Cardiff Selected as a Sustainable Food City
Cardiff has been selected as one of just six cities in the UK to share
in one million pounds of funding to be invested in
improving food culture and support its efforts to become a
Sustainable Food City.
The funding will allow a dedicated Sustainable Food City Officer to work
with the local authority and local partners such as schools, charities
and restaurants to transform access to local, affordable and sustainable
food for people across the city.
The Sustainable Food Cities Network aims to make healthy and sustainable
food a defining characteristic of a city, and use good food to address
some of today’s most pressing social, economic and environmental
problems including obesity, food poverty and climate change.
Cardiff was admitted to the network in recognition of the work of the
Cardiff Food Council, which includes representatives from Public Health
Wales, Cardiff Council, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board,
Cardiff University, and various third sector organisations. The Food
Council works to promote and celebrate Cardiff’s vibrant and diverse
food culture, and to increase the demand and supply of fresh, local and
organic Welsh food throughout the city.
Eryl Powell, Principal Public Health Specialist for Public
Health Wales, and Chair of the Cardiff Food Council, said: “The people
of Cardiff want healthy and sustainable food, and with rising levels of
food poverty and obesity in the city now is the time to step up the pace
in transforming Cardiff’s food culture."
“We’ve established an excellent Food Council partnership between Public
Health Wales, Cardiff University, Cardiff Council, Cardiff and Vale
University Health Board and local third sector organisations and social
enterprises, and being part of the UK Sustainable Food Cities Network is
bringing even more expertise to our local approach."
Tom Andrews, national programme manager of Sustainable Food Cities,
said: "Our vision is that Sustainable Food Cities will be places where
every school, hospital, restaurant and workplace canteen serve only
healthy and sustainable meals; where everyone has access to affordable
fresh, seasonal, local and sustainably produced food no matter where
they live; and where people of all ages and backgrounds have
opportunities to learn about, grow and cook food."
“We had amazing applications from cities across the UK and the panel
felt that Cardiff had a particularly inspiring vision of how they would
make healthy and sustainable food a defining characteristic of their
city and the commitment to make it happen. We are really looking forward
to working with Cardiff over the next three years to show just what can
be achieved when individuals and organisations from every sector work
together to transform their city's food culture."
Cardiff is a founding member of the rapidly growing Sustainable Food
Cities Network and will receive the funding along with Belfast,
Bournemouth, Liverpool, Newcastle and Stockport.
The Sustainable Food Cities programme led by the Soil Association, Food
Matters and Sustain and funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, will
create six exemplar models of what a city can do to transform its food
culture. More than 100 urban areas across the UK are expected to join
the network by the end of the three-year programme.
It is argued that cultural change is required to
encourage large-scale consumption of sustainable foods. Sustainable food
cities play an important role in this cultural change, bringing together
disparate stake-holders with the common goal of delivering healthy and
sustainable foods. Sustainable food cities are also encouraged for they
help address major ecological and economic issues associated with foods.
Such issues are regularly featured in the Sustainable Foods Summit. In
2014, the summit will take place in San Francisco (23-24 January), São
Paulo (27-28 March) and Amsterdam (5-6 June). More details are on the
EU News / Organic Monitor
Fairtrade Wines Coming to the UK
Bosman Family Vineyards has teamed with
PLB to bring two of its wine brands to the UK.
The Fairtrade-accredited producer has launched its Fairtrade De Bos
range, which has a recommended retail price (RRP) of around GBP10 (EUR
12), whilst the Special Vineyard Selection
has a RRP of about
GBP20 (EUR 24). PLB will
target its distribution efforts for the brands at UK independent outlets
and the on-trade.
"I am excited that Bosman will be working with PLB in the UK, in
particular to help the business develop in the independent, specialist
merchants, convenience and on-trade sectors of the market",
said Lucy Warner, Bosman's UK business development manager.
"This is an area with great potential for
hand-crafted wines from a family business with wonderful stories."
"Based in Wellington in South Africa's Western
Cape, Bosman Family Vineyards also has vineyards near Hermon, towards
the Swartland area, and in the Hemel & Aarde Valley, in the Walker Bay
Source: News Release
Organic Recipe Firm gets Capital Investment
Following its angel funding round earlier this year Gousto, the recipe
box delivery business that appeared on the television
programme Dragon's Den, has now closed a GBP
1.3 million (USD 2m)
investment led by venture capital fund MMC Ventures.
Existing investors, including the Angel CoFund, also
participated. The funding will be used to further strengthen the product
and to fast-track the business. The
online food market is worth GBP 7
billion (USD 11 billion) and is
forecast to grow to GBP 18
billion (USD 28
billion) by 2018.
Founded by Timo Schmidt and James Carter last year, Gousto
delivers organic, local produce, in perfect portion sizes, with
easy-to-follow step-by-step recipes - eliminating food waste and making
the cooking process easy for busy people, while also encouraging
healthy, delicious, home-cooked dining. Gousto delivers straight to the
door across all of the UK, making meal planning simple. Latest figures
show month-on-month growth of 138 per cent - with over 26,000 meals
already being delivered per month.
Schmidt says: "Our value proposition is unmatched: organic vegetables,
the highest quality British meat, and everything else you need to make
delicious meals for only around GBP 5
(USD 8) per portion - plus no food waste and
new recipes to choose from every week! People love recipes and cooking,
we simply make their lives easier and better. We had 3 funding offers
and went with MMC because we think they really understand our concept
best and are supporting us with their entire network - we're really
excited to be working with them."
Jon Coker, investment partner, MMC Ventures, says: "We are excited to
announce our investment in Gousto and look forward to working with Timo
and James. We believe there is a significant opportunity for disruption
in online grocery but it is a tough market to execute in. That is why we
have backed Gousto - Timo and James are outstanding, they have achieved
a market leading position in a short period of time on a limited budget
and we believe our investment will allow them to really accelerate the
Congratulations to Gousto on getting a capital
injection for business growth. The company could emulate the success of
Abel & Cole, which received similar investment to become one of the
largest home-delivery schemes for organic foods in the UK.