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Welsh Food Centres

20 Jun

I’ve heard mixed reports from many food producers on how useful, helpful and productive our food
centres are, in particular the one just down the road from me – Horeb. I was asked how much funding went into Food Centres and as this was another one I couldn’t answer, I sent off another Freedom Of Information question was off. However for some reason this question was then sent to the Press Office, so follows are the questions I asked and the responses.

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act

Could you please supply me with the following information:

  1. How is Horeb Food Centre funded?

Food Centre Wales, based in Horeb, is part funded by Welsh Government. We are able to provide information of Welsh Government funding but any other support is a matter for the individual centre to provide. The Welsh Government funding provided to the centre is for the purpose of undertaking knowledge transfer services to the food industry in Wales. This includes, but is not limited to, advice on new product development, accreditation, packaging and shelf life, food safety, and quality management.

  1. How much have these funding bodies put into Horeb Food Centre during 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12?

 As per the previous question, we are only able to provide information on Welsh Government funding. Any other funding provided to Food Centre Wales is up to the centre to disclose. In terms of Welsh Government funding, Food
Centre Wales, Horeb, is one of three food centres in Wales to receive funding. Each centre has received funding of £140,000 per centre, per year, during the period you have requested.

I understand Horeb also gets funding from Ceredigion County Council and assume the other centres are also supported by their local councils too. Hope this is useful information. 

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  1. Producer

    June 20, 2012 at 10:12 am

    So these centres have had £140,000 per year up to now, another £35000 for 3 months this year, and £260,000 per year per centre for the next 3 years. So I work it out that Horeb would have £295,000 this year. So that is an extra 100% funding (without any other funding from Councils etc) for the next three years. I await with bated breath what this windfall will be spent on -but I am willing to bet that local producers will not see any benefit!
    You really could not make it up!

     
  2. NA

    June 20, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    This looks interesting in Aber – http://www.cambrian-news.co.uk/news/i/25156/