Appetite for Growth Industry Breakfast 2017

The NIFDA Appetite for Growth Conference has been running since 2012 and provides a platform for industry experts to share the latest trends, discuss burning issues impacting on the sector and explore how the industry can reach its full growth potential.

Appetite for Growth 2017 is slightly different this year in format and timing.  The event will take the form of an industry networking breakfast from 8.00am – 11.30am and will be held in The Carriage Rooms, Montalto Estate, Ballynahinch on Thursday 21 September 2017.

The theme for discussion is “Navigating the Changes Ahead” with guest speaker Christine Tacon, The Grocery Code Adjudicator and a panel of business experts will tackle the topic of “Preparing for Brexit”.





NIFDA Dinner


The 20th Annual NIFDA Dinner took place on Tuesday 18th October 2016 at the Hilton Hotel, Belfast. Guest speaker at this event was George Eustice MP, Minister of State at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Catch up on the some of the highlights from this event in the video below:







2016 marks 20 years of NIFDA. Our 20th AGM was held at Loughry College on 16th March 2016. All NIFDA Members are welcome to attend general meetings.



The bi-annual Northern Ireland Food and Drink Awards are the most important awards in Northern Ireland’s entire business calendar. That is because some 100,000 private sector jobs depend on the agri-food supply chain with an industry turnover of £5bn.
The 14th NIFDA Awards took place on Friday 24th March 2017 at the Crowne Plaza, Belfast.


Award winners:

Ulster Bank Best New Product, Large Company: Dale Farm and Linden Foods

Ulster Bank Best New Product, Medium Company: Scott’s Bakery

Ulster Bank Best New Product, Small Company: Pop Notch

Deloitte Service Sector Award:  Kettyle Foods

Invest NI Export Excellence Award: Linwoods

DAERA Agri-food Supply Chain Excellence Award: Dunbia

Food NI People’s Choice Award:  Thompson’s Punjana Tea

Safefood Best Innovation to Enhance Food Safety Award: Moy Park

Food and Drink Sector Skills Training Excellence Award: Suki Tea

Food and Drink Sector Skills Ambassador Award: Laura Hook, Dale Farm

Ulster Bank Outstanding Contribution Award: Professor Chris Elliot, QUB