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County fare on show at Whitehall

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: February 19, 2013

  • SHOWCASE . . . Susie Keenan, director of Brown and Green, store manager Julie Pimlott and Councillor Philip Atkins

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STAFFORDSHIRE produce was on the agenda for MPs when local farmers showcased their wares at Westminister.

 

More than 50 MPs, including Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles, attended the Staffordshire Food and Drink Festival at the Palace of Westminister on February 6.

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Exhibitors included turkey farmer Sandra Hopley from Shallowford, local beermakers Slaters Ales, Lymestone Brewery and Freedom Brewery and the Froggatts of Hill Ridware, who showcased their Just Crisps range made with rapeseed oil from their farm.

Staff from Trentham food store Brown and Green, which stocks food and drink made locally, also attended, alongside representatives from Simply Staffordshire and Taste of Staffordshire.

Tamworth MP Christopher Pincher, whose office co-ordinated the event. said: “The festival was a great success, with a huge number of people attending all contributing to a buzzing atmosphere.

The event gave local producers the chance not only to promote their company and Staffordshire and Stoke but also to speak to Government ministers and tell them the issues which face small business like theirs on a daily basis, especially the barriers they face when looking to expand.

“This event has put Staffordshire firmly on the map as a food county and has raised the profile of products grown on our own doorstep.”

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