Icecream manufacturer Richmond Foods announced the closure of its Ashford site as it reported its first-half yearly profit this week. The own label supplier is to transfer production to its Leeming Bar site. Richmond Foods' turnover for the half year to April 1 was up 86% to £32.5m, the result reflecting Richmond's acquisition of Allied Frozen Food's ice cream business in May 2000. Operating profit was £0.2m, compared to last year's operating loss of £1.1bn. {{NEWS }}