IT’S not just the weather that’s making the order books for an ice-cream company run hot.
Northney Ice Cream, based in Hayling Island, has seen its sales increase by 400 per cent compared to its order books last year.
The firm has only been going for five years, but has seen some major contract wins from well-known local businesses.
Northney Ice Cream was set up in 2009 by Tim Pike as a diversification project.
It is made from the milk of his own herd of pedigree Ayrshire cows and turned into ice cream on site at Northney Farm.
Tim has seen the business grow from strength to strength, and, thanks in part to some recent local orders from businesses such as The Spinnaker Tower; Chef Sam @ 33, based in Denvilles House in Havant and Hayling Island Sailing Club.
He said: ‘We’ve had an unprecedented response from businesses in the area who were interested in ordering ice cream, only to then need more stock due to them selling out so quickly.
‘This is absolutely excellent news for us and as a result we have seen sales increase dramatically on last year’s figure.’
The companies that Tim has been supplying have been quick in their praise of his product.
The Spinnaker Tower was the first to stock it locally, and its food and beverage manager Emma Lennox said: ‘We’d heard of Northney Farm’s good reputation and fantastic ingredients, so we couldn’t resist getting a few samples in – now we’re hooked.’
Since then, orders have come rolling in from other businesses in the area.
Jennie Hickey, house manager at the members-only Hayling Island Sailing Club said: ‘As an outdoor business ourselves we had shared interests with Northney Farm and when we heard about Northney Dairy Ice Cream we were pleased to support such a worthy local business.
Sam Kemp, head chef and owner of Chef Sam @ The Avenue and Chef Sam @ 33, added: ‘We are selling it faster than we can stock it and we are so pleased to be supporting another local business. ‘