In this exclusive podcast, Paul Harrold, operations manager at Kelly’s of Cornwall’s factory in Bodmin, Cornwall, told FoodManufacture.co.uk how its takeover by Yorkshire-based R&R Ice Cream had boosted its performance through fresh funds.
R&R acquired 100% of the shares in Kelly’s in 2010 and immediately pumped £2.5M of cash into the business. Several initiatives were launched at that time, including a scheme that dramatically slashed energy bills by consolidating freezer storage off-site through third party warehousing.
That drastically cut electricity use and freed up freezer space to use for other purposes, providing further growth for expansion.
In addition, Kelly’s has launched a policy of reusing waste, rather than sending it to landfill or even recycling it. This had enabled it to reduce its landfill tax considerably since 2010, said Harrold.
He claimed that its green programmes led to Kelly’s becoming the only food manufacturer with a site in the South West to be registered with a low environmental impact by the Environment Agency.
Kelly’s makes a range of ice cream flavours, including clotted cream and mint choc chip.
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