Food and Drink Wales Newsletter - June 2023

June 2023 • Issue 028



Successful week showcases Wales’ growing wine industry

Welsh Wine Week 2023

The Welsh wine industry has been handed a boost and developed stronger links with UK hospitality and retail audiences, as well as increased consumer awareness following Welsh Wine Week.

During the celebration (2-11 June 2023) several events, guided tours and promotions were held to give wine lovers the chance to discover Wales’ picturesque vineyards and sample the wide range of award-winning wines available.

Andy Richardson

Food and Drink Wales Industry Board - Chair's Update June 2023

As we approach the halfway point of 2023 it’s a good time to reflect.

Talking to Food & Drink Businesses, I hear of exciting innovation and growth whilst at the same time I’m learning of stress and frustration caused by the world experiencing a level of disruption and business risk not seen in generations. The reality is that some companies are freezing and failing, while others are innovating, advancing, and even thriving. In my opinion, the difference is business resilience.

Cradoc's Biscuits and Pembrokeshire Gold

Savoury Biscuit Producer Strikes Gold With Pembrokeshire Rapeseed Oil

Two Welsh artisan food businesses are collaborating to create new opportunities for their products and increase the health benefits for customers.

Brecon-based Cradoc’s Savoury Biscuits is using rapeseed oil produced by Pembrokeshire Gold in Manorbier as part of its drive to lower the saturated fat content of its crackers.

FareShare Cymru

FareShare Cymru, Business Wales - June 2023

Everything FareShare Cymru does serves to fight hunger, and tackle food waste. FareShare Cymru's mission is to partner with the food and drink industry to help prevent commercially unviable food from becoming food waste.

Cywain - Celebrating Success

Cywain - Celebrating Success

Cywain, a Menter a Busnes project, is celebrating 5 years of helping food and drink businesses in Wales to grow. Funded by the Welsh Government, Cywain helped over 1,100 businesses to achieve their growth ambitions. Cywain's goal for the future, is to continue to drive innovation, growth and sustainability within the industry and strengthen Wales’ reputation for producing high quality food and drink.

Cywian's support, since 2018, has helped Welsh food and drink businesses to create 327 new jobs. This informative video showcase some of the targets from the past 5 years, that the dedicated team at Cywain, has achieved.

Cywain will be present at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show, Llanelwedd between the 24th and 27th of July, delivering an opportunity for new food and drink businesses from Wales, to display and sell their products on our test-trading stand at the Foodhall.

Single Use Plastic

The Environmental Protection (Single-use Plastic Products) (Wales) Bill

The Environmental Protection (Single-use Plastic Products) (Wales) Bill is a new law which will make it a criminal offence to supply or offer to supply (including for free) specific single-use plastic products to consumers in Wales.

This law will stop the sale or supply of these products in Wales, unless there is an exemption. The bans will be introduced in “phases”. This is to allow businesses time to use up existing stock and to buy or make alternatives.

Businesses should take steps now to start planning for the new law - phase 1 will come into force from Autumn 2023.

More for information, visit: The Environmental Protection (Single-use Plastic Products) (Wales) Bill | GOV.WALES

Food Innovation Wales

Welsh Food and Drink Directory

The Welsh Food and Drink Directory features more than 500 companies that manufacture quality food and drink products in Wales. Search the directory for manufacturers of products, ingredients, packaging and by-products, suitable supply chain partners, manufacturers with private label production capacity, and companies offering co-packing services. Create an entry for your company here.

For support using the directory please email


Events Calendar for 2023 - 2024

Food and Drink Wales Events Calendar 2023
Blas Cymru/TasteWales

BlasCymru/TasteWales 2023

BlasCymru is getting closer!  Preparations for our signature event delivered for the food and drink industry in Wales are well underway, and this year the event will comprise of the brokerage, three integrated exhibition zones, a networking buffet and a series of small, industry-focused events.

To date 55 International buyers have been invited, and 100 suppliers have completed applications.  A number of Rising Stars have been shortlisted based on:

1. Capacity & distribution network in place

2. Business is 3 years old or under

3. Not producing from domestic kitchen

4. Not been to Blas before

5. Salsa planning

We are also developing an exciting programme that will complement the brokerage and showcase the wide range of Welsh Government support available to food and drink businesses in Wales, and support available from partners outside of Welsh Government.  The programme will take place before and after the brokerage and during lunch, to enable businesses engaged in the brokerage to participate.

The programme will soon become available on the new BlasCymru website which will be launched in early July.

