Callestick Farm has been named Family Business of the Year at the 2019 Western Morning News Business Awards. The company was also runner up in the Small Business of the Year category and one of just five firms from across the South West region shortlisted to compete for the Business of the Year title.
The Parker family have been making ice-cream at Callestick in Cornwall since 1989, when the introduction of milk quotas meant an alternative source of income was needed to keep the farm going. A redundant outbuilding was turned into an ice-creamery and, after a lot of research and development, production began in earnest. Thirty years and millions of litres of award-winning ice-cream later, Callestick Farm products are being sold as far afield as China.
“We can’t think of a better way of celebrating our thirtieth anniversary than winning Family Business of the Year,” said Managing Director Sebastian Parker. “Two of our sons have joined my wife Angela and I as directors but, of course, our success is as much about our wonderful staff as it is about us. They are our wider family and we wouldn’t be winning like this without them.
“I would also like to thank David Jeffs who joined us in 2018 as sales director. He has been helping us explore exciting new opportunities that are now taking the Callestick Farm brand further afield than ever.”
Achievements in 2019 include securing a £500k contract to export Callestick Farm ice-cream to China over the next five years and agreeing a partnership arrangement with Levi Roots, who famously impressed the Dragon’s Den investors with his Caribbean-inspired Reggae Reggae Sauce. The new range of Levi Roots ice-cream will be announced early in 2020.
Around 400 people attended the Western Morning News Business Awards at the Plymouth Pavilions. Editor-in-chief Bill Martin compered the evening, assisted by TV celebrity and Western Morning News columnist Judi Spiers.