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12 February 2019

Cardiff Castle hosts official launch of FDF Cymru

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FDF has issued the following press notice:

Wales's best loved food and drink brands gathered at Cardiff Castle last night for the official launch of Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Cymru. Representing the Welsh food and drink manufacturing industry, FDF Cymru will build on the great domestic and international success story that is Welsh food and drink.

Welsh food and drink was at the heart of the evening's dinner, which was supported by Santander, and included Welsh produce from Hybu Cig Cymru (Meat Promotion Wales), South Caernarfon Creameries, Rachel's Organic and many more.

Guests heard from a variety of speakers, including Eluned Morgan AM, Minister for International Relations and the Welsh Language, FDF Chief Executive Ian Wright CBE and Andy Richardson, Chair of the Welsh Food & Drink Board.

Discussing the event, Ian Wright CBE, FDF Chief Executive said:

“We're delighted to have launched FDF Cymru last night at our event in Cardiff. The Welsh food and drink industry is vibrant and self-confident. We look forward to working with Government to support continued growth across Wales.

“Food and drink manufacturers have never faced a more diverse set of obstacles, from Brexit, to plastics, and the increased focus on public health. FDF Cymru will provide a strong, credible and trusted voice for food and drink manufacturers and producers across Wales.”

Eluned Morgan AM, Minister for International Relations and the Welsh Language said:

“Food and Drink is of great importance to Wales and now more than ever, it is important that we ensure the industry is strong and robust enough to thrive in a post-Brexit world. It's vital businesses have the capacity, support and resources in place to make the most of opportunities to grow and events such as this FDF Cymru gathering have a key role to play in this.”

Andy Richardson, Chair of Welsh Food and Drink Board said:

“I am delighted to welcome FDF to Wales. At this crucial time of Brexit it is so important to work with knowledgeable and influential organisations who have real energy and a passion for the food and drink industry. We see FDF as being one of these organisations and look forward to working together going forward”.

Andrew Williams, Head of Food & Drink Sector, Santander Corporate & Commercial said:

“I am delighted that Santander Corporate & Commercial has been able to back this event and the launch of FDF Cymru. The food and drink sector is vitally important to the Welsh economy and the collaboration of public and private partners will ensure that there is support for this industry and that domestic and international opportunities are developed to assist ongoing success.”

Notes to editors

  1. More information on FDF Cymru »
  2. This event was hosted by FDF in association with Santander and Food & Drink Wales
  3. Speakers at the event:
    • Ian Wright, CEO, Food and Drink Federation
    • Andrew Williams, Head of Food & Drink Sector, Santander Corporate & Commercial
    • Andy Richardson, Chair Welsh Food & Drink Board
    • Eluned Morgan AM, Minister for International Relations and the Welsh Language
  4. Left to right of attached photo: Ian Wright, Andy Richardson, Eluned Morgan AM, Andrew Williams
  5. Attendees of the event:
    • Aber Falls Whisky Distillery
    • Abergavenny Fine Foods Ltd
    • Boss Brewing
    • Burts Biscuits (Talgarth Bakery)
    • Calon Wen
    • Castle Dairies
    • Daioni
    • Dunbia
    • Evan-Evans Brewery Group
    • GRH Food Company Ltd
    • Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales
    • Llaith y Llan (Village Dairy)
    • Llanllyr Source
    • Nestle UK
    • Nimbus Foods Ltd
    • Penderyn Distillery
    • Prima Foods
    • Rachel's Organic
    • Radnor Hills
    • South Caernarfon Creameries
    • Tiny Rebel
    • Radnor Preserves

More news on the Members' website.

More information

Contact Debbie McCreath, Corporate Affairs Division, at: debbie.mccreath@fdf.org.uk, or +44 (0) 20 7420 7152.

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