Carmarthenshire Family Scoop National Ice Cream Award

Carmarthenshire company are celebrating after their ice cream scooped a prestigious national award.

Judges chose Frank's Ice Cream, as the best vanilla ice cream at the National Ice Cream Competition run by the Ice Cream Alliance.

Frank's Ice Cream, which manufactures more than a quarter of million litres of ice cream a week from its base on Capel Hendre Industrial Estate, Ammanford, is a family run-business with a strong Italian heritage.

The Franks ice cream have been making ice cream for 80 years, combining Italian flair and passion with the finest of Welsh dairy ingredients.

"We are the third generation of ice cream makers," said Giulio, who runs the business with his brother Renaldo. "We have ice cream in our blood and are dedicated to continuing the award-winning tradition of our family."

The business was set up by Giulio's grandfather when he emigrated from Italy in 1920. It has gone a long way from his Italian cafe in Garnant to a national supplier to major supermarkets such as Asda, Morrisons, Tesco, Waitrose, as well as Holland & Barratt.

"My grandfather, whose name, Francesco, is honoured in the name of our business - Frank's, won his first award in the Olympia Dairy Show in 1932. We are extremely proud of this heritage."

"We are constantly working to perfect our ice cream," said Giulio. "We now operate across 24 hours, 7 days a week, to keep up with supermarket demand.

The business, which also supplies school and health authorities throughout Wales and the Uk, also caters for the seasonal demand for its award-winning ice cream in the tourist hotspots along the Welsh coast.

"We are delighted to have won the award. The competition is rated very highly in the ice cream world and it is great recognition for us."

Zelica Carr, Chief Executive Officer of The Ice Cream Alliance, said: "Guilio and Renaldo were up against very strong competition in this class and their success is well-deserved.

"The ice cream industry continues to flourish and the quality and flavour is increasing every year thanks to the dedication of ice ICA - Ice Cream Alliancecream makers like Frank's Ice Cream."

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