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Poots samples a ‘true gelato’ in Ballyclare


Rural Affairs Minister Edwin Poots MLA has visited True Gelato in Ballyclare, which has received £6,875 from his Department’s Micro Food Business Investment Scheme.


This funding has enabled the business to purchase equipment which will enhance its product offering and embrace market expansion.



Speaking at the visit, Minister Poots said:


“I am delighted to visit this business and be able to see first-hand the benefits that this funding has brought to it. I am very impressed that the funding provided to Karl and Ryan Wilson, under my Department’s Micro Food Business Investment Scheme, will enable their business to increase the quantity of its products being sold to the retail or distribution industry particularly outside of Northern Ireland.


"This project demonstrates what support can do for businesses and how it can assist with their growth plans. I congratulate you and wish you both continued success in the future.”




Karl and Ryan Wilson, joint owners of True Gelato said:


“Award winning True Gelato has been producing its own gelato, sorbet, and gelato cakes, which are free from additives, preservatives, colourings, and palm oil, since 2017. Indeed, we are particularly proud of winning six awards in 2020, one of which was ‘Best Vanilla in the UK’.



“The funding from DAERA will help us achieve increased throughput by at least 80% over the next 2-3 years, as part of the projected growth for our business. As a result, there will also be associated savings in production costs. The equipment will also enable us to increase the number of customers we will be able to supply with our products thereby increasing the demand for more locally produced milk.


"It is therefore a pleasure to welcome Minister Poots here so that he can see for himself how the funding will greatly benefit our business.”


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