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Aberystwyth Farmers' Market Voted One Of The UK's Top 10

Aberystwyth Farmers' Market has been voted one of the Top 10 Farmers' Markets in the UK. Writing in the Times newspaper, Henrietta Green, widely acknowledged as a leading expert of British, regional and local quality food, said:  "Aberystwyth is a low-key market but you get the sense that it is hugely important to the community and it is full of good, honest producers".

Aberystwyth Farmers' Market Coordinator, Jan Fenner, is delighted with the news that not only has the market been included amongst the Top 10 UK Farmers' Markets but it is the only Welsh Farmers' Market to be included.  Jan Fenner said:  "Aberystwyth Farmers' Market is going from strength to strength hosting up to 27 producers all selling their own produce that has been grown, reared and made by them.  You'll see seasonal vegetables, salads and fruit adorning the stalls along with every other produce that customers need for their weekly shopping list.  The Aberystwyth Farmers' Market provides an excellent outlet for farmers and small business’."

The Aberystwyth Farmers' Market, held on the first and third Saturday of the month, is supported by Ceredigion County Council and receives sponsorship from Aberystwyth Town Council.  Organisation of the Aberystwyth Farmers' Market is the responsibility of Food Centre Wales.

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Kay Lewis & Richard Jones receiving certificates on behalf of staff at Dunbia who successfully completed a Meat Cutting Skills Course at Food Centre Wales.

Cllr Keith Evans Leader of Ceredigion County Council, Kay Lewis & Richard Jones of Dunbia Llanybydder, John Davies, Manager at Food Centre Wales.

Cllr Haydn Lewis, Chairman of Ceredigion County Council Presented Cheese Making certificates to Carol Coffin and Hopkin Evans on completion of the course at Food Centre Wales.

Carol coffin, Cllr Haydn Lewis, Chairman of Ceredigion County Council, Hopkin Evans, John Davies, Manager Food Centre Wales.

Shop shop, chop chop!

First for Cambrian Mountains Lamb on TV shopping channel!

Tuesday 8 November 2011 will see Cambrian Mountains Lamb sold via the UK‟s top shopping channel QVC for the first time. The fresh Welsh lamb boxes of different meat cuts will be sold on air and via the channel‟s website. The lamb is produced by a group of farmers who are part of a rural initiative backed by HRH The Prince of Wales and adhere to strict environmental and animal welfare standards to produce exceptionally high quality meat.

The hour long cookery show, which will be on air live from 1pm on 8th November, will feature Cambrian Mountains celebrity chef Rhodri Edwards of Y Ffarmers, Llanfihangel y Creuddyn near Aberystwyth and Gareth Rowlands (farmer and co-founder of Rachel‟s Dairy) who is a Director of the Cambrian Mountains Company.

During the live QVC show, Rhodri will tempt viewers with a range of mouth-watering recipes for various succulent lamb cuts - from traditional Welsh Cawl to a Moroccan style lamb tagine. Other dishes include herb seasoned leg roast; loin chops with roast vegetables plus neck fillet with red wine and red currant sauce. Produced naturally by a group of 21 traditional hill farming families, the lamb is an exceptional quality product that is convenient to prepare.

Rhodri is also one of a group of Cambrian Mountains Tourism Ambassadors recently appointed by HRH The Prince of Wales to help promote quality tourism in the region. Rhodri and his wife Esther‟s restaurant was recently voted the best place for Sunday lunch in Wales.

Throughout the show Gareth Rowlands will explain the Cambrian Mountains Initiative and the way in which the farmers have come together to raise standards and market their produce. The Initiative, of which The Prince of Wales is President, helps sustain traditional upland farms and rural communities. The „Mynyddoedd Cambrian Mountains‟ brand logo also incorporates The Prince‟s watercolour of Cwm Berwyn, near Tregaron.

QVC has an average of 8 million customers with 20 million viewers per year. Commenting, Cambrian Mountains Company Business Manager, Deanna Leven said, “This is a marvellous opportunity to showcase Cambrian Mountains Lamb and offer thousands of

UK viewers the opportunity to purchase the best tasting, pure meat from the heart of Wales. It is also a great way to raise the profile of the area and the way in which the initiative has helped to add real value to local farmers. We hope this will be the start of an on-going relationship with QVC for future sales of lamb and other Cambrian Mountains products.”

