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Top Marks for Yorvale!

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We are absolutely thrilled to announce that we have been awarded the highest possible accreditation, a Double AA, in the exceptionally stringent British Retail Consortium annual audit.  This marks our 10th consecutive A Grade with the BRC.  The audit, which looks at all aspects of the company’s food safety and working practices, is notoriously challenging.  However due to our continued commitment to food safety and the exceptionally hard work of our team we came out of the day-long audit with the highest praise.

In recent years Yorvale have expanded, adding new buildings and storage space to our existing operation which is based on the family farm.  This included our yogurt room, opened last year, from which we make Yorlife, our award-winning line of kefir drinks as well as manufacturing yogurt for other national brands.  This expansion and the fact that the BRC have recently released a new set of guidelines meant the pressure to succeed at the audit was greater than ever.

We would like to say a huge thank you to each and everyone of our staff members who worked so hard to make sure everything was perfect and who continuously strive to ensure that the standards at our facility are maintained.  For more information about Yorvale, Yorlife or to become a stockist please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

BRC Certificate Yorvale

5 Reasons to Love Dairy from Yorvale Ice Cream

Yorvale Ice Cream Milk Appreciation Day

So in recent years dairy has had a pretty rough time of it but in a time when everyone is asking for gluten free this and sugar free that we think it is really important that before you start thinking about a dairy free life you have an understanding of what dairy really is and what it does for our bodies.

Now obviously we are a tad biased.  We have been milking cows on our dairy farm in the heart of Yorkshire for nearly 30 years now and for over 25 of those we have been using that milk to create our deliciously creamy, natural real dairy ice cream.  However for us dairy is more than a means to making a living, it is very much part of our staple, healthy diet and here a few reasons why we think it should be part of yours too.

Calcium

Ok so this is a pretty obvious one.  Milk is packed full of calcium which is essential to develop and maintain healthy teeth and bones.  Growing children typically need between 500-100mg of calcium per day to help developed the strong ones which will take them through their active lives and with just one 250ml glass of milk containing 300mg it is easy to ensure kids are getting enough calcium.

 

Vitamin D

Vitamin D, often known as the sunshine vitamin which let’s be honest we often struggle to get in the UK, is important for the regulation of calcium and phosphorus absorption which in turn helps maintain healthy teeth and bones.  It is estimated that around one billion people worldwide suffer from vitamin D deficiency and that deficiency is even more prevalent in the UK where during the winter months we do not get strong enough levels of sunlight to ensure we are receiving enough Vitamin D.  The NHS in fact recently release new guidelines on Vitamin D levels suggesting that during winter everyone really should be taking a supplement.  In addition to this supplement you can help boost you vitamin D levels by drinking plenty of milk, kefir and eating cheese and ice cream in moderation.

 

Sleep

Insomnia or difficulty getting off to sleep is awful.  We all have sleepless nights occasionally however if you regularly struggle to nod off you may find that drinking a dairy drink before bed helps improve your ability to relax and improve sleep quality.  This is because milk contains tryptophan which raises levels of serotonin and melatonin both of which aid in catching a good night’s sleep.  Unlike foods like turkey which is rich in Tryptophan dairy does not leave you feeling groggy as it is easier on your stomach and is rich in calcium which promotes the transition of tryptophan into calming melatonin.  So tonight why not try shutting off the telly and dare I say it putting down your mobile and instead curling up with a good book and a big glass of milk- you can even warm it up for a truly soporific effect.

 

Heart Health

We all know how important looking after you ticker is and Cow’s milk is a source of potassium, an increase of which has been associated with vasodilation and reduced blood pressure.  In one study, those who consumed 4069 mg of potassium per day had a 49% lower risk of death from ischemic heart disease compared with those who consumed less potassium (about 1000 mg per day).

 

Tooth Decay

As if you weren’t already convinced that dairy is a miracle medicine food it has also been shown to reduce tooth decay if eaten directly after a meal.  This is because the calcium and phosphate in the cheese diffuse into bacterial colonies and prevent acid secretions from clinging to your teeth.  So do like the French and indulge in a little cheese after you meal!

So there you have it, as if we needed an excuse to tuck into a cheeky portion of ice cream we know that ice cream, as part of the dairy family can have some benefits to your health.  Just make sure you choose a brand like Yorvale which uses a high percentage of milk and double cream and only natural ingredients and of course enjoy as part of a balanced diet and active lifestyle.  For an extra health boost why not try adding a daily kefir to your diet like our Yorlife Kefir.

