Taywell is now owned by Ross Turney, with his small team of skilled, artisan workers. The company aims to create high quality products, source ingredients locally where possible, constantly innovate and always practise and consider sustainability issues.
The thought behind the creation of Taywell in August 2006 was to utilise surplus fruit from farm’s in Kent and turn it into something special. Passionate about ice cream, the founder Alastair Jessel was determined that his ice creams and sorbets should not contain any artificial additives, colours, stabilisers or bulking agents and the flavours were to be produced to their best taste rather than to a particular price.
In 2007 Taywell won a Gold Star at The Great Taste Awards and this was followed by another six in 2008, 3 in 2011, 4 in 2012 (2 at 2 Star) and 2 in 2013 (1 at 2 Star) to make 16 so far. The company won a West Kent ‘Business Excellence Award’ in 2008 and was a finalist for the second year running for ‘Best New Product’ at the Taste of Kent Awards. In 2010 and 2012 it was again a finalist in the Taste of Kent Awards but 2011 saw it win a ‘Quality Food’ Award, with a finalist position in 2012. 2012 also saw the company become a finalist in ‘The World Food Awards’ and The Grocer’s ‘Best New Product’, pitched against Ben & Jerry’s and Magnum. In 2013 it won The Grocer’s ‘Best New Product’ Award against the same competition but this time it included Cadbury’s and Vimto.
The company’s market profile originally took off when it was featured in episode 5 of the 2008 series of BBC1’s ‘The Apprentice’, starring Lord Sugar, where two teams were pitted against each other to make ice cream and sell it the next day into London. It then featured on BBC South East in 2008 and 2010, BBC Radio Kent in August 2009, 2010 and 2012 and appears regularly in the press and radio, most recently on Radio 2 ‘Farming Today’ and ‘The Food Programme’ in spring 2012. It starred in October 2012 with Mary Berry in an episode about ice cream on ‘The Great British Food Revival’ on BBC 2 (can be viewed from our blog pages).
The company has SALSA (Safe & Local Supplier Approval)
The company supplies Kent, Sussex, Surrey, London, Hertfordshire either directly or through a small number of distributors as well as entering the export market.
Awards and Accreditations
These are just some of our awards and accreditations gained over the past couple of years.