Supplier to Buyer event hailed a success among tourism and hospitality businesses in South West Wales!

25 March 2015

Some of the very best tourism and hospitality businesses were on show recently at the largest trade show in South West Wales.

Supplier to Buyer is an annual event and organised by Pembrokeshire Tourism, Pembrokeshire County Council and was this year supported by Food and Drink Wales and Visit Wales – ‘Providing a food experience and taste of local culture’. The event invites producers, wholesalers and distributors of local produce and services across South West Wales together.

Over 500 visitors including B&Bs, hoteliers, restaurateurs, farm shops and delicatessens   attended the one day event which was a great success for both suppliers and producers.

Commenting on the event, Joanne Welch, Food Development Officer for Pembrokeshire County Council said, “This year’s Supplier to Buyer event has proved to be another great success for exhibitors and visitors. It gives regional suppliers the opportunity to showcase their products and services to businesses in the hospitality and tourism sector.

“It was a joy to see all the different businesses networking with each other gaining contacts and developing their businesses further.”

Maudie Hughes, Chief Executive of Pembrokeshire Tourism added “The feedback we’ve had from producers following the event in a short time has been fantastic. Many of the producers have made a lot of valuable contacts, with significant interest shown from Delis, wholesalers and local businesses in buying local produce.”

Former Editor of the AA Restaurant Guide and food broadcaster Simon Wright and Joel Wright of Wright’s Food Emporium led a workshop entitled ‘A World of Change in Eating Out’ which looked at current food trends. The session was well attended with approx. 40 delegates.

A range of producers from the area exhibited from local meat producers, cheeses, drinks, sauces and confectionery to a variety of food services and support for the Tourism and Hospitality sector.

Oriel Jones, one of the exhibitors said “Being a new business it is difficult to get our brand recognised and our message portrayed. The ‘Supplier to Buyer’ event gave us a platform to showcase what we do. It has helped us meet potential customers and also provided a platform to meet other businesses and discuss the possibility of collaborating. We had discussions with a cheese producer on the possibility of collaborating on a beef and blue cheese burger, something that is very exciting!

“It was a great networking event, one which we hope is the first of many!”

Another new producer Hideaway Farm Meats reported that they had a "brilliant day, the test trading area enabled us to meet a lot of potential new customers, the opportunity to cook tasters created a lot of interest in our stand and we had new business as a result.

New this year, Food and Drink Wales and Visit Wales had arranged for two well known local chefs Scott Davis of cnwd and Guy Morris of ffwd-food to lead a Tasting Kitchen, were they cooked up a storm using an array of local produce for delegates to taste. In addition the two chefs shared their experiences of what produce works well in various dishes.

Other highlights included the Cywain Test Trading area and Yes/No bin where new products could be tested, and where valuable feedback could be given to producers.

Supplier to Buyer event took place at Brithdir Hall, Withybush Showground in Haverfordwest on Monday 16th March 2015.

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