* indicates required

Produce scheme promotion has new managers


The campaign, which supports more than 150 food and crafts producers, farmers markets and restaurants in the county, has been run by Central Bedfordshire Council since 2009.
Council chairman Cllr Angela Barker officially handed over control of the campaign to the BRCC, which has been a member of Tastes of Bedfordshire since it launched seven years ago.
Cllr Barker said: "The great thing about Tastes of Bedfordshire is that is really inspires people to shop locally and enjoy the food, drink and crafts that are top quality and so close by. I cannot wait to see what BRCC do with the brand."
Set up in 2005 to encourage Bedfordshire residents to buy locally and discover the range of products available in the county, Tastes of Bedfordshire has grown to support 70 food producers, more than 40 restaurants, ten farmers markets and 30-plus craft producers. 
Lisa King, programme manager of BRCC’s Greensand Ridge Rural Development Programme, said: "We are really looking forward to working with producers and retailers to promote the fantastic food, drink and crafts that are right here on our doorstep. Our links to local communities put us in a strong position to encourage more people to buy local products and we have some great ideas that we cannot wait to put into practice."
Cllr Nigel Young, executive member for sustainable communities – strategic planning and economic development – at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “We are really pleased that BRCC has won the bid to take it forward and we look forward to seeing the development of the scheme in Bedfordshire.
"We have well over 150 businesses who are producers, growers or retailers of locally produced goods and we hope that, as BRCC takes this initiative forward, more and more people choose local produce, places to eat and crafts.”

More from Bedford: