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
Cywain Bee first came across Katie Hayward and Felin Honeybees Ltd back in 2015. Katie then was working full time as a Health and Safety Officer, with a dream of working full time as a beekeeper on her farm in Cemlyn, Anglesey.  She had kept bees for 17 years and sought support to develop her business plan in increasing the number of hives and honey produced as well as educating the public and landowners about honey bees and pollination.   Through a mentoring fund available at the time, Cywain Bee supported Katie to establish an in-house education centre on her farm. A key focus
A Monmouthshire-based poultry business is anticipating a bumper festive season after clinching one of Wales’ top food and produce awards, placing it firmly on the Christmas wish list.   Family firm Usk Vale, based at Maesmawr Farm, Glascoed, believes 2013 will be a significant year for the 30-year-old business as demand for its fresh produce spirals after clinching gold at the Wales True Taste Awards.   “Winning gold for our large barn reared chickens has meant a great deal for us and it endorses the faith we have in our product and the expansion plans we have for 2013 and beyond,” said Nick Davis,
The company, which produces most of its vegetables and meat, including Welsh Black Beef, on their farm on Anglesey, has been supported through Cywain, a project delivered by business development company Menter a Busnes. It helps add value to agricultural produce and supports the development of supply chains.   Sandra Muggeridge, manager at Hooton’s Homegrown said: “The recent food scandal has made people much more aware of what they’re eating and we’re seeing new faces coming in to the farm shops as a result; and customers are asking more questions about traceability, and how their food is produced. In the past it
The owners of a new micro-brewery in Wrexham have made their dreams come true after pulling the first pint of their lovingly made Welsh ale. Dave Shaw and his nephew and business partner Andy Benson have opened the Big Hand Brewing Co on Wrexham Industrial Estate, realising an ambition that has been brewing for 25 years.   Production is now in full-swing thanks to help from Menter a Busnes Trade Development Programme, the added value food project that gave vital assistance to the early stages of the venture.   The brewers welcomed Dafydd Elis-Thomas AM, Plaid spokesman for Rural Affairs, Fisheries and Food, and