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New food and drink network is centre stage at the Royal Welsh Show

The new network representing Wales’ biggest industrial sector was highlighted at a keynote reception hosted by the First Minister at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show.


Key representatives from Food 7 Cymru, which brings together seven leading trade associations, joined First Minister Mark Drakeford MS to bring news of the development of the newly-formed farm-to-fork grouping.

The seven trade associations – the Welsh Retail Consortium, National Farmers Union Cymru, Farmer’s Union of Wales, Logistics UK, Food and Drink Federation Cymru, The Association of Convenience Stores and UKHospitality Cymru – have linked to promote and sustainably develop employment, investment and growth in the vital food and drink sector.

“This new network is a milestone in the representation and promotion of this incredible industry,” said Food 7 Cymru co-ordinator David Chapman, Executive Director of UKHospitality Cymru. “Every part of this huge sector – from farms and manufacturers to pubs, restaurants, hotels, shops and retailers and transport businesses – comes under our banner.

“Food 7 Cymru highlights food and drink’s significance to the economy, employment and communities in Wales and provides a platform to shout about our successes and our ambitious plans to train, employ and invest here in Wales.”