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Burgess Ice Cream Scoops Up 99 Years of Sweet Success

The iconic high class luxury ice cream brand “Burgess” is celebrating 99 years in business with plans to continue to expand the brand for generations to enjoy for many years to come.

Burgess Ice Cream was first produced in a small grocery shop in Beverley in the early 1920s and grew to become the iconic ice cream that generations associate with its creamy flavour travelling far and wide to enjoy an ice cream at the van on Beverley Westwood.

The legendary ice cream has been produced almost the same way for nearly 100 years, using the highest quality ingredients.

The passionate team pride themselves in producing only the best quality ice cream in the traditional way.
With the launch of a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility between Shiptonthorpe and Market Weighton in 2019, production of the popular ice cream has expanded with the brand available in more than 250 shops, cafes and restaurants across East Yorkshire.

Burgess’ general manager, Richard Wilson, said: “We pride ourselves on producing delicious real dairy ice cream that is matched by a personal, flexible customer service that includes our own deliveries.

“Burgess Ice Cream is an excellent brand and a delicious high class ice cream. Once people try it, they love it because of the thick, buttery taste and other than a few tweaks, the recipe is almost the same as it was when it first launched almost 100 years ago.

“We have a superb recipe and are proud to use the finest quality ingredients in our ice cream such as Madagascan Vanilla & Belgian Chocolate producing to the highest standard of flavour.

“We focus on the personal touch in our relationships with our customers and are proud of the reputation we have built with generations over the past 99 years.”

Plans for centenary celebrations

General Manager Richard Wilson’s association with Burgess Ice Cream spans many years. Having started as a holiday job aged 16, he enjoyed a successful 17-year career.

When the original factory was sold for development in 2005, production of ice cream for retail and catering ceased but ice cream for the Beverley Westwood continued to be manufactured.

After a 13-year absence, he was delighted to return to Burgess Ice Cream to oversee the two-year development of a new state-of-the-art factory in Shiptonthorpe and to plan for the business’s centenary celebrations.

Over 250 outlets purchase the Burgess ice cream range

Burgess Ice Cream’s best-selling vanilla and range of ever expanding flavoured ice creams are available to buy at over 250 places in Yorkshire, including independent retailers, farm shops, service stations, holiday and adventure parks and theatres.

Favoured by discerning local chefs, who want the very best for their clients, Burgess Ice Cream is on the menu at a growing number of pubs and hotels, including Cave Castle, The Mill House Restaurant in Skidby, The Wolds Inn at Huggate and the St Vincent’s Arms in Sutton on Derwent and many more.

Locally, Burgess ice cream is also available at Eling Ltd Station Garage, Bell Mills Garden Centre, Highfield House, Kirkburn Filling Station and Sugared Candy to name but a few.

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Introducing Pink Sparkling Wine flavoured sorbet

The site on the outskirts of Market Weighton manufactures a wide range of ice creams and sorbets, as well as vegan ice cream.
Staff are keen to keep the brand up to date introducing many new flavours while maintaining its traditional values.

This year has seen the launch of a new Pink Sparkling Wine flavoured sorbet using a rosé sparkling wine from Little Wolds Vineyard in South Cave and has entered the frozen dog treat market with the launch of Burgess Ice Cream frozen dog treat.

Richard said: “We have had many requests from customers asking if we could produce an Ice Cream for dogs.

“The regulations for making pet desserts are different to making ice cream, so it has taken a while, but we’re delighted with the result and the frozen treats are going down a storm in the canine community.”

The dog ice cream is a vanilla-flavoured treat made from sugar-free sorbet and vegetable fibres and is a complementary pet food intended for adult dogs. The packaging is modelled on the Wilson family pet, a tri-coloured collie called Huey.

Of the sorbet launch, Richard added: “We have had a fantastic reputation for producing delicious real dairy ice cream for almost a century and wanted to complement our range with a special sorbet.

“Given our heritage, we wanted to create something different and indulgent with a link to Yorkshire, so we researched the region’s sparkling wines, and Alice’s Cuvée proved to have the perfect flavour profile for our celebration sorbet.”


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Ice cream goes mobile on tricycle

“Burgess & Son” was originally founded by Mark Burgess, a former Mayor of Beverley in the early 1920s.
Mark and his wife Muriel started a small grocery shop in North Bar Within, Beverley, making the ice cream on the shop’s kitchen stove.

At first, the ice cream was sold only through the shop and the local cinema. As the business expanded Mark’s son Ian came into the business and had the idea of going mobile.

A three-wheeler bicycle was purchased, and the ice cream was sold around the local streets and markets.
In the late 1960s, the public began to buy home freezers and it was decided to manufacture take home freezer packs.

The small factory was enlarged, and new machines were purchased to cope with the increasing demand of the take-home products.

As this side of the business expanded, a new factory at Market Weighton was purchased in 1979, solely for the production of bulk ice cream.

In 2019, a new state of the art factory was built just outside of Market Weighton at Clay Lane, Shiptonthorpe, where the iconic Burgess Ice Cream continues to be made using the same recipe dating back to 1920s.

In 2020, to keep costs to their customers competitive, they invested in a major energy saving program using Solar panels situated on the roof of the factory which added to their efficient recycling programme, making strides towards being a greener company.

From a small grocery shop in the 1920s…

The iconic high class luxury ice cream brand “Burgess” is celebrating 99 years in business with plans to continue to expand the brand for generations to enjoy for many years to come.

Burgess Ice Cream was first produced in a small grocery shop in Beverley in the early 1920s and grew to become the iconic ice cream that generations associate with its creamy flavour travelling far and wide to enjoy an ice cream at the van on Beverley Westwood.

The legendary ice cream has been produced almost the same way for nearly 100 years, using the highest quality ingredients.

The passionate team pride themselves in producing only the best quality ice cream in the traditional way.
With the launch of a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility between Shiptonthorpe and Market Weighton in 2019, production of the popular ice cream has expanded with the brand available in more than 250 shops, cafes and restaurants across East Yorkshire.

Burgess’ general manager, Richard Wilson, said: “We pride ourselves on producing delicious real dairy ice cream that is matched by a personal, flexible customer service that includes our own deliveries.

“Burgess Ice Cream is an excellent brand and a delicious high class ice cream. Once people try it, they love it because of the thick, buttery taste and other than a few tweaks, the recipe is almost the same as it was when it first launched almost 100 years ago.

“We have a superb recipe and are proud to use the finest quality ingredients in our ice cream such as Madagascan Vanilla & Belgian Chocolate producing to the highest standard of flavour.

“We focus on the personal touch in our relationships with our customers and are proud of the reputation we have built with generations over the past 99 years.”

Burgess Ice Cream Ltd
Clay Lane, Shiptonthorpe, York, YO43 3PU.
Tel: 01430 872894
Email – sales@burgessicecream.co.uk
www.burgessicecream.co.uk

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