Taste Wales Tasters

Taste Wales Tasters

The Blas Cymru/Taste Wales 2021 conference is an opportunity to set the scene for future-proofing the Welsh food and drink industry as we continue to set our sights on global development. Book your tickets today to secure a spot at this signature event at the International Convention Centre Wales (ICCW), Newport. The full conference programme can be viewed here – but here are five Blas Cymru/Taste Wales tasters! 

  1. Minister of Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd, Lesley Griffiths MS

The conference will be opened by the Minister of Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd, Lesley Griffiths MS, who said: “Blas Cymru presents a great opportunity for Welsh businesses to showcase the very best food and drink products made right here in Wales. I am pleased Adam Henson will be headlining the conference programme and I am sure his knowledge and passion will inspire those attending. Much hard work has gone into preparing for this year’s event and I look forward to meeting everyone at the ICCW.” 

  1. Adam’s Farm

Headlining the ‘Food and Drink for Future Generations’ conference programme is one of the UK’s best-known farmers and TV presenters, Adam Henson. He presents to millions of viewers each Sunday evening but farming and conservation are Adam’s first passions.

  1. How Bad Are Bananas? 

Key themes at this year’s conference include ‘how Wales is addressing the sustainability challenge’ and ‘making food manufacturing more sustainable’. Professor Mike Berners-Lee, the expert on sustainability and carbon footprinting and author of books such as; There is No Planet B: A Handbook for the Make or Break Years; and How Bad Are Bananas? The Carbon Footprint of Everything; will be addressing these themes.

  1. Food and Drink Federation

Ian Wright leads the Food and Drink Federation, the representative voice for companies and trade associations across food and drink. Before joining FDF in March 2015 he spent 14 years with Diageo plc, the world’s largest drinks business, and worked for Boots the Chemist and Mars Confectionery. In August 2015 Ian received a CBE for political and public service.

  1. Zones & Seminars

As well as the conference there will be a chance to network and meet industry professionals at special zones including Innovation, Skills and Business, Cluster Network, Tourism, International, Sustainability, Investor, Innovation and Manufacturing. Whether you are a new start up or an established company, the zones will allow you to explore the ‘art of possibility’ for your business. As well as the zones top speakers from manufacturing, the retail sector, trade bodies, Welsh Government and academia will offer talks, seminars, and workshops. 

Farmer and TV presenter Adam Henson to experience a Taste of Wales

Farmer and TV presenter Adam Henson to experience a Taste of Wales

Event sets the scene for future-proofing the Welsh food and drink industry for future generations.

Next month sees the return of Wales’ largest international food and drink event, BlasCymru/TasteWales, bringing together producers, buyers, and food industry professionals to showcase world-class produce and help open new markets and trade relationships.

The signature event will be one of the first in the Welsh industry calendar to safely welcome back attendees and see buyers heading to the International Convention Centre Wales (ICCW), Newport to learn about the latest developments being made in the Welsh food industry.

One of the main draws of the event is the conference, titled ‘Food and Drink for Future Generations’. Prominent sustainability and climate change writers and experts will aim to inspire delegates to take action in their organisations and their lives to address the challenges and opportunities presented by climate change. 

Headlining the conference programme is one of the UK’s best-known farmers and TV presenters, Adam Henson. He presents to millions of viewers each Sunday evening but farming and conservation are Adam’s first passions.

The conference will be opened by the Minister of Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd, Lesley Griffiths MS, and hosted by Sara Edwards – one of Wales’ best known and much-loved television presenters.

Welsh Government Rural Affairs Minister, Lesley Griffiths said:

“BlasCymru presents a great opportunity for Welsh businesses to showcase the very best food and drink products made right here in Wales. I am pleased Adam Henson will be headlining the conference programme and I am sure his knowledge and passion will inspire those attending. Much hard work has gone into preparing for this year’s event and I look forward to meeting everyone at the ICCW in October.”

Key themes at this year’s conference include ‘how Wales is addressing the sustainability challenge’ and ‘making food manufacturing more sustainable’. Professor Mike Berners-Lee, the expert on sustainability and carbon foot printing and author of books such as; There is No Planet B: A Handbook for the Make or Break Years; and How Bad Are Bananas? The Carbon Footprint of Everything; will be addressing these themes.

As well as the conference there will be a chance to network and meet industry professionals at special zones including Innovation, Skills and Business, Cluster Network, Tourism, International, Sustainability, Investor, Innovation and Manufacturing.

The two-day event, sponsored by one of the largest names in the UK food and drink industry Princes Group, will be held at the International Convention Centre (ICCW) on 27 & 28 October 2021. Tickets are available at www.tastewales.com.

Minister kicks off countdown to BlasCymru/TasteWales 2021

Minister kicks off countdown to BlasCymru/TasteWales 2021

The Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd, has this week officially kicked off the countdown to BlasCymru/TasteWales 2021.

Held in the International Convention Centre Wales, at Celtic Manor Resort Newport, in late October, the event builds on past successful years and is sure to be an excellent opportunity to showcase the very best of Wales. As the industry continues its recovery from the impact of Covid-19 the two day event, organised in a Covid-19 safe environment, will showcase over 1000 products, of which over 200 new products will be launched.

In a short video post to potential attendees she reiterated the central message that “sustainability will also naturally be a central theme, at both the trade event and conference, as we build on our strategic vision to become an industry with a global reputation for excellence, and in pursuit of having one of the most environmentally and socially responsible supply chains in the world.”

Princes announced as headline sponsor of BlasCymru/TasteWales 2021

Princes announced as headline sponsor of BlasCymru/TasteWales 2021

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Princes Group, one of the largest names in the UK food and drink industry, has been unveiled as the key sponsor for the upcoming international trade event BlasCymru/TasteWales 2021.

Held at the International Convention Centre (ICC Wales), The Celtic Manor Resort, Newport (27-28 October 2021), the event will welcome food buyers and industry professionals under one roof to meet with leading Welsh food and drink businesses.

New figures have highlighted further the crucial role the event plays in bringing buyers and businesses together with 2019 event generating almost £20m in confirmed sales for Welsh food and drink producers.

Commenting on the announcement Andy Hargraves Group Director for Soft Drinks Princes said:

“Princes is delighted to be lending its support to BlasCymru/TasteWales 2021 following its past successes. In many ways, the timing fits in perfectly with our ongoing commitment to manufacturing in Wales, as we reach the completion of the Group’s largest ever capital investment into soft drinks at our site in Cardiff.

Welsh Government Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd, Lesley Griffiths said:

“With the coronavirus situation continuing to improve here in Wales, we are very hopeful and looking forward to welcoming suppliers, buyers and food industry professionals to the International Convention Centre at the Celtic Manor Resort later this year for BlasCymru/TasteWales 2021.

“The event presents an excellent opportunity to showcase the very best of Wales and it is fantastic that more than 200 new products will be launched over the two days which is great news as the industry continues its recovery from the impact of Covid19.

“Sustainability will, of course, be central at the event as we build on our strategic vision to become a world leader in the area.”

With over 200 new products to be launched at BlasCymru/TasteWales in a broad range of categories, the event has been designed to maximise value for buyers by helping them through:

  • providing a large scale product showcase;
  • sourcing Welsh food and drink – from branded to private label;
  • meeting a wide range of suppliers;
  • time efficient introductory meeting format.

For further information and to register your interest in BlasCymru/TasteWales 2021 visit www.tastewales.com