 

 

Yorvale’s Perfect Pumpkin Pie for Halloween

Yorvale Pumpkin Pie Recipe

I have long been fascinated by our friends’ across the pond and their seemingly boundless obsession with pumpkin spice so I thought it was high time we found out what all the fuss is about.

Safe to say I am now a true pumpkin spice convert.

After a couple of attempts (Mary B would not have given my first pastry the nod of approval) and some help from my little witchy assistant I have made and perfected this delicious pumpkin pie recipe to share with you all.  Please note this recipe is not complete without a large dollop of Yorvale Salted Caramel ice cream!

Ingredients:
750g Seeded, Chopped and cooked pumpkin
350g Shortcrust Pastry (or a pre-baked pastry shell for those who share my pastry-struggles)
140g Caster Sugar
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Fresh Nutmeg, grated
1 tsp Cinnamon
2 Eggs, beaten
25g Butter, Melted
175ml Milk

1.  Peel, remove the seeds and chop the pumpkin.  Place in a pan of water and bring to the boil.  Cover and allow to simmer for 15mins, or until the pumpkin is nice and soft.  Drain into a sieve or colander, then while still in there, mash the pumpkin slightly.  The aim here is to get some of the moisture out of the pumpkin as it will make your pastry soggy (speaking from experience).  Set aside to cool.
2.  Pre-heat over to 190°C or Gas Mark 4.  Roll out the pastry on a floured surface and line a 22cm tart tin.  Line the pastry with a bit of baking paper and place baking beans on top.  Bake for 15mins, remove the beans and bake for another 10 minutes or until golden brown.
3. Add the pumpkin, seasoning, eggs and sugar to a mixing bowl or food processor.  Mix until smooth and pour gently into the pastry.  Bake for 35-40 minutes until the filling is set.
4.  Leave to cool slightly then dust lightly with a pinch of cinnamon and some icing sugar and serve with Yorvale ice cream.

 

We hope you enjoy our recipe, have a very Happy Halloween.

 

From all the Spooky Staff at Yorvale x

Another Win for Yorvale

Yorvale Cream Awards

 

We’ve only gone and done it again, Yorvale wins award for innovation at The Cream Awards!

Yorvale ice cream, producer of real dairy ice cream based in Yorkshire has been awarded Highly Commended in the Food Chain Marketing Award category at the prestigious Dairy Industry Cream Awards.  The judges recognised the efforts of Yorvale in consistently driving the brand forward and looking to create innovative new products and flavours which meet the changing demands of consumers while maintaining their same commitment to customer service and traditional methods of dairy farming.

The Cream Awards, which acknowledges “the brightest and best across the dairy industry” were launched in 2012 and this is the third win for Yorvale at the event.  Previously Yorvale’s Panna Cotta and Chocolate Orange ice cream have both won first place in their categories’.  The latest win recognises the advancements Yorvale has made in the last few years, launching new flavours such as Salted Caramel and Bubblegum and their innovation to create a new range of award-winning Yorlife kefir pouring Yogurt drinks.

The judges chose Yorvale for their latest award because they “demonstrated a model family business, still farming, putting all their passions into what is a very smart operation, profitable, growing, innovative with strong branding and communications and a great product at the end of it.”

Lesley Buxton, managing director of Yorvale said of the win, “We always strive to improve what we do and it makes me feel immensely proud and honored that this has been recognized, a feather in the cap for Team Yorvale.

Great Taste Award for Yorvale’s Yorlife Kefir

Yorlife Blueberry Kefir- Award Winning

 

Yorlife Kefir is among the Great Taste winners of 2016

Great Taste, arguably the world’s most coveted blind-tasted food awards has announced the Great Taste stars of 2016. Out of 10,000 products to be judged Yorlife kefir, which is produced by award-winning ice cream manufacturers Yorvale, was awarded a 1-star Great Taste award for their Blueberry & Elderflower Kefir smoothie.  Judges noted that the kefir smoothie, which is made using only the finest natural ingredients, had an excellent taste and consistency as well as having a wonderful natural blueberry colour.

Great Taste is widely acknowledged as being the most well respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers in the UK and is judged by over 500 of the most discerning palettes in the land. This judging panel is made up from food critics, chefs, restaurateurs, producers as well as a whole host of national food writers and journalists. As well as being a badge of honour, the unmistakeable black and gold Great Taste label is a signpost to a wonderful tasting product which has been discovered through hours of blind-tasting.

