Ice cream manufacturer Richmond Foods is launching a raft of new products in the coming year as it seeks to build on recent acquisitions from AB Foods and Nestlé. The acquisition of Nestlé's UK ice cream business in October propelled Richmond to the number one player in UK ice cream by volume and number two by value. Richmond now manufactures, distributes and markets Nestlé ice cream brands including Rolo, Smarties and Lyons Maid, with the deal expected to generate significant synergies through production efficiencies and reduced distribution and marketing costs from dealing with the same customers. Richmond is also the leading supplier of own brand ice cream to the multiples. The company reported a sharp 33% increase in pre-tax profit before exceptionals to £5m on sales up 25% to £88.5m. {{NEWS }}