Supporting Welsh Agriculture: Alun Davies AM Visits Tillery Valley Foods

Posted: July 11, 2011 in Business/Cardiff News, Client News, Tillery Valley Foods
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Dennis Farrell, Purchasing Director, Emyr Jones, President Farmer's Union Wales, Rhys Davies, Hafodarthen Farm, Alun Davies, AM Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and European Programmes

 

On Friday 8th July Glyn Davies of FUW (Farmers Union Wales) invited Alun Davies, the newly appointed Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and European Programmes in the Welsh Government, to a site visit at Tillery Valley Foods – followed by a tour of Hafodarthen Farm – a local supply site for the company.

Present at the meeting were representatives from Tillery Valley Foods, Members of the Farmers Union Wales, Alun Davies AM and local farmers who supply Welsh Lamb to Tillery Valley Foods.

The visit followed TilleryValley’s successful implementation of a sustainable procurement program for Welsh Lambs in 2010, sourcing directly from local farms with the aim of reducing food miles and supporting local business.

Philip Hall, Site Director Home Service, Tillery Valley Foods and Alun Davies,Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and European Programmes

A national provider of chilled and frozen prepared meals to the healthcare sector, local authorities and education, Tillery Valley Foods is a major employer in the area with over 350 people at its site in Abertillery.

With 64% of its spend invested in businesses in Wales and adjoining regions, collaborative initiatives such as sustainable local sourcing that help to support both local businesses and the wider community are top of Tillery Valley’s agenda. The company is also proactively helping to reduce the environmental impact of its operations.

 

The visit involved a tour of the factory and food production area followed by a local farm visit to show the local and environmentally responsible sourcing of the lamb used by Tillery Valley Foods.

It is clearly a well supported and successful initiative supporting Welsh Business and local produce – We hope to see many more programmes like this in the future.

 

View from Hofodarthen Farm

 

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