Food and drink producers from Ceredigion recently joined over a hundred fellow Welsh companies in showcasing their products to buyers and leading industry figures from across the globe.
Organised by Food and Drink Wales (Welsh Government) and held bi-annually, BlasCymru/TasteWales took place at the International Convention Centre Wales (ICCW) in Newport. The event gave companies the opportunity to meet with UK and international buyers, with a view of raising the international profile of food and drink from Wales and securing new contracts.
With the launch of 200 new products, and over a 1,000 on show in total, the event proved to be a feast of Welsh delights. There was a strong representation of local producers, including Caws Teifi Cheese, Crwst, Da Mhile Distillery, Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales, In The Welsh Wind, Rachel’s Organic Dairy, Welshhomestead Smokery, Tidy Tea, Cardi Bay Bangers and The Natural Flavour Laboratory.
Rhodri Jones, Production Manager at Crwst said:
“We were excited to be taking part in the BlasCymru showcase event. Not only is it a great opportunity to showcase our products in a unique environment, but it gives us an insight to the latest developments in the industry.”
Dafydd Davies, Manager at Cardi Bay Bangers said
“With so many senior buyers from retailers and wholesalers under one roof, alongside industry seminars and talks, we cannot wait to see what opportunities and experiences are waiting for us following BlasCymru event.”
Confirmed delegates at the event included buyers and representatives from across Europe, America, Asia and the Middle East, affirming Wales’ place at the front of high quality food and drink production.
The Welsh Government’s Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd, Lesley Griffiths said,
“BlasCymru/TasteWales once again showcased the fantastic work which takes place across Wales to produce high quality food and drink.
“It was great to see such new and innovative products launched and I look forward to seeing the results of the many business meetings which took place as companies secure new contracts to sell their products at home and abroad.”