R&R Ice Cream scooped the Dairy and Frozen Manufacturing company of the Year trophy for its Kelly’s of Cornwall brand at the UK food industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards.
Now known as Froneri after its joint venture with Nestlé, the manufacturer has achieved impressive growth in recent years, sparked by organic sales growth, acquisitions and strategic partnerships. Last year R&R Ice Cream reported £136M of profit on revenues of £720M. Total sales climbed by £44M compared with the previous year.
The independent FMEA judging panel, led by Paul Wilkinson, chair of the National Skills Academy, praised the progress made by the manufacturer’s Kelly’s of Cornwall brand in particular.
Highlighting its commitment to the local sourcing of milk and clotted cream, the judges noted Kelly’s investment in developing new flavours – such as lemon curd tart – and marketing.
One judge remarked: “New product development is so obviously core to R&R Ice Cream’s product offer, this was a well-rounded entry, showcasing a business that truly deserved to win this category.”
Two days later, the business won – for the second time - the large company category at the annual Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Awards.
“I am absolutely delighted we have won this prestigious award again as they are so hotly contested. It is a huge tribute to the skills and commitment of our entire workforce which has seen this company grow from operating on a single site in North Yorkshire with five employees to become the world’s third largest ice cream business,” said CEO Ibrahim Najafi.
“The awards deservedly showcase the many Yorkshire businesses which – like ourselves – have strong regional roots and are now successfully doing business around the globe. I am confident that as Froneri the future will be even more exciting.”