To find out more about the Cambrian Mountains Initiative, please contact:

Deanna Leven (CMI Business Manager)
Tel: 01970 639 410



From left to right:

  • Nerys Lewis, Rural Communities Coordinator;
  • John Davies, Manger of Food Centre Wales;
  • Councillor Odwyn Davies, Chairman of Ceredigion County Council;
  • Elin Jones AM;
  • Councillor EJ Keith Evans, Leader of Ceredigion County Council
  • Meleri Richards, Rural Communities Coordinator;
  • Councillor Eurfyl Evans, the Ceredigion County Council Cabinet Member responsible for Economic Development, Tourism, Europe and Training;
  • Mr Gareth Lloyd, Chair of Ceredigion's Stronger Communities Partnership;
  • Bronwen Morgan, Chief Executive of Ceredigion County Council

New Welsh smoothie in line for European design award

Rhodri Davies watches as Katie Parry, at The Harbourmaster Hotel, pour a glass of SoBorsobor

An exciting and versatile new fruit smoothie brand designed for the premium bar and hotel market has been launched by a young Welsh entrepreneur. Made from top quality fruit, SoBor is a truly Welsh product, having been developed and manufactured, at Food Centre Wales, Horeb, Llandysul.

SoBor, the brainchild of graduate Rhodri Davies, 23, is already making its mark, as the drink's eye-catching design was shortlisted for a coveted Design Management European Award. Rhodri, who lives near Carmarthen, was one of seven companies from across Europe shortlisted for the award for the best management of a first time design project. The awards were presented as part of Cardiff Design Week at the Wales Millennium Centre, where SoBor was available to taste. SoBor - - has also made a good impression on one of Wales' top hotels, The Harbourmaster in Aberaeron.Having played a key role in a trade focus group conducted by True Food Marketing, the Visit Wales gold award winning hotel has fittingly become SoBor's first customer.

The first two flavours in the SoBor range are: Mango and Orange and Blackcurrant and Apple.



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Glan Davies presents the Best Stand Shield to Harmony Herd,Beualh Newcastle Emlyn.
From Left to right, Glan Davies, Tony, Jan Fenner Farmers Market Coordinator and Sarah Tarbutt

New food companies launch at Royal Welsh Show

A passion for local food and the Welsh countryside were the driving forces behind seven new food businesses that launched new products at the Royal Welsh Show July 21-24, 2008

The Welsh Assembly Government’s Rural Affairs Minister Elin Jones officially launched the new products at the show.

LittleFfarm Dairy from Newcastle Emlyn; Hafod Cheese from Lampeter; The Gluten Free Company from Whitchurch, Shropshire; Ffos y Ffin Brewery from Carmarthen; the Carmarthenshire Cheese Company; Bryngwenyn Flour Mill from Llanelli and Gower View Foods at Cross Hands have all benefited from the support of Food Centre Wales at Horeb, Ceredigion, a Welsh Assembly Government supported Initiative.

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Back Row: Steve Smith Ffos y Ffin Brewery, Steve Peace Carmarthenshire Cheese Company, Simon Hedges Bryngwenyn Flour Mill, Sam Holden Hafod Cheese, Chris Swire Colliers Butter Fayrefeild Foods, Peter Shaw, The Gluten Free Company

Front Row: John Davies, Food Centre Wales Manager, Elizabeth Hedges Bryngwenyn Flour Mill, Elin Jones AM, Rachael Holden HafodCheese, Tony & Jo Knight Little Ffarm Dairy, Jon Lewis Gower View Foods.

Welsh Assembly Government Minister for Rural Affairs Elin Jones says: “I admire the enthusiasm and entrepreneurial spirit of these new businesses. By setting up in rural Wales they are boosting the rural economy while enhancing Wales’s reputation as the home of quality, artisan produce.”

Little Ffarm Dairy ‘Lovespoon’ Gelato

gelatoLittle Ffarm Dairy is the brainchild of former RAF Officers Tony and Jo Knight, who are launching their ‘Lovespoon’ Gelato, a luxury Italian-style ice cream.

Lovingly crafted with traditional artisan methods, using fresh milk from their herd of pedigree Dairy Goats, the ice cream contains only the finest natural ingredients and no artificial additives, flavourings or stabilizers, giving it a superb taste.

