The Llyn Peninsula is to open the first industrial kitchen facility of its kind in Wales at the end of this month.
The purpose-built kitchen will be housed in a modular building in the premises of Ysgol Botwnnog school and made available for use by local food businesses that want to cook up new food products.
The ‘catering pod’ was commissioned by food marketing group Cynnyrch Llyn amid fears the peninsula was falling behind other food-producing regions of Wales.
It is designed to help primary producers add value to their food and contribute towards Welsh Government targets of growing the food and drink sector by 30% over the next six years.
Nia Griffith, chair of Cynnyrch Llyn, told the Daily Post that the peninsula produced fantastic meat and vegetables, but it had some catching up to do when it came to adding value and developing brands.
“Areas like Anglesey, for example, is dotted with small companies in the food producing industry,” she said. “We were interested to learn why individuals from Pen Llyn were not as eager to venture into the industry.”
The kitchen pod comes complete with catering equipment and will allow those without suitable facilities to experiment with new food ideas. It is also expected to host food-related courses in future.
It will officially open on Friday March 28.