Food and Drink Wales Newsletter - October 2023

October 2023 • Issue 029



Golden Fork Awards 2023 Celebrates Exceptional 3-Star Welsh Products and Honours Winners

Hive Mind Mead & Brew Co

Hive Mind Mead & Brew Co., Black Welsh Lamb and Mountain Produce were celebrated at the coveted event in London on September 11, 2023.

The trophy winners of the prestigious Golden Fork Awards 2023, a hallmark of culinary excellence, have been announced at an exclusive event to recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of artisan producers. These awards are a testament to the dedication and expertise of these excellent producers who have consistently delivered exceptional 3-star products.

Great Taste Awards Logo

Great Taste Awards 2023 Recognises Outstanding Welsh Products

195 Welsh products have received awards from the world’s leading food and drink accreditation scheme.

The Guild of Fine Food proudly announced the exceptional Welsh winners of the Great Taste Awards 2023 this August. These accolades celebrate the remarkable achievements of artisans in the realm of fine food and drink.

Taste Welsh Greats in 2023

Norway and Denmark

Welsh producers charting a course across the North Sea to explore Nordic opportunities

Exploring Nordic export opportunities is on the horizon for a group of Welsh food and drink producers as part of the Welsh Government’s Food and Drink Wales Trade Development Visit to Norway and Denmark from 17th to 22nd September.

Blas Cymru/TasteWales

Seminar Programme unveiled for leading international food and drink trade event

With less than 50 days to go industry professionals are being urged to secure their tickets for the upcoming BlasCymru/TasteWales 2023.

Taking place at the International Convention Centre (ICC Wales) in Newport on 25-26 October, the two-day flagship event is organised by Welsh Government’s Food Division under the Food and Drink Wales banner.

Cosyn Cymru

Minister visits Bethesda award-winning ewe’s milk dairy

A new purpose-built, award-winning sheep milk dairy in Bethesda, Gwynedd, has been visited by Rural Affairs and North Wales Minister Lesley Griffiths.

Llaethdy Gwyn, based at the town’s former Catholic church, is the realisation of a dream for former grassland ecologist turned artisan cheese-maker Dr Carrie Rimes, who began making her sheep milk cheese, Cosyn Cymru, in 2015.

Halen Mon

Halen Môn awarded B Corp status

Anglesey Sea Salt Company Halen Môn has been awarded B Corp status after demonstrating the highest social and environmental standards.

The certification means the north Wales business, who creates a range of naturally filtered, award-winning sea salt related products, will join a growing group of 29 companies in Wales already awarded the accreditation.

Gower Salt Marsh Lamb

Gower Salt Marsh Lamb gains European Protection

Gower Salt Marsh Lamb has joined the ranks of Champagne, Parma Ham and Melton Mowbray Pork Pies by being awarded protected food name status by the European Commission.

From 27 July the Gower Salt Marsh Lamb name is further protected by the European Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status, which is one of three special European Protected Food Name (PFN) designations.

Food and Drink Exports

New record high for Welsh Food and Drink exports

Welsh Food and Drink exports were worth £797 million in 2022, the highest recorded yearly value, Rural Affairs Minister Lesley Griffiths has announced.

When the RWAS was in full swing and crowds enjoying some of Wales’ best food and drink products, the Minister revealed the industry’s exports increased by £157m between 2021 and 2022, representing a 24.5% rise.

This is a larger percentage increase than the UK as a whole, which grew by 21.6%.

Single Malt Welsh Whisky

Single Malt Welsh Whisky protected

One of Wales’ most popular spirits, the Single Malt Welsh Whisky, is now officially protected after it secured PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) UK GI status.

This is the first new UK spirit to achieve GI status since the UKGI was launched and also becomes Wales’s first GI spirit.

Single Malt Welsh Whisky is now the 20th member of the Welsh GI family of products, joining the likes of other great produce such as Anglesey Sea Salt PDO (Protected Designation of Origin), PGI Welsh Lamb, PGI Welsh Beef and Welsh Leeks PGI. 

Arwyn Watkins OBE

Culinary Association of Wales - Chefs president triumphs at Welsh Veterans Awards

Culinary Association of Wales president Arwyn Watkins, OBE, has added another award to his growing list of honours.

He won the Leader of the Year Award, sponsored by Veteran Trees, at this year’s Welsh Veterans Awards and was runner-up in Entrepreneur of the Year Award, sponsored by Pinnacle Document Solutions Group.

Food and Drink Wales

Welsh Government Evaluation of Food and Drink Communications Activity Survey

Welsh Government is carrying out an independent evaluation of the Food Division's Communication Programme and its overall effectiveness over the last 3 years.

Part of the evaluation includes the survey in the link attached, which will take around 5 minutes to complete.

All answers provided are anonymous and are non-identifiable to Welsh Government. 

Your feedback is much appreciated and will help develop the Food Division’s communications programme going forward.



Food and Drink Export Council (FDEC): Call for input

The Council is a collaborative committee that has brought together members from across UK Government, the devolved administrations and industry, in a collective endeavour to increase food and drink exports from the UK.

