Three businesses have been shortlisted for this year’s Sir Bryner Jones Memorial Award, the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society’s flagship accolade.
With exceptional entries from 10 counties across Wales, the judges had a challenging task whittling it down to three candidates. The winner will be announced on the first day of the Royal Welsh Show on July 18.
The shortlisted candidates are: Gwenyn Gruffydd Ltd, Bryn Bach, Dryslwyn, Carmarthen, a successful business based on beekeeping and natural honey products.
Radnor Hills Water Co Ltd, Heartease Farm, Knighton, a multi award-winning spring water and soft drinks company formed by Mr William Watkins 1990, which is focused on environmental sustainability
The Rhug Estate, Corwen, a sustainable organic farm run by Lord Newborough which has a farm shop, restaurant, café, takeaway, drive thru and generates green energy. The estate’s award-winning meat is exported and sold to top restaurants across the UK.
Sir Bryner Jones helped shape the direction of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society for 50 years, was Agricultural Commissioner for Wales and subsequently became Welsh Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture. He was Royal Welsh president in 1954, the society’s golden jubilee year.
Since 1957 the award has been made annually to someone from a different area of the farming industry who has reached the highest level of achievement in the chosen sector.
This year the judges were looking for an individual or business that is actively involved in food and/or drink production which demonstrates sustainable innovation and enhances the environment in Wales.
The winner’s medal is sponsored by Gareth Roberts, one of the society’s board of directors.
“We had the privilege of visiting 10 businesses throughout Wales over the course of five days throughout May and June,” said the judges, Mr Brian Jones MBE and Mr Richard Vaughan.
“All the candidates were a credit to the food and drink sector in Wales, showing excellent product knowledge with efficient marketing regimes, which bodes well for growing the industry here in Wales.”
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