Castell Howell founder Brian Jones MBE has been awarded a lifetime achievement award at the inaugural Wales Food and Drink Awards.
Established this year, the awards have been created in order to celebrate businesses within Wales who have shown their commitment to innovation, sustainability and great tasting food and drink products.
Originally starting out as a farmer, Jones, who was also awarded an MBE in 2008 for his services to the food industry, launched Castell Howell Foods in the eighties when he branched out into selling frozen food direct to Welsh pubs.
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Today Castell Howell has an annual turnover of £140m and their customers include hotels, restaurants, retail shops, hospitals, schools, private and public caterers.
Jones 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.”