The Food Durham team
County Durham food producers have been selected to supply their products to a newly-opened £15m hotel.
Hotel Indigo has teamed up with Durham Food Hub to serve up 34 products which have all been grown or made by independent producers from within the county.
The hotel approached Business Durham and Visit County Durham to see how they could engage and support local producers.
In response, Food Durham arranged a 'Local Supplier Showcase' where 12 local producers across different categories of bread, coffee, preserves, cheese, snacks, dairy and craft beers were given the chance to have their products tasted by Hotel Indigo’s Food and Beverage Team.
The team then selected 34 products from seven suppliers which will feature on their breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.
Keith Gill, manager of Durham Food Hub, said: “This is a significant achievement for us and demonstrates our ability to provide local food producers with routes to market and platforms on which to showcase their products to potential customers.
“Now that we have a successful 'local producer sourcing' programme as part of the overall Food Durham support offer for this category of outlet, we intend to replicate this process and technique for other key leisure and tourism outlets within County Durham.
“We also have plans for other categories of outlets that are bespoke to them through our collaborative relationship with organisations like Business Durham and Visit County Durham.”
The partnership between Durham Food Hub and Hotel Indigo will also see J.R.Holland act as the sole distributor of all products from the seven County Durham producers.
George Liddle, food and drink manager at Hotel Indigo, said: “When we started thinking about our menu and the products that we’d be using, we wanted to champion local producers wherever possible and now, thanks to the support of Business Durham and Visit County Durham, who introduced us to Keith and the Durham Food Team, we have been able to select seven producers from County Durham to supply products that will feature heavily within the food we serve.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for these suppliers to showcase their products to an audience of tourists and business people who will use our hotel as their base for visits to the area.”
Brian Archer, managing director of Business Durham, said: "It’s fantastic to see Hotel Indigo has taken the opportunity to use some of the region’s leading food and drink suppliers and that they’re ‘buying local’. It really goes to show what can be achieved when people pull together.”
Michelle Gorman, managing director of Visit County Durham, said: “As part of our Taste Durham initiative, celebrating the county’s vibrant food and drink offering, we’ve worked closely alongside Durham Food Hub to facilitate the opportunity for local independent producers to showcase their food and drink products at Hotel Indigo Durham.”