National Trust announces Dale Farm partnership

Dale Farm and the National Trust forge ‘Giant’ partnership © National Trust / Dale Farm

Dale Farm and the National Trust forge ‘Giant’ partnership

Latest update 04.06.2014 14:23

Dale Farm, Northern Ireland’s leading dairy company, has secured a major five-year partnership with the National Trust to become its official ice cream supplier in Northern Ireland.

The local business, which has been supplying ice cream and ice lollies for over 50 years, will distribute its products to 16 National Trust sites in Northern Ireland including key tourist destinations such as Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and the Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre in County Antrim, Castle Ward and Mount Stewart in County Down.

The partnership will also strengthen the connection between the National Trust’s special places and the local agri-food sector in Northern Ireland.

‘We are delighted to have secured this partnership with the National Trust and to have our ice cream products located at some of the most popular places across Northern Ireland’, said Nigel Cairns, Dale Farm’s Commercial Director for Ice Cream.

‘The National Trust has been welcoming visitors to its sites across Northern Ireland for decades, just as Dale Farm has been supplying generations of local families with ice cream. We hope that our products will become part and parcel of the overall National Trust experience and that together we can help create happy memories for visitors to the Trust’s sites.’

Tony Millar from the National Trust commented; ‘As a conservation charity we are responsible for looking after special places across Northern Ireland, and we take similar pride in supporting the local agri-food sector here. As such, we’re very pleased to be working with Dale Farm - a long established local company, known for its support of the local farming community and for its quality dairy products.

‘With over 2.5 million visitors to National Trust sites in NI each year, we’re looking forward to working together to offer our customers a real taste of local produce.’

Dale Farm will also provide ice cream products at more than 40 outdoor National Trust events over the coming year.

Family favourites from the Dale Farm range - including Rapture Classic and Rapture Mint to Polly Pineapple, Pear Picking Porky and Mr Frostie – will be amongst the range of products sold at National Trust places from this June.