Food and Drink Wales Newsletter - November 2023

November 2023 • Issue 030



Protected status for two Pembrokeshire food and drink businesses

Protected status for two food and drink producers

The Pembrokeshire Beach Food Company and Velfrey Vineyard are celebrating after joining a list of Welsh producers in seeing their products awarded protected status.

Velfrey Vineyard has been awarded Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) for its Velfrey NV Traditional Method Sparkling Brut and ‘Rhosyn’ 2021 Traditional Method Vintage Sparkling Brut Rosé wines.

Based at The Old Point House in East Angle Bay, the Pembrokeshire Beach Food company has been given Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status for its Welsh Laverbread.

BBC Food and Farming Awards

Welsh winners feature prominently at BBC Food and Farming Awards

Welsh producers enjoyed success at the prestigious BBC Food and Farming Awards ceremony, hosted at the International Convention Centre in Newport on 25th October 2023.

The winners included North Wales-based cheese and yogurt producer, Cosyn Cymru, who took the top prize of the evening, winning the UK’s ‘Best Food Producer’ award.

The other Welsh winners were Cardiff’s Maasi’s café, which was named the UK’s ‘Best Streetfood, Takeaway or Small Eatery’. Meanwhile, the Vale of Glamorgan’s Peterston Tea beat stiff competition from fellow Welsh producers, Pembrokeshire Lamb and Velfrey Vineyard, to win the ‘Best Food and Drink Producer in Wales Award with BBC Cymru Wales’.

Rising Stars

Rising Stars Shine Brightly At BlasCymru/TasteWales 2023

A group of ‘Rising Stars’ from the Welsh food and drink industry put their products in the limelight at Wales’ premier food and drink event - BlasCymru/TasteWales 2023.

Held at the International Convention Centre Wales at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport (October 25-26th 2023), BlasCymru/TasteWales brought together food and drink industry buyers, suppliers, and businesses eager to network and discover new products. 

single malt welsh whisky

Aber Falls Distillery sees its Single Malt Welsh Whisky protected

Aber Falls Distillery in North Wales has joined the list of Welsh producers awarded UK protected status for their Single Malt Welsh Whisky.

Rural Affairs Minister Lesley Griffiths visited the company in Abergwyngregyn on Thursday to congratulate the team on gaining the prestigious status.

Single Malt Welsh Whisky is one of Wales’ most popular spirits and secured PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) UK GI status in July.

Cywain Sign Up

Register for more support!

The Food and Drink funded Cywain project offers high-quality support to food and drink producers, from start-ups to micro, small and medium size businesses. Cywain's pan Wales team offers support tailored to each stage of your business' growth journey, helping you achieve your full growth potential. Whether you are new to Cywain, or have worked with us in the past, register now using the link below:


FoodEx Japan

Foodex Japan

Recruitment is now underway to exhibit with the Welsh Government under the Food and Drink Wales banner at Foodex, Japan between 5 March – 8 March 2024.

Deadline for receiving your application form is 6 December 2023.

Find full details of the stand package and costs, and your application to exhibit on the stand.

Gulfood Dubai 2023

Gulfood Dubai

If you would like to exhibit with the Welsh Government under the Food and Drink Wales banner at Gulfood, Dubai between 19 February – 23 February 2024. Hurry! As we have only a couple of spaces remaining. E-mail for an application form or more information now: 

Food and Drink Skills Wales

New project supports Wales Climate Week activities in schools  

Youth engagement plays a prominent role within the newly formed Food & Drink Skills Wales project - funded by the Welsh Government and led by Menter a Busnes.

Discover how the project has been working with schools in the run up to Wales Climate Week (4th-8th December) to raise awareness of climate change, promote the sustainability credentials of the food and drink industry in Wales and encourage students to consider a career in the sector.

Wales Climate Week

Wales Climate Week (4th - 8th December)

Promoting Wales Climate Week within your organisation and networks

We would love you to share the details of Wales Climate Week as far and wide as possible, so that people and organisations across Wales can get involved. 

FareShare Cymru

FareShare Cymru - Surplus with Purpose Cymru Fund

The Surplus with Purpose Cymru Fund provides funding for food and drink businesses to reduce surplus food, helping turn an environmental problem into a social solution. Through financial support, businesses working with FareShare Cymru are able to redistribute excess food to charities, local community groups and vulnerable people across Wales.

The programme not only minimises waste but also fosters positive social impact, helping with harvesting, labour for processing and packaging and costs associated with safe handling and storage and transport.

Funding is available until March 2025, so join FareShare Cymru in reshaping the food industry landscape by embracing sustainability and community support.


R&D Tax Credits

Scale Up Programme: R&D Tax Credits

If you’re a food or drink business investing in new products and processes, then it’s likely that you can claim R&D tax credits. 

But how do you claim and what record keeping does HMRC require to support claims? 

Join the @Food & Drink Wales Scale Up Programme webinar ‘R&D Tax Credits: Is it worth your time and trouble?’ on Zoom at 8:30am on Thursday 7th December. 

Register here:


BlasCymru/TasteWales 2023: Wales’ finest showcase of food and drink


Organised by Food & Drink Wales, and held biennial, BlasCymru/TasteWales is Wales’ premier international food and drink trade event. Held at the International Convention Centre Wales (ICCW), Newport (25-26 October 2023), this year’s event was the fourth international food and drink trade event for Welsh companies and brought together many industry experts; 276 trade buyers, including international buyers from 11 countries, and 122 Welsh food and drink producers including 15 Rising Stars. 2100 business meetings took place and 203 new products were entered in the exciting new product competition, showcasing the dynamic and innovative nature of the food and drink industry in Wales.


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