Case Studies

14 June 2018
New Welsh goat’s milk enterprise – Goatylicious – is the combination of a life-long love of goats and generations of skill.   Carmarthenshire farmer, Laura Seddon, has been helped in her new business by Cywain – a project which supports the development of new markets for growth orientated businesses in the food and drink sector.   Goats have played a pivotal part in 31-year-old Laura’s life, from her grandfather’s farm in Kent to Talley near Llandeilo where her family now farms.   Says Laura, “As a family, we’ve always had goats, my mum had her first goat when she was 17. I’ve grown up with goats – in fact, you could
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
This weekend sees the launch of Wales’ first fortified wine – ‘1581’ - by award-winning Monmouthshire vineyard White Castle.   The result of four years of planning by White Castle’s owners Robb and Nicola Merchant, the new alcoholic drink is similar in style to Port.   The grapes are harvested and aged in the same way as Port and the result is a drink with an abv (alcohol by volume) of 19%.   Says Robb “Since we’ve had the vineyard it has always been a dream of ours to create a Welsh fortified wine. To make it you have to have a quality grape and were