Jude’s Ice Cream
Producer: Jude’s Ice Cream, Hampshire
Product: Salted Caramel and Chocolate and Sea Salt ice cream
Region: London and South East
Category: From the dairy, artisan
What they do:
Jude’s Ice Cream started 15 years ago when Theo Mezger was inspired to make something special from the milk of his local cows. He started by serving ice cream in the village pub and the family business (named after Theo’s wife, Jude) has blossomed from there.
In an attempt to reduce food miles and champion British produce, Jude’s relies on local producers and suppliers. All the ingredients that go into their ice cream are traceable: milk comes from Matterley Farm (four miles from their dairy), apples are produced by Hill Farm in Hampshire and sea salt is from Maldon in Essex.
Despite being a small-scale producer, Jude’s Ice Cream has found success in a market dominated by multinationals. They’re stocked in supermarkets including Waitrose, Whole Foods and Sainsbury’s as well as in local delis, restaurants and at local fairs.
What the judges said: The judging panel loved the story behind the product and Theo’s commitment to using local produce in his ice cream. Jude’s Ice Cream’s fair pricing particularly impressed the panel too.
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