The Founder of Castell Howell, Brian Jones MBE, has been honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the inaugural Wales Food and Drink Awards, held in Cardiff on 13th May 2022.
The new Wales Food and Drink Awards were established by Broadcaster, Sian Lloyd and Liz Brookes Director of Grapevine Event Management, to celebrate businesses within the Wales who have shown their commitment to innovation, sustainability and great tasting food and drink products.
Originally starting out as a farmer, Brian launched Castell Howell Foods in the eighties when he branched out into selling frozen food direct to Welsh pubs. Today Castell Howell has an annual turnover of £140 million and their customers include hotels, restaurants, retail shops, hospitals, schools, private and public caterers.
Brian is passionate about sourcing and promoting Welsh produce. In 2003, in partnership with the Wynnstay group and the Welsh Meat Company, he launched the iconic Celtic Pride Premium Beef Scheme, recognising consumer demand for consistently high-quality Welsh beef.
A well-respected figure in the sector, in 2008 he was included in the New Year’s Honours List and awarded an MBE for his services to the food industry.
Brian says: “It is an honour to have been recognised at the Wales Food and Drink awards. I am grateful for all the support I have received from my wife Helen, daughter Kathryn and son Martyn, who both work in the business. I am hugely privileged to have so many superb people working at Castell Howell, many of whom have been with us for more than 20 years. It is because of their commitment and hard work that we were able to go through difficult times and create an environment where we could invest with confidence and grow the business.”