10 February 2014
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
05 February 2014
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
27 January 2014
Farming Connect are organising an event to encourage farmers to explore alternative income streams available to them by diversifying in to other food and drinks projects. The main speaker will be Lori Whinn, Director of Rural Foodies, a specialist mentoring, marketing and branding company working with artisan producers. The event will ignite imaginations and share information about support available to develop an idea, investigate new markets and establish marketing strategies. There will also be an opportunity to taste local produce as two successful companies tell their story. There will also be an opportunity to hear from Lowri Davies, Cywain Development Manager
15 January 2014
When Hopkin and Louise Evans of Marcross Farm in the Vale of Glamorgan identified an opportunity to make the most of a by-product from the successful family dairy business, Cywain was at hand to help them to successfully develop their idea. Dairy farms are usually confronted with the need to eliminate young male cattle - which otherwise represent a cost burden – at birth. In the case of Marcross Farm, Louise and Hopkin’s idea was to use the male calves as a source of rose veal, a light, low fat, humanely reared meat. Cywain exists to help agricultural businesses secure a
18 November 2013
Want to market your produce, build a brand and add value at the farm gate? Welsh farmers are being urged to add value to their products through marketing and creating a brand. Farming Connect has drafted in a marketing expert to share ideas with food producers on how they can build a brand. Caroline Hanna, who has worked with clients including Mars and the Welsh brand, Blas y Tir, is the main speaker at a Farming Connect knowledge transfer event to be held at the Nant-y-Ffin Motel, Llandissilio, on November 25th at 7.30pm. Jamie McCoy, Farming Connect facilitator in South Pembrokeshire, said farmers were good