Larder Cymru is a brand new Menter Môn project, following on from the successful Môn Larder project. The project will be working with public procurement in the food sector, working to ensure that food is grown and used locally and that the supply chains are as short as possible.
Since the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Welsh Government has been considering reforming the current procurement regulations, to increase the benefit of public sector procurement to the Welsh economy and society.
With these talks happening at a higher level, the Larder Cymru project is very current and relevant to ensure that the capacity would be available on the ground to act upon and deliver these new regulations. This procurement reform must be based on long term ambitions.
Dafydd Gruffydd, Menter Môn’s Managing Director said: “There is no doubt that we are in the middle of a period of change, but from change comes opportunities and hopefully opportunities to deliver on the Larder Cymru objectives.”
One of the main priorities when it comes to food and drink public procurement is its social value. As a company that works for the benefit of the community, social value is very important to Menter Môn and Larder Cymru isn’t any different.
Much of the work that is done by the company connects back to the Well-being of Future Generations act by the Welsh Government and social value and the circular economy are all important aspects of the work.
The main aim of the project is to ensure that public procurement is kept local and that Welsh produce is used when possible. This would result in supporting the local economy, Welsh farmers and producers and looking after the environment by keeping supply chains shorter.
Larder Cymru have just launched their ‘Moving Forward’ event with a webinar featuring presentations from: Sophie Colquhoun, Greg Parsons, Myrddin Davies, Mark Grant and Prys Jenkins.
To re-watch the webinar, or to catch up if you missed it live you can watch each talk at www.lardercymru.wales.