Case Studies

22 November 2017
When Pembrokeshire nutritionist Ellen Picton made some dark chocolate truffles as an Easter treat for her clients the last thing she expected was to become emersed in the world of chocolate making!   With Cywain’s help Ellen has managed to take her ‘healthier’ chocolate business forward, supplying wholesale customers in Wales and more recently direct to the public.   The delicious truffles are made using 72% dark Belgian chocolate – which is full of flavour but contains minimal sugar – combined with Pembrokeshire cream and Welsh flavourings.   Naturally gluten-free, the hand-made range includes a dairy-free variety which is suitable for vegans. Among the flavours available
A brand new Gwynedd company producing delightful shortbread biscuits has launched in record time, thanks to expert advice from Cywain, the Menter a Busnes added value food project.   In little over eight weeks from idea to full branded products, Kit Ellis from Llwyndyrys Farm near Y Ffôr, Pwllheli with support from good friend and self taught baker, Sioned Williams have launched CRYMS.   Kit is no stranger to entrepreneurship as the former crops and farm accounts lecturer already runs Spa Farm and self catering holiday cottages from the family’s Llwyndyrys Farm.   Kit’s former student and employee, Sioned arrived at the farm ready to begin
Alison Everett and her husband Dave moved to Home Farm, Overton-on-Dee from Liverpool just over 5 years ago. Having decided to establish a small holding, the pair started out with half a dozen pigs and chickens. After sending their first pigs to slaughter, Alison and Dave realised that to do their meat justice and to add value they needed to butcher it themselves. Since November 2009, all Home Farm’s pigs have been skilfully butchered on the farm by the husband and wife duo. Home Farm’s traditional rare breed pedigree pig herd now consists of over 70 free range pigs, with breeds including
Pant Du company owners in the Nantlle Valley will present to the world their own unique bottled water. The water travels through pre-Cambrian rock dating back 500 million years. A story that’s certainly worth telling explains Myrddin Davies, Cywain project Manager who has been assisting the company to ensure that the water reaches its niche market. Keeping true to the purity of the water source and stunning surroundings, the view seen from Pant Du is outlined on the bottle’s imagery. It is the same view seen in the pioneering 18th century Welsh artist,Richard Wilson’s famous oil painting ‘Snowdon from Llyn Nantlle’ 1765. It is believed that Wilson himself, actually stayed
A Denbighshire businesswoman is making Valentines Day celebrations across Wales and beyond, a little sweeter, thanks to her delicate sugared flowers.   Corwen-based business Eat My Flowers has recently completed its biggest order to date, supplying candied flowers and floral lollypops for this year’s Valentines Day range at London shopping emporium, Fortnum and Mason.   Using techniques passed down from her grandmother, producer Sarah Hughes transforms plants grown in her garden into delightful edible gifts.   Thanks to support from Cywain, a Menter a Busnes added value project that assists Welsh food producers, Eat My Flowers has rapidly blossomed from a small kitchen-counter operation to featuring on the shelves of some of Britain’s