Welsh and NI firms in EU healthy food funding boost

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The project is funded through the EU’s Interreg Atlantic Area programme
The project is funded through the EU’s Interreg Atlantic Area programme

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Small and medium-sized (SME) food and drink businesses in Wales and Northern Ireland are set to benefit from a €1.2m (£1.09m) European project aimed at broadening their knowledge and capacity to supply the growing demand for innovative healthy food.

The Atlantic Healthy Food EcoSystem project seeks to improve the competitiveness of food and drink companies within the Atlantic region.

Funded through the EU’s Interreg Atlantic Area programme, it brings together partners from Wales, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, France, Spain and Portugal. 

Training and mentoring

Support includes training, mentoring and knowledge sharing. Lesley Griffiths, minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs in Wales, The last few years have seen a growing demand for innovative healthy food.

“We want to help SME businesses to tap into these new opportunities and this new international cross border project will help do just that.

“This EU-funded programme, supported by Welsh Government, will help increase the competitiveness of our SMEs and drive sales in this emerging sector, while strengthening our international engagement with key regions in Europe, which are so important at this time.”

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