You can still register but brokerage places are filling up quickly.  To register your interest, please go to BlasCymru/TasteWales 2021 – Wales’ Premier Food & Drink Event

We still have opportunities for sponsors and exhibitors – if you are interested, please get in touch!

Nordic Trade Development Visit

Trade Development Visit to Norway and Denmark

You are invited to participate in a food and drink trade development visit to Norway and Denmark.

Having some of the highest GDPs per capita worldwide, the Nordics are a great market for quality, artisan and high-end products.

Welsh food and drink businesses are known to be selling into these markets and report positive feedback.

Anuga 2023

Anuga 2023

We are pleased to announce that Welsh Government will have a presence at ANUGA 2023, taking place in Cologne, Germany. ANUGA is one of the largest and most influential food and drink trade events in the world and we are delighted to be returning. If you are a Welsh dairy producer looking to expand your export opportunities, this event is not one to miss! If you would like further information to be part of the Welsh delegation, please contact:

World Cheese Awards 2023

World Cheese Market – Trondheim, Norway


The Guild of Fine Food is delighted to offer you the opportunity to take an exhibition stand within the World Cheese Market at World Cheese Awards 2023, taking place in Trondheim, Norway on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 October.

World Cheese Awards 2023 is part of the Oste-VM cheese festival, which includes cheese tastings, activities for families and a trade conference. 4,000 visitors are expected – with a predominantly food and cheese-loving audience, you will have the opportunity to sample and sell your cheese over the two days.


  • 3x2 stand shell scheme.
  • Electric socket 1kw
  • Lighting 
  • 2 x chairs
  • 2 x conference tables
  • 2 x exhibitor passes per stand.
  • World Cheese Market branding and feature in promotional material online and at event.
  • Feature in the World Cheese market show preview in Fine Food Digest, published early October.

PACKAGE COST: £1,100 +25% (Norwegian tax)

To find out more and book your stand, please email


World Cheese Awards 2023 - Open for Entry

World Cheese Awards 2023


The 35th edition of the World Cheese Awards is now open for entries to cheeses from across the globe. This year's event will be held from 27-28 October at Trondheim Spektrum in Norway, supported by Hanen, a national organisation for rural tourism and farm produce in Norway. A truly global event, the World Cheese Awards will bring together cheesemakers, retailers, buyers and food commentators worldwide to judge 4,000 cheeses from over 40 countries.



​CLOSED FOR ENTRY: 8 September*


JUDGING: 27 October


RESULTS: 29 October

*Or sooner if the maximum number of entries is reached.


Small companies (Turnover less than £1m)

£54 per product (+VAT)

Medium companies (Turnover £1m - 5m)

£62 per product (+VAT)

Large companies (Turnover more than £5m)

£79 per product (+VAT)



World Cheese Awards 2023 - webinar

World Cheese Awards 2023 - Webinar for UK & Ireland cheesemakers

The Guild of Fine Food will be running a webinar for all UK and Ireland cheesemakers on Tuesday 4 July 2023, from 10.30 - 11.30am, to run through the requirements, logistics and potential benefits of participating in this year’s awards.

It would be great to see as many cheesemakers as possible at the webinar, which will be presented in English.

To join this free webinar, please click here to sign up.

Please note, if the webinar becomes oversubscribed, we will provide a second session.


Entry for the awards is NOW OPEN and will close on 8th September (or before if maximum capacity is reached).

Welsh Game Fair

Welsh Game Fair 

Calling Great Taste Winners! 

The Guild of Fine Food have negotiated preferential rates on your behalf at the highly successful Welsh Game Fair, The Vaynol Estate - Sept 9 – Sept 10, 2023.  This is your opportunity to showcase your brand and sell your products alongside the best Wales has to offer.

The package: £795 + vat.

  • Sample and Sell your products to around 20,000 visitors over 2 days.
  • 3m (frontage) x 6m (depth) marquee (the depth area can be used for back of house/storage/parking/camping)
  • 3kw electrical socket included (additional electricity must be ordered direct through the show contractor
  • Increase brand awareness and exposure
  • Benefit from Great Taste branded areas
  • Promotion across all Guild of Fine Food social media channels


  • 53% female / 47% male split
  • 78% audience are over 45
  • £372 average spend per person (£12million spend in total)
  • 70% AB demographic

Average visitor interests: include Field sports / Shooting / Equine / Fishing / Gardens / Food & Drink / Retail

To find out more, please contact or ring Sally Coley at the Guild of Fine Food 01747 825200.


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