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A networking group for Northamptonshire's wonderful food and drink producers, retailers and eateries.
Following the success of the Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards, The Mallows Company, with the support of Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership (NEP), set up the countywide networking group, Made In Northamptonshire' (MIN), designed to bring like-minded businesses from the food and drink sector together in a supportive setting.
It is aimed at:
• Producers wishing to find new markets and to work collaboratively
• Retail outlets wanting to sell the 'best of Northamptonshire'
• Chefs and eateries looking to source good local produce
• County food and drink firms which support local business
• Those who love the 'buy local' philosophy
MIN was launched in January 2011 and now meets quarterly, offering members the chance to gain access to grants and other financial support, to receive free advice and information from sector partners as well as the opportunity to share expertise and work collaboratively.
Membership is free and open to anyone from the food and drink industry who would like to join. It also distributes the MIN logo, a county 'kite-mark' for producers, retailers and venues stocking and serving local produce.
MIN has already enjoyed a number of successes including finding new outlets for county produce and helping retailers to source local products and thereby reduce the 'food miles' and has attracted praise including from the Campaign to Protect Rural England for its efforts in promoting the excellence on its doorstep.