1 March 2017
FDF unveils new identity in Wales as FDF Cymru
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The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is proud to announce this St. David's Day
that it is unveiling a new identity in Wales as FDF Cymru.
The move comes as FDF works to secure the best possible outcome from the Brexit
negotiations for food and drink right across the UK and the need for a sector
deal for food and drink manufacturing as part of the Government's industrial
strategy moves to centre stage.
The new identity also recognises the burgeoning Welsh food and drink
manufacturing sector, which employs over 22,000 people across the country and
turnover of £4.8bn a year.
Food and drink has always been a critical part of the Welsh economy and in
recent years it has also become a vital part of Welsh national identity. As the
industry faces its most significant challenges for decades, the need for a
clear and influential voice for food and drink manufacturing has never been
The launch of FDF Cymru shows FDF's intent to be a supporter of – and
for – the food and drink industry in Wales. FDF is already closely
the UK Government (Defra, DExEu, DIT, BEIS), with the Scottish Government
FDF Scotland, and with Welsh Government in Wales.
Ian Wright CBE, Director General of the Food and Drink Federation said:
“We are delighted to unveil our new identity in Wales. Becoming FDF
recognises the dynamic and exciting Welsh food and drink manufacturing sector.
a declaration of our intent to secure the best possible future for food and
drink in Wales.”
David Lloyd, ZERO2FIVE Food Industry Centre Director, Cardiff Metropolitan
“The food sector is both vibrant and a cornerstone of the economy and
to be congratulated for recognising its profile and importance within
In a further demonstration of its growing presence in Wales, FDF Cymru is also
proud to sponsor the Taste Wales event in Newport on 23-24 March 2017. Taste
Wales is a showcase of the finest Welsh food and drink products.
The Food and Drink Federation is also launching a new category for its 2017
Awards: Regional Growth Business Wales. This award offers an opportunity for
food and drink businesses large and small to showcase their successes. Entries
are open now until 28 April 2017 for any food and drink business in Wales
to highlight their achievements and growth over the past year.
The FDF Awards are fast becoming the mark of industry excellence for food and
drink businesses and recognise the achievements of the talented people who work
the sector. Entry is free and winners will be announced at a prestigious
event at The Brewery in London on 21 September 2017. The FDF awards are run by
industry, for industry, and are open to both large and small companies,
producers, retailers, restaurants, and wholesalers – in fact, any
the food chain can enter.
Entry to FDF awards is free and online
Closing date 28 April 2017
All entries will then be assessed by an independent judging panel comprised of
industry experts and key stakeholders including sponsors. Sponsors for the 2017
awards so far include Santander, Grant Thornton, General Mills and Aktrion
Sponsorship opportunities are still available, for further information please
View the video of the 2016 event
For more information on the awards or FDF Cymru, please contact Matthew Evans at or 020 7420 7152
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