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Best Wishes - 27/10/2015

Peta - Harlech Foodservice Chefs Jacket

Our very best wishes to Peta as she starts her new career tomorrow as a trainee chef at the Goat, Glandwyfach.


A Great Big Thank You - 28/09/2015

Harlech Foodservice - Macmillan A Great Big Thank You

A great big thank you to all our customers, staff, visitors and everyone else that contributed towards World's Biggest Coffee Morning.

We raised £1747.28 for Macmillan Cancer Support!


World's Biggest Coffee Morning - 22/09/2015

World's Biggest Coffee Morning

Don't forget about World's Biggest Coffee Morning this week. Macmillan Cancer Support's biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer.

We at Harlech Foodservice will have our Coffee Morning tomorrow!

Donations are available through telesales by quoting code 6631, every £1 helps.

Thank you all in advance for donating to a very worthy cause.


For The Future - 26/08/2015

Harlech Foodservice Bwydlyn Butchers Logo

Butchery acquisition leads to an additional £4m increase in turnover for Harlech Foodservice.

A North Wales wholesaler has added £4m to its annual turnover following the acquisition of a butchery business.

Having bought a local butchery business in 2012, the premium fresh meat category at Criccieth-based wholesaler Harlech Foodservice now accounts for approximately 16 per cent of the business’ annual turnover.


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After hearing that fresh meat sales accounted for between 16 and 18 per cent of the total spend of foodservice customers, Harlech looked at ways of securing a cut of the market.

Having invested £400,000 in the butchery arm of the business over the last three years, Harlech Foodservice’s Bwydlyn-branded meat is now one of its main revenue streams, significantly contributing to an overall turnover of approximately £25m for 2015.

Ian Woodcock, purchasing director for Harlech Foodservice, said that he and joint managing director Andrew Foskett were inspired to invest in the butchery business after receiving market intelligence from Fairway Foodservice, a buying group made up of 17 independent wholesalers.

He said: “It all stemmed from a meeting with Fairway about five years ago, where Andrew and I were presented with research that 16 to 18 per cent of food spend was on fresh meat.

“It was like a eureka moment for us. After carrying out some further research into how to actually add fresh meat to our services, we purchased a local catering butchers business in Pwllheli.

“It’s taken us three or four years to get to where we are now and has taken a lot of time and resources, but it’s been fully worth the effort.

“Since buying the butchery, its turnover has grown from £500,000 to more than £4m this year, with a projected turnover of £10m by 2020.

“Having invested £400,000 to get to where we are presently, we’re planning a further £1m expansion of the butchery to cope with that projected growth.“

The Bwydlyn branded meat, named after the butcher’s shop Harlech Foodservice acquired, includes meat sourced from local producers, alongside British, Irish and an increasing variety of imported products.

Ian said: “We’re really focussed on supplying what our customers want, whether that’s sourcing really fantastic Welsh produce or good quality British meat. It’s about supplying as much as possible in one location.

“The meat opens doors to us in other areas of the business too – we’ve seen sales increase across other products on the back of its success.

“We’ve now got another Fairway Foodservice member visiting us in a few weeks to find out how we added fresh meat to our services to see if they can replicate it.

Chris Binge, managing director of Fairway Foodservice, said Harlech had provided a perfect example of a wholesaler using market research to benefit from new markets.

Chris said: “We look at data provided by Nielsen to analyse the foodservice market and see where there’s capacity for our members to expand in the marketplace.

“Our research showed that red meat accounted for between 16 and 18 per cent of the total food spend for our members’ customers, and that fresh meat presents a huge opportunity with some very good profit margins.

“A number of our members took that advice and changed the strategy of their business accordingly. Harlech is a prime example of seeing an opportunity and making it work.

“We’re always looking at the market to try and predict where it will be in five or ten years’ time, and try to guide our members on what opportunities are available.

“Relationships are so important to success in foodservice, and forming working partnerships with local butchers and suppliers, or taking a gutsy approach like Harlech and buying one out, is making a real difference to the bottom line of a number of our members.“

Harlech Expo 2016 - 31/07/2015

Harlech Foodservice Expo 2016Mark your calendar and save the date. Harlech Foodservice Expo will take place on the 23rd & 24th of February at Venue Cymru, Llandudno. Register your interest on our Harlech Expo page, you can also follow us on twitter for the latest information.



Online Marketing Assistant,
Rhys Britton.

Welsh Maid 2015 Flavours - 05/06/2015

Harlech Foodservice NEW Welsh Maid FlavoursSee Our NEW Welsh Maid Ice Cream Flavours, Blackcurrant Eaton Mess, Salted Caramel Ripple, Banoffi Pudding and Green Bubblegum & Strawberry Ripple.


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Banoffi PuddingBlackcurrent Eaton Mess Welsh MaidGreen Bubblegum with Strawberry RippleSalted Caramel Ripple With Clotted Cream



Online Marketing Assistant,
Rhys Britton.