Lesley Buxton, owner of Yorvale, said “ We are delighted with this win, we truly believe our kefir is not only very good for you but really tasty too and this award reinforces that.  We are very excited about the launch of Yorlife, kefir is an amazing product with some incredible health benefits and we have worked really hard to develop our flavours so that they are not only very good for you but taste delicious too”.

Recognised as a stamp of excellence amongst consumers and retailers alike, the awards value product quality and taste above all else. With no regard for branding, it doesn’t matter if it is bread, honey, salami or cereal all products are removed from their packaging before being tasted. The judges then savour, confer and re-taste to decide which products are worthy of a 1-, 2- or 3-star award.

The panel of judges included TV chef and author Valentine Warner,  MasterChef judge and restaurant critic Charles Campion, fifth generation baker Tom Herbert from Hobbs House Bakery and Great British Bake Off winner Frances Quinn. These esteemed palates along with food buyers from the likes of Harrords, Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason have together tasted and re-judged the 3-star winners to finally agree on the 2016 Top 50 Foods, the Golden Fork Trophy winners and the 2016 Supreme Champion.

Getting a taste of history with York ice cream producer

Castle Howard

We’re very proud to supply many prestigious attractions throughout the UK, including Castle Howard, Natural History Museum, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Westminster Abbey, the Cutty Sark, Regent’s Park and the Serpentine Lido in Hyde Park.

Here’s our latest press release…

An award-winning ice cream producer is celebrating after gaining a contract with one of the region’s most grand and historic stately homes.

Castle Howard, near Malton, now stocks 120ml tubs of Yorvale’s popular ice cream flavours in the Fitzroy Café as well as a selection of flavours, available from the Boathouse café and the coffee shop.

Company director Lesley Buxton, who runs the business with husband Ian, said this latest addition to their Yorkshire market is excellent for the business.

“Castle Howard is a magnificent stately home and it makes us proud to know our ice cream sits alongside some of the region’s best food and produce.”

Jane Nordli, Castle Howard’s head of catering said: “We chose Yorvale ice cream because we’re impressed by the taste, and although we only started stocking it in May, we’ve had nothing but positive feedback so far.”

It’s not just in Yorkshire that fans of the dairy ice cream can get hold of the popular, real dairy ice cream – the company also supplies to a number of outlets in London, proving they can compete with the best of the larger ice cream producers.

Yorvale has also attracted listings at other historical venues, museums, parks and attractions in the capital including the Natural History Museum, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Westminster Abbey, the Cutty Sark, Regent’s Park and the Serpentine Lido in Hyde Park. In addition, the University of Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum is another of Yorvale’s stockists outside of Yorkshire.

To Helv and back in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust

Start of Helv and back

We were very proud to take part in a fund raising challenge for Teenage Cancer Trust. It was hard work, but the prospect of raising over £10,000 for this amazing charity made it all worthwhile. Here’s the story…

A team of 26 from York are taking on a challenging fund raising event for Teenage Cancer Trust.

Karen and James Burdass have rallied friends and family members for all or part of a four day challenge that will include a 220 mile cycle ride, a 5k swim in Lake Windermere and a hike up England’s third largest peak, Helvellyn.

The challenge has been organised by Karen and James from Haxby as a thank you for the care and support that Teenage Cancer Trust gave their nephew, Eddy Clarkson, during his treatment on the Teenage Cancer Trust unit at St James’s Hospital Leeds last year. Karen explained how the event came about: “After entering for the 5k event at The Great North Swim in Lake Windermere, we thought why not cycle there, trek up Helvellyn, do the swim, then cycle back home again!

We were aiming to raise £5,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust but due to everyone’s wonderful generosity we have already raised well in excess of this so we now have our sights set on a target of £10,000.  The money that we raise will help more young people diagnosed with cancer to get the specialist care and expert support that they need. The unit gave Eddy amazing care whilst he was in hospital and they continue to do so now that he is back home and in remission.  This care also extended to his immediate family to help them cope during such a traumatic time.  Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for young people with cancer aged between 13 and 24, but they rely on donations to fund such vital work. ”

Teenage Cancer Trust’s Regional Manager for Yorkshire and The Humber, Heather Bowen is delighted that the Burdass family are fundraising for the Trust:  “The ‘To Helv and Back’ challenge is not for the faint hearted and we are in awe of the sheer guts and determination that all of the participants will have to go through to achieve this magnificent event.  This is an amazing challenge and the funds raised will be spent on patient support on and off the unit in Leeds.  We wish the team every success at the weekend and look forward to them returning, safe and sound on Monday evening.”

