ICE cream company Yummy Yorkshire is helping make Huddersfield cool.
The Denby Dale-based business was formed five years ago by husband and wife team Jeremy and Louise Holmes, who decided to diversify their milk retailing business to ensure sustainability and unleash their creative flair.
The result has been a luxury artisan ice cream business produced in Huddersfield and containing locally-produced ingredients. The milk comes from Yummy Yorkshire’s own herd of Holstein cows while the fresh ingredients are sourced as close as possible to the farm.
The company has seen sales rise year-on-year, has more than doubled the size of its ice cream parlour to seat more than 45 people and has become a popular destination for “foodies” from Huddersfield and further afield.
The business’ wholesale ice cream production has also grown tremendously over the past 12 months with significant account wins with Huddersfield customers including Wooldale Co-operative Group, Eric’s Restaurant and Bradleys Restaurant – and Yorkshire clients such as Ripley Castle, Hardcastle Crags and Lewis & Cooper in Harrogate.
Volumes have increased by 36% this year to more than 27,500 litres. The company now employs seven full-time and six seasonal staff, increasing head count by four in the past 12 months.
Yummy Yorkshire has also launched a catering service for events on and off-site to link-up with other food producers.
As a champion of local produce, it partners other producers to make mouth-watering ice creams – including Lottie Shaw’s bakery in Elland to create Lottie Shaw’s Seriously Good Yorkshire Parkin flavour ice cream. The product was specifically created to celebrate the Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival.
Other collaborations have included Dandelion & Burdock ice cream in homage to legendary soft drinks firm Ben Shaws, a coffee ice cream made with an espresso blend by Cooper’s Coffee based at Clayton West, and Brenda’s Old Yorkshire Trifle, based on a 100-yar-old recipe of a customer living in Holmfirth.
Yummy Yorkshire has won many awards at national and regional level and has become a major contributor to the local rural economy. It sponsors a local junior football team, hosts school visits to educate children on farming methods and attends many local food festivals and galas. This year, the company attended the Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival for the seventh year.