Cream of the North
Owned and operated by husband and wife team Neill and Jackie Maxwell, Doddington Dairy has been supplying Fenwick Newcastle for many years.
The Dairy was founded in 1950 in the small hamlet of Doddington, near Wooler in Northumberland, when Neill’s father and grandfather together moved their herd of dairy cows to the farm. Today Doddington Dairy Ice Cream has become one of the most recognised food brands in the North East.
Conscious of the many challenges facing dairy farmers, Neill and Jackie began experimenting with ice cream recipes and soon realised that not only could they produce superb ice cream with the high quality milk available from the family’s dairy herd, but that there was no other company producing handmade, farm ice cream between Yorkshire and Aberdeenshire. They launched their ice creams in the summer of 2000 and today have a range encompassing a variety of delicious ice creams, a selection of bespoke yoghurt and the biggest selling local cheese brand in the Fenwick Food Hall.
Production ethos and consumer confidence is of great importance to Doddington. Containing only simple ingredients such as full cream milk, double cream, sugar, egg yolks and real flavours, both the ice creams and yoghurt are produced on the family farm using only the finest of natural ingredients. Jackie commented: “We source ingredients locally where possible and quality is paramount. We also keep production methods traditional which results in a great tasting product.”
Fully traceable from farm to freezer, members of the Maxwell family are involved in the whole process, from feeding and milking the cows, through to hand selecting and mixing the ingredients, as well as packaging and delivering the ice cream. “We believe that personal commitment gives our customers the finest quality product and 100% service at all times,” says Jackie.
Over the years, Doddington Dairy has scooped a number of awards, but for them, being awarded BBC Radios 4s “Food Producer of the year” is quite literally the topping on the cone with sprinkles! Jackie said: “We were delighted to be awarded BBC Radio 4’s Food Producer of the year. To receive such incredible recognition on a national platform from such esteemed judges is just phenomenal.”
“It was a great honour to be told by the judges that the deciding factors were that we are a hard working farm turning our produce into food, creating sustainable jobs and having a positive impact on the local economy, in what is a very rural location.”
With the challenges currently facing the dairy industry a hot topic of conversation, and many people choosing to leave the industry, it is without a doubt that the decision to diversify has secured the future of one of the few remaining dairy farms in Northumberland.
Doddington Dairy’s cheese, ice cream and yoghurt ranges are available in the Food Hall now.