Recently Held Welsh Dairy & Welsh Food Summits – List Of Invitees

08 Aug

I asked Wag for a list of invitees and was told I couldn’t have it due to Data Protection. When I interviewed the Deputy Minister Alun Davies, I again asked for a list of invitees and was given the same response.

It seemed silly, pathetic and pointless to keep secret who Wag had decided to invite to these summits. So not to be put off and following my journalistic instinct I decided the only other option open to me was yet another Freedom Of Information question. Time, Waste Of  – please re-arrange at your leisure.

However a reply has been received today under Reference  6283. I think this will be of interest to you, so their reply follows in full. This has also been sent around all our Best Of Welsh & Borders producers.

A list of businesses and organisations invited to both the Dairy and Food Summits.

The information you have requested is detailed below:


Companies and Organisations Invited to the Food Summit

Adventa Leslie A Parsons   & Sons Limited
ASDA Levercliff   Associates Ltd
Baraka Foods Llanllyr Water   Company
Blas ar Fwyd Llwynhelyg Farm Shop
Calon Wen Miller Research
Cambrian Training   Company National Botanic Garden of Wales
Cardiff University National Farmers Union (Cymru)
Carmarthenshire Cheese Company Elizabeth Finn Care
Carmarthenshire County Council National Trust Wales
Caws Cenarth   Cheese Ltd Panini’s
CFFI Cymru Pembrokeshire County Council
Cks Supermarket Pennard Stores
CountryLandand Business Owners Association Princes Gate Springwater Ltd
Countryside Council forWales Pub is the Hub
Cwmcerrig Farm Rachels Organic Dairy Ltd
D Gibbons & Son Ltd Randall Parker Foods
Ecostudio Riverside Community Market
Environment AgencyWales Royal Welsh Agricultural Society
F3 Soil Association
Fairtrade St Merryn Food Group
FBA Group The Authentic Curry Co Ltd
Federation of City Farms andCommunity Gardens The Drovers Rest
Federation of Community Farms & City Gardens The Hurns Brewing Company Ltd
First Milk Cheese Co Ltd Tillery Valley Foods Ltd
Food and Farming Sector Panel Tir Coed
Food Technology Centre Total Food Marketing/Menter a Busnes
Franks Ice Cream Limited Tregroes Waffles
Garden Organic Trioni Ltd
Gower View Foods Ltd Ty Nant
Howel Food Consultancy Volac
Hybu Cig Cymru Wales Cooperative Centre
IBERS at Aberystwyth University Welsh Local Government Association
Improve Welsh Perry and Cider Society
Lantra Wales Womans Food and Farming Union



Companies and Organisations Invited to the Dairy Summit

Asda Iceland
Calon Wen Lantra
Carmarthenshire Cheese Company Ltd Llaeth Cymraeg
Castell Howell Milk Link, Lladyrnog Creamery
Coleg Menai Morrisons
Coleg Sir Gar National Farmers Union (Cymru)
Co-op OMSCo
Dairy Crest Proper Welsh
Dairy Industry Steering Group Rachels Organic Dairy Ltd
Dairy UK Sainsbury’s
Dairy Co South Caernarfon Creameries
Defra (Dairy Policy) Subzero
First Milk Tesco
Food and Farming Sector Panel Tomlinson’s Dairy
Food Centre Horeb Trioni Ltd
Food Technology   Centre Ty Tanglwyst Dairy
Forte’s Ice Cream UWIC
Frank’s Ice Cream Ltd Volac
Farmers Union of Wales Waitrose
Hybu Cig Cymru Wisemans
Llaeth Y Llan Zero2Five

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  1. producer

    August 10, 2012 at 9:53 am

    well our deputy minister wanted to talk to key personnel, and that is just who was invited along with wag foods’ favourite companies
    there’s a real lack of micro businesses and this is where these events always fall flat and waste time and money
    micro guys are not looked after, not encouraged and no-one listens to us.
    if you want to go the supermarket way, then wag is there holding your hand, or should I say Levercliff are
    wag don’t give a toss for micros.
    thanks for getting this it’s taken a lot of effort and it has made me hopping mad with wag AGAIN.

  2. egg man

    August 13, 2012 at 9:24 am

    It is not likely that wag will suddenly remember how many micro and very small producers there are trying to earn a living here in Wales. I can’t see any companies of my mini size that were invited to this gathering of the great and the good, with so many guaranteed their monthly salary regardless of how the month’s trade has gone.
    A massive thanks for getting this news for us. But it just makes me sadder and more depressed for the future of many producers like me. What is our future when wag can’t even get food festivals working well and as for markets £800k and it’s achieved nothing pratical but mega for FBA.
    The deputy only wanted key players and what he wants I guess is what he gets. So the rest of us can just go and take a long walk on a short plank

  3. Big Boys Only

    August 14, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Big Boys only, that’s what Wales and its deputy minister are interested in – big producers only
    the rest of us still don’t count
    supermarkets are not the solution for us all and anyone with half a brain would be able to work that out and look at ways to help the smaller guys hold onto their businesses and then grow them

  4. Producer

    August 15, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Not one of them, NOT ONE, sells what I sell. So no representation there then.
    When you read the speech that the Prince of Wales made at the beginning, I think he was aware that the general run of small producers were not being represented. No doubt all the organisations nodded and agreed, and then went back to looking after their own interests, buying imported goods…What a waste of time.
    Thank you for highlighting this, at least we cannot be now told that our interests are being looked after!

  5. admin

    August 16, 2012 at 9:23 am

    I was so disappointed with both summits – it’s big boys games once again.
    I would have hope that the Prince of Wales could have banged the drum for the micro small guys but it appears not yet. There must be a way around that but any ideas anyone please shout………..
    You don’t need me to tell you your interests are not being looked after, you guys know that already

  6. DairyMade

    August 19, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    At least it appears there were a handful of smaller producers/traders at the Food Summit, but as for the Dairy Summit….? What a joke.

    Sorry, but these summits did not fairly represent, across the board, food and dairy producers great and small, of Wales: rather than a summit I’d say it hit rock bottom if its intention was to act as a forum for those with a meaningful interest in Welsh produce.

  7. tick boxes

    August 24, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    It’s tick boxing that’s all this seems to be for me
    wag ticking boxing where are all the small guys, the micro producers?
    It just not a fair industry system
    Mr Davies might be talking to all the key players but he’d do well to LISTEN to the small guys but then there is no ribbon cutting on one and two man businesses