School meals in Powys will now use more Welsh produce thanks to a new deal by Powys County Council.

Powys County Council has announced it has teamed up with Cross-Hands based Castell Howell, who will now be the main supplier of fresh and frozen foods that will be used by the council’s Catering Team “to make healthy and nutritious school meals”.

Councillor Jake Berriman, cabinet member for a Connected Powys, said: “This is an exciting partnership and I’m delighted that the council will be working with Castell Howell to continue to provide healthy, nutritionally balanced meals in schools across the county.

 “As a council, we are looking to use more Welsh produce so our new partnership with Castell Howell will help us achieve this.  We will also work with them to produce more seasonal school meal menus that use produce grown here in Wales and, where possible, Powys.”


The news was welcomed by the company who have signed up to a three-year deal with the council.

 “Castell Howell Foods have delivered food to businesses across Powys for numerous years, building partnerships with caterers and hospitality customers,” said Matt Lewis, Managing Director at Castell Howell.

 “We’re very proud to be nominated as new suppliers to Powys County Council and look forward to developing similar partnerships with the schools that play an invaluable role in the communities where these businesses operate.

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“Evolving Welsh supply chains is important.

"We’re into year three of our ‘Welsh Veg to Welsh Schools’ collaborative initiative and are already working with a grower in the south-east of the county, and developing relationships with a grower to the east of Brecon.

“Our aim is to work to a three-year plan with Powys County Council, where a higher quantity of Welsh produce features in the school plate. 

"Powys have similar aspirations and there are numerous opportunities to realise our shared ambitions.”