FDF Cymru: Passionate about food and drink

FDF Cymru is a part of the Food and Drink Federation - the voice of UK food and drink manufacturers for over one hundred years.

FDF Cymru logoWe aim to represent food and drink manufacturers across Wales from major global brands through to small, medium-sized and micro enterprises.

Food and drink in Wales is an economic success story and now employs over 22,000 people in over 550 businesses across the country, with a turnover of £4.8bn a year[1]. But its significance goes far beyond money. Food and drink has become a vital part of Welsh national identity. As the industry faces its most significant challenges - and opportunities - for decades, the need for a strong, clear and influential voice for food and drink companies has never been greater.

FDF Cymru’s priorities

  1. As the sector the most impacted by Brexit, food and farming has much at stake in the negotiations. FDF Cymru is working hand-in-hand with counterparts in London, Edinburgh and Belfast, to make sure your voice is heard on the issues of the day – whether access to valued workforce, maintaining a stable regulatory regime or keeping trade as frictionless as possible.
  2. As we consider opportunities for trade in new markets overseas, it is vital that we champion the continued growth of Welsh food and drink and encourage more firms into exporting.
  3. Working in partnership with Welsh Government to tackle obesity through a holistic, evidence- based approach, with calorie reduction at its heart.
  4. Advising firms on the latest scientific and technical developments in food safety, authenticity and sustainability.

FDF Cymru – working in partnership on behalf of Welsh food and drink

FDF Cymru is working with politicians, civil servants, policymakers and commercial partners to highlight the challenges and opportunities facing food and drink manufacturing in Wales. We leverage our long-established, deep links and networks to provide industry’s clear and authoritative voice to Government in Cardiff, Holyrood and Westminster.

  • We launched a new regional category for Wales in our national FDF Awards and were overwhelmed by the positive response from food and drink producers in Wales.
  • FDF Cymru was a sponsor of the TasteWales/BlasCymru event in Newport in March 2017.
  • The FDF Cymru team has met with Welsh Government officials and ministers, including Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths AM, and Minister for Social Services and Public Health Rebecca Evans AM.
  • FDF Cymru participates in Welsh Government’s monthly Trade and Supply Chain Working Group.
  • FDF Cymru works with key industry partners including David Lloyd, Director of the ZERO2FIVE Food Industry Centre at Cardiff Metropolitan University, and Andy Richardson, Chair of the Food and Drink Industry Board for Wales.

Join us

FDF Cymru membership subscriptions are based on turnover, with the smallest firms paying as little as £225 a year for access to our services.

Information for Welsh food and drink manufacturers

More information

Contact a member of our team at: members.enquiries@fdf.org.uk

[1] Welsh Government website