Representing the Nation

30 August 2013

16 businesses, 126 Golds, 230,000 people - all showcased at Speciality
(stand 625, 713 and 723)

Wales is strongly associated with food and drink - with an overall population of 3 million - 230,000 are employed in the food and drink supply chain, the single largest employer in Wales. £6.5 billion of sales revenue is generated by this enterprising group of Welsh people. It is no surprise then that their stand at Speciality & Fine Food Fair will showcase the best from Wales. 

Products from traditional lemonade to umami mushroom sea salt! All created and made in Wales - many foods highlight the rich landscape and their cultural heritage, sometimes with a surprising twist - laverbread burgers, an original recipe revived for a traditional Welsh cheese, another new cheese maturing ahead of September 8th, drinks using water from the Welsh hills. Other cultures have come into Wales and combined their passion for Wales with their heritage - a range of Thai sauces and award winning spicy Asian chutneys. Innovation in health is covered - drinks bursting with nutrients. New products for the Christmas market - a trio of jarred pâtés, a cheese with a kick of port and brandy, marshmallows to dunk into your warming hot chocolate. And to finish, something with touch of humour - a white chocolate lamb with a dash of garden mint! This is all on one stand...

 16 businesses represent the nation

Sixteen of these many Welsh food and drink businesses will be represented on the Food & Drink Wales stand at Speciality & Fine Food Fair - with an array of new products to taste.

Top the new biscuits from Cradoc's; including a typically Welsh Leek and Caerphilly, with the Aberwen cheese by Bodnant Dairy or one of two new Welsh cheeses; an Alpine-style hard cheese made by Caws Cenarth and the festive Ruby Mist - mature cheddar with port and brandy, from Snowdonia Cheese. Alternatively enjoy them with a fruity chutney from Patchwork Pâté. The Pembrokeshire Beach Company will help you to stretch the summer with their new varieties of seashore wraps and their sea-foraged products. Vegetarians are catered for by Greta's Wholefoodies. A touch of Thai - with sauces, marinades and dips from The Coconut Kitchen. And for something sweet - there is plenty to choose from: Animeals from Aballu - chocolate animals with a culinary twist. You can also chomp on a MallowMunch bar from Bonny Confectionery, be the first to see and taste the exciting and eclectic flavours of Coco Pzazz hand-poured chocolate. A chocolate samosa is joining a tasty line up from Samosaco, including their innovative onion bhajee scotch egg. You can wash everything down with nutrient bursting antioxidant drink, AOk from Iconiq Drinks or Heartsease Farm traditional lemonade.

Wales has most eating occasions covered with their representatives at the show. The team from Food & Drink Wales will be on hand to talk about Welsh food and drink and how it can reach you.

126 Great Taste wins for Wales

Amongst the many new products launching at Speciality there are recognised brands that have achieved repeated recognition for their consistent quality. In the recently announced Great Taste Awards, 126 products from across Wales - old and new, classic and contemporary - were winners of Gold. From top-quality lamb to edible flowers - produced in Wales, being eaten nationally and in many cases internationally and recognised by the 405 judges of the Great Taste Awards as having just that - 'great taste'.
An example of continued excellence is the Lemon Curd from Welsh Lady Preserves, having won three gold stars for the second year and being recognised as a Top 50 product by the Great Taste Awards. Welsh businesses have worked together to create new products - another 3 star Gold and Top 50 product; Halen Môn Umami Sea Salt was jointly developed using salt from The Anglesey Sea Salt Company - Halen Môn and a blend of Shiitake mushroom powder from The Mushroom Garden Snowdonia - Yr Ardd Fadarch Eryri.
Family businesses that have been producing food in Wales for many generations, larger manufacturers supplying the multiples and many starting out - all gaining recognition to
help them grow to the next stage of development. The 126 winning products will be on the stand.

230,000 working in food and drink industry 

Food & Drink Wales enables food and drink businesses across Wales to take advantage of business and technical support to aid their development. This can include starting-out, expansion, trade development, export, food technology, manufacturing, marketing, trade exhibition support - generally expertise and advice to develop this important part of the Welsh economy. When businesses showcase their excellence so emphatically in awards such as Great Taste, this strongly supports all of the work that is being done across this vibrant sector. Food & Drink Wales will be supported by 16 individual businesses and a display of all 126 Great Taste Award winners in London - at Speciality & Fine Food Fair (8th - 10th September) with the aim of bringing even more to the Welsh economy via the food and drink sector.

Alun Davies, Minister for Natural Resources and Food, commented; “It is excellent to see 126 Welsh food and drink producers receiving gold stars at this year's Great Taste Awards. I would like to congratulate each and every one of them in their achievement. The Welsh Government is committed to the growth and development of our food and drink sector, which is critical to our economy and which reflects our culture, history and identity.”