In addition to its suitability for people with health challenges such as dairy intolerance and asthma, their goats’ milk gelato is lower in fat than most ice creams – only around eight per cent as opposed to the more typical 18 – 35 per cent. Not only is this healthier, it enhances taste and creaminess as the delicately fine flavour isn’t obscured by a veneer of heavy fat. And for the sceptics, there’s assuredly no ‘goaty’ taste.

‘Lovespoon’ can be enjoyed in five delicious varieties: original, sumptuous ‘Simplicity’; indulgent ‘Madagascan Vanilla’; decadent ‘Rich Chocolate’‘Honeycomb,’ swirled with aromatic woodland honey; and ‘Strawberry’, made with fresh, ripe fruit from local growers. Jo and Tony relish creating bespoke, innovative flavours for those seeking a uniquely special treat.The couple conducted product trials at the Food Centre Wales and benefited from support provided by Design Wales, which guided them in appointing consultants to help create their brand identity. Both organisations are supported by the Welsh Assembly Government to provide assistance for local businesses. The launch at the Royal Welsh Show is the realisation of a dream for the couple, whose move to Carmarthenshire was prompted by Tony’s desire to return to his native Wales. Having created a delicious ice cream to honour the local farmers’ harvest celebrations, it proved so popular they decided to establish their own Artisan Dairy and travelled to Italy to study with a Master Gelatière. Now Tony combines his career as an airline pilot with working alongside wife Jo to run the farm and craft the gelato.

“The finest ingredients and highest standards of animal welfare are essential to creating the ultimate artisan ice cream,” enthuses Jo. “We believe that unless you are truly dedicated to your art, you cannot produce the very best: thus, our luxury gelato is created with passion and purely enhanced by Mother Nature’s wonderful gifts - for everyone’s delight.”

‘Lovespoon’ Luxury Gelato will be available to enjoy at selected outlets throughout Wales from summer 2008.

LittleFfarm Dairy ‘Lovespoon’ Gelato,Tony and Jo Knight,01559 370132, Ffarm Fach, Capel Iwan, Newcastle Emlyn, Carms SA38 9NQ

Hafod Cheese

cheeseBeing newcomers to cheese making has been no barrier to Sam and Rachel Holden, who already count acclaimed cheese specialist Neal’s Yard Dairy in London amongst their customers.

Hafod is a mature raw milk cheddar made on Wales’s longest certified organic dairy farm, Bwlchwernen Fawr at Llangybi near Lampeter, which has been managed organically for 35 years by Sam’s father, Patrick Holden, Director of the Soil Association.

Leaving careers in London, Sam, 33, and his wife Rachel, 31, returned to Ceredigion with the aim of producing cheese from milk from the farm’s dairy herd. In August 2007, following two years of planning, they started making cheese, using raw milk from the farm’s 65 brown and white Ayrshire cows.

The milk is rich and creamy, ideally suited to cheese making, and gives Hafod its distinctive creamy yet rich and complex flavour. The cheese is handmade in a small open vat using traditional techniques and is mould-ripened and matured for more than nine months.

The recipe for Hafod is broadly based on that of Tyn Grog, a cheese that was made by Dougal Campell, a pioneering local cheese maker until his untimely death in 1995.

Hafod is Welsh for summer place or pasture and is an area of meadow next to the river Aeron where all the farm’s cows graze as heifers before joining the milking herd.

Sam and Rachel have benefited from a Welsh Assembly Government Processing and Marketing grant that part-funded the building of a new dairy. They have also attended courses run by the Food Centre Wales where they learned vital cheese making and food hygiene skills, as well as how to design their new dairy and organise the processing flow.

The couple are looking forward to meeting potential new customers at the Royal Welsh, says Rachel.

“We have had a really good response to our cheese so far – almost everyone who has tried it buys it!” she says. “It will be available to taste at the show and will be on sale at the Cheeses from Wales stand.”

A website is being developed so that in time customers will be able to buy Hafod Cheese online.

Hafod Cheese,Sam and Rachel Holden, 01570 493427,Bwlchwernen Fawr, Llangybi, Lampeter, Ceredigion, SA48 8PS,

The Gluten Free Company

gluten freePeter Shaw formed The Gluten Free Company two years ago after spotting a gap in the market for high quality, delicious gluten-free ready meals.

Already following a gluten-free diet himself, he wanted to provide other coeliacs (people intolerant to gluten) a hot, nutritious meal that tasted homemade, but was ready in minutes.

At the Royal Welsh Show he will be launching three meals: Pork Cassoulet; Lamb Ras El Hanut with Quinoa; and Salmon Risotto with Lemon Thyme and Tarragon.

Available frozen in generous 500g portions, the meals have been given the thumbs up from everyone who tries them, even people who are not following a gluten-free diet.

A draughtsman by trade, Peter is an unashamed perfectionist, who commissioned a local artist to design his logo. He personally visits many of his suppliers, sourcing pork and lamb from Carmarthenshire, and salmon from Scotland. He credits the Welsh Assembly Government-supported Food Centre Wales for putting him on the road to success and says that he would never be where he is today without their “support, skills and knowledge.” He is grateful for use of the facility for product trials and development, and for the skills of its food technicians.

Being kind to the environment plays a big part in the company too. Peter chose salt-based freezer packs to transport his meals rather than dry ice which emits carbon dioxide, and all his packaging is recyclable or compostable.

“I wanted to provide a meal that was the perfect answer at the end of a hard day,” explains Peter. “When you come in after a long day and are too tired to cook from scratch, you can pop these meals into the microwave and by the time you have showered and changed, you will have a hot meal ready that is full of natural, healthy ingredients and tastes absolutely delicious.”

The Gluten Free Company, Peter Shaw, 01948 710426, The Yews, Breaden Heath, Whitchurch, Shropshire, SY13 2LG

Bryngwenyn Flour Mill

bryngwenynSimon and his wife Liz have lived on their organic farm at Pontyberem near Llanelli for eight years. They offer holiday cottage accommodation, run a small farm shop and are now in the final stages of completing the installation of Simon’s ultimate dream – a small flour mill.The mill will source local Welsh wheat and, utilising his years of experience and a good degree of technological help from the installed machines, they will be producing a diverse range of exciting craft flours.

Part-funded by a Welsh Assembly Government Processing and Marketing grant, Bryngwenyn Flour Mill will now able to produce numerous flours. Simon intends to launch five of the flours at the Royal Welsh Show: two white; two wholemeal; and a special granary flour.Simon believes strongly in sustainability, and in particular local food provision with the benefit of reduced food miles, and so as an example, the majority of the wheat will be sourced within Wales and as close to Llanelli as possible. The flour will be available to buy through the Bryngwenyn farm shop, as well as to certain trade customers such as wholesalers and craft bakeries.

Simon is particularly grateful for the support from the Food Centre, who have given important guidance and support .

Simon Hedges, Bryngwenyn Flour Mill, Pontyberem, Llanelli, SA15 5NG 01269 843138

Ffos Y Ffin

Ffos y FfinMicro brewery Ffos y Ffin will be launching their new bottled lager, Can Y Ddraig, which means Dragon’s Song.It is a bottle-conditioned continental-style lager made in the traditional way with simple, natural ingredients to produce a lighter, crisper beer in a light golden colour with 4.5% abv.

Beer enthusiasts Steve Smith and dairy farmer Glyn Lenton formed the company in 2005 after many years of home brewing and now produce a range of strong tasty real ales with unique character at purpose-built premises on Glyn’s farm at Capel Dewi near Carmarthen. The enterprise was assisted by a Farm Enterprise Grant and an Investment Grant from the Welsh Assembly Government.

The farm is home to a natural spring which provides the water that gives the beer its unique character. The pair follow a traditional brewing process using only spring water, malted grain, hops and yeast.

Ffos y Ffin’s fresh new flavours are winning critical acclaim and an increasing numbers of loyal customers. Last year it was commended in the True Taste Awards, and has enjoyed strong support from local pubs and restaurants such as the award-winning Y Polyn in nearby Nantgaredig.

Steve credits the Welsh Assembly Government supported Food Centre Wales at Horeb for helping them to develop their products.“There is an increasing market for real ales, which has been fuelled by the growth of micro breweries as customers increasingly search for speciality products that offer provenance and a unique drinking experience,” he says.

Steve Smith,Ffos Y Ffin Fawr, Capel Dewi, Carmarthen, Dyfed, SA32 8AG
07838 384868

Carmarthenshire Cheese Company

cheeseThe original artisan farmhouse cheese from Wales will be re-launched by the Carmarthenshire Cheese Company at the Royal Welsh Show.

Llangloffan Farmhouse Cheese was originally created by Leon Downey in the 1970s on his farm and cheese centre near St Davids, Pembrokeshire but after a very successful 30 years cheese making Leon retired in 2006 and Steve and Sian Elin Peace’s Carmarthenshire Cheese Company acquired the business.

