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November 2017 Newsletter

 

PRODUCT UPDATES 

The clocks have gone back and all of a sudden despite the recent mild weather it feels like winter is just around the corner. In the dairy we are now busy producing our Christmas specials. We are producing 4 Christmas ice creams, 1 Christmas sorbet and 2 special desserts this year:

Christmas Brandy & Rum Ice Cream. Once again we are offering our much loved Christmas classic which contains our own mincemeat made from local apples, with dried fruit, nut and spices, and plenty of added brandy and rum. A warm, rich and complex ice cream that is always a favourite.

Clementine Ice Cream. A lovely ice cream with a tangy citrus taste, infused with little flecks of clementine zest. Alcohol free.

Honey & Brandy Ice Cream. A smooth, sweet and very creamy ice cream, infused with warming brandy. Ideal to accompany the Christmas pudding. Recently won a “Great Taste” award.

Baileys Ice Cream with Chocolate Ripple. A very rich and indulgent ice cream for all you chocoholics!

Prosecco & Passion Fruit Sorbet. Fruity and luscious, and a lighter alternative to ice cream.

Our two special desserts this year are Mulled Pear Meringue Cake and Gooey Pecan Pie.

Our special ice creams are available in all our normal sizes and the sorbet in 100ml, 500ml and 2L formats. The desserts come in 6 or 12 portion sizes.

We still have stock of our autum special Maple & Pecan Ice Cream, which works really well as a winter flavour, as do many of our year-round flavours such as Treacle Toffee, Damson & Sloe Gin, Ginger Crush and Hazelnut Praline & Coffee Liqueur.

LEDBURY ICE CREAM PARLOUR 

Planning work is moving along for our Ledbury ice cream parlour. We have just been granted listed building consent for the internal works necessary in the building. Apart from all the cosmetic work we will need to update most of the electrics and improve fire safety. We are hopeful that building work will start in January.

Meanwhile we will be setting up a “pop up shop” for the last 5 Saturdays leading up to Christmas (25th November to 23rd December inclusive). In addition to buying our ice cream there will also be stalls from a wide range of local businesses, ranging from food to clothes and art. Do come and see us!

HOME DELIVERY

Stock up your freezer for Christmas! We offer a personalised delivery service within our delivery area enabling you to have six 500ml tubs of any combination of our award winning ice creams, including the above seasonal specials, sorbets, and dairy free ice creams, delivered directly to your home for an inclusive price of £39.89. See our website www.justrachel.com/index.php/mail-order/ for more details.

OUT & ABOUT

We will be at the Ledbury Christmas Fayre on Thursday 16th November from 4.30 – 8.30pm at the Feathers Hotel, our last event of the season.

IN THE DAIRY

We recently had our annual SALSA inspection which passed off very well with just a few minor practices and procedures which we have been asked to adjust.

For those who aren’t familiar with it, SALSA stands for “Safe And Local Supplier Approval” and is a national scheme operated by the The Institute of Food Science and Technology.  It requires producers to be able to demonstrate that they operate to standards that are recognised and accepted across the industry and importantly also exceed the minimum standards expected by enforcement authorities.

Although this is a voluntary regime and one not adopted by many of our competitors, we believe that the extra discipline and rigour that this system places on us is good for us and for our customers, giving them complete confidence in the quality and safety of the product.

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Finally some happy family news. Sarah will be leaving us in January to go on maternity leave. The new arrival is due on 25th January, and will be the first of the next generation of Coopers. No doubt it will be weaned on ice cream from an early age!

 

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