Castell Howell Foods open day success

The agricultural show season may be over, but the fundraising activities of the Carmarthenshire Royal Welsh Advisory Committee continues.

One of the most recent events was a joint function organised by Castell howell Foods and the FUW, being an ‘open day’ at the Castell howell Foods’ main depot in Cross hands.

Approximately 300 people supported the open day which included a tour of the site where approximately 9,000 product lines are stored – the Castell howell Group employing more than 600 staff with a turnover of around £100 million.

The open day included a guided tour of the cutting/meat processing plant where local Celtic Pride beef and pork carcasses are cut. Founder and managing director of Castell howell Foods, and president of the 2017 Royal Welsh Agricultural Society Brian Jones said: “I am delighted at the very positive response from everyone who toured the plant. I am, first and foremost, a farmer and I was farming locally before I established the Castell howell Foods business.

“The Celtic Pride Brand supports quality food and produce and local beef and pork farmers have a great interest in seeing how their animals are prepared and presented to the customer.”

The evening included a live performance from the well known folk band Jac y Do and Celtic Pride burgers and rolls were enjoyed by everyone present.

The auction attracted great interest with the prize item, a signed Lions jersey from their recent successful tour of New Zealand, attracting a final bid of nearly £3,000!

Those present were delighted to enjoy the support of a number of professional rugby players, including Dan Biggar, Brand Ambassador for Celtic Pride and Osprey’s and Wales and British and Irish Lions star player.

The evening raised approximately £10,000, and Brian Jones and Ian Rickman, a member of the FUW presidential policy team, said they were delighted with the exceptional support and the generosity of the 300 plus people who supported the event.

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