Food Action – Consultation

16 Dec

For some unknown reason this framework tender slipped under our radar, so my thanks to one of our Best Of Welsh & Borders producers who gave us the update about it. Figures for this framework are between £11m – £19m. I’ll leave you to give me your feedback………

Food Sector Development Framework

Published by: Welsh Government

Publication Date: 04/11/2013

Deadline Date: 16/12/2013

Deadline Time:14:00

Notice Type: Contract Notice


The Welsh Government Food Division are seeking to put in place a framework to provide a range of advice, guidance and project delivery across the following lots.
Lot 1 Trade Development Opportunities or Food & Drink Sector
Lot 2 Specialist Food & Drink Consultancy –Events
Lot 3 Specialist Food & Drink Consultancy – Services
Lot 4 Specialist Food & Drink Export Consultancy
Lot 5 Food & Drink related Research and Evaluation
Lot 6 Category Management – Retail, Wholesale & Public Procurement
Lot 7 Meet the Buyer Programme
Lot 8 Mentoring – Specialist Marketing & Business Skills Support
Lot 9 Programmes to support the Food & Drink Sector
The framework will be let for a period of 36 months with the option to extend for a further 12 months.
Please note that a bidder briefing day will be held in the Welsh Government Offices at Aberystwyth on 14 November.
To register for the event please send a message through the messaging section of the eTenderWales website through which this ITT is being run.
CPV: 73110000, 73210000, 73000000.

I cannot say that this is for the action plan that you are being consulted about, because it was known that this framework was coming up for renewal, but the timing is wonderfully coincidental!

I am far from understanding the total ways of government procurement, but this framework has been brought up over the past when I asked questions about why this work job was not available for tender etc.

It is supposedly a money saving exercise in that wag issued a tender such as this for various types of work, but at this stage nothing specific. So when for instance in the past wag required a consultation company, say to look at food festivals, it did not go out to open tender, but went to one of those already ‘approved’ by them – Miller Research who were on this framework list.

I understand the fact that wag wants to save money, but my past experiences are that this rarely seems to happen, and I can only see that this way the awarding of contracts makes them far less transparent. Certainly in the past it looked that wag’s favourite companies always got the work. For those regular readers of welshfoodbites I have already commented about this many times in the past……….

It does though appear that when wag decided what they are going to do after their ‘food and agriculture consultation’ launched at the Winter Fair, that all their favoured Welsh Quangos will be in place to do their bidding, ‘twas ever thus!

I hope that the consultation does bring change and I shall certainly be submitting comments and supporting those food producers based in Wales, especially those working with us on Best Of Welsh & Borders, many of which are the smaller artisan companies that make our range of Welsh food and drink the best there is. However I digress again. It worries me that change is not happening as quickly as it should be doing. There was a wonderful opportunity at the Winter Fair for wag to break down some of the longstanding barriers and mistrust that has been long-standing between them and the food producers. Despite there being a couple of meetings in the food hall where many suits and polished shoes were plentiful, but many without badges, I hasten to add. But there seemed a distinct lack of communication with the producers exhibiting. To me this should have been a priority, but not seemingly to wag. Proving again in my mind how out-of-touch they still are. This, added to the absence of some wag officials, in particular our new Head Of Welsh Food. There are too many to count that cannot actually believe that he chose to miss the Winter Fair. In my view that was a political and a promotional disaster and one that wag couldn’t afford. It was an error so basic as to be unbelievable, even in wag’s book.

The financial figures shown above figures cannot be more accurate as the framework will last for 3 years and not all projects are yet finalised. Supposedly many will not be formulated until the consultation has finished and your views taken into account, again a hope and by no means a certainty. Then obviously projects can be altered over the next 3 years.  This time of year is when we try and look forward with some renewed enthusiasm. As we come slowly out of recession, we should be looking at growth not survival, but this cannot and will not happen without all  parties co-operating. That must include food producers, of all sizes, plus manufacturers and retailers. It should also involve the likes of me on the sidelines, but as I continue to bang my head against the wag wall, it might not. I need to see and believe in a massive change in wag’s attitude and my optimism for this, which was there in the summer, is there no longer…………………………………….


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  1. micro producer

    December 16, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Wag consult with us micro producer? No hope at all of them listening to us.
    It’s like Kath has said so many times, wag are ticking a box which is one of the few things they can do well.
    And I mean one of the few

  2. Andy

    December 16, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    After reading Horticulture Wales’s latest bulletin today it appears that you won’t be able to comment on the consultation Kath. It states that they are consulting only with ‘ Edible Growers. ‘ If this is fact, it is extremely disappointing and as usual naïve of WAG to take this stance.

  3. Andy

    December 16, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    After reading Horticulture Wales’s latest bulletin today it appears that you won’t be able to comment on the consultation Kath. It states that they are consulting only with ‘ Edible Growers. ‘ If this is fact, it is extremely disappointing and as usual naïve of WAG to take this stance.

  4. Andy

    December 19, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Horticulture Wales have apologised for their error.
    The consultation is open to all interested parties.

  5. producer 4

    December 24, 2013 at 9:52 am

    wag listen to us? They haven’t the slightest idea of what we need because they never talk to us. They expect us to believe that after they ignored our views for the last on,e we’ll be stupid enough to think they listen will now. Whilst the new head of food couldn’t even make the winter fair. Anyone know what his job is? We don’t even know what he look like!
    But wag just tick another box whilst this industry implodes and you pay lip service to it.

  6. Benji7???

    December 24, 2013 at 10:08 am

    A lot of money will go to a lot of Quangos and wag’s favoured few

  7. trader boy

    January 2, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    There’s no reason at all that wag will listen to anything we say because they sure didn’t last time.
    Micro producer on their comment says lip service and box ticking, both those annoy Kath and it is what is happening here once more.
    supporting Welsh food guys you are clueless new team in place or not I can’t see any improvement because you don’t listen and you are always being told that

  8. food lady

    January 3, 2014 at 11:29 am

    No-one is disagreeing on here.
    We all think it’s more box ticking whilst the department that should look after our interests couldn’t care less about us.
    We gave our views last time and we were ignored whilst wag wanted a 10 year plan – the idiots wouldn’t listen to us then so why now? I can’t see any change

  9. mini

    January 3, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    mine’s a mini business and wag are not interested in the likes of me
    It’s a consultation say wag we say with one voice it’s another government box ticker
    stop trying to fool us wag we are not all stupid
    thanks K. for keeping us updated, pleased I’m with you on best of welsh, it’s worth every penny

  10. trader

    January 6, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Ask our views and then ignore us. That’s how it went last time, so what is the point of wasting our time? Mmmmm because our time doesn’t matter Mr. Minister, does it?

  11. Mr T

    January 9, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Let’s waste our time once again and tell the government what WE want. THEY’LL tick their government boxes and then THEY’LL do just as they wish which is par for the course.
    You fill in their consultation and if you don’t say what they like, the chances are your company will be blackballed. That’s how wag food works and doesn’t look like the new man has changed anything as yet.

  12. foodie

    January 27, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    More government hot air
    repeating what they asked us to do last time and then ignored it!!!!