South West Branch News

From Jane Wills

In April 2019 the South West Branch was delighted that 18 full and honorary members were able to attend this year’s Forum. It was a great event – both enjoyable and beneficial. A belated well done to the Wales Branch for the hard work and commitment to ensure it was such a success.

In June the Branch held its meeting at Castell Howell in Llanelli, South Wales. Our Chair, Karoline Rowlands, opened the meeting by thanking Jim Gay, Area Sales Manager, and Edward Morgan, Group CSR and Training Manager, for kindly hosting the meeting and for the provision of superb bacon sandwiches for breakfast – much appreciated after a long journey.

We were treated to an interesting and informative presentation with just the right amount of humour from Edward. He gave us some fascinating facts about Castell Howell, which is a family owned business and an independent wholesaler and manufacturer with four satellite units. The food manufactured on site includes catering butchery items, pies and ready meals. The company produces 14,000 different products, has 4,000 customers – including schools, the NHS, restaurants, pubs and hotels – 750 staff and 120 vehicles on the road. Edward also interspersed his presentation with useful information about new national and local initiatives.

This was followed by our Branch meeting, where Andy Ward from Williams Refrigeration was presented with his membership certificate by our treasurer, Catherine Fletcher. Topics discussed included PLACE 2019, BMA Facilities and Fatigue charter, Branch Officers study day feedback and an update on the recent South West Foodbuy Food Forum quarterly meeting. Following an excellent lunch we then had a factory tour, which gave us a practical insight into how the company works.

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