The great taste of Hot Cross Buns…….cold! Langage Farm have come up with the remarkable idea of blending the taste of Easter into an ice cream. The treat will only be available for a limited time only, so hurry along to:
Langage Farm Shop 2 The Ridgeway, Plympton, Plymouth, PL7 2AL
Tel: 01752 346250 Open 7 Days a week
Investment in the future is not commonplace in many of today’s business plans but that is exactly what local dairy Langage Farm has done. Based at Smithaleigh nearPlymouth, the family owned company has invested over £4 million into their own anaerobic digestion plant turning waste into energy.
‘This is a true self sustainable business,’ said General Manager Paul Winterton. ‘High quality ice creams, pouring creams and yoghurts are our main business and that side has gone from strength to strength with the Langage Farm brand now known on a national basis. But ever aware of the needs of the future, we decided to build this plant to deal with our organic waste and offer a ‘green’ disposal service to others.’
The team from AlphaLogic with Paul Winterton General Manager Langage Farm
The waste is literally eaten by bacteria with methane gas produced as a by product of the process and that is used to power an electrical generator. Even the waste heat from that process is extracted and used at the factory. The farm no longer has to rely on non organic fertilizers and is self sufficient in electricity.
Paul continues. ‘At peak times, we are using only three quarters of the power produced by the process and thus we are able to sell the surplus to the grid. The by product from all of this is a bio fertiliser which is placed back on the land with incredible results. We produced 40 tonnes of fertiliser from every 45 tonnes of waste. Cleaner, greener and a more cost effective way of treating food waste than landfill or incineration.’
Langage Farm has joined forces with waste management specialist Alpha Logic in an exclusive partnership to provide a daily mobile food waste collection service to businesses inPlymouthand the surrounding areas, transporting the waste to the anaerobic digestion facility.
‘We are very proud of this link and of our ethical investment,’ said Paul. We hope to show the business community of the area just what we have achieved over the past couple of months at the forthcoming Herald Business Awards. We have even asked to collect the waste food from the event. Anyone who is there on the night and leaves anything on their plate can be assured that it won’t be wasted. It will be turned into power, bio fertiliser, lush grass and thus milk.’