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TAS Country : April 28th 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011 Tasmanian Country 17 SWEET: Jan Amourgis of Van Dieman's Land Creamery showing a range of flavours in their hand-made ice cream. Picture: ROSS MARSDEN Cold treats hot business I really enjoy the festivals because it's a chance for me to get some feedback straight from the customers' KAROLIN MacGREGOR BUSINESS is sweet for dairy farmers turned ice- cream producers Paul and Jan Amourgis. The couple run a 600-cow dairy operation on their property at Western Creek and established Van Die- mans Land Creamery about six year ago. Mr Amourgis said they were looking for opportun- ities to diversify their busi- ness when they came acro- ss the idea of hand-made ice cream at a conference. ''It sounded quite good and we obviously already had access to the milk, so we decided to give it a go,'' he said. The couple established a shopfront at Seaport in Launceston and have since moved to a new manufac- turing premises at Kings Meadows. Mr Amourgis said their product appealed to a niche market that was growing all the time. ''We're getting plenty of enquiries and I think there are definitely opportun- ities to expand,'' he said. ''At the moment we're a bit restricted by space, so there's only so much we can produce.'' Most of the couple's ice cream is sold through res- taurants or specialist re- tailers. Mrs Amourgis said they also liked to attend major festivals and events such as Agfest. ''I really enjoy the festi- vals because it's a chance for me to get some feed- back straight from the cus- tomers,'' she said. ''We also use it as an opportunity to introduce new flavours if we've got them.'' Mrs Amourgis is respon- sible for coming up with new ice cream recipes. As well as the flavour, Mr Amourgis said it was also important the ice cream was easy to handle, scoop and store. The Van Diemans Land Creamery range now has about 25 different flavours. Mrs Amourgis said their best-selling flavours were chocolate, vanilla bean, choc hazelnut and blood- orange sorbet. S 40-25 South St 2011 Murray Bridge Road, Palmer SA 5237 8) 8569 4026 Fax: (08) 8569 4118 lap.com.au email: firstname.lastname@example.org REMLAP qUALITY AUSTRALIAN MADE PRO 2062069-110429 AGFEST SITE No. 812 ODUCTS Ph: (08 www.rem Oilskin and Durapel coats jackets and vests Canvas swags Specialising in made to measure Tasmanian Liberals Authorised by Jonathan Hawkes, 2/24 Murray Street Hobart 7000 Advertisement n Site 932 in Ninth Avenue Come and meet Liberal Party State Leader the Hon Will Hodgman MP, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, the Hon Eric Abetz, and other State and Federal Liberal Members and Senators. are at Agfest! The Need some free guidance and support to help you start or grow your business? Visit the Enterprise Centres Tasmania booth at AGFEST. Find us in the Perpetual Trustee Trades Expo block (off Main Street at CWA Grove -- site 109-08). Got a business idea? To find your local Enterprise Centre visit: www.enterprisecentres.tas.gov.au or freecall: Business Point 1800 440 026
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