Championing Local Food and Drink

Food Officers at Monmouthshire County Council are running a project to champion local food and drink businesses and strengthen our local food economy. Our work is all about supporting independent businesses to thrive and grow sustainably and ethically. The project team work on the ground to link local producers with buyers (cafes, restaurants, farm shops, delis and so on) and spark new trading relationships within Monmouthshire and with our neighbours. We also support start-ups and try to provide producers with new routes to market. The main ambition is to make food produced in and around Monmouthshire more widely available to both residents and visitors.

Examples of our work include providing space for four small Monmouthshire businesses to trade at Abergavenny Food Festival on a shared stall secured by Monmouthshire Food Partnership, helping a local retail premises diversify their range of high-quality whole-juice cider and perry, and finding new retail outlets for apple juice pressed from traditional local orchards. The current project runs until 2025, so if you’re looking for new routes to market or to extend your range of local suppliers, please get in touch via the Food Partnership.

The project is run by Monmouthshire County Council with support from Monmouthshire Food Partnership. Much of the work is funded by UK Government through the Shared Prosperity Fund.