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Project HELIX boosted food and drink in Wales by an econnomic value of £185.6m, as Taste Wales opens its doors (pictured)

£185.6m boost to Welsh food and drink industry

By Gwen Ridler

The food and drink industry in Wales has received a £185m boost thanks to Project Helix, the Welsh Government and EU-funded project designed to develop new products and create new jobs.

Inside Maelor's new chicken processing plant in Wrexham

Maelor Foods opens Wrexham chicken factory

By Rick Pendrous

Maelor Foods’s new £20M poultry processing plant in Wrexham will be officially opened by ministers from the Welsh Assembly and the Mayor of Wrexham tomorrow (November 23).

Pictured: First minister Carwyn Jones (left) with Dave Russell, general manager of The Burger Manufacturing Company

Welsh first minister praises £4M burger factory

By Gwen Ridler

The Burger Manufacturing Company’s new £4M factory has boosted the local economy and highlighted the export success of British food manufacturers, according to the Welsh first minister.

Plans for a £14M cheese factory will create 30 new jobs

New creamery will create up to 30 jobs

By Gwen Ridler

Plans to build a £14M cheese factory in Bangor, north Wales, which will create up to 30 jobs have been recommended for approval by councillors.

Welsh food and drink boosted by £21M programme

Welsh food and drink gets £21M boost

By Gwen Ridler

Food and drink in Wales is to get a £21M boost, as the Welsh government launches a programme to fund research into food production and safeguard thousands of jobs.

2 Sisters' St Merryn factory proposes to cut 350 jobs

2 Sisters proposes 350 job cuts in south Wales

By Matt Atherton

2 Sisters Food Group’s plan to cut 350 jobs at its St Merryn meat plant in south Wales was described as “devastating news” by the Union of Shop, Distribution and Allied Workers (Usdaw).

Kukd

Kukd

By Michael Stones

In an article published on 1st September we wrongly reported that Kukd was being investigated for fraud. We are happy to make it clear that this is not the case and there is no allegation of fraud against Kukd.

Welsh bakery Winning Blend created 55 new jobs thanks to a government grant

55 new jobs created at Welsh Bakery

By Gwen Ridler

Welsh bakery Winning Blend has created 55 new jobs after securing £340,000 of funding from the Wales Economic Growth Fund.

New technology has made breakfast cereal maker Dailycer more competitive

Dailycer to double turnover to £54M

By John Wood

Breakfast cereal manufacturer Dailycer is aiming to double its turnover to more than £54M in the next three years following a £4.2M investment in a high-tech production line.

More than 40,000 people have learnt how chocolate is made at Wickedly Welsh Chocolate this summer

Chocolate factory welcomes 40,000 visitors

By Laurence Gibbons

Pembrokeshire-based chocolate manufacturer Wickedly Welsh Chocolate welcomed more than 40,000 people into its factory over the summer holidays, the firm has revealed.

KITE exceeded its £10M target

Welsh food SMEs given £80M boost

By John Wood

A knowledge exchange project operated by a university and a further education college has added more than £80M to the turnover of Welsh small- and medium-sized food businesses (SMEs) since its formation in 2009.

Welsh cattle farmers' fears have been dismissed by David Clarke

Red Tractor boss rejects Welsh beef accreditation fears

By Laurence Gibbons

Welsh beef farmers’ fears Red Tractor accreditation would “increase costs” throughout the supply chain without any return have been dismissed by David Clarke, boss of Assured Food Standards (AFS), which operates the Red Tractor quality assurance scheme.

Oversupply in the milk market, prompting plunging prices, has hit dairy farmers hard

Dairy crisis

First Milk must quell farmers’ fears, says NFU

By Rod Addy

First Milk must quell the fears of its milk suppliers after announcing it would delay payments to them by two weeks and increase contributions from them, according to the National Farmers Union.

KK Fine Foods makes a range of frozen ready meals for foodservice and retail customers

Deeside’s KK Fine Foods to create 90 jobs

By Rod Addy

KK Fine Foods is creating 90 jobs on Deeside Enterprise Zone in a £4.2M investment – its largest to date – supported by the Welsh government and Finance Wales.

Modern machinery will be installed at the site if planning permission is given

150 new jobs at ex-First Milk site

By Nicholas Robinson

Maelor Poultry plans to invest £10M in First Milk’s ex-Maelor cheese packing site near Wrexham, creating up to 150 new jobs.

David Wood Baking makes frozen bake-off and craft bakery products

Ready meal firm’s sale offers lifeline to 142 staff

By Rod Addy

Brakes Group has agreed to sell ready meals firm Creative Foods to David Wood Baking for an undisclosed sum, potentially saving 142 jobs, a move one Facebook campaigners called “brilliant news”.

2 Sisters has won the support of the Welsh government

2 Sisters Food Group gains Welsh government backing

By Rod Addy

2 Sisters Food Group has won closer support from the Welsh government, which has just declared Boparan Holdings, 2 Sisters’ parent company, one of its six new ‘anchor’ companies.

Food and drink industry people on the move – in October

Food and drink industry people on the move – in October

By Laurence Gibbons

A government reshuffle, which saw food and farming minister David Heath and fisheries minister Richard Benyon both lose their jobs, leads our selection of people on the move in the food and drink industry this month.

Wales employs 230,000 people in the food and drink industry

First Welsh food industry skills ambassador named

By Rod Addy

The Welsh food industry’s first skills ambassador, who will spearhead a campaign to recruit and up-skill more workers for the sector, has been named as butcher Tomi Jones, from Llangollen.

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