Welsh Lady Preserves are producers of award-winning handmade conserves, marmalades and condiments for over 45 years. Each batch is prepared from the finest ingredients and cooked in copper bottomed boiling pans. The high standard of quality, taste and consistency is maintained by the staff at their weekly tasting panel.
April 2018 Update
After more than half a century producing award-winning jams and chutneys, Welsh Lady Preserves has just launched its latest batch of products ready for the UK’s leading food and drink trade event – Food & Drink Expo 2018.
Welsh Lady Preserves will be showcasing five new chutneys, two new curds and three 285g sauces at Food & Drink Expo 2018, which takes place at the NEC in Birmingham from April 16-18th.
The North Wales company, which was founded by Dio and Marion Jones, is now run by the second generation of the family – son John and his wife Carol.
The company employs 20-25 people at its base in Pwllheli, many of whom are from the locality and who have been working for the company for years.
“When my in-laws decided to retire we were determined to keep the business in the family,” says former teacher, now business development manager Carol. “Welsh Lady is our life and to have let it go would have been a tremendous wrench.”
Winner of countless awards, among them many coveted Great Taste awards, last year Welsh Lady underwent a re-brand and since then has seen sales shoot up by 70%.
Also, the more recent introduction of 28g glass jars – which have become an instant hit – for the hospitality and tourism sectors have helped the business boom with orders coming in from enterprises large and small.
Taking centre stage at Welsh Lady’s stand at Food & Drink Expo will be its new range of chutneys – Lime, Mango, Spiced Carrot, Piccalilli, and Balsamic & Onion Relish – along with two new curds, Passion Fruit, and Mango & Passion Fruit.
These are joined by three 285g table sauces all of which come in old-style ‘school milk’ glass bottles – Sôs Coch (Tomato Ketchup), Sôs Brown (Brown Sauce), and Sôs Barbeciw (Barbecue Sauce).
Says Carol, “We are delighted to be introducing these new products at Food & Drink Expo. As a company, we always like to try something new, and some of the varieties we’ve created have come from public requests. We do a lot of food festivals, and people have been asking for older-style recipes such as piccalilli and carrot chutney, so we have created a new range to include those flavours.”
Welsh Lady Preserves will be exhibiting at the Welsh Government’s Food and Drink Wales stand (K108A) at Food & Drink Expo 2018.
February 2016 Update
This year is the 50th Anniversary for Welsh Lady Preserves
Fifty years have passed since Dio and Marion Jones of Welsh Lady Preserves started to make Lemon Curd to sell on The Maes, Pwllheli. Today, production continues on the same site in the heart of the Llyn peninsula, and the business is run by the same family. The factory may be a little larger but the same cooking methods are used to create preserves that are as close as you can get to homemade.
Dio boasts with pride that the copper-bottom pans which are still used today were made in 1936. He taught himself to make jams, curds and chutneys through trial and error, and is responsible for developing all the current Welsh Lady recipes.
Dio and Marion Jones established Welsh Lady Preserves in 1966. The “factri jam” as it’s locally known, is located on the beautiful Llyn Peninsula,on the edge of Snowdonia National Park. The Welsh language is alive and thriving in the area and is the first language spoken in the factory.
Founded by Dio and Marion Jones in 1966 when Dio bought a small Lemon Curd business on the current site. Dio taught himself to make jams, curds and chutneys thought trial and error, and is responsible for developing all the current Welsh Lady recipes.
The business is now run on a day-to-day basis by John (Dio’s son) and Carol Jones. John has been involved with the business for as long as he can remember, and has been involved full time for over 20 years.
Both John and Carol see Welsh Lady as more than just a business.” It’s not work- it’s family!”. They are dedicated to continuation of all that Welsh Lady represents to its consumers, customers, and employees.
Welsh Lady preserves are made in and by the Pwhelli community. All employees live within 10 miles, with most within 5 miles. Welsh lady regularly employs multiple generations from the same factory and many employees have worked for the business for decades.
Carol says “the team here feel like family”
Employees rotate throughout different areas and so understand the process of making preserves from start to finish. “Everyone is involved in quality control.”
Welsh Lady are located on the beautiful Llyn Peninsula on the edge of Snowdonia National Park. The Welsh language is alive and thriving in the area and is the first language spoken in the factory/business.
Welsh Lady use whole fruit wherever possible in their production processes and the key jam recipes are those developed by Dio 45-50 years ago.
Jams are cooked in traditional copper-bottom pans made in 1926. These allow a fast boil which means a better flavour in the finished jam.Chutney and curd recipes are a closely guarded secret, developed by Dio over many years.Jams/Chutneys are hand-stirred (originally made on gas rings – they used to wear out wooden spoons with all the stirring!).
You can view the Welsh lady Preserves website here: www.welshladypreserves.com
Welsh Lady Preserves Gold 3 Star Winner At The Great Taste Awards
Welsh Lady Preserves is celebrating that its Lemon Curd has been awarded a prestigious Gold 3 star award from the Great Taste Awards, the ‘Oscars’ of the food industry, as it’s the world’s largest and most rigorous food awards scheme.
Welsh Lady Preserves have been producing of award-winning handmade conserves, marmalades and condiments for over 45 years. Each batch is prepared from the finest ingredients and cooked in copper bottomed boiling pans. The high standard of quality, taste and consistency is maintained by the staff at their weekly tasting panel.
Three Generations In Each Jar Of Welsh Lady Preserves
Welsh Lady Preserves are producers of award-winning handmade conserves, marmalades and condiments and have been doing it for over 45 years. They are adding more than the finest ingredients to their latest batches, they’ve added a generation!
David Lewys Jones, son of John and Carol, grandson of Dio and Marion, has joined Welsh Lady Preserves. After finishing his Biology Degree in the University of South Glamorgan, Treforest, David was interviewed and accepted onto the Kite scheme by Grwp Llandrillo Menai. He joined Welsh Lady Preserves in July and is helping in all departments of the company. As part of the scheme David will be attending courses and seminars as these are offered by the group of colleges.
David is no stranger to the business as he has always helped out in the school and college holidays and has gained a great deal of knowledge about the food trade over the years.
Each batch of Welsh Lady Preserves is prepared from the finest ingredients and cooked in copper bottomed boiling pans. The high standard of quality, taste and consistency is maintained by the staff at their weekly tasting panel.