A new £21 million programme to strengthen Wales’ food and drink sector is expected to safeguard thousands of jobs and deliver over £100 million for the Welsh economy.
Welsh Government’s Project HELIX provides funding support for research into global food production, trends and waste to help small to medium sized food manufacturers across Wales to increase production and reduce waste.
The Project is funded through the Rural Development Programme (RDP) and is expected to create 370 new jobs, primarily in rural Wales and the Valleys, while safeguarding a further 2,000 over the next five years.
The research will take into consideration new challenges and opportunities facing the industry as a result of the UK’s decision to leave the EU. The findings will provide Welsh producers with the best opportunity for growth and economic impact.
The Project was launched at Welsh Government’s TasteWales event March 23rd 2017 where over 100 Welsh producers showcased the very best of the Welsh food and drink industry to over 150 UK and international buyers.
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Knowledge Innovation Technology Exchange (KITE)
With the aim of increasing sales of Welsh-based food products by £10m before the end of 2013, the KITE Programme facilitates a partnership between SME food businesses, graduates and the Food Industry Centres at Cardiff Metropolitan University. The Programme exceeded its target before 2013 to more than £90m.
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