Welcome To Bwydlyn - 04/06/2015

Harlech Foodservice NEW Bwydlyn Butchers WebsiteOur NEW Bwydlyn Butchers Wholesale Site has launched! Meet the team behind our award winning traditional Welsh meat and learn about our 100% quality guarantee. Our new site also includes testimonials, delivery information and how to get in touch!


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Browse our new Bwydlyn Wholesale site and let us know what you think! If you require further information or to arrange a visit from our meat specialist, please use our new contact form or call 01766 523464.



Online Marketing Assistant,
Rhys Britton.

NEW Chefs Blog - 03/06/2015

Harlech Foodservice NEW Chefs BlogNEW Chefs Blog. Our Development Chef & Fine Food Specialist, Steve Williams will give you chefs a heads up as to what is happening in the food market world and some information about what’s in season or what to do with it.


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Steven WilliamsSteve Williams is our Development Chef & Fine Food Specialist. Read all about his background in the Chef world here. You can follow him on twitter @stickyjammy15, email [email protected] or call 01766 812853 during office hours.



Online Marketing Assistant,
Rhys Britton.

National Vegetarian & British Tomato Week - 18/05/2015

Harlech Foodservice National Vegetarian & British Tomato Week18th - 24th May is National Vegetarian Week & British Tomato Week. All about sharing and enjoying delicious veggie food with your friends, family, colleagues and community.


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We will be posting tasty veggie foods throughout the week on social media. You can also visit our Pinterest Board for some recipes for you to try out at home.



Online Marketing Assistant,
Rhys Britton.

Food Award Wales - 13/05/2015

The Food Awards Wales Harlech FoodserviceThe Inaugural Food Awards Wales took place on the evening of the 11th of May at the Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel. Voted for by the Welsh public, the Food Awards Wales celebrates the very best in Welsh food, from finest gastro pubs and takeaways to who makes Wales' best ice cream.


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Congratulations everyone on their awards.

Full List here



Online Marketing Assistant,
Rhys Britton.

British Sandwich Week - 11/05/2015

Harlech Foodservice UK Coffee WeekBritish Sandwich Week takes place between 10-16 May 2015 and it is a great opportunity to celebrate the one of our best loved fast foods! – the British sandwich.


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We will be posting tasty sandwich recipes throughout the week on social media. You can also visit our Pinterest Board for some recipes for you to try out at home.



Online Marketing Assistant,
Rhys Britton.

UK Coffee Week - 04/05/2015

Harlech Foodservice UK Coffee WeekToday is the start of UK Coffee Week (4th-10th of May), a nationwide fundraising initiative where coffee operators, trade professionals and their customers join together to celebrate the vibrancy of British coffee culture while raising valuable funds for the communities which grow our coffee..


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To celebrate we will be posting delicious coffee recipes for you to try out at home throughout the week on Pinterest and other social media platforms.

Also, we will be posting unique coffee recipes on Celtic Roast, Welsh Maid & Bwydlyn Butchers social media pages.

    Pinterest Boards:
  • Celtic Roast: A range of unique food & drink recipes with coffee.
  • Welsh Maid: Ice Cream Coffee recipes.


Online Marketing Assistant,
Rhys Britton.

Foraging in France - 30/04/2015

Development Chef Steve Williams at the Paris marketsThought we’d share some photos of our Development Chef, Steve Williams recent jaunt to the Paris markets.


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With a chefs-request shopping list in hand and a smile on his face, he was on the hunt for top quality produce and first crops of the season.

Any chefs wanting to take advantage of this ‘Fine Foods & Ingredients’ service we offer, then contact Steve direct at any of the following…..



Marketing Director,
Laura Roberts.

Feast Your Eyes - 28/04/2015

Fine Wines, Welsh Cider, Artisan Beers Harlech FoodserviceSome more tasty looking new trucks ready for the road.

‎Pwllheli Foodbank - 13/04/2015

Pwllheli FoodbankFirst of many collection of food supplies by Ursula, Foodbank Co-Organiser at St Peters Church.‬


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Happy to be supporting a much needed cause!



Marketing Director,
Laura Roberts.

Finally found a good home... - 09/04/2015

Prize Draw WinnersThank you everyone who purchased Red Nose Day promotional packs of PG tips 1150 Tea Bags last month.


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Everyone was entered into a prize draw to win a GIANT sized monkey, who has now found a good home with winners Siop & Garej Morfa, Morfa Nefyn.

Be sure to visit our news page and social media profiles regularly for future prize draws!



Online Marketing Assistant,
Rhys Britton.

Harlech Expo Prize Draw Winners - 31/03/2015

Real-SoupCongratulation to our 3 Harlech Expo prize draw winners, enjoy your brand new iPad Air's! Be sure to attend next year's Harlech Expo for more great prizes!


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Winners:

  • 1) Andrew Soaper, Head Chef of The Ship Hotel
  • 2) Sera Swai, from Barmouth Born & Bread
  • 3) Michael Juha from Harbour Hub Cafe


Online Marketing Assistant,
Rhys Britton.

