Innovative food centre gets official Royal opening

4:07pm - 20 October 2021

An innovative food and drink centre in Weston-super-Mare was officially opened today (Friday) by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.

The Princess unveiled a plaque at The Food WorksSW this afternoon.

The centre, set within Junction 21 Enterprise Area, is the only one of its kind in the South West.

We developed the centre to provide new facilities and support food and drink producers to help them grow their business, create jobs and help better promote the region for food and drink. 

The Princess had an escorted tour to see the facilities and at the unveiling said: "I’m delighted The Food WorksSW is here and functioning well and people are taking advantage of it.

"I’ve heard that it might grow even more so good luck with those plans."

She met tenants and saw them demonstrate some of the specialist equipment they use to develop their products, such as gelato, salsa, kefir water, vegan cheese, deli items, brownies, chilli sauces, high protein cookies, frozen ready meals and curry dishes.

The Princess also thanked key people who formed the North Somerset Together Partnership, as part of our area’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The £11m Food WorksSW centre was funded by the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership through the Local Growth Fund.

It opened in April last year, just before the first national lockdown, and now all 12 of its food-grade units are let out.

Businesses of all sizes use it to test, develop and manufacture their products.

There are also meeting rooms, a café and conference facilities for hosting food-related events and workshops.