Wales Food & Drink Innovation Award Finalists

Wales Food & Drink Innovation Award Finalists

We are thrilled to have been selected as a finalist for the Wales Food & Drink Innovation Award.

The Innovation Award recognises those businesses that have achieved growth through innovation driven entrepreneurship.

After creating UK's first crisps made entirely from Cheddar, Pure Cheese Crisps, Alex & Greg founded Monarchs in 2020 to help people satisfy their crunchy snack cravings on low carb diets with a variety of cheese based crackers, crisps and bars.

An overwhelming number of entries were received from businesses based across the country, from artisanal producers to sustainable innovators, entries reflect the richness and diversity of Welsh Food and Drink sector.

88 finalists have been shortlisted in 17 categories. Supported by Castell Howell, these awards celebrate the excellence, innovation and dedication of producers within the Wales Food and Drink Industry.

Bob Clark, Chair of Judges and Co-founder of Itch Investors said:

“With so many amazing people, behind some fantastic companies, inspiring stories, products and achievements, when it came to judging given the strength of all who had entered, it certainly gave the judges a big challenge, but also a real testament to the strength, breadth and exciting future for our food and drink industry in Wales. We would like to thank all who have entered this year’s awards and congratulate those who have made it through to the short list”

Liz Brookes, Co-Founder of the Wales Food & Drink Awards and Director of Grapevine Event Management said:

“The finalists stand as shining examples of the dedication and passion that drive Wales’ Food and Drink landscape forward, setting standards of excellence for the entire industry. We look forward to celebrating and highlighting the amazing producers and industry champions we have across Wales at the awards evening in May.”

Haydn Pugh, Head of Sales and Marketing Castell Howell and headline sponsor, commented:

“Compiling a shortlist seems to become more challenging every year with the quality, and number of entries, proving a difficult task for the panel. Congratulations to all who’ve made it this far and sorry to those who haven’t, we hope that you’ll enter next year again. Good luck to all finalists, we look forward to seeing you at the award ceremony in May.”

Finalists for 2024 Wales Food and Drink Innovation Award are:

Conwy Kombucha
Dunbia Llanbydder
Evan Evans Brewery
Hive Mind Mead & Brew
Monarchs Crisps

The winners will be announced at the black-tie awards ceremony, hosted at the iconic Brangwyn Hall in Swansea on the 9th May. The event will bring together industry leaders, producers, distributors, and enthusiasts to celebrate the achievements of the finalists and the broader Welsh food and drink community.

Tickets are now on sale for the Wales Food and Drink Awards at

This year’s finalists can be found online at:

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I love Monark cheesey snacks, they are great on their own or with a dip of choice, rather moorish too.


Well done Monarch, no surprise as your products are just too tasty!! 😋

June S

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