Llangloffan Farmhouse Cheese is a full fat hard farmhouse style cheese with a natural rind, with a rich yet slightly dry, almost crumbly texture that melts in the mouth.

It is made with locally sourced fresh whole milk and selected cultures using traditional manufacturing techniques it is matured for up to three months.

Available in white, red, garlic and chive and the new smoked variety the cheese has collected numerous awards and accolades.The company also produces soft, speciality, blue and white mould ripened cheeses, hard farmhouse style cheese and contract manufacture other blue and Goats cheeses.
Carmarthenshire Cheese has received support from both the Welsh Assembly Government and Carmarthenshire County Council with discretionary grants towards the purchase of capital equipment, design and marketing costs.The company has used the advance food units on the Food Centre Wales at Horeb, Llandysul – being in fact their first tenant taking two units in the spring of 2006.

Steve and Sian Elin Peace, Carmarthenshire Cheese Company, Boksburg Hall, Llanllwch, Carmarthenshire SA31 3RN, 01267 221168
Mobile: 07971 248421 / 07887 513798

Gower View Foods

gowerFood and drink contract packers Gower View Foods began trading just 18 months ago but already count food industry heavyweights such as Rachel’s Organic Dairy and Fayrefield Foods among their customers.At the Royal Welsh Show they will be showcasing the new luxurious Collier’s Welsh Valleys Butter, packed for Fayrefield Foods.

Collier’s Welsh Valleys Butter is from the same stable as the renowned Collier’s Powerful Welsh Cheddar, the first Welsh cheese brand to achieve nationwide distribution and now the biggest Welsh brand in the UK dairy market. Made from churned Welsh cream with added sea salt, this exceptional new butter, in its striking black packaging, is sure to have strong customer appeal.

Jon Lewis credits the Food Centre Wales for helping him to achieve such early success. “Without them, I don’t think we would have been able to attract the larger companies,” he explains. “They have provided on-site technical support and their service has been superb.

”They have also received funding through a Welsh Assembly Government Investment Grant, which has helped fund the installation of a Liquid Stick packing line for “squeezies” children’s yoghurts.

Jon Lewis, Gower View Foods, Plot 2, Unit B, Heol Ty Newydd, North Plateau, Cross Hands Food Park, Cross Hands, Carmarthenshire,SA146RZ
01269 846958

New Cheese vat installation in Dairy Complex October 2007

vatDuring September 2007 Food Centre Wales received delivery of a new ASTA-eismann 600litre cheese vat supplied via Jongia UK and is suitable for both hard & soft cheeses as well as producing yogurt. The vat has electronically controlled heating and cooling systems and also to aid drainage is on a hydraulic lift with a tilt mechanism. A new ASTA-eismann cheese press was also supplied along with Laude cheese moulds.

vatThe new vat was purchased to replace the original vat which had served its purpose and also to boost the capacity from 300ltrs to 600ltrs. The new vat is more controllable in temperature range and has a unique lifting platform which is apparently the only one of its kind in the UK. The vat and lifting platform were discovered after two members of the Technical Team visited various factories dotted around Austria and Southern Germany (Bavarian Alps) on a study tour in November 2006. In one particular factory this unique vat and lifting platform caught the eye of one of the team members as being a fantastic idea for a multi purpose vat, ideal for hard and soft cheese making and perfect for the multipurpose facilities in Horeb. The vat was installed in the new dairy extension where a cheese/yogurt room had been incorporated along with a hard cheese store.

FCW Commissioning

During October 2007 the Technical Team at FCW commissioned the new cheese vat using Organic Milk supplied by Sancler Organics to produce a cheddar cheese. This was the first time that the new cheese/yogurt room had been used and the commissioning trial was a huge success. The new ASTA-eismann cheese press was used with Laude cheese moulds along with the original press/moulds, the cheeses are now being matured in the purpose built cheese store.

Food Centre Wales’s cheese/yogurt room is now available for hire, please contact a member of the Technical Team to discuss equipment spec and bookings etc.

Farmers Market 14/09/07

Saturday15th September saw another successful Food Fair in Aberystwyth, the event kicked off on the Friday night with an evening with Celebrity Chef Dudley Newbery and music by local harpist Heledd Mitchell at the Conrah Hotel near Aberystwyth. Over 100 guests enjoyed a 4 course meal as Dudley demonstrated his culinary skills at the ticket only event.

