Food and Drink Wales Newsletter - September 2022

September 2022 • Issue 024



Welsh coffee company scoops up Great Taste regional accolade

Bay Coffee Roasters

A west Wales coffee company is celebrating after receiving a top accolade in the Great Taste Golden Fork awards 2022. From the seven Welsh products that received the top honour of 3 gold stars in the Great Taste awards 2022, the Golden Fork from Wales was awarded to Bay Coffee Roasters for their Indonesian Sumatran Fairtrade Organic coffee.

Andy Richardson

Food and Drink Wales Industry Board - Chair's Update September 2022

Let’s start on a positive note – wasn’t it amazing to see everyone at the Royal Welsh Show in July after a 3-year break?

I was so encouraged to see so many of you at the event and hear your stories of resilience, innovation and agility which have helped the industry to adapt and even capitalise on the Covid pandemic. The ingenuity of this industry never ceases to amaze me and in many cases you’ve  taken the opportunity to reinvigorate your businesses.

When we left the show on the final day back in 2019, who could possibly have predicted a Covid-19 pandemic and the huge impact it was to have on the global, UK and Welsh economy, the way businesses operate, and of course our personal lives.

SMART digital accelerator

Welsh Government funded project supports digital journey of food & drink manufacturers

SMART Digital Accelerator is a team of industry expert advisers who work with manufacturers in Wales to help them identify the right technology to boost their bottom line. With so many new technologies available, it can be difficult to identify which ones will be right for your business, helping you solve the problems you face now and in the future. But with the support of SMART Digital Accelerator, you can capitalise on new opportunities, grow as an organisation and improve competitiveness. The team are already working with manufacturers from a range of different sectors, including food and drink.

Supporting a sustainability industry

Supporting a sustainable food and drink industry in Wales

The strategic vision of the Welsh Government is to build a strong and vibrant Welsh food and drink industry with sustainable supply chains that have a global reputation for excellence and having one of the most environmentally and socially responsible supply chains in the World.

Sustainable Cluster

Boost in number of Welsh food and drink businesses developing sustainable practices

The Welsh Government supported Food and Drink Wales Sustainability Cluster has reached its 100th producer milestone. These businesses produce a wide range of products from speciality items for niche markets to high volume items for major distribution networks.

Cradoc's Biscuits Ltd

Cradoc's Savoury Biscuits Ltd

Cradoc’s was founded by Allie Thomas in 2008 after realising that the crackers and biscuits on her cheeseboard weren’t anywhere near the quality of the cheese she was eating. Allie roped in the help of her daughter Ella and they set to the task of baking their own!


How to employ people from Ukraine

The Welsh Government supports the employment of people who have been displaced from Ukraine following the Russian invasion. Access to employment is important for people from Ukraine in building new lives in Wales. Employing people from Ukraine also provides employers in Wales with access to talent, skills, and experience to support their organisations.

Food and Drink Careers Passport

Launch of new Careers Passport at the House of Commons

Launched by the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink (NSAFD) and the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), the Careers Passport will speed up interview short-listing and job onboarding, saving time and money for manufacturers, and fast-tracking eager and committed new talent into the sector.

Climate Smart Food

Climate Smart Food 2022

The Welsh Government is the devolved government of Wales, delivering the ambition of Welsh Ministers across key areas of public life. This includes radical commitments for tackling climate change along the journey to ‘Net Zero Wales’.

Food & Drink Wales’ pursues the vision for a food and drink sector with the highest levels of environmental and social responsibility. Wales has the right ingredients for businesses to be sustainable and competitive, with:

Future Diets

Future Diets Research

Future Diets is a major piece of research providing a long-term view of consumer eating habits over the next 10 years and will be seminal in helping businesses plan long-term NPD and business strategy. This collaborative research was led by the Insight Programme and the IGD, with support from Kantar and thefoodpeople. Find this research on the Insight Hub in the Welsh Government Food and Drink Members’ Area.

Food Festivals

Strategic Growth Grant Scheme for the year 2022/2023

Details of the successful funding for Food Festivals and Events 2022/2023.

Food Tourism Toolkit

Food Tourism Toolkit

Food and drink go hand in hand with hospitality and tourism in Wales. Combine quality seasonal food and local ingredients, interesting places to eat and stay, and some of the world's best chefs, and you define the hospitality sector in Wales with its deserved reputation for excellence.

Wales Rural Network Support

Wales Rural Network Support Unit (WRNSU)

The WRNSU aids the exchange of ideas between rural organisations. It is available to anyone:

  • interested in rural development
  • involved with the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 and the schemes it    funds
  • keep up to speed with future funding information


Match Ready - Look out for the new #CaruCymruCaruBlas #LoveWalesLoveTaste Campaign this Autumn!

LoveWalesLoveTaste Autumn Campaign

Autumn is an exciting time for Wales as the Welsh men’s football team will be playing in the World Cup and the Rugby Autumn Internationals will be taking place throughout November. The industry-wide Food & Drink Wales campaign, #CaruCymruCaruBlas #LoveWalesLoveTaste, will be back in force to drive engagement with the trade and raise consumer awareness, calling on supporters to show their national pride and #CaruTimCymru #LoveTeamWales. Food & drink businesses will be offered a digital toolkit and encouraged to take part in the campaign.  

Gulfood Dubai 2023

Gulfood Dubai 2023

Recruitment is now underway to exhibit with the Welsh Government under the Food and Drink Wales banner at Gulfood, Dubai 20 February – 24 February 2023. Deadline for receiving your application form is 24 October 2022.


Decarbonisation Workshops

In October and November 2022 we will be running a series of decarbonisation training workshops that will focus on raising the awareness on the importance of moving towards net zero for the sector, Wales, UK and global benefits by providing beneficiaries with the right skills to make decisions on how they can move towards net zero, share best practice with colleagues and implement changes to their business strategies, technology and process design in all day to day working practices.

Scale Up Cluster Surgeries

Scale Up Surgeries For Welsh Food & Drink Businesses

Come and talk to the team about scaling up you Welsh Food or Drink Business!

We’re hitting the road with our Scale Up Surgeries. Join us for a confidential chat with our scale up specialists about your growth plans and how we can help you turn them into a reality.

IGD Retailer Snapshots

IGD Retailer Snapshots

Presented by Chris Hayward, Director of Sales IGD Jointly organised by the Food & Drink Wales Trade Programme, Insight Programme and Food Innovation Wales.

Food for the Region

Food For The Region - Regional Food System Conference 2022

Following the first Regional Food Conference for South West Wales in October 2021 and a recap event back in April 2022, we are coming back together to share updates, explore emerging projects, and encourage collaboration on all things relating to growing, producing, distributing, sharing and caring about food in South West Wales.

Middle East

Opportunity to build presence in the Middle East

Destination: Middle East is a pilot project to support in-market retail promotions and on-trade consumer engagement. A range of Welsh food and drink products will be promoted collectively for agreed periods in target supermarkets, high end hotels and restaurants around St. David’s Day 2023.


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