Movers & Shakers: Culinaria Europe role for Barry Chevallier Guild
BARRY Chevallier Guild, partner at cider and vinegar producer Aspall, based near Debenham, has been appointed chair of the Vinegar Committee of Culinaria Europe, a European food association, in recognition of his substantial experience of the sector and long-standing commitment to the vinegar market in the UK.
As part of his role he will also be on the Board of Culinaria Europe.
The Vinegar Committee of Culinaria Europe supports producers by voicing its members’ interests and concerns to the European Commission and Parliament.
It provides and monitors information on vinegar in the scientific, legislative, technological and economic fields and helps provide standards for the quality of the category.
Barry said: “I am delighted to have been elected chair of the Vinegar Committee of Culinaria Europe and am looking forward to both sharing my knowledge of the UK sector abroad, and benefiting the UK trade with my learnings from the Continent.
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“Aspall has been at the forefront of cyder vinegar making in the UK for over 40 years and we are now the UK’s leading speciality vinegar producer. My appointment is a great opportunity to make a relatively small voice heard within the wider European community.
“My main objective is to raise the profile of vinegar production within the European Commission and ensure that there is a common definition for vinegar making. This will improve the quality of vinegar and consistency of vinegar sub-sectors throughout Europe. Retailers will have access to a greater range of vinegar with more consistent credentials; consumers will be able to expect a consistent product quality; and producers will be able to compete on a more level playing field.
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“For example, we are in the process of ensuring a common definition for the standard of wine which can be used for vinegar production, to ensure that all wine vinegars are produced to the same standards under current legislation.”
Aspall is owned and managed by the eighth generation of the Chevallier family, producing a range of award-winning ciders, vinegars and apple juice, and is now the largest wholly British-owned speciality vinegar producer.
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