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Strengthening the links between local horticultural producers and the food service sector

An event aimed at strengthening the links between horticultural producers and the food service sector will take place at Maes y Neuadd Hotel, Talsarnau near Harlech on Wednesday 9 November 2011.

Organised by Organic Centre Wales on behalf of the Horticulture Wales supply chain efficiency project, the event runs from 11.00 to 15.00 and will be promoting the use of Welsh fresh horticultural produce to tourism and hospitality providers.

Chris Creed, a horticulture advisor from ADAS, will help solve the problems facing the gardeners in the two walled gardens at Maes y Neuadd, which over the years have supplied the hotel menu with significant quantities of vegetables.

"This is the second event which has brought suppliers of horticulture produce and those in the food sector together", says Carolyn Wacher of Organic Centre Wales. "The first very successful day was held at The Felin Fach Griffin outside Brecon".

There are clear benefits arising from chefs working closely with growers to source fresh, seasonal produce for their menus. "Even issues such as a glut of production can become an opportunity when relationships work well across the supply chain" says Jane Morgan from Horticulture Wales. ”We are sure that this will be a valuable and successful day for representatives of both sectors.”

All horticultural producers and suppliers are invited to the event, but spaces are very limited and it is essential to book by phoning 01978 293967 or contact horticulturewales@glyndwr.ac.uk.

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Further information
Carolyn Wacher, Organic Centre Wales 01970 622248, e-mail ccw@aber.ac.uk
Jane Morgan, Glyndwr University, 01978 293967,
E-mail horticulturewales@glyndwr.ac.uk.
See: http://www.horticulturewales.co.uk/Events/LocalproduceforlocalprovidersMaesyNeuadd.aspx

Notes for editors
1. Organic Centre Wales is funded by the Welsh Government to provide information on organic food and farming to producers, food businesses, consumers and others. It is based at Aberystwyth University and run by a partnership consisting of the ADAS, the Organic Research Centre Elm Farm, and Aberystwyth University.
2. Horticulture Wales has received funding through the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-2013 via the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. Horticulture Wales provides focused, expert support to enhance the efficiency of businesses involved in both edible and amenity horticulture supply chains within Wales.

3. The project will be promoting a booklet produced through the Better Organic Business Links (BOBL) project: 'Why sustainable agri-tourism is a market opportunity for the organic sector' which highlights how using organic food can add to tourism businesses' green credentials. BOBL is funded through the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-2013 via the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

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