Food and Drink Wales Newsletter - June 2021

June 2021 • Issue 019



Rise in number of Welsh Food and Drink businesses looking to export

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The Welsh Government supported Food and Drink Wales Export Club has reached and surpassed its 100-member milestone following a 56 percent increase in applications since March 2020 and the outbreak of COVID-19. The export club, formed in 2016, brings food and drink businesses together as they look to export more and access new markets. 

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Food and Drink Wales Industry Board - Chair's Update June 2021

As we reach the halfway point of the year, we can take time to reflect on a challenging first part of 2021, but also to think about the opportunities ahead of us.

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Programme for government

We are striving for a more prosperous, equal and greener Wales.

2021 to 2026

Our government programme sets out the ambitious commitments we will deliver over the next 5 years. These will tackle the challenges that we face and improve the lives of people across Wales.

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Apprenticeship Recruitment support

The apprenticeship incentives, which will run to 30 September 2021, will help businesses to recruit apprentices, supporting the development of a workforce that is able to meet changing business needs.

UK Trade Tariff

UK Trade Tariff: duty suspensions and tariff quotas

Temporary duty suspensions and tariff quotas for importing goods into the UK.

Duty suspensions are designed to help UK and Crown Dependency businesses remain competitive in the global marketplace. They do this by suspending import duties on certain goods, normally those used in domestic production.

Canada and Mexico

Trade with Canada and Mexico: call for input

We are preparing for trade negotiations with Canada and Mexico to upgrade our existing trade deals.

We want to know what you think about our trading arrangements with Canada and Mexico and where we could make changes or improve. We will use this information to help inform our approach for starting negotiations later this year.

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Trade with India: call for input

We want to know what you think about our current trading arrangements with India and where we could make changes or improvements.

We will use this information to help inform our approach for starting negotiations on a free trade agreement with India in the future.


Review of Food Standards Agency Wales

FSA Wales has the function of developing policies and advising Welsh Ministers in relation to food safety, food standards and animal feed. This includes food composition and food labelling policies. Following the UK’s transition out of the EU, the FSA’s role has expanded significantly, particularly in relation to imports and exports. FSA will be responsible for many functions previously carried out by the European Commission and the European Food Safety Authority. It will also have a significant role to play in recovery to support local authorities and partners to sustain and maintain the high levels of food safety which we currently enjoy.

Princes Group

Princes completes first phase of £60m Cardiff site investment

International food and drink group Princes has completed the first phase of a planned £60m investment in its Cardiff manufacturing site, with the installation of seven new state-of-the-art soft drink production lines.


Vegan food producer Parsnipship grows its fleet with the acquisition of Nutchi’s

Riding the crest of the vegetarian and vegan wave, Parsnipship have acquired vegan nut-based cheese alternative producer Nutchi’s with support from Welsh Government’s Investor Ready Programme. 

What started as a market stall at Cardiff’s Riverside Market in 2007 is today an innovative business that supplies Wales’ major wholesalers Castell Howell and Blas Ar Fwyd, as well as numerous farmshops, delis, cafes and restaurants right across Wales with their unique and original vegetarian and vegan food. 

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Wales-wide retailer listing is sweet news for bakery

Flapjacks with a Welsh twist made by North Wales bakery, Siwgr a Sbeis are now available to buy across the country after being listed by the Co-op.

Siwgr a Sbeis’ six-pack of Bara Brith Flapjacks can be found in 33 of the Co-op stores throughout Wales – the first time the bakery has been listed year-round by a multiple retailer.

Drinks Cluster

Wales’ drinks sector boost skills with lockdown learning

With the nation enjoying the reopening of pubs, restaurants and hospitality venues, Wales’ drinks producers are serving up new levels of quality thanks to a lockdown spent in training.   

Over 90 independent Welsh drinks producers spent ‘downtime’ imposed by repeated lockdowns to undertake sector specific training designed to bolster the skills and innovation within the industry.

Puffin Produce Ltd

Young Welsh accountant wins prestigious gold award for achieving highest mark in the world

Newly qualified accountant James Carew, 25, from Pembrokeshire’s fresh produce company Puffin Produce Ltd, completed his Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) exams qualification in March 2021 and has been awarded the highly coveted Gold Award for achieving the highest average mark in the world.

South Caernarfon Creameries

North Wales business cream of the crop at Virtual Cheese Awards

South Caernarfon Creameries (SCC) has won two awards for its Double Gloucester cheese at the 2021 Virtual Cheese Awards, in association with Food and Drink Wales.

The north Wales farmers co-operative won Best Territorial Cheese and Best Welsh Cheese for its Double Gloucester cheese, which is made to a traditional recipe, rich, buttery and mellow in taste.

