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Prince Charles Visits Rachel’s Organic in Wales


The Prince of Wales visited Rachels Organic in Wales to open an extension of the organic yoghurt factory.

The visit and royal opening come nearly 20 years after his first visit to open another expansion.

The Prince, who spent time joking and talking to staff, met someone he had previously met on his visit 20 years ago.

Nigel Truman, who still works for the company today remembered Prince Charles’ first visit in 1998. Truman said: “When we had the first extension, he came and opened it, so I told him I was here last time.

“He said that was a long time and he remembered it well.

“He asked about our work and where we are going on a summer holiday. We told him Balmoral.”

Prince Charles also met Rachel Rowlands, who founded the very first organic dairy in Britain in 1982. While she sold the company in 1999 she is still involved in its running. Rachel Rowlands puts the success of the company down to its employees. The company currently has around 100 employees.

Rachel Rowlands said: “To see what’s happening today makes me so proud of what they have achieved. It is not my work any longer. What started 35 years ago on a farm, I never dreamed of this.”

She said the investment in the business would bring huge benefits for Ceredigion, a county in Wales.

Charles tasted Rachel’s Greek-style yoghurt with honey, one of many flavours produced at the farm. The farm expects to produce at least 17,000 tonnes of yoghurt this year.

Rachel Brittain, who served Prince Charles the yoghurt said: “He wants to try the rice pudding and wanted to see if it is better than his cook makes.”

She managed to speak to her colleagues and have some rice pudding included in a gift hamper presented to Prince Charles at the end of his visit.

Prince Charles, who unveiled a plaque to mark the visit said:  “Having successfully brought the whole system to a grinding halt, I suspect, for which I can only apologise, I just wanted to say what a great pleasure it is to come back to this site and discover one person who was working here 21 years ago who could remember.

“In that time an awful lot has changed and, from what I can gather, it is now the most remarkable bit of plumbing I have ever seen.”

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