100th Objective One project announced
The Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Objective One Programme reaches another milestone today with the 100th project being officially announced.
An Objective One investment package has been approved to help Callestick Farm expand and modernise in order to help it meet the growing demand for premium quality Cornish dairy ice cream.
It brings to 100 the number of Objective One projects which have been officially announced. The projects will benefit from £37 million of Objective One funding in total, and together are worth almost £93 million.
Objective One Programme Director Bill Bawden said: “Callestick Farm is an example of a high quality local food businesses which, with the help of Objective One, is investing in the future and expanding its production capacity to grow its market share.
“Reaching the 100 approved project milestone is a great achievement. The early projects were very much focused on training and social aspects, but progressively we are seeing more wealth generating projects coming on stream, and I anticipate that the next wave coming through will be focusing on key towns across Cornwall.”
Over the next three years, Callestick Farm aims to expand and refurbish its premises near Perranporth, install new equipment and develop the business further as a tourist attraction. The production and storage reinvestment package will increase production capacity in line with the forecast demand for the next five years.
More than £280,000 is to be invested in the business, with £58,000 coming through a grant from Objective One’s European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund, and £58,000 from the new agriculture ministry, DEFRA.
Callestick Farm Cornish Dairy Ice Cream was set up on the family farm in 1989 and the business currently produces a range of over 20 different ice creams and sorbets, which are sold to major retailers, local supermarkets, small shops, the Eden Project, catering outlets and wholesalers, as well as from carts and vans.
Angela Parker, who developed the ice cream recipe, said: “The farm has been owned by the family since the 1950s and is a family business involving two generations.
“The ice cream business provides a significant contribution to the total enterprise but some of our equipment is now outdated and not large enough to meet the increasing demand for our products.”
She added: “As a short term measure we have had to rent a mobile freezer unit to help meet demand over the summer. We have now developed the business to a critical size and we need to take stock of our investment plans and where we want the business to be in five years’ time.
“The European financial support package provided through the Objective One programme, plus our own funding, allows us to make a really solid investment into the business, securing its future for years to come.”
The project and the application for Objective One funding were developed with the support of the programme’s Agricultural Development Team. The team’s dairy facilitator, Roger Metcalf, said: “The ice cream business currently provides the equivalent of 4.5 full time jobs and sources ingredients like cream and fruit from other local firms.
“The new investment will sustain these jobs, create new employment opportunities and increase demand for goods and services from local suppliers.
“Callestick Farm ice cream is a quality regional product and this investment will help bring its well-deserved reputation to the attention of many more customers in the UK and hopefully elsewhere in Europe.”
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