Monday, 30 March 2015


You are invited to a Breakfast Seminar on Wednesday 22nd April 2015 at the National Centre for Food Manufacturing in Holbeach.

The event provides a great opportunity to network with industry participants and hear the latest news on Food Sector topics.

RSVP: Jo Holmes by 13th April

  • An Introduction to Emerging Preservation Technologies - Dr. Craig Leadley, Food Manufacturing Technologies Dept, Campden BRI
  • Novel Innovations in Food Freezing - Christian James, Food Refrigeration and Process Engineering Research Centre
  • Innovation in Design - TBC, Arctica (Architecture, Process, Project Management)
Event location

The National Centre for Food Manufacturing, University of Lincoln, Park Road, Holbeach, PE12 7PT - click for directions.
Registration and breakfast from 08:00
Presentations start 09:00
Networking/close 11:00

Friday, 20 March 2015


Photo Credit: "Belton House South Elevation" by Wehha - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
Belton is hosting a Summer Fair of Food and Drink on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 July 2015. The fair is a celebration of local and artisan produce and aims to showcase what’s great about our regional food and drink. 
The fair will take place in the stableyard and adjacent estate yard at Belton House
Belton House will provide a stall for you. These come with a 6ft table and a chair, and measure 10ft X 8ft (3m x 2.4m).
Alternatively, you may bring your own gazebo, for which you are allotted a maximum space of 10ft x 10ft.  If you’d like to bring your own gazebo, you must also bring your own table and chairs and ensure that the gazebo is safely weighted down with 16kg weights at each corner. Ropes and pins are not an option as staking is not permitted.

Stallholder requirements
  • All stallholders must carry their own public liability insurance and employer liability insurance (the latter where applicable).
  • Food producers must hold and show evidence of a Food Hygiene Certificate Level 2 (at least) and evidence of Local Authority Food Hygiene rating.
  • If bringing your own gazebo, it must be secured as directed above and a risk assessment must be provided.
  • Stallholders are required not to sell food and drink designed and intended as a meal for consumption at the fair itself. For example, selling drink by the cup or glass, bacon rolls, chips and similar hot food, wraps and sandwiches etc… are not permitted as these will conflict with Belton’s catering offer. If you require clarity on this point regarding your product, please ask. Handing out free samples is permitted.
  • Permission to bring a generator is dependent upon the submission of details of your generator and subsequent approval that it is safe and suitable for use at the event. If you have a generator that you wish to bring, identify this in the booking form and details will be requested to allow or disallow its use.
  • Any stallholder that currently supplies Belton House (shops or restaurants) is requested to sell their produce for the same price as the National Trust.
  • The fair begins at 9.30am and finishes at 5.30pm each day, stallholders will be required to set up, take down and remove all vehicles outside of these times. Specific access requirements and further information will be sent to you upon confirmation of your application.
  • All electrical items must have an up to date PAT certificate.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015


Meet the Experts – Practical Advice for Lincolnshire’s Small Food Companies”

on Wednesday 25 March 2015
9am to 12.30pm
at the National Centre for Food Manufacturing, Holbeach, PE12 7PT

Our experts come from:

Bakkavor – Peterborough Environment City Trust – Food Health and Safety, Breckland and South Holland Council – University of Lincoln – National Centre for Food Manufacturing

and their subjects will include:

making food manufacture sustainable – environmental health update – creating sustainable food businesses – trademarks – allergens – microbiology – super fast broadband – social media - funding

More details TBC. In the meantime, please make a note in your diary – Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 9am to 12.30pm.

Thursday, 5 March 2015


What is your role and how can you grow your market?

Did you know that Food Tourism is the fastest growing tourism sector?

Gastronomic tourism is an emerging phenomenon that is being developed as a new tourism product due to the fact that according to the specialized literature, over a third of tourist spending is devoted to food. Therefore, the cuisine of the destination is an aspect of utmost importance in the quality of the holiday experience.
Several studies have found that tourists travel to those destinations that have established a reputation as a place to experiment with quality local products.

What is your business strategy to take advantage of this unique opportunity?

Bespoke workshop for Farm Retailers

During the workshop you will be introduced to the concepts of food tourism and how this relates to farm retail businesses such as your own. Look at current trends both in the UK and across the world and then focus on how you as a business can create a plan to maximise the value of this opportunity for your business. By the end of the workshop you will have a created a unique strategy for your business.

The Programme

  •     Start with Why
  •     What is Food tourism?
  •     What is driving food tourism?
  •     Who are the local players and how should they network?
  •     Where is the support to make it happen?
  •     What do you and can you offer the food tourist?
  •     What is your strategy for the next three years to grow your business?
  •     The plan for your business
The workshops will each start at 10.00 and finish at 16.00.

These workshops are being led by the international Farm Retail expert John Stanley. John is a long-time friend of FARMA and has supported many of its members with consultancy and as a speaker at FARMA conferences over the years.

Locations and Dates

16th March: Kyte Hotel: Darrington, West Yorkshire WF8 3HR 17th March: Marston Lodge Farm, Marston Trussell, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 9TY 18th March: Newlyns Farm Shop, Lodge Farm, North Warnborough, Hook, Hampshire RG29 1HA

Booking and Tickets

Please follow the link to book your place on the course. Attendance at the course is £55+VAT per person.
Who should attend?

This workshop will add value to all types of farm retail businesses. The workshop will be of particular interest to:

  •     Farmers' Markets
  •     Farm Shops
  •     New Farm Retail Businesses
  •     Farm tourism and attraction business looking to add a food offering.