In response to the coronavirus COVID-19
pandemic, colleagues at the ZERO2FIVE Food Industry Centre at Cardiff Metropolitan
University found innovative ways to use their technical and commercial
expertise to support Welsh food and drink manufacturers. Companies of all sizes were facing unprecedented stress on their food
supply chains during the outbreak, with demand growth on their factories,
workforce, and procedures. ZERO2FIVE in
conjunction with the Welsh Government Food Division and Food Innovation Wales
partners, developed helplines in
each of the three food centres in South Wales, Mid Wales, and North Wales to
connect industry with experts who were able to answer specific enquiries
relating to enhanced food safety, technical issues, supply chain continuity, and
emergent governmental and health guidelines.
In addition to the helpline
service, Food Innovation Wales in partnership with Cardiff Metropolitan
University’s ZERO2FIVE Food Industry Centre, and the Food & Drink Wales Industry
Board, launched a tool kit of resources for Welsh food and drink manufacturers
including useful templates and links. Over 25 templates were and continue to be
available which companies can use to monitor their business activities, including
observation checklists, return to work questionnaires, change of use guidance,
contingency planning, and factory shutdown/ restart protocols.
You can learn more about the helplines and/or
contact Food Innovation Wales for help here:https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/health/zero2five/news/Pages/Food-Innovation-Wales-Helpline.aspx.
Learn more about
the tool kit and access useful templates and links here: https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/health/zero2five/news/Pages/COVID-19-Tool-kit-launched-to-support-Welsh-food-and-drink-manufacturers.aspx.
For further information contact Professor David Lloyd, Director of
Food Industry Centre, firstname.lastname@example.org.