Sunday, 29 January 2012
UK's Only Coconut Milk Ice-Cream Bessant & Drury Gains Momentum
Following a successful launch in 2011, Bessant & Drury's Fine Ice-Cream Company is gaining impetus in the market, with more than 80 listings in the UK, committing also to a number of trade and consumer shows. Recent listings include WholeFoods in London and Glasgow, Planet Organic, As Nature Intended, Partridge's in London and the renown Sunny Foods in Brighton.
With the taste, texture and appearance of a premium ice-cream the product is proving popular amongst both dairy and dairy-free audiences, keen not to compromise on taste.
Since its launch in June 2011 the product, which comes in four flavours (chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and lemon) has been taken on by retailers in London, the South East, South West, East Anglia, Yorkshire, Humberside, Wales and Scotland. An extensive sampling programme is significantly supporting sales whilst a broad exhibition calendar for 2012 includes presence at Hotelympia, Vitality, BBC Good Food Show, Speciality Fine Food Fair, Lunch! and more.
Targeting both the premium market and the increasing demands for dairy free products, it is the only coconut milk based ice-cream in the UK, enjoying all of the health benefits of the super-food coconut, with no additives, colourings or preservatives and using real fruit. Different from other dairy free desserts, Bessant & Drury enjoys a creaminess only associated with traditional ice-cream.
Poised to announce a nationwide retailer, 2012 will also see an extension of the four flavours.
The brand was developed just 18 months ago when Steve Bessant starting experimenting in his kitchen at home with a borrowed ice-cream maker, because as one of Britain's leading health experts Steve is regularly advising clients who have food allergies, intolerances and sensitivities.
With the number of people affected with dairy intolerances on the rise, Steve advises on healthy foods to consume, of which coconut plays a major part. Along with friend Ian he started to experiment with recipes and ingredients which led to their ultimate vision.
"Our vision is to become a preferred choice for ice-cream lovers regardless of its dairy-free status. The product is aimed at the mainstream, premium market, with its superior taste and positioning all setting the scene for a luxury dessert."