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This section will be kept up to date with any relevant and useful information for businesses in the Food and Drink sector.

Events and Training

There’s a range of support on offer to businesses in the food and drink industry through Cumbria Business Growth Hub and Cumbria Chamber of Commerce.

See upcoming food and drink events hosted by Cumbria Business Growth Hub.

Fine Food Show North - Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 June, Yorkshire Event Centre

Fine Food Show North is a showcase of over 150 food & drink producers from across the UK, gathered in the north. It is an essential event for genuine buyers who are looking to source new and exciting products for their customers.

Join us on Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 June 2022 to discover exciting new lines, pick up industry trends, and be amongst the first to sample NPD from some of the top independent producers of the moment.

Meet Great Taste award winners, benefit from special show offers, and learn insider tips from industry experts about how to sell more of these products.

All buyers, chefs and retailers are welcome to visit the show. If you’re looking to sample innovative ingredients, source fresh new lines, or gather invaluable buying inspiration, you won’t want to miss it.

More information / register to visit: bit.ly/visit-FFSN-22

See below upcoming Chamber Training designed to help your business.

Food Photography Training - 8th July, Carlisle

Learn the skills and techniques to help you improve the imagery used in your business with this training.

Attendees will learn about food styling, choosing equipment, props and sets, lighting, composition, practical and theory sessions and post-production.

Join Cumbria Chamber and Lou’s Larder at Liquid Design Studios, Thursby, Carlisle for this hands-on training.

Find out more here.

Food Photography Training - 8th September, Carlisle

Learn the skills and techniques to help you improve the imagery used in your business with this training.

Attendees will learn about food styling, choosing equipment, props and sets, lighting, composition, practical and theory sessions and post-production.

Join Cumbria Chamber and Lou’s Larder at Liquid Design Studios, Thursby, Carlisle for this hands-on training.

Find out more here.

Understand how to label prepacked food products legally - 13th October, Carlisle

his Food Labelling training course has been designed by ML3 Technical Services Limited to help small food businesses understand how to label their prepacked food products legally .

The Food Information for Consumers Regulations is the main legislation in the UK relating to food labelling, It's main aim is to ensure that customers can make informed choices in relation to the food they consume, as well as to prevent any practices that may mislead the consumer.

This course explains each of the food labelling requirements under the Food Information for Consumers Regulations 2014. This course also provides information on what can and cannot be said in relation to nutritional claims and health claims, explains the importance of allergen labelling and outlines the reserved descriptions and composition standards for specific food products.

Find out more here.

Food Photography Training - 11th November, Carlisle

Learn the skills and techniques to help you improve the imagery used in your business with this training.

Attendees will learn about food styling, choosing equipment, props and sets, lighting, composition, practical and theory sessions and post-production.

Join Cumbria Chamber and Lou’s Larder at Liquid Design Studios, Thursby, Carlisle for this hands-on training.

Find out more here.


Allergen Labelling

Food allergen labelling is a vital part for any food and drink business and is an important tool to reduce risk of exposure and prevent anaphylaxis for individuals with food allergies. Consumers are more likely to trust businesses that pay attention to allergens and most importantly correct labelling can save lives.

Cumbria County Council have created a presentation on the updates to Allergen Labelling. You can see the presentation here.

Natasha’s Law
Natasha’s Law came into effect on 1st October 2021. Natasha’s Law was introduced to protect allergy sufferers and give them confidence in the food they buy.

It will require all food outlets to provide full ingredient lists with clear allergen labelling on Pre Packed for Direct Sale foods (PPDS). PPDS is food that is prepared, prepacked and offered or sold to consumers on the same premises.

You can watch hear more about Natasha’s Law below:


Defra Geographical Indication (GI) Scheme

A GI is a A geographical indication (G) is an Intellectual Property (IP) right used on products that have qualities or characteristics attributable to a specific geographical origin. A good Cumbrian example of this is Cumberland Sausage! Other examples of products include Scotch whisky and Stilton cheese. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is the competent authority for GI schemes in the UK. The Intellectual Property Office works closely with Defra due to the interaction between GIs and trade marks

For key information, visit their GOV.UK pages. The key pages are:

Cumbria Business Growth Hub alongside Defra recently held an online event to explain better to businesses the benefits of having a GI. If you’d like a copy of the presentation, please email info@cumbriagrowthhub.co.uk.


Subsidy

Cumbria Business Growth Hub is offering 40% up to £4,000 to any food & drink producer through its part funded subsidy scheme covering specialist consultancy support.

The subsidy scheme can be used in areas such as:

  • Website development/refresh
  • Video/photography
  • Marketing planning support
  • Accreditations such as SALSA
  • HR
  • Legal
  • Accountancy
  • Business planning
  • Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)
  • Food labelling/allergen advice

For more information and to apply, please email info@cumbriagrowthhub.co.uk.


For more information on the above, or if you have any queries please email info@cumbriagrowthhub.co.uk.