It may only be February, but we’re already thinking about warmer times, beaches and ice cream! And looking ahead is even more important if you’re one of the 701 ice cream manufacturers based in the UK.
Although a year-round treat, ice cream has become a firm summertime favourite with the British public, whether that’s a Mr Whippy from an ice cream truck, an individual pot perfect for a solo picnic, or a family-sized sharing tub emerging for sunny garden days. Our love for the frozen fancy is showing no signs of slowing, with 222 new artisan ice cream companies being created since 2020 alone! And it’s no wonder frozen dessert manufacturing is expanding; on average, we ate 107g of ice cream per person per week last year. As a nation, that’s more than 147,000,000kg!
We love the large brands and supermarkets’ own labels, but we can’t get enough of the
independent producers. The artisans who have turned a passion for pudding into a moneymaking enterprise. The connoisseurs who have created a scrumptiously unique tasting product and want to share it with the country. But selling their ice cream goes much further than crafting the consummate creamy creation, they need to consider how to package, protect and seal their product so it reaches the consumer in the perfect condition it was intended.
Securing the ice cream keeps the product intact and reassures the customer it is tamper free. Ice cream pioneers can choose from several options to complete their product including cellulose bands, film cut and preformed bands and film tubing – each offering distinct benefits. For those eco-conscious gelato innovators, cellulose bands are the only biodegradable, home compostable and plastic free tamper evident band available. They can be hand applied meaning independent traders needn’t splash out on expensive machinery to fit them. The bands can be personalised to suit the product and its branding, creating an exterior as individual as the contents.
Film cut and preformed bands are the most commonly used plastic film bands and the most economical option. They too boast bespoke abilities to blend in with your brand. Film tubing is more suited for larger manufacturers who are producing high volume and have the capacity to apply with machinery and want to cut packaging time.
Viscose has been manufacturing tamper proof film bands for ice cream and frozen desserts for decades and we pride ourselves on developing a partnership approach. We are adept at working with artisan producers stepping into the commercial world for the first time, or those who are seasoned manufacturers. A dedicated Account Manager supports companies from the design stage, through to testing and line trials. As well as ice cream, our popular artisan ranges include gin, jam, chutney, sauces, home baking and organic cosmetics.