Stocks of its ice cream could cope if a heatwave struck Britain, Unilever has claimed, despite the temporary suspension of production at its only ice cream plant in the UK last week. Flood chaos in Gloucester forced the factory to suspend output of all ice cream production, including Carte d'Or, Magnums and Wall's, on 23 July after water supplies were cut off due to a technical failure at the local water treatment centre (The Grocer, 28 July, p6). "Production is expected to restart on Monday and we would anticipate being up to our five million ice creams a day level progressively thereafter," said Trevor Gorin, head of Unilever media relations. "Even if we had a heatwave this week and next, we would still have enough stock to cope with demand." Letters p22