FOURTH-generation Aberdeenshire ice-cream producer James Rizza & Sons has secured a new supply deal with supermarket group Asda.

The family business, which was established in Huntly in 2014 and employs more than 35 people, will supply two of its ice-cream lines, double salted caramel, and raspberry and white chocolate chip, to Asda’s Scottish stores.

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These two new products, in 500-millilitre tubs, will join James Rizza’s double dairy gold ice cream, sold by Asda since 2002, in the supermarket group’s stores.

James Rizza flagged potential for job-creation on the back of the latest supply deal.

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Director Donald Morrison said: “We are delighted to continue our relationship with Asda. We employ over 35 staff and these new listings will not only lead to increased sustainability for the business but also to the creation of new jobs.”

He added: “Our raspberry and white chocolate chip uses locally sourced Scottish raspberries and milk.”

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Mr Morrison declared it was a “very exciting time” for the business, which was “thrilled” to end 2019 on a high. He flagged investment in plastic-free packaging on all of Rizza’s 500ml and one-litre lines.