Princes Ltd

Princes announced as headline sponsor of BlasCymru/TasteWales 2021

Princes Limited, one of the largest names in the UK food and drink industry, has been unveiled as the key sponsor for the upcoming international trade event BlasCymru/TasteWales 2021.

FareShare Cymru

Compass Cymru launches partnership with FareShare Cymru

Compass Cymru has announced a new surplus food partnership with Cardiff-based food charity, FareShare Cymru.


A passion for Welsh produce

We love our food. And we’re passionate about supporting local producers wherever possible. Which is why, at Aldi, you’ll find over 75 of our everyday products come from Welsh farms or makers. Such as brilliant beef and lamb, perfect potatoes and delicious dairy products, so you can support them too with your weekly shop. Amazing!


Minister kicks off countdown to BlasCymru/TasteWales 2021

Minister kicking off Blas Cymru

The Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd, has this week officially kicked off the countdown to BlasCymru/TasteWales 2021. 

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The food industry is now ripe for digital transformation 

Food and beverage companies that have embraced tech and successfully made the shift to digital have emerged from the pandemic stronger and leaner, with a solid platform for future growth. Many have already turned to Superfast Business Wales, which offers a free programme of digital workshops and seminars, with Digital Business Advisers on hand to provide one-to-one advice and personalised action plans.

Wales in Germany 2021

Wales in Germany 2021

On Tuesday, 6 July, our Welsh cookery evening "Welsh Cook-Along & Cocktails" will take place online from 5 pm (BST). As part of "Wales in Germany 2021", Nerys Howell, a successful cookbook author and Sian Roberts, TV presenter and owner of Loving Welsh Food, are going to cook a selection of delicious traditional Welsh dishes along with a selection of Gin cocktails by Aber Falls Distillery. Free registration and recipes at


Food and Drink Opportunities in Poland

The Export Club invites you to this market overview looking at food and drink opportunities for Welsh businesses in Poland.

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European Retail – trends and opportunities for Welsh food and drink producers

Tuesday 6th July 2021, 10am Register here
The Food & Drink Wales Export Club, Insight Programme and IGD are teaming up to host a webinar focusing on the European retail markets. Whilst the EU Exit has presented significant challenges to food and drink exporters, Europe remains a key market for Welsh food and drink.

NoLo Drinks

Webinar - Nolo Innovation Exploring Opportunities in the No & Low Alcohol Drinks Sector

The NoLo alcohol drinks market has seen steep
growth in a number of countries, presenting
opportunities both for innovation and exports for
businesses ready to ride this trend in healthier

webinar for welsh food and drink producers

Free webinars to help food and drink producers get digital (Jul-Aug 2021) 

Make Food and Drink in Wales? Boost your digital marketing and save time with online tools.  

Join Superfast Business Wales for two new webinars tailored for Welsh food and drink producers. We’ll show you how to use digital marketing to reach customers and get cash in the bank, as well as online tools to help you better manage your business, stock, and customers - such as CRM and booking systems, accounting and more. 

Find out more and book your free place now 


Food safety webinar series

Over the coming months, ZERO2FIVE Food Industry Centre are hosting a series of webinars which will give an overview of key food safety considerations for businesses.

The one-hour webinars are designed for anyone responsible for food safety within a start-up, micro, small or medium sized business.

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The Free From Christmas Awards are NOW OPEN!

An eagerly awaited evolution of the Free From Food Awards, the FFCAs are designed to recognise and celebrate the fantastic array of seasonal free from products. Inspired by new Christmas products and ranges in the free from sector, the occasion of Christmas is becoming truly inclusive. With products especially for pre-Christmas traditions such as the opening of advent calendars and decorating the tree, to the building of gingerbread houses, seasonal party buffets and the main Christmas dinner; this is something we, along with producers, suppliers, retailers and consumers, feel is worthy of celebration.

Cardiff and Vale college

Professional Cookery (PLA)

The Level 4 Diploma has a strong focus on finesse and the high-end intricacies required at senior chef level. As well as the key cooking subjects, the curriculum covers menu planning and budgeting, food safety and other professional kitchen skills. These units are assessed by mean of assignments. Learners studying for the Level 4 Diploma should already have some chef experience.

Cardiff and Vale college

Hospitality Management (PLA)

The purpose of BTEC higher nationals in Hospitality Management is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in Hospitality Management and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualifications aim to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them.

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UK at Expo 2020 Dubai

The UK will be participating in the next World Expo in Dubai, now taking place from 1 October 2021 - 31 March 2022. The UK's participation theme is 'Innovating for a Shared Future' and our presence will consist of a self-build country Pavilion and a global programme of content and activity.


Social Media

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New Welsh Government Rural Affairs Twitter Channel Launched

A new official Welsh Government Rural Affairs Twitter channel has been launched as a result of the latest cabinet reshuffle. Follow the new channel @WGRural for the latest news and updates on Rural Affairs.


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