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Established And Well Known Ice Cream Manufacturer/Wholesaler For Sale

Musselburgh, East Lothian, UK
Asking Price:
On request
Not applicable
Net Profit:
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• Italian family recipe ice cream manufacturer & wholesale
• Business established for 120 years
• For sale due to retirement
• Limited marketing therefore excellent potential to expand business
• Purpose built production facility with enclosed yard
• Premises extend to circa 5,105 sq ft
• Site area 0.186 acres
• A sale of the brand/customer base in isolation for relocation within alternative premises would be considered

The property - The subjects comprise industrial premises which provide a food production facility, together with an additional storage unit and external yard area, all within a self-contained and secured site accessed via South Street.

The facility was completed and in production in early 1994. It complies with all the latest EU directives for food premises and is capable of producing over 600 litres of ice cream an hour.

The main warehouse is of a single storey, plus attic, part stone and brick construction, under a pitched profile metal clad roof. Pedestrian access is provided to the front alongside a separate loading bay.

Internally, the main warehouse benefits from solid flooring throughout with food safe non-slip coverings and washable wall surfaces. It is fitted with specialist plant machinery for ice cream production and there is a store area with various walk in freezer units is located within the east element of the warehouse.

The office, staff kitchen and separate male and female WC facilities are located within the front element of the property. An additional office, storage room and staff cloakroom are located at first floor attic level. A remote store is located in the northeast corner of the site, of similar construction to the main warehouse facility.

Trade - Di Rollo’s of Musselburgh is a well known family business which was established 120 years ago and now in its third generation, although the current owners now wish to retire.

The business manufactures ice cream to a traditional family recipe and the product range comprises circa 100 flavours. Generally, around 30 flavours are available although orders for flavours not in stock are made usually within a three-day turnaround. In addition to ice cream, a selection of cones, wafers, sauces, sorbets and frozen desserts are available.

The business currently provides a wholesale service to various businesses to include chip shops, hotels and restaurants, catering companies and retail businesses, generally in and around Edinburgh and the Lothians. There are a few customers outwith in Fife and the Borders. Orders are usually placed by phone or email and delivered the next day.

The business also supplies the retail shop “Elena Di Rollo” on nearby Bridge Street which is owned/operated by another family member although this is not included in the sale.

The business benefits from a loyal customer base although we are advised that limited marketing has been undertaken over recent years therefore there is undoubtedly scope to develop the business.

The business is currently operated by the two owners with two full time factory staff employed, one of which has been there long term. A full-time driver and cleaner are also employed with two part time staff in the office.

Accounts for the business will be shown to seriously interested parties following a formal viewing of the property.

Price - The price (available on application) includes the heritable property, the trade fixtures, fittings and equipment, together with the goodwill of the business, which is to be sold complete as a going concern. Stock in trade will be purchased at an additional price at valuation on the date of entry.

Our client would consider a sale of the brand/customer base in isolation for relocation within alternative premises.

Contact Graham + Sibbald

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