Castell Howell, Wales’ leading independent food service wholesaler, servicing the length and breadth of Wales, the Border Counties and the South West of England. An award-winning family run business proud of their rural roots, and believe in secure, sustainable and fair supply chains – which is why supplying and promoting regional produce is one of their core values.

Asda is a leading retailer in Wales, with over 7,000 colleagues serving nearly 500,000 customers per week. The business has recently added 35 new convenience sites to its Wales estate, bringing the total number of stores to 78. More customers, colleagues, communities, and suppliers will benefit from this expanded reach.

BIC Innovation specialises in helping ambitious food and drink businesses scale up in a sustainable way.  Our team of industry specialists have a deep understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing the sector, offering expertise in strategy, finance, sales & marketing, export, R&D & innovation, operations to help our food and drink clients achieve their growth ambitions.

Cambrian Training Company is one of the leading providers of apprenticeship training and support to the Hospitality industry in Wales, with over 25 years experience and 600 learners. We support businesses across Wales to transform their workforce alongside empowering apprentices to gain knowledge and experience through our programmes.

Gwasanaeth Cynghori ar Fwyd a Diod Cymru yw Cywain, rydym yn cynnig cymorth o safon uchel i gynhyrchwyr bwyd a diod, sy’n amrywio o fusnesau micro i faint canolig, ar gyfer bob cam o’u siwrnai twf – o adnoddau ar-lein ar ddechrau’r daith, i fentora a helpu busnesau sefydledig i wireddu eu potensial twf llawn.
As the Wales Food & Drink Advisory Service, Cywain offers high quality support for food and drink producers ranging from micro to medium scale businesses – from online resources to support their early days to mentoring, to help established businesses realise their full growth potential.


The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is the voice of the food and drink manufacturing industry – the UK’s largest manufacturing sector. We contribute over £30 billion to the country’s economy, supporting half a million jobs in every region and nation, and producing products that are loved in the UK and around the world. Food and drink powers our nation.

Supporters: Food Innovation Wales, supported by Welsh Government, brings together three food centres of excellence dedicated to encouraging the development of the food and drink sector in Wales. From start-ups to established companies, Food Innovation Wales provides technical and commercial support on all aspects of food and drink manufacturing.

Hugh James is a Top 100 UK law firm, the largest headquartered in Wales, and employs over 700 staff. The full-service firm works with a vast range of individual and business clients and, over the years, has built up a strong reputation in the food and drink sector, advising many of the region’s leading producers.

Itch Investors know how hard and costly it is to grow and scale a business, because they have done just that and now want to search out those Welsh Food and Drink business founders with a real itch to scale, who apart from our investment, match funded by the development bank of Wales, will get 4 business founder investors with a wealth of experience and contacts to match.

Pembrokeshire Creamery Ltd is a state-of-the-art liquid milk facility being built to BRCGS standards, uniquely equipped to bottle up to 60 million litres of Welsh milk starting in Q1 2024. Our commitment to sustainability results in reduced food miles and a more efficient Welsh supply chain, benefiting local farming and communities. Additionally, we have a successful track record in fresh produce, thanks to our sister company, Puffin Produce, and the well-known Welsh brand, Blas Y Tir.

Mae Sgiliau Bwyd a Diod Cymru yn brosiect newydd a ariennir gan Lywodraeth Cymru ac a ddarperir gan Menter a Busnes. Nod y rhaglen yw gweithio gyda’r diwydiant i ddatblygu gweithlu medrus a galluog i gynyddu cynhyrchiant ac effeithlonrwydd, ac i hybu arloesedd a thwf cynaliadwy yng Nghymru.
Food & Drink Skills Wales is a new project funded by the Welsh Government and delivered by Menter a Busnes. The programme aims to work with the industry to develop a skilled and capable workforce to increase productivity and efficiency, and to fuel innovation and sustainable growth in Wales.

From its origins in West Wales dating back as far as 1890 Shirgar has long since been recognised as an iconic Welsh butter brand and a firm favourite with many. However, with changes in the dairy industry over the years the brand suffered as a result until Gower View Foods successfully brought the brand back to Carmarthenshire returning to the traditional values and quality that the brand previously represented. Made to a traditional recipe its distinctive flavour truly sets this apart from its rivals making this a leading premium butter brand in the market and is available in both butter and spreadable formats.

Swansea University is a research-led university founded on the principles of innovation and collaboration. Our research changes lives, drives regional growth, and is aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It impacts on our culture and society as well as on our health and well-being, our economy and our planet.

Programme Sponsors: Kilsby & Williams is a firm of Chartered Accountants based in Newport acting as commercial business advisors offering strong relationships and substantial partner involvement.   We look after businesses ranging from sole traders to large companies including those in international quoted groups. Our clients are spread throughout the United Kingdom. We are open to all clients who need our skills. We deliver a commercial, dynamic and personal service to our clients tailored to meet their needs delivering intelligent honest tax solutions and our assurance service and business advice is both astute and rigorous.

Drinks Reception Sponsors: In an era of significant business transformation driven by generative AI and machine learning, Academii is at the forefront of addressing workforce displacement challenges by creating practical and immersive learning experiences.
Our approach, via hyper personalised learning experiences, prioritises skills development in tandem with digital innovation, aims to prepare a workforce adept at navigating technological shifts such as Industry 4.0.

Business News Wales is a highly targeted news and information platform working in collaboration with over 60 organisations across Wales. With no political views or editorial agenda, our goal is to create the number one source of business news in Wales creating a level playing field for every business no matter of size.

Your strategic communications agency, we provide creative solutions at pivotal moments.

Organisations come to us at times of change. Exponential growth, a brand repositioning, a transformation.

Your new brand, new ambition, new strategy, new behaviours – we’re here to help you realise your long-term vision.

Our integrated communications expertise, built up over 30 years, will ensure that you are perfectly placed to respond, adapt, engage and emotionally connect with your external and internal audience.

CLEARTECH Live provide Conference and Event Production Services, Creative Video, Interactive Technologies, Live Streaming and Event Management.

Grapevine Event Management delivers high quality creative and innovative events for corporate clients throughout the UK and beyond. We offer bespoke corporate event planning, management and production supported by effective marketing and communications strategies that fulfil our clients aims and objectives.