THE UK’s first carbon-neutral potatoes are amongst 200 new food and drink products being showcased by Welsh businesses at BlasCymru/TasteWales, which returns today and tomorrow.
Huw Thomas, Managing Director of Puffin Produce which produces ‘Root Zero’, the UK’s first carbon-neutral potatoes said: “The food system contributes up to 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions, which are causing the planet to heat up faster than ever before. We have to act now, so we’re on a mission to become carbon neutral and farm in a way that protects and regenerates our land, plants and wildlife.
“Root Zero potatoes are certified carbon neutral and grown using sustainable farming practices to remove carbon dioxide, create healthy soil and increase local biodiversity. We are hoping that these sustainably packed products will start to tackle the huge impact of the food industry on climate change.”
The event is taking place at the International Convention Centre (ICC Wales) in Newport and provides a platform for producers from across Wales to show their products to trade buyers from retail, foodservice and export consolidators from across the UK. A virtual meet is also being arranged with the international buyers following the event.
Food and Drink Wales, the Welsh Government’s food division, which organises the event, and Food Innovation Wales have also played an important role in supporting businesses to develop products including bringing companies together to share and develop new ideas.
This has been boosted further by a wealth of support on offer including start-ups through Cywain and training and skills development through Food Skills Cymru.
Rural Affairs Minister, Lesley Griffiths, said: “It has been been a challenging time for everyone in the industry, but the response of our businesses has been nothing short of magnificent.
“It is great this year’s BlasCymru/TasteWales is going ahead and today’s news shows how much Wales has to offer both at home and abroad and I’m sure buyers from will be impressed with what they see.
“The Welsh Government will continue to support the food and drink sector as we recover from the pandemic and I look forward to seeing more new products being made in Wales and enjoyed around the globe.”
For more information on this year’s BlasCymru/Taste Wales event visit our events page here.