A dairy in Northumberland has gained national press coverage after responding to reports that some of the nation’s best-loved ice creams aren’t what they seem.
A report by Which? revealed that one in five vanilla ice creams ‘contains no vanilla, cream or fresh milk’ and that only half of the 24 products surveyed contained all three traditional ingredients.
Responding to the report, Jackie Maxwell of Doddington Dairy posted on her company’s Facebook page: “Our Simply Vanilla ice cream contains milk from the Doddington cows, double cream from the North East and natural vanilla, along with free-range egg yolks and some skimmed milk powder only”.
The post, which accompanied a shared article from The Guardian, stirred interest from the national news.
Jackie, who runs the business with husband Neill from their farm in Wooler, said: “I wasn’t going to respond to the report, as ours weren’t among the products surveyed, but I felt strongly enough to share the Guardian report and state the facts about our vanilla ice cream.
“That day, we had calls from Sky News and BBC Radio 5 Live, both of whom interviewed me for their news reports.
“It was fantastic exposure for the business but also in demonstrating that we’re passionate about what goes into our products”.
The dairy, which also produces Doddington Cheese and Doddington Yogurt and runs Doddington Milk Bar, also in Wooler, has been based at the same farm for over 50 years.
It counts Chillingham Castle, Whitley Bay Playhouse and Belsay Hall among its stockists.