Minster Visits Poundbury to Talk Business with Local Food Producers
1:03pm 3rd December 2012
(Updated 2:38pm 3rd December 2012)
Westminster has sent a top politician to Poundbury to discuss what can be done to help our local food manufacturers.
Minister for Food and Agriculture, David Heath, met local producers - including Dorset Blue Vinny Cheese and Dorset Cereals - this afternoon (Monday 3rd November.
He says the government is trying to do more to help local companies sell their goods at home and abroad.
Minister David Heath said: "I'm here to see firsthand how local food and drink producers in the area are creating new jobs and putting British food on the global map. I'm keen to talk to people about what more we can do to unlock the economic potential of rural areas and support thriving rural communities.
"I'd encourage everyone to buy local this Christmas and help support our rural economy."
Emily Davies, from Woodbridge Farm (home of Dorset Blue Vinny cheese) said: "We are delighted to meet with David Heath. We are looking forward to talking to the Minister about our exciting plans to export our products into foreign markets and increase our range."
Dorset Cereals are already enjoyed on breakfast tables in the United States, the Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates and exports sales have doubled over the last five years.
James Skidmore, Managing Director of Dorset Cereals said: "Dorset Cereals are thrilled to welcome David Heath to our HQ at Poundbury in Dorset. We are looking at ways we can continue this growth, as well as keeping close to our roots working with other local food manufacturers to promote Dorset as a county famous for its great produce."