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Heatwave drives record ice cream sales at Dale Farm

Stars of this year’s Grand Opera House Pantomime surprised sunbathers in the Botanic Gardens with Dale Farm ice cream to help them keep cool in the heat
Gareth McKeown

ICE cream sales last month were up 52 per cent in comparison to June 2017, Dale Farm have said.

With temperatures exceeding 25 degrees, the leading dairy company has reported record summer sales and unprecedented demand.

Dale Farm commercial director, Nigel Cairns said:

“Dale Farm's Ice Cream sales have rocketed thanks to June's summer heatwave as people seek to keep cool. We are delighted to report that ice cream sales figures for last month were up 52 per cent on last year.

“The hot weather and record temperatures have been fantastic news for our business. The huge increase has meant our team has had to work incredibly hard to meet this increased demand and we are taking extra steps to ensure that freezers across the country are stocked-up with ice cream as the good weather looks set to continue.”

The good news comes just a week after Dale Farm reported record financial results, with turnover jumping by 24 per cent to £481 million.

The largest UK farmer-owned dairy cooperative, owned by 1,300 dairy farmers and employing more than 1,000 people, enjoyed a third consecutive year of strong growth, with group operating profit rising from £9.8m to £12.1m and profit before tax increasing by 28 per cent from £7.9m to £10.1m.

The company also recently agreed a lucrative contract to supply cheese to retail giant Lidl. The deal, which represents the single biggest contract awarded by Lidl to a Northern Ireland agri-food firm, will see Dale Farm cheese stocked in 8,000 stores across 22 countries.

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