Collaboration between industry and government will be key to keeping Northern Ireland at the cutting edge of food innovation, quality and sustainability, delegates heard at the inaugural Northern Ireland Food and Drink Conference. 

Held by NIFDA in partnership with the Department for Business and Trade, the Food Standards Agency and Invest Northern Ireland, the conference took place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on 25th April 2023. The first conference of its kind, the event saw 150 delegates from across industry and government come together to discuss market megatrends, the regulatory environment and the opportunities for growth. 

Panel discussion at NIFDA conference, led by Michael Bell
Minister of State for Northern Ireland Steve Baker speaking at the NI Food and Drink Conference
Emily Miles, Chief Executive, Food Standards Agency speaking at the inaugural NI Food and Drink Conference
Dr Clive Black addressing the conference
NIFDA Chair George Mullan; Minister of State for Northern Ireland Steve Baker; Michael Bell OBE, NIFDA Executive Director