Food Centre Wales is a dedicated food technology centre offering advice, technical services and training to business start-ups, SME’s and existing food manufacturers.
Whether you have a great new idea for a product and don’t know where to start, or you are an established manufacturer who needs help troubleshooting or gaining accreditation, our expert Food Technologists can help guide and support you through the whole process.
The centre boasts a dedicated Research and Development building with unrivalled facilities for food manufacturers to develop new and existing products. The technical facility is designed to enable food producers to manufacture products on small industrial scale. Expert Food Technologists are on hand to assist the use of all our processing areas and equipment, as well as offer advice and guidance throughout. They will help you scale up your recipes, train you in the use of the equipment, set processing conditions - all necessary for your manufacture.
Arwyn is responsible for the day-to-day management of Food Centre Wales and is also responsible for Business Development for the Centre, and its relationship with key stakeholders. After graduating from Aberystwyth University in 1992 in Agri-Food Marketing, Arwyn worked in the Welsh Development Agency’s Food Directorate from 1999, becoming its Director in 2005. After moving to work in the private sector in 2006, he joined Antur Teifi in 2010, where he led a team that set up Perspectif, a Market and Social intelligence service. In 2017, he joined the Food Centre Wales team as Business Development Manager.
Natalie is responsible for marketing, event management and liaising with start-up businesses and prospective clients to enable the business to develop. She promotes the centre services through a wide variety of channels and events. After graduating with a first class degree in Business & Design Technology, Natalie has 20 years’ experience in Business Development and Marketing across a range of sectors throughout Wales, including 16 years running her own business. She joined Food Centre Wales as Business Development Officer in 2017.
Angela joined the team in 2002 and is the Senior Food Technologist here at Food Centre Wales. With considerable industry experience in a wide range of food and drink processes, she is able to implement and audit food safety management systems in businesses of all sizes. Angela is also a highly experienced trainer, qualified to deliver training and knowledge transfer activities related to food safety, NPD, practical skills and food technology. With experience in meat, dairy, confectionary and bakery, Angela is really perfectly placed to be able to support all businesses with their technical needs.
Mark Jones is a Food technologist specialising in Dairy, quality systems and process development. Mark has a degree in Food science and technology along with a number of industry based qualifications. He joined the team in 2015 and has 17 years’ experience in Dairy industry on a variety of different size businesses, winning numerous awards.
Rhian is a Food Technologist with over 11 years experience working across many sectors of the food industry. Since joining Food Centre Wales in 2005 she has cultivated a special interest in NPD, meat and ready to eat technology working with clients to bring new products to the market place. In addition she has expanded her portfolio to become an accredited Food Safety Trainer for courses delivered by Food Centre Wales.
Gerallt Morris joined the team as a Food Technologist in 2015. Gerallt has a Degree in Chemistry and has several industrial based qualifications, he has worked in the Food Industry for over 10 years. Gerallt Specialises in Quality Systems, Quality Control, Process Efficiency and has helped several companies from the NPD stage to getting a product on the shelf.
Ceris Moyle joined the technical team as a food technician. Her main responsibilities include quality management systems and documentation systems. Ceris has had extensive experience since starting in the food industry in 2002 within the manufacturing and retail sectors. She graduated with a degree in Business IT in 2014.
Amanda ensures the hygiene and food safety standards are maintained to a high level in the Innovation and Manufacturing hub. She supports Food Technologists and assists food businesses who are utilising the food processing facilities. Amanda was self-employed in catering and the food sector for 20 years and been at Food Centre Wales for 13 years.
Janet has worked in the public sector for 19 years and shares the coordination of the Centre’s events and is a financial officer working with both procurement (creditors) & income (debtors) systems.
Annwen Gale joined the team in September 2017 as a Centre Coordinator. Her role is to provide administrative and co-ordination assistance for each department at the Centre. Annwen has worked in the hospitality industry for over 20 years in a range of different venues within the private and public sector.
Whether you run a food company in Wales, work for a multinational food manufacturer, or are taking your first tentative steps to set up a food micro business – Food Innovation Wales is the go-to resource for support, advice and creative ideas to help get you started, expand, and find solutions to technical operational conundrums.
The food industry has become an increasingly complex arena in which to operate: with global competition, a greater focus on price, complicated procurement, and increasing ethical and environmental scrutiny, developing a food business is a real challenge. Little wonder, then, that many companies fail due to lack of expertise or resource in specific areas.
That’s where Food Innovation Wales comes in: our experienced team of experts, based at Food Centres across Wales, are on hand to support the food industry by providing advice and encouragement, technical support, innovative ideas, and guidance on regulatory and legislative complexities.
Food Innovation Wales’s team of internationally recognised food industry experts are available to assist clients navigate their way through a complex range of food disciplines, from nutrition and dietetics, environmental health, new product development, factory and workplace design, quality assurance, hygiene, food safety, marketing and efficiency.
With decades’ worth of experience, Food Innovation Wales is dedicated to helping food businesses grow, innovate, compete and reach new markets. Join the countless food businesses that have already benefited from the help and advice of our team, and contact us now to explore ways that you can find greater success in the food industry.
The HELIX project is a Welsh Government Initiative designed to help develop the food and drink industry in Wales.
At a time where Brexit is generating uncertainty in the economy, the Welsh Food Industry can take advantage of the much needed funding available to help their businesses grow in the marketplace.
New and existing SME food and drink manufacturers are able to access bespoke assistance from Food Technologists that is specific and tailored to the individual business.
Innovation –fast-tracking new innovative products and food company start-ups
Efficiency – assisting businesses to reduce waste during food processing thereby securing costs savings and waste reduction
Strategy – seeking to ensure a world-class industry through advanced skills in key areas, such as food technology
Food Centre Wales is a key partner in the new £21m Welsh Government initiative, in what is a major boost to the Welsh food industry and economy. Funded through the Rural Development Programme it is expected to create 370 new jobs across the different centres, while safeguarding a further 2,000 and contributing over £100m to the Welsh economy.The HELIX project was developed by Food Innovation Wales (FIW), which is a partnership of the 3 food centres in Wales:-
This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.
Welsh Food Industry
Food Centre Wales plays a strategic role in the technical support of the Welsh Food Industry and was set up in 1996 by Ceredigion County Council as part of its Economic Development strategy. In 2001 funding from the National Assembly for Wales’ Welsh Capital Challenge Scheme enabled the addition of the £1.7 million Research and Development building. This building has fully equipped process areas and manufacturing facilities available for commercial hire. The centre is also used as a ‘launch pad’ for new and innovative ideas in the Welsh Agri-Food Industry, working closely with the Welsh Government Food Directorate.