20 October 2014
In a first for Gwledd Conwy Feast, visitors will test new food and drink products never before bought to the festival. Cywain, the food and drink value added project, will offer a platform for five new producers to test trade their products direct to customers before further development.   Visitors will taste the products, offer direct feedback in the form of a number of short questions relating to taste, texture and how enticing the food looks. Visitors will then post their answers into two large bins placed at Cywain’s stand at the Festival (25 and 26 October), with a YES or NO
18 September 2014
 A new project to increase honey production in Wales is urging farmers and landowners to have beehives on their land and so help boost the Welsh honey industry and maybe gain access to farming support.   According to the recently formed Cywain Bee project having beehives on land could not only help the Welsh honey industry, but possibly lead to farmers and landowners achieving additional support through environmental management schemes.   While Welsh honey is much in demand, research commissioned by Conwy Rural partnership as part of *The Bee Co-operative Project - has highlighted the disparity between demand and supply with requests from retailers
26 August 2014
A traditional bakery may have cracked a centuries-old conundrum by creating the perfect dunking biscuit.Llanrwst-based Scilicorns Bakery has begun production of a new digestive biscuit using wheat grown in the Conwy Valley.Initially the idea was to offer a local product with low food miles for the premium biscuit market. But an unexpected benefit has been its dunking quality. “It’s slightly firmer than the standard sweetmeal biscuit and so lasts longer when dipped in a hot drink,” said one lady aficionado when visiting the Scilicorns Bakery stand at last weekend’s Llanrwst Show. “It’s also lower in sugar and salt, and has a more natural
26 July 2014
Visitors to the Royal Welsh Show this year will use their taste buds to help individuals and new Welsh food and drink companies. By tasting new products, visitors to the Food Hall will offer Cywain, the Menter a Busnes added value food project, a real insight to food market research.  Visitors to the Hall will vote with their taste buds, as they taste a variety of brand new food and drink products, and give their opinions on taste, texture and how enticing the food looks. Royal Welsh Show visitors will then post their answers into two large bins in the Food
24 July 2014
Cywain project was spearheaded by Menter a Busnes set up to bring added value to primary produce within the agriculture sector.  The project has received funding through the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-2013 which is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. In addition, new companies and produce that will be launching or are recently launched will be selling and offering tasting sessions at Cywain Agri and Cywain Fisheries stalls at the Food Hall. They include: Cwt Mwg, Dulas, Anglesey Barcut Veal, Llangernyw, near Llanrwst, Conwy VDeli, Llangain, Carmarthen Cwm Farm, Pontardawe, Swansea Selective Seafoods, Tudweiliog, Llŷn Dylan's Restaurant,