Ice cream manufacturer scoops Asda supply deal

By Gwen Ridler

- Last updated on GMT

Left to right: Asda’s Craig Paterson and James Rizza & Sons director Donald Morrison
Left to right: Asda’s Craig Paterson and James Rizza & Sons director Donald Morrison

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Ice cream manufacturer James Rizza & Sons plans to create new jobs after scooping a new supply deal with Asda.

The deal will see two of the producer’s ice cream lines – Double Salted Caramel and Raspberry & White Chocolate Chip – available in the retailer’s Scottish stores.

Available in 500ml tubs, the products join James Rizza & Sons’ Dairy Gold ice cream, which has been available in Asda stores since 2002.

Commenting on the listing, director Donald Morrison said: “We are delighted to continue our relationship with Asda, with the introduction of two new ice cream flavours.

Sustainability and jobs creation

“We employ over 35 staff and these new listings will not only lead to increased sustainability for the business, but also to the creation of new jobs.”

The Asda deal followed a number of developments at the manufacturer, including a rebrand of its products and investing in plastic-free packaging on its 500ml and 1-litre lines.

“It has been a very exciting time for the business, so we’re thrilled to secure these additional listings to end 2019 on a high,”​ Morrison continued.

Fourth-generation family firm

Established in 1914, James Rizza & Sons is a fourth-generation family-run ice cream manufacturer that operates from the Huntly industrial estate in Aberdeenshire. As well as tubs, the manufacturer also produces ice cream celebration cakes.  

Asda Scotland regional buying manager Heather Turnbull added: “We have excellent working relationships with some of the best suppliers and growers across Scotland and James Rizza & Sons is a perfect example of this. It’s fantastic to have the promise of great-tasting locally sourced ice-cream on shelves for our customers to enjoy.”

Meanwhile, Scottish ice cream producer Mackie’s is to create new jobs at its Aberdeen site, after investing £250,000 in new machinery​ to help meet increased demand through exports and reduce its carbon footprint.

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