Ten tantalising Welsh culinary creations which had Great Taste judges reaching for their highest honour

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10,000 entries were received but only 130 were deemed good enough for the coveted three-star award… and these ten were made in Wales

Three of the Welsh winners of a coveted three-star award at the Great Taste Awards

Ten irresistible Welsh foods have been judged among the best in Britain after being selected from more than 10,000 UK entries.

A panel of more than 400 Great Taste judges – including Masterchef Judge Charles Campion and Great British Bake Off winner Frances Quinn ………

Here is the full list of the 10, which will now go forward towards the UK list of top 50 foods with a final announcement of the Great Taste Supreme Champion 2015 on September 7:………

Dairy Handmade Butter by Ty Tanglwyst, Pyle, near Bridgend : Ty Tanglwyst Dairy Dairy Salted Butter

Dairy farmer Rhys Lougher has won gold at the Great Taste awards before with his traditional Welsh salted butter and double cream. Rhys says many consumers have not tasted salted butter made on his Ty Tanglwyst farm to a traditional Welsh recipe, while others have forgotten how good food tasted in the past, so he aims to fill the gaps…..   4th August 2015



Puffin Produce feature in the BBC One series “The Farmer and the Food Chain”


The Farmer and the Food Chain

Hill farmer Gareth Wyn Jones explores the Welsh food industry  Episode 2 (first shown in June 2015 and repeated in August 2015)



Pie maker Lewis Pies secures deal to supply major ethnic superstore chain with Halal pies and pasties.

Pie maker Lewis Pies secures deal to supply major ethnic superstore chain with Halal pies and pasties.Lewis will supply Manchester Superstores which has 12 outlets in England.

Wilf Lewis, managing director of Lewis Pies which has won a deal to distribute Halal pies and pasties……Lewis Pies, which is run from Swansea , has secured a distribution agreement with one of the largest independent retail groups in the North of England. The chain will stock a variety of products from Lewis Pies including its popular range of Crescent Halal Pies and Pasties.

Lewis is Halal accredited. Its range of Halal products represents one of the first times traditional British food has been made available to the Muslim community in a manner compliant with Halal rules……….

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Lewis Pies, a bakery near Fforesfach near Swansea produce a quarter of a million pies every week.

The company, which was first set up in 1936 has survived the ups and downs of the economy for almost 80 years.

Workers here say the company looks after them, but working on a relatively low wage over the past five years has meant they’ve had to budget harder.

Over the years there have been lots of changes to the company, including job losses – now they bake just in time, not just in case, and the small profit margin on pies means every penny counts.

But the business has had to adapt before, and is certainly very different now to when it started out with just four workers.

Their hunger to grow the business remains as keen as ever – their main challenge now, like hundreds of other businesses in Wales, is to keep adapting to stay fresh and afloat.

Today the UK government announced that the national minimum wage would go up from £6.50 to £6.70 an hour from October – the biggest increase in seven years. But with nearly one in four workers here are on less than the living wage – which is set at £7.85 an hour – unions say the rise could have been stronger……

17th March 2015


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Just Love these new nut free cupcakes

Just Love these new nut free cupcakes!


March 25, 2015

by Louise @ NutMums       justlovefoodco

Great news! The Just Love Food Company has launched a fantastic new product: individually wrapped cupcakes.

The cupcakes were a big hit with my children on the taste front and, from my perspective, they are ideal for taking to my son’s friends’ parties and including in his safe treats box for school.

The Just Love Food Company’s nut safe promise

As a family, we are big fans of the Just Love Food Company’s cakes for birthdays and special occasions. They made my son a fantastic bespoke Spiderman cake for his birthday last year and I’ve just bought one of their “decorate your own” cakes for my daughter’s birthday this week.

If you haven’t already heard of the brand, I can’t recommend them highly enough. Founded by Mike and Karen Woods in 2010, two of the couple’s three children have nut allergies (read their story here). They therefore understand first hand what shopping for a nut allergic child involves and, specifically, the difficulties nut allergic children can face joining in with food-centred social occasions such as birthday parties…….  2015



25 Jobs being created thanks to multi-million pound investment in fruit juice factory in Pontyclun

Jobs: 25 jobs being created thanks to multi-million pound investment in fruit juice factory in Pontyclun

Fruitapeel Juice has invested £2.3m in high pressure processing equipment at its factory in Pontyclun



Picture shows Lloyds Chris Clakre, Fruitapeel’s Finance Director Neil Murgatroyd and MD Terry Haigh with Lloyds Paul Jardine, which has invested in a big new machine that will transform its fortunes with support from Lloyds.

