FRI 6TH DEC 2019


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Morelli Ice Cream Ltd

Business Address: Morelli Ice Cream Ltd, Unit 27, Sperrin Business Park, Coleraine, Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland BT52 2DH

Country: Northern Ireland,

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About Morelli Ice Cream Ltd

From humble beginnings in Coleraine in 1911, the Morelli family business grew through decades of hard work into the local institution it is today. 

The Morelli Family name is synonymous with Ice Cream.

My Great Uncle Peter was one of nine brothers who left their Italian homeland, by foot in the early 1900's in search of work. Peter learnt the art of glass blowing in Paris and later settled in London, his brother Joe ventured further north and after landing in Greenock, Scotland crossed the sea to Ireland and established a cafe in Ballymena. With business being good, Peter answered Joe's call for help and later in 1911; with his brother's guidance he opened his own cafe in Coleraine. Peter's cafe in the towns' Stone Row quickly became a popular meeting place for locals, he became renowned for his Fish & Chips and in the summer months, would make home-made ice cream using a recipe that was passed down by his Father Barbato. When the sun was shining, Peter would push his ice cream cart to the nearby coastal resorts of Portrush, Portstewart & Castlerock, where locals and visitors developed quite a taste for his frozen treat.

By 1914 Peter met & fell in love with a local woman, Annie Dymond and after getting married, he decided to expand the business, opening cafes in Portrush & Portstewart. Peter and Annie didn't have any children of their own so they called upon their nephew and my Grandfather, Angelo to come from Italy and help them run the shops. With Angelo and my Grandmother Anastasia at the helm, the business flourished. Now four generations later, our Morelli family owned Ice Cream parlours are an institution in Northern Ireland and continue to trade successfully on the beautiful Causeway Coast. Peter's brother, Joe moved back across the Irish Sea and re-established his business in Broadstairs on the south coast of England. Our cousins there have expanded the Morelli brand further by establishing ice cream parlours in Harrods Department Store in London, the Dubai International Mall & at the Cafe de Paris in Monte Carlo.

Whilst the English branch of the family have been busy expanding the Morelli Brand in such exotic locations, the Northern Ireland branch of the family have been busy establishing Morelli's Ice Cream across Ireland. Having celebrated our centenary in 2011, we now operate scoop franchises throughout the country & our retail packs of ice cream are available in leading retail outlets, right across Ireland. In 2012 we secured two first prizes in the UK national Ice cream awards for our Double Cream Vanilla Ice Cream and in March of that year we also scooped the prestigious Champion of Champions shield at a special ceremony in London. Our family story of hardship, emigration, romance and family separation has been well documented. We are extremely proud of our humble beginnings, from my Great Uncle's little cafe on the cobbled streets of Coleraine into what is now Ireland's most famous & recognisable Italian ice cream.

Arnaldo Morelli