Calling on businesses in Wales to share thoughts on the future of the food and drink industry

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 12:01

In partnership with Welsh Government, we at the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink are calling on businesses across Wales’ food and drink industry to share thoughts and opinions on the industry as it continues to grow rapidly.

Despite the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Brexit, the food and drink industry in Wales exported £539 million worth of products – an increase of 20% on the previous year, in comparison to a UK wide increase of just 9%.

Since 2014, the sector has grown rapidly, with annual sales of £6.8 billion in 2018, putting it well on target to reach the ambitious £7 billion target for 2020, as laid out in the Welsh Government’s action plan for 2014-2020.

As this action plan comes to an end, Welsh Government and the Food and Drink Wales Industry Board have developed a new strategy to replicate the success of the initial plan.

The new strategy is currently out for consultation and the Welsh Government is keen to ensure a truly collaborative approach with industry representatives, including producers, manufacturers and retailers.

At the Village Hotel in Cardiff on September 17th and the Cae Mor Hotel Llandudno on Wednesday September 18th, we will be holding a consultation event for food and drink businesses, large or small, to share professional experience, industry insight, feedback concerns about the industry’s potential skills shortages, access to relevant training, accreditation and community outreach and partnership programmes.

The collective feedback received from both events will help shape the strategic plan for 2020-2026, which is expected to be finalized early 2020.

We’d encourage anyone who operates in the food and drink industry across Wales to attend the consultation events and share thoughts on the future development of the ever-growing sector.

For more information on the consultation event and to register and attend, please email