What we do...
Building a stronger industry
We listen to local businesses, 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. In our capacity as industry commentators, we’re frequently asked to take part in or speak at events and contribute to media features.
We have great connections with trade and consumer media, locally and nationally, and are used as a reliable resource for food news stories.
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.
From time to time we bid competitively for the chance to enhance our core activity with special project work. For example we ran a Market Development Project for Cornish seafood and a skills-building project with Cornwall College and Cornwall Development Co.
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
Be found on the Great Cornish Food Finder by people looking for products or places to eat and drink. We amplify the food and drink industry to thousands of foodlovers via our social media channels and e-news.
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 for the industry, but can also undertake bespoke research and intelligence gathering for them, depending on resource and budget.
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.
Need help defining your marketing strategy? Or maybe you’ve done that but need help executing the plan. From simple press releases 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 news 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.