’s most northern county and relies on tourism to support its local economy. We are proud of our local food, and the businesses that strive to promote our locally produced delicacies.

We, therefore, view our contribution to our local economy as vital in helping to promote local Northumberland produce and, at the same time, ensure greater consumer confidence in the origin of foods that are produced in Northumberland.  

We are also hoping to encourage membership of this scheme as part of an approach to reduce food miles, increase production and sales and with the ultimate aim to increase employment in our Northumberland businesses due to increased demand. 

The Department of Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs has already carried out a number of projects which link food tourism with job creation and the local economy.
Due to the rise in interest for a Northumberland food brand, the Northumberland Food & Drink Initiative focus group was set up.

This is an initiative with members consisting of Northumberland County Council, Active Northumberland, LEADER, Northumberland Tourism and various representatives from Northumberland manufacturers, retailers, development trusts and the B&B and catering industry.

The group agreed that to give credibility to claims made about local food, some form of audited verification scheme was required rather than a paper scheme where members simply sign up to it. 

As the council already had a working scheme for butchers, it was agreed that this should be amended and expanded to include other food businesses. 

The group has also agreed on a brand for foods made in the county, Produced in Northumberland, and designed a logo which can be applied to food product packaging, websites, certificates and other literature where a business is part of the scheme.

In addition to the issue of certificates and permission to use the brand logo, member businesses will be listed on our own Produced in Northumberland website (search function under development). 

This is searchable by category e.g. bakery, meat, fish, drinks, B&B’s etc, open to the public and traders alike and will be linked to the Northumberland Tourism and Visit Northumberland websites. 

For business, this is ideal for networking so they can easily check for producers of Northumberland foods should they wish to use them in their restaurant etc.

It will also have the option for businesses to give a brief description of what products they make or sell, the scope of their verification and with a link to their own website.
Any business can sign up to the scheme (to which an annual fee applies) as long as they can verify that food items that they manufacture, serve or sell were made in Northumberland.

To gain verification, manufacturers and small scale producers will have to prove that their produce has been produced in Northumberland. For butchers and farmers, in addition they will also have to prove that the livestock from which their meat originates are from Northumberland farms.

Retailers will have to prove they have a variable selection of Northumberland-made food and drink from a number of different producers. These should be clearly identified as “Produced in Northumberland” to avoid confusion with other food and drink on sale.

For B&Bs with a limited breakfast menu, there is the requirement to show that they are providing at least three main foods that are produced in Northumberland for their guests, e.g. kippers, bacon and sausage.

Other hospitality businesses, e.g. pubs, cafes, hotels, restaurants and similar, will have to prove they have at least nine main foods divided between the breakfast, lunch and evening menu. Should they only provide breakfast and lunch, or lunch and evening meals, then they must prove that they use six main foods divided between the two menus.

To see businesses signed up to Produced in Northumberland, click here.
If you are a business wishing to apply for Produced in Northumberland verification, click here.
We're tantalising tastebuds and boosting business with a selection of events to promote Produced in Northumberland to the public and companies.

Events

We have some exciting new events being prepared at the minute which we will be announcing very shortly.  Check back soon for more information.

Signing up to Produced in Northumberland

Any business can sign up to the scheme (to which an annual fee applies) as long as they can verify that food items that they manufacture, serve or sell were made in Northumberland.

To gain verification, manufacturers and small scale producers will have to prove that their produce has been produced in Northumberland. For butchers and farmers, in addition they will also have to prove that the livestock from which their meat originates are from Northumberland farms.

Retailers will have to prove they have a variable selection of Northumberland-made food and drink from a number of different producers. These should be clearly identified as “Produced in Northumberland” to avoid confusion with other food and drink on sale.

For B&Bs with a limited breakfast menu, there is the requirement to show that they are providing at least three main foods that are produced in Northumberland for their guests, e.g. kippers, bacon and sausage.

Other hospitality businesses, e.g. pubs, cafes, hotels, restaurants and similar, will have to prove they have at least nine main foods divided between the breakfast, lunch and evening menu. Should they only provide breakfast and lunch, or lunch and evening meals, then they must prove that they use six main foods divided between the two menus.

To see businesses signed up to Produced in Northumberland, click here.
If you are a business wishing to apply for Produced in Northumberland verification, click here.
​This scheme helps boost consumer confidence and the local economy by guiding visitors to local businesses offering authentic county foods.

The main aim of Produced in Northumberland is to verify that foods are actually produced in Northumberland or, in the case of meat, that it originates from animals that have lived their entire lives in the county.

The decision to provide the scheme was taken based on the need: 
  • to promote fantastic foods produced within Northumberland with a view to helping local producers/retailers
  • to raise public confidence in local foods and help engage them with the taste of Northumberland
  • to build on the ever-growing trend of food tourism by helping visitors enjoy authentic Northumberland delicacies

There are an estimated 1,200 cattle holdings, 100 butchers, more than 100 large/medium manufacturers and a number of farmers' markets, together with an abundance of country pubs, restaurants and small local traders, in the county.

Based on the experience of many businesses, they are now seeing an increase in consumers who are asking about the origin of the food that they wish to purchase and consume.

We boast a wide variety of local Northumberland produce and an assortment of menus to attract visitors to sample our local delicacies. 

There is evidence that tourists and holidaymakers coming to Northumberland are generally keen to indulge in tasting what the county has to offer.
Businesses signed up to Produced in Northumberland initially receive preliminary verification, then full verification following an audit visit, which comes with the following incentives: 
  • A certificate stating the business has Produced in Northumberland status.
  • A searchable listing on the Produced in Northumberland website, which includes business name, location, link to business website, and description of produce/food it has been verified for (currently under development).
  • Links to the Northumberland Tourism and Visit Northumberland websites as part of their dedicated coverage of the brand.
  • Social media promotion from Northumberland County Council for the scheme.
  • Usage of the Produced in Northumberland branding for promotion of produce to the public and advice on costs of implementing its use.
  • Access to a network of similar businesses that will be able to share ideas and hopefully lead to greater use of Northumberland produce.
  • Advice and assistance from experienced officers.
Any business can sign up to the scheme (to which an annual fee applies) as long as they can verify that food items that they manufacture, serve or sell were made in Northumberland.

To gain verification, manufacturers and small scale producers will have to prove that their produce has been produced in Northumberland. For butchers and farmers, in addition they will also have to prove that the livestock from which their meat originates are from Northumberland farms.

Retailers will have to prove they have a variable selection of Northumberland-made food and drink from a number of different producers. These should be clearly identified as “Produced in Northumberland” to avoid confusion with other food and drink on sale.

For B&Bs with a limited breakfast menu, there is the requirement to show that they are providing at least three main foods that are produced in Northumberland for their guests, e.g. kippers, bacon and sausage.

Other hospitality businesses, e.g. pubs, cafes, hotels, restaurants and similar, will have to prove they have at least nine main foods divided between the breakfast, lunch and evening menu. Should they only provide breakfast and lunch, or lunch and evening meals, then they must prove that they use six main foods divided between the two menus.

To see businesses signed up to Produced in Northumberland, click here.
If you are a business wishing to apply for Produced in Northumberland verification, click here.