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Jan Fenner, Farmers Market Co-ordinator, John Davies, Food Centre Wales, Butcher Rob Rattray & Conrah Hotels Owner & chef Harry admiring a cut of local lamb used in Dudley's demonstration

The evening was a great success, Dudley entertained the assembled guests with his wit and humour, demonstrated various dishes using locally sourced produce and answered questions from the floor.


Dudley's cooking demonstration at the Conrah Hotel.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Festival got well on its way with over 50 stalls in the streets of Aberystwyth, entertainment was laid on for the younger visitors.

fairThe BEST DRESSED STALL was judged by Dudley Newbery and Mark Williams MP, the prize was awarded to Caermynydd Piggery from Penuwch, Tregaron

Kathy Fordham of Caermynydd Piggery from Penuwch, Tregaron recieves the shield for the Best Stall at the Food Fair from Dudley Newbery and Mark Williams MP, Kathy regularly attends Lampeter and Aberystwyth Farmers' Markets " We use the old traditional method of covering the pork in dry cure and then leaving it to cure naturally, So, if you want bacon that cooks in its own fat, with white froth, this this is the bacon for you.

We produce Back, Streaky and Collar Bacon along with Gammon and boiling Joints. Premium Sausages: Traditional pork Sausages other flavours include, Country Herb, Apple Chives, Garlic, Leek, Tomato and Gluten Free. Delicious Fresh Pork Boneless joints, chops, loin steaks, tenderloins, diced and mice pork. Whole or half pigs available for the freezer"

To contact Jan Fenner, Farmers Market Co ordinator please telephone:01970 633066

Sancler’s Success Story

Elfyn DaviesElfyn Davies was an engineer in the food processing industry prior to buying a dairy farm in St Clears with his wife Rhian in 1994. Milk prices were continually falling. This prompted the couple to look at alternatives to add value to the organic milk from their herd of Meuse Rhine Issel cows. They wanted something innovative to maximise the potential.

Elfyn went to Food Centre Wales for advice and support to develop yoghurt cheese after basing his idea on a recipe he found in a long forgotten book. The Food Centre launched Sancler Organic Yoghurt Cheese at the 2006 Winter Fair in Builth Wells. In early 2007 it won an award in the Global Dairy Congress most innovative dairy product contest, which was held in Holland. Using the dairy processing areas at Horeb, his product is now available in three flavours – natural, chives, basil and garlic. Elfyn will soon be using larger premises as demand for his salt and additive free product continues to grow.

Sancler Organic Yoghurt Cheese can now be found in many specialist health food shops across Wales and hopefully the product will soon be available in supermarkets across Wales.

“Elfyn’s yoghurt cheese has been a spectacular success, in a very short time indeed it has established itself as a very special product and we have been privileged to have been involved in its development”, said John Davies, manager of Food Centre Wales.

”One year ago I had an idea and a dream, today it is reality. Without the help of all in Food Centre Wales it would still be an idea and a dream, they are invaluable to the future of the countryside” said Elfyn

Sancler Organic Yoghurt Cheese
Glancynin, St Clears, Carmarthenshire
Tel: 01994 232999 or 07896 655695

Faggots ­traditional ‘fast food’ that’s switching youngsters on to healthy eating

faggotsGwenfyl Evans realised that a whole generation was missing out on traditional alternatives to beef burgers and kebabs when she fed her sons friends faggots for the first time and they raved about them.
This inspired her enough to begin commercial production. But producing wholesome ‘fast food’ in her farmhouse kitchen on a commercial scale wasn’t an option, so she contacted Food Centre Wales for help. “I used to make faggots 20 years ago and more, but the new food regulations mean that you can not produce this kind of food for sale from your home kitchen,” she said.
‘I’d read about the centre, heard good things about it and went down to see the facilities

‘It really is the answer to trying out new food products without big capital investment,” she said. Using simple wholesome ingredients – pigs offal from the local abattoir in Cross Hands, potato, breadcrumbs and onion – Gwenfyl still uses her grandmothers recipe which is proving a sell out success. “Making faggots for 2 days a week is a real therapy for me after the stroke ward. Response has been very good and the business is building up slowly, which is just the way I want it, as I want something that I can do when I retire from nursing,” said Gwenfyl, who works at Glangwili Hospital.