A total of 25 jobs are being created in South Wales thanks to a multi-million pound investment by fruit juice firm Fruitapeel.

Fruitapeel Juice, which has a manufacturing base in Pontyclun, has invested a total of £2.3m in high pressure processing (HPP) equipment which uses pressure rather than heat to treat its products before they are packaged and sold, with support from Lloyds Bank.

HPP extends the shelf life of foods and drinks, replacing the heat-treatment process known as pasteurisation which is more widely used…………  18th June 2015


Fruitapeel success important lessons for Welsh producers

Fruitapeel success important lesson for Welsh producers

The Deputy Minister for Farming and Food, Rebecca Evans has visited the Fruitapeel plant in Llantrisant to see how the growing company have been able to expand their operations with help from the Welsh Government.

Established in 2006, Fruitapeel Ltd. is an industry-leading manufacturer of quality juices, smoothies and fruit and confectionery sauces to the retail and food service sectors. They recently won a Horticulture Wales Award which was presented to them by the Deputy Minister at last year’s Winter Fair…..

Director Terry Haigh said, “Welsh Government support has been essential in the growth of Fruitapeel Ltd at Llantrisant over the last few years. We look forward to continuing the great relationship we have with the Welsh Governments Food & Drink team and further growing our business by taking it to the forefront of juice and smoothie making in the UK.”

Mark Horsman, Fruitapeel’s Development Manager, said, “Making use of the assistance available in Wales through the Welsh Government has been essential in the growth of the Company. We are about to embark on a new chapter of the business with new technologies and innovation that will allow us to lead the field in development and processing of juice and smoothies. Through Welsh Governments Food & Drink team and network a great deal of support has been available to achieve this.”          30 Jan 2015

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You’ve heard of ambient music, now try ambient desserts! Newport firm Clarks hopes to tap into £300m market

You’ve heard of ambient music now try ambient desserts! Newport firm Clarks hopes to tap into the £300m market

Clarks claim ambient puddings contain 70% less fat than their chilled rivals

Bob Clark’s firm Clarks is launching a range of ambient desserts

Food producer Clarks UK is set to enter the £300m ambient dessert market with the launch of its latest range of puddings……….

The range – conveniently stored at room temperature as opposed to chilled – has been created using carob syrup rather than white refined sugar……

The first batch of products will launch nationwide in Asda stores on June 1 ……….          25th May 2015


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Minister taps into Clarks’ sweet success

Rebecca Evans, Deputy Minister for Farming and Food, today visited Clarks UK at their Newport HQ to learn more about their recent growth.

Clarks specialises in the processing and bottling of maple syrup and honey and has established itself as a market leader in the UK maple syrup market. Clarks supply the top four major supermarkets as well as other leading UK retailers.

They were supported by Welsh Government to attend trade shows in Sial (Paris) and Gulfood (Dubai) in the past year and have also received support for a piece of research, carried out by Kings College London, to review the nutritional properties of maple syrup and carob.   12th March 2015

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KITE Programme at Cardiff Metropolitan University shortlisted for another prestigious Award


Cardiff Met Shortlisted for Prestigious Impact Awards


Cardiff Metropolitan University is celebrating after being shortlisted by RCUK & PraxisUnico for its prestigious annual Impact Awards.

The Impact Awards reward and recognise knowledge exchange, technology transfer and commercialisation professionals who have excelled in enabling and facilitating the achievement of impact from the outcomes of research. Cardiff Met has been shortlisted in the Outstanding Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation (KEC) Initiative category for its Knowledge Innovation Technology Exchange (KITE) project. KITE has succeeded in increasing sales of Welsh based food and drink products by £75m, over seven times above the target set and two years ahead of schedule

David Lloyd, Director of the Food Industry Centre at Cardiff Metropolitan University said: “This is great news for the KITE programme and for Cardiff Met. We have worked extremely hard and wouldn’t have been shortlisted for this award without the help of our dedicated team.

