NIFDA Annual Dinner 2019 – Highlights

Jo Whitfield, Chief Executive for Food at the Co-Op was the keynote speaker at the 23rd Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association’s (NIFDA) Annual Dinner – the largest annual gathering of the Northern Ireland food processing industry. The event, run in partnership with Danske Bank, was held on Thursday 17th October in the Hilton Hotel, Belfast.

Over 250 people attended the event, which is recognised as an opportunity for food and drink industry leaders to discuss how the industry and its customers can address challenges and achieve successful growth.





NIFDA Dinner

  The 22nd Annual NIFDA Dinner, in partnership with Danske Bank took place on Thursday 15 November 2018 in the Hilton Hotel Belfast.  The Guest Speaker was John Paul Scally, Managing Director, Lidl Ireland. Catch up on the some of the highlights from the event in the video below:   [gallery columns="5" ids="2860,2862,2863,2864,2866,2867,2868,2869,2872,2875"]    


  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.   [gallery columns="9" ids="1802"]


The biennial 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 15th NIFDA Awards took place on Friday 22nd March 2019 at the Crowne Plaza, Belfast.
Award winners:
Ulster Bank Best New Product, Large Company Linden Foods Ltd, 4 Lamb Loin with Honey Roasted Parsnips – Joint Winner Finnebrogue Artisan, Naked Unsmoked Back Bacon – Joint Winner Dale Farm, Milk Plus – Highly Commended   Ulster Bank Best New Product, Medium Company Mash Direct, Beer Battered Onion Rings – Winner   Ulster Bank Best New Product, Small Company Cloughbane Farm Foods, Spicy Lentil & Root Vegetable Casserole – Winner The Echlinville Distillery, Echlinville Irish Pot Still Gin – Highly Commended Big Pot Co Ltd, Classic Chicken and Vegetable Handmade Soup – Highly Commended   Deloitte Service Sector Award Gilfresh Produce, Sliced Leeks – Winner Linden Foods, Turf and Clover Chuck and Cheek Burger – Highly Commended Rademon Estate Distillery, Shortcross Gin Bar Tenders Series #1 – Highly Commended   DAERA Agri-Food Supply Chain Excellence Award ABP, Blade Farming Project – Winner Foyle Food Group, Aberdeen Angus Quality Beef Superior Genetics Programme – Highly Commended   Invest NI Best International or GB Product Launch Kestrel Foods, Forest Feast Fruit Ball Range – Winner Dale Farm, WPC80 Lactosyn, low lactose high protein whey – Highly Commended Linden Foods, Beef Teriyaki Stir Fry – Highly Commended   safefood Food Safety Champion Award Hilary Faith, Pritchitts – Winner   Ulster Bank Outstanding Contribution Award Trevor Lockhart, Chief Executive, Fane Valley Foods – Winner [gallery columns="4" ids="2920,2922,2923,2924,2925,2926,2928,2930,2929,2927,2931,2932,2933,2934,2935,2936,2937,2951,2952,2953"]