Teenage Cancer Trust want to make sure every young person with cancer has access to the best possible care and professional support from the point of diagnosis, but at the minute for every young person they reach, there’s another they can’t. They’re working with the NHS to deliver an effective outreach programme to make sure every young person with cancer gets the best care, no matter where they live.

If you would like to support the Burdass family and friends, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/to-helv-and-back

York ice cream business’ divine calling

crop-1We’re delighted to report that we have been chosen to supply the York Mystery Plays that take place in York Minster this month.

Yorvale will supply its dairy ice cream for theatregoers at each of the 41 performances of the York Mystery Plays which run from 26 May to 30 June.

Guests will be able to enjoy 120ml tubs of Yorvale’s popular ice cream flavours double chocolate chip, caramel honeycomb, vanilla and strawberry.

Lesley Buxton, director of Yorvale, said: “It will be an honour to be the sole supplier of ice cream to the York Mystery Plays and we’re looking forward to the event returning to York Minster – you couldn’t ask for a nicer setting to enjoy a great spectacle and tasty ice cream.”

Production teams have been working on the 1,000-seat auditorium installed in York Minster in preparation for the performances.

The York Mystery Plays tell the Bible’s story from creation to the last judgement and were first performed in York around 700 years ago.

Yorvale last supplied its ice cream for the York Mystery Plays in 2012 when a purpose-built auditorium was built in front of St Mary’s Abbey.

Those wishing to purchase tickets can buy online at www.yorkminster.org/mysteryplays2016 or by calling 01904 623568.

Yorvale ice cream is proving to be the theatregoers’ choice as the company recently secured another theatre listing, this time at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield.

Tubs of Yorvale’s double chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream in 120ml containers are sold at the theatre’s kiosk, from the bar, in the coffee shop and during intervals inside the main house.

The theatre began selling Yorvale ice cream at the end of April.

Lesley said: “To know that our ice cream is bring enjoyed by scores of theatregoers in this great theatre in Huddersfield delights us. We’re proud to be the ice cream suppliers to the Lawrence Batley Theatre and support the venue.”

Partnering with Yorvale enables the theatre to continue to supply customers with quality purchases during their visits, said Katrina Ward, the house and hospitality manager at the Lawrence Batley Theatre.

“As the only professional theatre in Kirklees, we feel it’s important to support local businesses, and customers love to see a well-known and loved brand on offer at the theatre.

“Yorvale also supports some of the charitable aims of the organisation by donating ice creams for patrons who attend our Charity Christmas performance.”

This contract goes towards cementing Yorvale’s strong track record in providing ice cream for performing arts venues.

The ice cream is currently sold at York’s Theatre Royal and Joseph Rowntree Theatre, Bradford’s Alhambra Theatre and the First Direct Arena and the West Yorkshire Playhouse, both in Leeds.

 

We’re very proud of our tenth consecutive top BRC audit

Lesley Buxton with the 2015 BRC certificateThe team at Yorvale is celebrating after passing a stringent BRC Food Safety Audit with top marks for the tenth time.

Acaster Malbis business Yorvale is one of only a handful of business to gain a Grade AA against Issue 7 of the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety.

Commenting on the result, Yorvale Director Lesley Buxton said; “It is an amazing achievement for a company of our size to be awarded a Grade AA against a tough standard and one of which the whole team is justifiably proud. AA is a new grade that is only awarded to the top performing companies who get less than five minor non conformancies.”

We’ve been awarded York races contract for the ninth year

Kit's Blueberry Ice Cream from YorvaleWe’re delighted to share that we have won the contract to supply York Races with our premium, farm made dairy ice cream for the ninth consecutive year.

Yorvale has been chosen to supply the hospitality areas at the racecourse with a range of flavours from its farm based factory in Acaster Malbis, just three miles from the racecourse.

Amongst the flavours to delight the race-goers at the May Dante Meeting from 11th – 13th May is Apple Strudel and Clotted Cream flavours. Other ‘Race Day Specials’ include Blueberry for the May Spring Meeting, Sea Salted Caramel and Maple Walnut in June and daily specials for the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival in August include Ice Cream Alliance award winners Chocolate Orange and Rhubarb and Custard plus Praline Pecan and Raspberry Cheesecake.

The Dante Meeting marks the beginning of 17 days of quality racing that includes the popular Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival and Ladies Day (17th to 20th August).

Director of Yorvale, Lesley Buxton, says “We’re very proud to have retained the business for the ninth year.”