“When we started the KITE programme, our primary aim was to increase sales of Welsh based food and drink products by £10m by the end of 2014. This target was reached in 2012 and the total sum is now at £75m. This is testimony to the effectiveness of the KITE programme and how hard the team have worked.”

The KITE programme began in 2009 and is funded by the EU and Welsh Government. It is designed to minimise disruption to SME businesses, specifically in the Welsh food sector, whilst optimising the potential for increased control and maximising profits.

Professor Jackie Hunter, RCUK Impact Champion, said: “It is wonderful that the teams and individuals who work in knowledge exchange and commercialisation are to be honoured for their essential contribution to research. RCUK have always emphasised the importance of Knowledge Exchange Commericalisation to a healthy research community and wi



KITE Programme shortlisted for RCUK and PraxisUnico Impact Award 2015

RCUK and PraxisUnico announce Impact Awards 2015 Finalists


Research Councils UK (RCUK) and PraxisUnico are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2015 Impact Awards for Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation (KEC) professionals. The Impact Awards reward and recognise knowledge exchange, technology transfer and commercialisation professionals who have excelled in enabling and facilitating the achievement of impact from the outcomes of research.

Established to highlight the valuable work and the vital contributions of KEC teams in turning excellent research into tangible, real-world benefits, The Impact Awards recognise this outstanding work in three categories; Contribution to Business, Contribution to Society and Outstanding KEC initiative. An overall winner will also be selected from the winners of each category.

The shortlist was announced on June 11, 2015, at the PraxisUnico Conference, held in Dublin. Winners will be announced at the Impact Awards 2015 ceremony in London on September 15, 2015.

Outstanding KEC initiative category:

  • Cardiff Metropolitan University “Knowledge Innovation Technical Exchange (KITE) benefits in the Welsh SME Food Sector”

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KITE Programme Exceeds its goals


The KITE (Knowledge Innovation Technology Exchange) Project was started in 2009 and is funded by the EU and Welsh Government and facilitates a proactive partnership between Welsh Based food SMEs, affiliates (graduates/individuals with industry experience) and Welsh Food Centres (Zero2Five Food Industry Centre, Cardiff Metropolitan University and Food Technology Centre, Coleg Menai).

“This goal has already been exceeded, with increased sales of Welsh produce reaching £12m by 2012, £56m by 2014 and staggeringly £80m by 2015.”

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In Picture above left to right, Martin Jardine (Manager of Food Technology Centre & Knowledge Transfer + KITE Programme partnership), Adrian Peters (Dean, Cardiff School of Health Sciences, Cardiff Metropolitan University), Rebecca Evans (Deputy Minister for Farming and Food),  David Lloyd (Director of Food Industry Centre (Zero2five) + KITE Programme), Helen Taylor (Operations & Technical Manager, Food Industry Centre (Zero2five) + KITE Programme)

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Queen’s Award for Enterprise presented to Plas Farm by Lord-Lieutenant of Gwynedd, Edmond Seymour Bailey


Queen’s Award for successful Welsh farm business supplying frozen yogurt and FroYo bars across Europe.

North Wales dairy farmer, founder and director of Plas Farm, David Williams, was presented his award at a ceremony in Llangefni. It is the highest award that can be bestowed on a company and the pertigious awards are made annually by Her Majesty The Queen.

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Douglas Willis listed as one of the suppliers for Nato Summit


Nato Summit 2014 : Hundreds of Welsh firms supplying summit with everything from portable toilets to breathtaking photography………… Meat from Douglas Willis Butchers, Newport

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Clarks Syrups Director honoured at IOD Wales Top Director of the Year Awards


Fourth annual IOD Wales Director of the Year Awards held at Cardiff SWALEC Stadium……..

Bob Clark, founder of maple syryp manufacturer Clarks UK was Awarded Director in a Family Business…..

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  3. Deon Mahoney, Chief Scientist – Dairy Food Safety, Australia   (A Novel De-Proteinized Cheese Whey Utilization For Production Of Honey Bee Feed)

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