He visited the Blaenavon Cheddar Company to see how they produce their range of eleven cheddars and four varieties of goat's cheese by hand. The company source Welsh ingredients, flavouring cheeses with Penderyn Welsh whisky, Welsh white wine, and Reverend James ale.
The First Minister then went to the award-winning artisan meat producer Trealy Farm in Monmouthshire to see the range of products the charcuterie sells. They use locally-sourced meat from Trealy Farm and other local small-scale pig farmers that rear traditional breeds.
This means the ingredients don’t have to travel long distances, and using local meat helps to keep rare breeds going while ensuring that local farmers get a decent price for their animals.
The First Minister said:
“It’s encouraging to see small businesses such as this producing top quality food and drink locally in Wales.
“Buying locally grown and produced food and drink doesn’t just support the local economy and keep local people in jobs, it’s a more environmentally friendly way to shop with less food miles, which also guarantees freshness as the distance from field to plate is much smaller.
“Wales can provide all the ingredients for a perfect Christmas feast with high quality food and drink available from award winning companies across the country.”