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Buyers Keen For Welsh-Grown Fruit And Veg

07 July 2015

Leading restaurants and food businesses across south west Wales are on the lookout for locally-grown fruits and vegetables – that’s the message from Horticulture Wales’ recent “Buyer Meet Supplier” events…

Horticulture Wales meet the buyer event at NBGWLast month, we staged two opportunities for growers in Wales to showcase their produce to potential trade buyers – the first at Picton Castle near Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, followed by another at the National Botanic Garden of Wales in Carmarthenshire.

The events were attended by a range of regional hospitality businesses, including B&Bs, restaurants, and tourist attractions, as well as representatives from independent garden centres.

Horticulture Wales meet the buyer event at Picton Castle

Growers displaying their produce at both events were overwhelmingly from the ornamental sector, with many making excellent new contacts. However, a number of buyers at both meetings were specifically interested in meeting edible growers because they were keen to source fruit and vegetables from local suppliers. Without naming any names – and ranging from restaurants and farm shops to garden centres and cafés – these businesses were some of the most respected and renowned in the region, and their interest could provide growers with some fantastic opportunities to supply them.

If you’re a fruit or vegetable grower from the south west of Wales and would like to know more about these buyers keen to source locally, please do get in touch…

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