As part of that initiative, the FDEC is looking at how businesses obtain information, advice and support about exporting, how accessible that information currently is and where there are gaps. The attached link includes a very short set of questions that take only three or four minutes to complete and is entirely anonymous. Input is welcomed from a wide range of food and drink businesses that are exporting, have exported in the past or might consider doing so in the future. The information gathered will be of huge help in considering where FDEC might help with the existing information provision. For completion by 6 October.

Workplace Recycle

Workplace recycling – Let’s get it sorted

From 6 April 2024, it will become law for all businesses, charities and public sector organisations to sort their waste for recycling.

The Welsh Government is introducing this law to improve the quality and quantity of how we collect and separate waste.

To find out how your workplace will be affected visit:

For more information contact

Single Use Plastic Products

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

Phase One of the Environmental Protection (Single-use Plastic Products) (Wales) Act 2023 is now intended to come into force on 30 October 2023

Guidance is now online in draft form to help you prepare for the bans and can be found in the link below:

Single-use plastics: draft guidance | GOV.WALES

Final Statutory Guidance will be published on or shortly after the 30 October 2023.

Guide to Fair Work

New Guide to Fair Work published

The Welsh Government has updated its Guide to Fair Work to help individuals and businesses improve their understanding of what fair work means; why fair work matters; and how fair work can be promoted and advanced. 

From improving business reputation, to overcoming recruitment and retention problems – providing Fair Work can help your business succeed.

We encourage all businesses and employers in the Food & Drink sector to make use of the guide and share this with your supply chains.


Welsh Food and Drink set to take on the world

Welsh food and drink set
to take on the world

Welsh food and drink has set its sights on opening new export markets across the globe, as the industry seeks to capitalise on its recent growth.

With the value of Welsh food and drink products breaking all previous records in 2022, at just under £800m, there is a growing awareness around the world of the Welsh brand, and an increasing demand for its products.

How Wales became an unexpected leader in the Food and Drink Industry

How Wales became an unexpected leader in the food and drink industry

Wales is home to a rich and diverse food and drink industry, with this reflected in the increasing number of its products being awarded protected food name status.

With a deep connection to the landscape, the people and culture, its natural resources and outstanding landscapes, combined with a focus on developing new technologies and innovation in food production, the Welsh food and drink industry creates a place where the traditional is re-imagined by a new generation, whilst staying true to quality and provenance.

How Welsh Food and Drink Industry Flourish

How to help food and drink
businesses flourish

The Welsh Government has grown its food and drink industry by providing targeted support to help businesses succeed.

Welsh food and drink has been undergoing something of a renaissance in recent years. One of the key underpinnings of this has been the support available to businesses of all shapes and sizes.



BlasCymru/TasteWales 2023

Blas Cymru/TasteWales

The countdown is on until the return of Wales’ largest international food and drink trade event BlasCymru/TasteWales. Taking place at the International Convention Centre (ICC Wales), Newport on 25-26 October, the two-day event will welcome food buyers and industry professionals under one roof to meet with leading Welsh food and drink businesses.

The theme for this year’s event is ‘Powerful together: From challenge to success. The role of resilience, innovation and optimism.’

Featuring a showcase of the best products Wales has to offer the event will:

  • Showcase producers and their products to national and international audiences
  • Broker producer and buyer relationships through partnering meetings
  • Feature themed zones showcasing innovation, technology and sustainability, along with a compelling seminar programme with leading industry experts.

To find out more, and secure your ticket to attend, visit

Decarbonisation Workshops

Decarbonisation Workshops

Food and Drink Skills Wales is delivering a series of decarbonisation training workshops, which will be run by GEP Environmental. The workshops focus on raising awareness of the importance of moving towards net zero for the sector. 

GlobalWelsh London

London's Calling! Pitch your business and showcase your products in London

Are you looking to expand your network and opportunities in London? Global Welsh London is offering Welsh food and drink companies a unique opportunity to participate in its upcoming Food and Drink focused 'Connect to London' event on the evening of 7th December. If you're looking for customers, suppliers, new connections or are raising investment this is the perfect opportunity.

For a small fee (free to Global Welsh Business Members) each company will be offered:

  • A small exhibition space and/or opportunity to pitch
  • Pitch training session
  • Inclusion in event comms
  • 2 x tickets to the event
  • Pre-event direct marketing campaign to global community across social and email
  • Professional photography and videography on the night
  • Post event promotion

Apply now >>

London Welsh Emporium

London Welsh Emporium

Experience the essence of Welsh culture during the London Welsh Emporium, an integral part of the upcoming Bloomsbury Festival on October 21st. Immerse yourself in a vibrant celebration that pays homage to all things Welsh.

Date: October 21, 2023

Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Location: The London Welsh Centre

Picture a day where the spotlight shines on the beauty of Wales. The London Welsh Emporium is your gateway to a world where culinary delights, authentic Welsh flavours, homeware reflecting Welsh beauty, intricate woodwork arts and crafts, Welsh-inspired beauty products, and artistic creations with a touch of Welsh heritage come together to create an exceptional atmosphere.

Don't miss this remarkable opportunity to be part of the London Welsh Emporium at the Bloomsbury Festival. Secure your spot now by applying on For further details, reach out to and express your interest.


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