THE future of an artisan ice cream business is hotting up.

Chilly Cow Ice Cream Ltd, located on Stryt Fawr Farm at Llanychan, near Ruthin, is set to increase production after Denbighshire County Council planners gave the company the nod to build a new production plant.


Anna owns Chilly Cow with her husband David

With tens of thousands of ice cream pots made and delivered every year the expansion will enable the firm, which currently employs a team of three, to take on more staff.

Husband and wife David and Anna Taylor, who own Chilly Cow, confirmed to the Free Press that a 'handful' of jobs will be created with more as the project moves on.

Anna said: "2018 was our best year yet. In just four years, we’ve gone from having a little idea to running a rapidly-growing company. We’ve new stockists coming on board all the time and have recently entered into a partnership with Theatr Clwyd in Mold.

"The increased demand for our range means we need more space to make and store our ice cream.


Anna and David farm a herd of 90 Brown Swiss cows

"Last year we made 18,000 litres of ice cream and, looking to the future, we’re hoping to increase annual production by 20 per cent. A new production plant will represent a big investment for us, but we are determined to keep making ice cream in Denbighshire, creating local jobs for local people.

Chilly Cow was established in 2014. Ice cream is made using fresh milk from a farm which has been in the family for more than 40 yeas.

Anna and David farm a herd of 90 Brown Swiss cows that produce milk that is higher in Butter fat than most cows

Each ice cream is hand made in small batches.


There are plenty of flavours to tempt everyone’s taste buds

The new plant which house new production facilities, storage, freezers, and staff facilities, will be based at Chilly Cow’s Stryt Fawr Farm.

Despite supermarkets knocking on Chilly Cow’s farm door, Anna, a Denbighshire tourism ambassador, insists they want to keep their products in North Wales.

"We’ve had offers from some of the big supermarkets, but we want to continue supporting local businesses. I’d far rather people popped into their local store and shopped on the high street," she said.

“Independent businesses are essential to our way of life and that’s why we’re determined to keep making our products in the Vale of Clwyd, in a place where people can drop-in and visit us."

Anna has also invested in a new Moo Mobile and Moo Cart, enabling the company to not only better deliver their range of 14 ice creams to wholesalers but tap into growing wedding trends too.

She added: “We’ve seen a real spike in requests to supply our products at weddings. The Moo Cart is providing to be very popular with couples looking for something a little different for their receptions and we already have plenty of bookings for this year.

"Chilly Cow’s future is hotting up, we've won awards including Best Rural Food Business for Wales and Northern Ireland and with a new flavour set to be launched soon our future is very promising.”