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The History of Beechdean

Since 1989 Beechdean Dairies have been producing high quality Dairy Ice Cream which is supplied to a number of specialist retail outlets and high profile venues around the country, and are now one of the UK’s leading Ice Cream manufacturers.
Over the years Beechdean has added many regional brands of ice cream and sells a range of ice creams from value to the most indulgent products.
Andrew & Susie Howard are the co-founders of the business. They met at University when they were both studying Agricultural Science. Farming was in the blood for Susie as her family had been producing top quality milk for over 30 years. After coming up with the business idea, they researched the market and attended a one day ice cream manufacturing course. It all made perfect sense considering their backgrounds, and in June 1989 the first Beechdean Farmhouse Dairy Ice Cream was produced.

Beechdean has continually invested in the production capabilities at the manufacturing site and can now manufacture a staggering 10,000 litres of ice cream per hour. This makes the company the third largest ice cream manufacturer in the UK. A long way from the first equipment in 1989 that made 24 litres per hour.
The company is going from strength to strength and are capable of producing in excess of 30 million litres.
Always known for its 100% commitment, Beechdean is proud of its Ice Cream range which is free from artificial colourings, flavourings or additives, suitable for vegetarians and is gluten free.
There will be an ice cream from the Beechdean Family that suits your needs so please contact us for more information.
We hope you enjoy our products.

About Us

Company Overview

  • Founded by Andrew & Susie Howard in 1989

  • Beechdean are considered the 3rd Largest Ice Cream Manufacturer in the UK

  • A privately Owned Farm based business

  • Beechdean has been built through Quality and Value with the Highest Product Standards

  • Beechdean manufacture a Wide Variety of Ice Cream products including water ice and sorbets

  • Extremely High Customer Service Standards

  • BRC approved Production Site – Grade AA

  • A NPD, Market Research, Licensed and Marketing Department

  • Strong Branded and Licensed Business

Site Overview

Beechdean has 2 Sites consisting of 1 ice cream manufacturing site and 1 head office…


  • Both sites are farm based.

  • The manufacturing site is fully BRC AA approved (along with many other accreditations).

  • The factory is run by a dedicated team with additional support from the QA and Maintenance departments.


Beechdean use national distribution companies based in Manchester and Birmingham.


  • Stock holding is equivalent to 5 weeks sales.

  • Operational EDI systems.

  • Close working relationships with our logistics partners.

  • Unlimited storage and supply options.

“We are very proud of the state of the art ice cream manufacturing facility that we run. Both sites are very different in their key functions but  combine to deliver quality products in a quality environment and are run by  great people”

Andrew Howard – Managing Director

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