Food Northwest, the government-funded organisation set up to help grow the region’s food and drink industry, has stepped in to help local food producers affected by the collapse of supplier group North West Fine Foods. The company, which was owned by and dedicated to supporting fine food producers in the region, went into voluntary liquidation on 27 June. 

Food Northwest this week agreed immediate measures to support the producers affected. Previous North West Fine Foods members can now join Food Northwest’s own membership scheme, as part of a newly created special-interest group called Fine Food Northwest. 

The organisation offers a 50% discount on membership, at £100 for the first year. It will provide producers with benefits ranging from promotional opportunities to market intelligence and networking.

Fine Food Northwest hopes to use exhibition space booked by North West Fine Foods at the Speciality and Fine Food Fair at London’s Olympia next month. 

The company has already agreed to take over sponsorship of the Best Speciality from the North West award, part of the Great Taste Awards 2008, which will take place at the event.