FOOD producers in Dorchester were paid a visit by a government minister.

David Heath, minister for food and agriculture, visited Dorset Cereals and Blue Vinny Cheese to talk about the importance of the sector.

Mr Heath said: "Our food sector is a key sector for growth and this is an example of a company that is creating an expanding market.

"It's good news for local people and the British economy."

The minister spoke to managing director of Dorset Cereals James Skidmore before taking a tour of the factory in Poundbury.

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