Selling under the brand as Ffagots Pen Gaer – named after the area surrounding her farm – she is currently selling to small local shops and private customers, including the boys building the new gas pipeline!

Gwenfyl Evans, Ffagots Pengaer, Croesnant, Capel Isaac,           Carmarthenshire, Tel: 01558685322

Farmhouse ice­cream that’s natural – and 100 per cent delicious!

ice creamThere’s a delicious new Welsh ice cream on the block named Mountain View – Golwg y Mynydd – after the prefix of the pedigree herd which supplies all the milk for the new product. Dairy farmers’ wife Mary Jones was looking to add value to the milk from the herd of 90 milking cows husband Terry manages at Ffrwdwen, Capel Isaac, Llandeilo.

Then the mother of two read about ice cream making equipment – and an idea was born. She’d heard about Food Centre Wales, and turned to the Horeb facility for help. “I needed to do something because milk prices have been so low. My idea was to produce a totally natural product with no additives and with the help of the staff there that is just what we have done,” said Mary.

“Not only did they support me through all the necessary paperwork, it was also a great place to develop a product idea without great expense.”

Since then she has got on her bike ­literally ­to take her products to market.

A pedal bike and trailer, fitted out with a freezer, is a real attention grabber at indoor events, plugged in to keep her ice cream cold.

And both trailer and bike have cows and a mountain backdrop on them to remind buyers that this is real ice cream – in just three flavours, dairy, double choc chip and strawberry ­made from real cows milk from Carmarthenshire.

“The support and technical knowledge that Food Centre Wales have given us in helping to develop our ice cream has been invaluable. From product development through the environmental health approval stage and the manufacturing process itself, we have found the facilities and staff to be excellent. I can’t praise the food centre enough – they have provided a perfect foundation for our venture,” said Mary.

Mary Jones, Mountain View Ice Cream, Ffrwdwen, Capel Isaac, Llandeilo,Carmarthenshire
Tel: 01558 685316, or e-mail:

Food to the stars – control is the key to quality

meatWhen Catherine Zeta Jones and husband Michael Douglas stayed at Morgan’s Hotel in her home town of Swansea, chances are the meat on their plates came from an organic farm just outside Whitland. Because the exclusive hotel is just one of the top flight eateries across Wales which has picked up on the top quality produce from Hazelwell Farm, overlooking the Vale of Taf in Carmarthenshire.

While the use of native breed stock ¬cattle sired by either Hereford or Welsh Black bulls and ewes crossed with Hampshire Down rams for early finishing – and organic grass based feeding systems are crucial – it’s presentation that is the key. And that’s why farm manager Paul Oeppen turned to Food Centre Wales and its high tech facilities to turn the perfectly matured meat into beautiful cuts that look good on the plate too.

"We did use a local abattoir to butcher our meat, but we felt we needed more control over the whole process,” said Paul. “We use a freelance butcher, and Food Centre Wales provides the facilities to cut, pack and deliver our meat the way we want it.”

Certainly the attention to detail throughout the production process – from field to plate – has paid off. Now the farm not only lists Morgans Hotel, but also Hurst House, Laugharne; Towers Hotel and award winning Andrew Rees Butchers in Narberth amongst its customers – along with many very satisfied mail order customers.

“The facilities and advice at the Food Centre has been invaluable, we’ve been able to develop our business without making big capital investments and staff at the centre have been able to guide us through all the relevant food legislation,” said Paul.

Paul Oeppen, Hazelwell Organic Farm, Ciffig, Whitland, Carmarthenshire
Tel: 01994 241099

Food Centre Wales launches new Web site... 04/06/07

The Food Centre Wales are proud to announce that they have launched their new Web site and hope that it will be a good source of information for all our present and future clients. Should you wish for any more information please don't hesitate to contact us using the phone number above.

Sancler is launched at the winter fair ... 27/11/06

SanclerElfyn Davies launched an exciting new ORGANIC probiotic yogurt cheese at the Winter Fair in Llanelwedd.

Sancler is an ORGANIC probiotic yogurt cheese using the milk from Elfyn's own herd of cattle. The idea came about after Elfyn read a book about yogurts, with the need to diversify, he contacted Food Centre Wales and worked with the technical team in the newly extended dairy developing and packaging his product.

Judging by the response of the public at the launch, Sancler will be flying off the shelves of the local stores stocking his cheese.

Sancler is available in 3 flavours: Basil & Garlic, Chive and plain

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