R&R Ice Cream has invested £3m in making its manufacturing process more self-sufficient and improving its green credentials.

The company, which makes Nestlé ice cream under licence, has taken 60% of its plastic packaging production in-house and has also extended its facilities to enable it to produce the ripple sauces used in some of its products.

Both moves would help reduce the company's carbon footprint and give R&R greater control over product quality and lead times, marketing director Phil Griffin told The Grocer.

There were plans to take the remaining 40% in house next year, if the move proved to "add value and allow us better control of costs", he said.

R&R has also invested in its own effluent treatment plant, which means the water used to wash down machinery is being treated on site, further reducing carbon footprint and costs.