Belfast Telegraph

Food firms team up to produce a dessert that's cream of the crop

By Margaret Canning

Luxury ice-cream maker Glastry Farm, whose flavours include Kilbeggan Whiskey, has used an Invest NI innovation voucher to make a new product with yoghurt from Clandeboye Estate.

It is hoped that the new sweet will boost sales outside Northern Ireland.

Tracy Meharg, Invest NI's managing director of innovation and capability, visited Glastry's processing plant on the family farm, where she met managing director Will Taylor and Brian Boggs of Clandeboye Estate Yoghurt.

Glastry Farm has also used the voucher to seek advice on food technology at the Loughry Campus of the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) in Cookstown.

Mrs Meharg said: "Both companies have already used the scheme successfully to work with technologists at Loughry on the development of innovative ice-cream, sorbets and yoghurts."

She said innovation vouchers helped smaller companies to develop new products and become more competitive and profitable.

"Over the past two years we've provided over 100 innovation vouchers to smaller food companies for a range of investment activities primarily for new product development," she added.

Will Taylor, who founded Glastry Farm in 2007, said: "The expert advice has helped us develop new products and to bring these to market faster than would have been possible if we had been developing them on our own."