Ice-cream of the Crop

The Handmade Ice Cream Company, based in Ulverston, is increasing the number of outlets that stock its product after recently purchasing a new freezer van from the refrigerated van conversion company.

What We Did

Interior

Deep freeze conversion to guarantee the required freezing temperature for the ice-cream

Insulation

Insulation

Insulated lining kit at 75mm throughout the conversion to suit freezer application requirements

Refrigeration

Powerful refrigeration unit to reach deep freezing temperature of -25°C

“CoolKit were fantastic. They guided me through the different options and helped me select the right vehicle and configuration for my business. They didn’t sell me anything I didn’t want or need. ”
Steve Darvill, The Handmade Ice Cream Company

Steve Darvill, owner of the company, said: “We make a very temperature-sensitive product and it’s paramount that we have a dependable vehicle to transport the products at a particular temperature.” Steve said he shopped around before purchasing the new van, ensuring his new purchase was the right fit for his business.

“CoolKit were fantastic. They guided me through the different options and helped me select the right vehicle and configuration for my business. They didn’t sell me anything I didn’t want or need”. Just three weeks after placing the order, Steve received his new vehicle which has already enabled him to expand his thriving business.

He said: “Having a reliable work horse of a vehicle has transformed my business. It gets our products to and from shops at a controlled temperature and it has given me greater flexibility to go wherever we want.” Currently Steve and his team deliver the gourmet ice cream to shops, restaurant, delis, supermarkets, farm shops and independent hotels and restaurants. The new van will allow them expand into Yorkshire and across the North West.

Steve, a former professional pastry chef, opted for a single compartment vehicle, which allows him to transport two pallet loads of fresh dairy ice cream. He said: “The configuration is perfect. It’s a really good quality product. The other vehicles I looked at aren’t a patch on the CoolKit vehicle. The payload was important to me. I was looking at two vehicles and CoolKit worked out which one would be the best for me in terms of payload. A few things were bespoke to my needs – such as reverse sensors installed and an overnight standby function – allowing me to plug in the vehicle and have the freezer compartment running overnight so I was ready to leave straight away in the morning.

“The CoolKit website is very good and it’s followed up by excellent customer service.”

Accreditations
  • Winner Manufacturing Excellence Award
  • Volkswagen integrated partner
  • Toyota Trade Plus
  • investors in people
  • ISO 9001
  • VCA Approved Product
  • SMMT motor industry