Appetite for Growth Industry Breakfast

Appetite for Growth Industry Breakfast 2017

The Annual NIFDA Appetite for Growth Conference was held on Thursday 21st September in The Carriage Rooms, Montalto Estate, Ballynahinch.

Business leaders at the Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association (NIFDA) ‘Appetite for Growth’ conference  heard how a strong trade deal with Europe post Brexit will be vital to protect the future of the province’s biggest export industry.

The annual event, which was hosted by NIFDA and supported by Bank of Ireland and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, addressed the challenges and opportunities Brexit presents for food and drink businesses here.

Presentations available from the day:

Christine Tacon CBE – The Groceries Code Adjudicator – Driving Change, Making Impact 

Declan Billington – Navigating Brexit 

Thanks also to our guest speakers Richard Primrose, Alan Bridle, Victor Chestnutt and Tina McKenzie for their valuable contributions.




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:






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