Seminars & Workshops

The BlasCymru/TasteWales seminars will be led by key cluster leads and will focus on future-proofing the Welsh food and drink industry through advancing technical, commercial, production and environmental capabilities.

Day 1

***Timings are subject to change***

Seminar Sessions

The seminar programme is available during the networking and refreshments breaks.

Day One – 27th October

11:00 – 11:20

Pete Robertson: Chief Executive, FDF Cymru, Food and Drink Federation

Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC)/Cymru
“Why now is the time to invest in technology”

12.45 – 13.05Alan Mumby: University of Wales Trinity Saint David
“Innovation in branding”
15.40 – 16.00

Dr Jason Murphy: Operations Director, Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC)/Cymru

“How AMRC/Cymru can support your productivity and sustainability ambitions.”


  • Pete Robertson Pete RobertsonChief Executive, FDF Cymru After over 25 years manufacturing across Wales, in personal care, automotive and for the last 10 years food, Pete joined the Food and Drink Federation to lead the development of FDF’s sector engagement in Wales in 2020. With a passion for food and drink manufacturing, and a customer care ethos, […]

  • Alan Mumby Alan is the lecturer delivering the core elements of UWTSD’s International Innovation Management Masters course, which includes the Innovation Management and the Managing New Product Development modules. With over 30 years combined experience as a Product Designer and then a Design and Innovation Strategist, Alan has worked for companies, government agencies and universities here in […]

  • Dr Jason Murphy CEng Operations Director, Advanced Manufacturing Centre (AMRC)/Cymru A chartered engineer who joined AMRC/Cymru in 2018 after spending 10 years in Scotland as a Director for a leading exporter of engineering solutions to the energy sector. Jason and Andrew Silcox (co-director) have recruited a highly talented and skilled team at AMRC/Cymru. This team will support Welsh manufacturing […]

Day 2

***Timings are subject to change***

Seminar Sessions

The seminar programme is available during the networking and refreshments breaks.

Day Two – 28th October

11.00 – 11.20David McDiarmid: Corporate Relations Director. Princes Group
“Tackling the plastic problem”
13:10 – 13:30Clodagh Sherrard: Director, Levercliff
“Sustainability – what are consumers thinking?”

  • David McDiarmid Corporate Relations Director Princes Limited David held a number of commercial roles in the food industry before joining Princes in 2007 as a senior sales manager, responsible for branded and own label food and drink business with a number of major UK retailers. David moved to the Corporate Relations function in 2012 reflecting his personal […]