Left to Right:

Nigel Payne (Non – Executive Director – Wild Water Group)
Lesley Griffiths (Minister for Environment, Energy & Rural Affairs)
Ken Rattenbury (Managing Director – Wild Water Group)

Wild Water Group were honoured to have Welsh Minister for Environmental, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, visit their stand at the BlasCymru/Taste Wales Conference held at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, South Wales.

The minister opened the bi-annual event for the Food and Drink Sector which aims to bring buyers and producers together to showcase their products and help open potential new markets and international trade deals.

Wild Water Group and GAC attended the two-day event to promote their recent alliance agreement that offers customers bespoke global end-to-end cold chain services around the clock, initially focusing on the Middle East where GAC have built up an extensive ambient and cold storage infrastructure.

Ken Rattenbury, Managing Director of Wild Water Group said, “We were really pleased to the have the minister come and chat to us about our recent expansion plans and in particular our commitment to Welsh government export initiatives using GAC Group as an alliance partner.

“It was great timing too, as only last week we provided end-to-end chilled product storage and distribution services for Welsh organic farmer brand, Calon Wen, from their local production facility in South Wales, via Qatar Airways, to their distributor’s cold storage facility in Doha.

“This was our first food consolidation export order to Qatar in the Middle East and highlights the true value on offer for our export customers, which is our alliance with GAC Group and their longstanding relationships with major airlines and shipping carriers.”

Nigel Payne, who is a non-executive director to the Wild Water Group advisory board, says he sees a huge opportunity for the company with this agreement in place with GAC.

“As the minister reaffirmed this morning in her opening address, the Food and Drink sector has now been identified as a foundation sector and one of the key economic drivers of our economy. The £22 million pound boost to the sector is a clear signal of the government’s future intentions.

“Wild Waters Group’s import and export service offering with GAC is mutually beneficial at many levels within the Welsh Food and Drink sector and opens up opportunities on a regional and international market basis.

“It provides a close association with major airline carriers such as Qatar Airways, who now operate to over 160 countries from Cardiff International and also creates the opportunity to link up with other cold store operators around the world and to try and negotiate reciprocal trade agreements.”