What we do...

Trumpet blower, critical friend, knowledge bank, motivational mentor and factory of ideas.  That's us.  We’re the tentacles that reach out, the hub that harvests talent and the key that unlocks opportunities.

Everything we do is about helping our members - to understand trends, to develop best practice and to get ahead of the game. To delight new audiences. To help build brands. And yes to help them make more money. To employ more people. To be able to pay them better. To train them better.

Why?  To help make Cornwall’s entire food and drink system tick – louder, faster and longer.  That’s our version of sustainability.

Here's what we get up to on a daily basis...

Building a stronger industry

Collective Platform

We listen to our members, who cover the entire breadth and scale of the food and drink supply chain, and represent the industry’s interests.  Regarded as the voice of Cornish food and drink, we have positive connections with numerous other organisations and sit on the Cornwall and IOS Local Enterprise Partnership’s Business Consultative Group.  In our capacity as industry commentators, we’re frequently asked to take part in or speak at events and contribute to media features.

Media Filter

We have great connections with trade and consumer media, locally and nationally, and are used as a reliable resource for food news stories.

The Great Cornish Food Festival

It’s Cornwall’s largest event dedicated 100% to food and drink from Cornwall and Scilly, and we’ve turned it into one of the UK’s best loved food festivals, consistently attracting around 40,000 people every year.

Research and data

Knowledge is power, so they say, so we keep ours up to date. Not only do we keep track of what’s happening in the world of food and drink globally, but we also conduct our own research about Cornish food and drink.

The Great Cornish Food Awards

A first for 2015, this is our way of recognising the crème de la crème of Cornish food and drink.

Special Projects

From time to time we bid competitively for the chance to enhance our core activity with special project work. Currently we are running a Market Development Project for Cornish seafood and a skills-building project with Cornwall College and Cornwall Development Co.

The Great Cornish Food Book

Our beautiful journey across Cornwall and to the surrounding sea, dotted with recipes and telling the inspirational stories of the people, products and places that have made Cornwall something of a gastro mecca.

Building stronger businesses

Greater visibility

Be found on the Great Cornish Food Finder by people looking for products or places to eat and drink.  Amplify your messages to thousands of foodlovers via our social media channels and e-news.  The amount of coverage depends on your level of membership.

Peer-to-peer network

Being part of Cornwall Food & Drink is like being part of a big family. Share your news and views with other members on the messaging system and meet up with them at our events.

Research and Intelligence

Nailing the basics with the right information is the best foundation for any business. Right product? Right market? Correct price? Enough margin? We’re here to share our advice and thoughts to answer quick questions with our members any time, but can also undertake bespoke research and intelligence gathering for them, at the discounted member fee rate.

Business development services

From start-ups to exit strategies, we can help create and build businesses. Financial planning, routes to market, feasibility work, efficiency gains. You name it, we can probably do it. And if we don’t, we’re sure to know someone who can.

Marketing services

Need help defining your marketing strategy? Or maybe you’ve done that but need help executing the plan. From simple press release to getting you started on social media; from checking menus for spelling accuracy to creating copy for all your written comms, we’ll do as much or as little as you want.


There’s an ‘in it to win it’ side to being part of Cornwall Food & Drink. If we know about you and what’s going on in your world, we’ll be able to put your forward when the media and trade opportunities come our way.  If we don’t, we can’t. Simple!

Access to funding

We don’t give out grants but we can point you in the direction of those who do. We’ve also got a good track record when it comes to writing grant applications and funding bids.


Many of Cornwall’s businesses are very small, often a one man/woman band. That’s very liberating but also makes it tricky to know how you’re doing sometimes. And unless you’re mightily disciplined, keeping on track can be a nightmare. Our coaching service can give you one-to-one support either on an on-going basis, or at the times you feel you need it most.

Want to know more?

Find the answers to some FAQs, learn the benefits of becoming a member, read about some of the things we've done, discover what we can do for you.