Chef's Cuisine Range - 20/03/2015

Harlech-Foodservice-Expo-2015Take a browse through our selection of the finest ingredients and flavours from around the world in our 2015 Chef's Cuisine Range.


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Brought together by the knowledge of talented chefs and industry professionals. We understand that every discerning chef needs the very best ingredients and we believe the Chef's Cuisine Range delivers just that.

Online Marketing Assistant,
Rhys Britton.

Prize Draw! - 17/03/2015

Harlech-Foodservice-Expo-2015Any customers who purchase PG tips 1150 tea bags this month will be entered into a prize draw to win this giant sized monkey, who is currently keeping visitors company at the reception.


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Red Nose Day promotional packs of PG Tips 1150's tea bags are currently on offer for the whole of March, so don't miss out and get in touch with one of our sales rep at 01766 810810 or [email protected]

Online Marketing Assistant,
Rhys Britton.

We hope you were inspired! - 06/03/2015

Harlech-Foodservice-Expo-2015Thank you everyone for attending Harlech Foodservice expo 2015. Hope you all had a wonderful experience. Be sure to stay in touch and if you have any good photos we would love to see them!


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The North West's largest catering exhibition took place at Venue Cymru, Llandudno for a second year. Over 140 suppliers were on display, from national big name brands to local artisan producers. Hundreds of hotels, restaurant and foodservice industry professionals attended the 2 day event.

Harlech once again had our own brands on display including Bwydlyn Butchers, Welsh Maid and Celtic Roast & Blend. We also launched our new Fine Wines range with the help of multi-award winning Bibendum Wines.

Thank you once again for attending. Be sure to visit our social media pages including Facebook, where we will post images of the show.

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Online Marketing Assistant,
Rhys Britton.

Harlech Foodservice Expo 2015 - 02/03/2015

Harlech-Foodservice-Expo-2015Harlech Foodservice Expo is 1 day away! Don't miss your opportunity to be part of the region's largest business-to-business foodservice industry event!


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Every year hundreds of hotels, restaurant and foodservice industry professionals attend the Harlech Foodservice Show, an event that promises and delivers two days of action-packed opportunities of new season's product showcasing, creative menu planning and product tasting.

Now in it's second year at the New Venue, 2015 Foodservice Expo is set to be bigger and better. We have teamed up with multi-award winning Bibendum Wines to bring you an exiting new range of Fine Wines.

We will also be Exhibiting our Chef's Cuisine range of fine foods & ingredients as well as top-quality fresh meat from our own award winning Bwydlyn Butchers.

As always a diverse mix of exhibitors will be on hand to offer their expertise, knowledge and ample product testing.

For more information visit our Harlech Foodservice Expo Page, also don't forget to download our e-ticket for a chance to win 1 of 3 iPad Air!

Harlech-Foodservice-Expo-2015


Online Marketing Assistant,
Rhys Britton.

British Pie Week - 02/03/2015

Harlech-Foodservice-Expo-2015British Pie Week starts today. Be sure to follow our British Pie Week Board on Pinterest for a range of delicious ideas.


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British Pie Week also have a great recipe book available with a pie for every day of the week.

Online Marketing Assistant,
Rhys Britton.

Harlech Foodservice Expo 2015 - 24/02/2015

Harlech-Foodservice-Expo-2015Less than a week to go until the 2015 Harlech Foodservice Expo takes place at Venue Cymru, Llandudno.


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Chefs, buyers and industry professionals from across the whole foodservice industry will have the opportunity to see, taste and sample all that's new for the forthcoming season. Customers can also take advantage of the huge savings to be made over the two days, making it an excellent way to 'stock up and save' for Easter.

For more info click on the image above, also be sure to follow Harlech Expo on Twitter for all the latest news.


Online Marketing Assistant,
Rhys Britton.

Harlech Foodservice Product Guide for 2015 - 18/02/2015

Product-Guide-2015-HarlechOur Harlech Foodservice Product Guide for 2015 will give you an overview of what we offer, from our newly launched ‘Chef’s Cuisine’ range of fine foods & ingredients, to Grocery, Frozen & Chilled foods as well as Cleaning & Disposable items and a complete Butchery range.


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Brand new for 2015 is a premium range of Fine Wines which will be launched early February and showcased at our annual Foodservice Expo on March 3rd & 4th.

For a copy click on the image above or visit our Brochures page.


Online Marketing Assistant,
Rhys Britton.

Colin Foskett – One of life’s true gents! 10/02/2015

Gill and Colin FoskettThis news is written with great sadness. On February 4th, 2015, our Chairman and founder of Harlech Frozen Foods, Colin Harry Foskett, passed away peacefully after a short illness, aged 69. He made a lasting impression on everyone he met.


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A generous, kind hearted man that would always have the time of day for you. A devoted husband, father and grandfather, Colin’s main priority was always his family, followed closely by the business that he and wife Gill worked so hard to build. His legacy will live on here at Harlech and he will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

One of life’s true gentlemen. Rest in peace Big Col!