green growth

Food and Drink Wales plan for green growth in food manufacturing available now

Food and Drink Wales plan for Green Growth in food and drink manufacturing has been published this week following a launch by Jane Hutt at the recent Taste Wales conference.

Doing Better Business – Opportunities for Welsh Food and Drink Manufacturers in Responsible and Green Growth‘ is written by Iain Cox of Ecostudio, with Welsh Government officials from Food and Drink Wales and with support from the industry.

This business-friendly publication sets out how the Welsh Governments intention for an environmentally and socially responsible food and drink sector is bringing commercial advantages to Welsh food manufacturers.

– it demonstrates how the Welsh food and drink industry is set benefit from the Welsh Government Food Action Plan and Future Generations legislation.

– it features best practice examples from Welsh food and drink manufacturers and trade buyers, including: Parsnipship, Ty Tanglwyst Dairy, Puffin Produce, Fruitapeel, Bangor Mussel Producers and NHS Wales.

– it describes the support available to Welsh food and drink manufacturers, including the Sustainable Business Review. A free online self-assessment that is helping 100s of small food companies to report their sustainable credentials to customers, and numerous trade buyers to meet CSR and legislation by assessing the sustainability of their suppliers.

Iain Cox the publication’s author and Director of Ecostudio says:

“The UK marketplace for sustainably produced food and drink provides Welsh businesses with opportunities for growth. Driven by an increasing consumer appetite and new legislation, buyers from retail, wholesale and the public sector are actively seeking suppliers that can help them meet this growing market demand.

This was worth £8.64billion to the UK economy in 2014, up from £6.6billion in 2010*

Doing Better Business illustrates how the Welsh Governments plans for green growth are being put into practice by leading Welsh food and drink manufacturers and it gives a practical insight for how food and drink manufacturers  can take advantage of new opportunities for growth.”

This publication is available to download on Business Wales website by clicking here


Ecostudio

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Cynnal Cymru member Ecostudio was founded by Iain Cox who is an experienced sustainable development practitioner with a background in eco design and socially responsible business. His experience is in delivering strategies for business and community enterprise and designing capacity building programmes for development agencies and policy makers to embrace positive change through innovation.

Ecostudio work with business, social enterprise and the public sector to create innovative strategies for growth that build resilient local economies. They ensure goods and services are produced and consumed with respect for people and the environment – in ways that increase profit to business.

In 2016 Iain Cox won the Sustainability Champion category in the Sustain Wales Awards for his strong and practical approach to implementing sustainable development principles in the food and drink sector.

For more information visit: www.ecostudio.org.uk