About Us

Food NI provides a single promotional voice for Northern Ireland’s food and drink. We work to enhance the reputation of Northern Ireland’s food and drink through the Taste of Ulster and Our Food So Good messages. We are  a company limited by guarantee, formed voluntarily by a consortium of food sector representatives, to develop a positive identity for high quality food from Northern Ireland.  Our Board consists of representatives from across the entire supply chain.  Our aims are:

  • To enhance the reputation of food and drink from Northern Ireland
  • To deliver a positive message to support the industry
  • To link all elements of the food supply chain

Marketing Activity

FoodNI brings the food to the people at events such as Farmhouse Breakfast Week and Balmoral Show NI Food Pavilion, Flavours of the Foyle and LegenDerry Food Festival. We also make it easy for you to find local produce in restaurants through our Taste of Ulster Guide.

We have a constant stream of news about new products being launched, food events and awards, all featured on the web-site.

If you want to find out more about the people, places and personalities behind your food, or just to enjoy the recipes, sign up to our Facebook or Twitter @Food_NI, or to get the latest NI food news through our Newsletter, join from our Homepage.


Food NI is funded by contributions from members.  All of our funding is focused on supporting the food and drink industry to connect with consumers in local markets.  We work closely with the public sector to enhance the reputation of Northern Ireland’s food in international and tourism markets.

Management Team

Michele Shirlow

Chief Executive Officer

Lindsay Curran

Operations Manager

Sharon Machala

Taste Of Ulster Manager

Jacinta Russell


Lucy Cairns

Digital Marketing & Communications Manager


Darina Fyffe

Events Coordinator


Chloe McCullough

Taste of Ulster Student

Mollie Cunningham

Placement Student

Kelly Millar

Food NI Placement Student

Lynn Savage

Event Coordinator

Board Members

John Best


Brian Irwin

Irwin's Bakery

Howard Hastings

Hastings Hotels

Joanne McKenna

James Street South

Dr. Mike Johnston

Dairy Council NI

Andrew Nethercott

Moy Park

Richard Moore

Linden Foods

Tony O’Neill


Tracy Hamilton

Mash Direct

Peter Hannan

Hannan Meats

Jason Hempton

Dale Farm

Wesley Aston

Ulster Farmers' Union

Colin McDonald


Operating Group

Andrew Nethercott


Janice Gault


John Hopkins

Irwin's Bakery

Jon Neely

Causeway Prime

Mark Gowdy


Michael Bell


Paul Burch

Moy Park

Louise Millsopp


Colin Neill

Pubs of Ulster

Kathleen McBride


Deirdre McIvor


Nigel Hardy

Invest NI

Leona Kane

Broighter Gold

Bob Brown


Gillian Simpson

Loughs Agency

Jilly Dougan

Edible Restaurant Garden