FARM PRODUCTIVITY

WEST CORNWALL

£23,062.50 FUNDED

Moomaid of Zennor Ice Cream Ltd Growth

Moomaid of Zennor

To invest in new processing equipment (including a Pasteuriser, ingredients feeder and ripple pump) to upgrade the current facility and enable the expansion of production.

Cornish ice-cream from fresh, local ingredients

The village of Zennor nestles in the rugged countryside along the north coast of West Cornwall. Famous for the legendary mermaid, whose image is carved into a medieval pew in the church, the village attracts many tourists.

Handed down through four generations, Tremedda Farm is the perfect home for Moomaid of Zennor, scrumptious Cornish ice-cream produced on the farm using milk fresh from the Friesian Holstein cows, and delicious local ingredients. Its ice-cream and sorbet, in many delightful flavour combinations from traditional vanilla and clotted cream to unique concoctions such as limoncello lemon curd, is sold throughout Cornwall in ice-cream parlours, delis, cafes, restaurants and hotels.

Tremedda is farmed by a traditional and sustainable method of farming, which allows the cows to be housed throughout the winter and out from February to October, weather depending.

Helping businesses to increase production
In 2017, with 61,500 litres of ice cream produced, Moomaid had reached maximum capacity, and new equipment was needed to increase production.

Grant funding was used to purchase four new pieces of equipment to help with the production line: an ingredients feeder, a ripple pump, a new pasteuriser and a new storage tank.

Production was then scaled up gradually, with the aim being to eventually produce double the amount per annum. Moomaid of Zennor now have four ice-cream parlours and one seasonal pop-up parlour, and supply large hotels such as Bedruthan Steps, Tregenna Castle hotel in St Ives and the St Ives Harbour Hotel.

Rob Monies, who runs Moomaid and who is also part of the family that runs the farm, said: “We have increased the overall customer base in Cornwall and have started shipping to Germany. We are investigating setting up a distribution network outside Cornwall and we have had new packaging designed. We’ve launched a new website and, together with the increased production and new packaging, have been able to approach larger outlets.”

The increased production has enabled the business to take on a full time, year-round member of staff for the production room. The delivery driver, who usually only worked during seasonal months, is now able to start work in January. There is also a benefit to other local food suppliers, such as Rodda’s Cornish Clotted Cream and Cornish Sea Salt, who provide ingredients for Moomaid produce.

The ice-cream business has provided an alternative income stream for Tremedda Farm, and a way to utilise the farm’s milk. With milk prices subject to fluctuation, finding different ways to utiliseit is massively beneficial to the business overall.

The farm has a stake in the ice-cream business, and has taken on an apprentice due to the increased demand.

LEADER funding has helped Tremedda Farm and Moomaid of Zennor to expand and plan for the future, building on an already successful Cornish food brand.

For some delicious recipes, and to find out more about Moomaid, visit moomaidofzennor.com

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