Case Studies

13 March 2018
  Blossoming Clwyd preserve producer Mewn Picil brings a touch of local sweetness and spice to the dinner table with a range preserves.   Administration officer, Bethan Batty has been making jams and chutneys for friends and family for a number of years. She then ventured into selling her products at local fairs and Christmas markets, which encouraged her to set up her business.   With Cywain’s help, Mewn Picil is taking its next business steps.   Llansannan based Bethan makes her preserves in small batches using local produce as it comes into season with main production usually starting in September and running through to December.   With labelling
13 March 2018
Wrexham preserves producer, Mrs Picklepot, is on a mission to bring pickles and chutneys into the 21st century.   Home pickling and preserving have somewhat fallen out of fashion, but Mrs Picklepot - aka Brigid Killen - aims to put pickles and chutneys firmly back on the table by highlighting the tasty, nutritious, and convenient attributes of these one-time kitchen favourites.   By blending traditional flavours and adding a modern twist Brigid's pickles and chutneys can be a great way to pep up a meal in seconds. The range includes Pickled Onions - in an exciting variety of flavoured vinegar - Chutneys, Curds, and
13 March 2018
Wales’ burgeoning wine industry continues to go from strength to strength, with White Castle near Abergavenny among the more recent ‘crop’ of vineyards.   Owners Robb and Nicola Merchant had always dreamed of owning a vineyard, and in 1995 they bought a smallholding in the village of Llanvetherine and set about making their plans a reality.   Nearly a decade on from planting their first vines, the fruit of their labours have reaped them numerous national wine awards.   Initially successful in the UK Wine Competition and the South West Vineyard Association’s competition, more awards have followed at the Welsh Vineyard Association (WVA) Competition, the International
20 December 2017
‘Make a meal of lamb this Christmas’ – that’s the message from new mail-order meat enterprise - Tŷ Unnos Lamb.   With help from agri-food project, Cywain, Ceredigion brother and sister Lisa and Owen Jones have formed a partnership which they hope will increase the margins on their PGI Welsh Lamb, and bring the quality and versatility of Welsh Lamb to a wider audience.   The siblings are the seventh generation to run Penlanwen Farm in Llanddewi Brefi, where they keep a 1,000-strong flock of improved Welsh Mountain sheep.   Says Owen, “While we produce lamb for the export market, we wanted to try and increase
20 December 2017
Shoppers in Pembrokeshire are being urged to look around them this Christmas and support local food and drink producers. Agri-food project, Cywain, has launched a new campaign #CywainWelshChristmas  #NadoligCymreigCywain to promote the quality and variety of food and drink produced in Wales. As part of its campaign Cywain – which supports the development of new markets for growth orientated businesses in the agri-food sector – is highlighting the huge array of artisan-made products available in Pembrokeshire. From cheeses to jerky, rum to chillies, the county is bursting with new food talent and flavours. There are environmental benefits to buying local too, such as lower