Dorset Food & Drink is the membership organisation for food and drink businesses based in Dorset which produce, serve and sell great local products, as well as those which celebrate their connection to this beautiful county. It’s a community interest company limited by guarantee with an asset lock which means it’s truly not-for-profit.
We work with our members’ businesses to support them and to help them get their food and drink businesses seen, known and experienced by consumers here in Dorset and beyond.
With an effective and wide-reaching marketing and communication programme both inside and beyond the county, we help our members reach new customers and help residents and visitors find the very best in local food and drink here in Dorset.
Our members are a supportive family, and we bring them together to network, collaborate and learn from each other, demonstrating new products and new ways of working for improved business and environmental performance.
We are the signpost for our members towards sources of grants and other support and provide up to date sector intelligence to help these businesses keep compliant and efficient. And above all we get out there at events, fairs and festivals to share this wealth of products and places to go with everyone!
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Katharine’s passion and energy is clear, working tirelessly for members and representing their needs. Katharine was key to getting DF&D where it is today.
Kiera is the newest member of the team. She’s a dynamo at event management and social media. Putting these skills to good use, delivering successful events.
Tom has supported the growth of DF&D as manager of the Dorset AONB. Tom is a happy grower, maker, cook and consumer of good local food.
Edward operates the Flying Fork, a food and retail advisory service. Once MD of the Ludlow Food Centre, he brings his marketing and management experience to the board.
David is our finance guru with broad experience, having worked for large corporates in financial and management roles. David keeps a close eye on our finances to make sure money is spent wisely.
Tracey is the face of preserves business, Ajar Of. She’s a member, strong supporter of Dorset Food & Drink and a keen promoter of what the Dorset food industry has to offer.
Alison is a board member of the Dorset LEP and business mentor with DorMen, with wide business experience. Alison also runs a counselling and supervision practice in Blandford Forum.
Caroline is a great Dorset foodie, part of the Dorset food scene since 2010 when she founded the Spring Tide Food Festival at Hive Beach. Caroline brings her creative flair to our board.
Founding director of Dorset coffee roasters, Beanpress Coffee Co. Ltd and owner of the Little Red Roaster coffee house. Tom brings great experience in the communications sector to the board.
Chris has farmed for years. He diversified the farm business by developing butchery and shooting rights. Chris set up Dorset Game Larder, and is a fierce advocate of local food.