Award-winning, Cornish Callestick Farm ice cream is being exported to China for the first time.
The contract is worth half a million pounds to the company, based between Truro and Newquay, which is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary this year. Four more freezer containers full of 125ml and 500ml retail tubs of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice-cream are due to embark on the six-week journey from Cornwall to Shanghai in the next 8 weeks.
It’s a milestone moment for Callestick Farm which has been owned and run by the Parker family since 1953. In 1989, following the introduction of milk quotas, they diversified from traditional mixed farming into using milk from their own dairy herd to make ice cream. That process has continued ever since, with 385 cows currently producing 4,900 litres of milk daily.
It was a short visit to Newquay that resulted in the ground-breaking Chinese export order.
“The managing director of the company we’re selling to was in the UK on business and happened to buy one of our ice-creams,” said Sales Director David Jeffs. “He fell in love with it, thought it was perfect for the Chinese market and got in touch. It’s a very exciting development that we’re planning to build on in the coming months.”
Made in the farm’s on-site ice-creamery and flavoured with a range of high-quality ingredients, Callestick ice-cream and sorbet products have won a raft of awards in the last three decades – including the prestigious Chef’s Choice 2019.
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