Ice-cream com­pany has na­tion licked

Isis Town and Country - - News - By CAROLYN ARCHER

A DIS­CUS­SION about an ice-cream pro­tein on a pop­u­lar ra­dio talk­back show has gen­er­ated wide­spread pub­lic­ity for Mam­mino Gourmet Ice Cream.

Syd­ney ra­dio iden­tity Ray Hadley hosted a con­ver­sa­tion about ice cream ear­lier this week and peo­ple from across the coun­try called in to talk up the ice cream made by the Childers com­pany.

Mam­mino Gourmet Ice Cream owner Teena Mam­mino was in Bris­bane when she re­ceived a fran­tic phone call from her daugh­ter Am­ber Ran­dall telling her she needed to call a “Ray Shortly” straight away.

“I had no idea it was Ray Hadley,” Mrs Mam­mino said.

“I rang and got this pro­ducer from 2GB who played me a snip­pet of peo­ple ring­ing in about how good our ice cream was.

“Then he put me live to Ray Hadley on the ra­dio. I had the shakes, you know when you get so ex­cited and ner­vous all at once.

“The funny thing was he said ‘Teena I’ve de­cided I want to make you big’ and I thought how does he know I’m not a big per­son? I def­i­nitely eat enough ice cream I could be big, but he meant our com­pany.

“He said ‘I want to make you big, I want to make you Aus­tralia-wide rather than just be­ing avail­able in Queens­land’.

“It’s re­ally nice to think lit­tle com­pa­nies like ours get recog­ni­tion af­ter all the hard work we’ve done over the last 20 years.

“It’s nice to hear our cus­tomers are ring­ing to say how good our prod­uct is.”

Mrs Mam­mino said Mam­mino ice cream is only avail­able in Queens­land but the pub­lic­ity may help them ex­pand fur­ther afield.

“We do things like the Ekka, the Wood­ford Folk Fes­ti­val, the Coun­try Mu­sic Muster and that crowd isn’t just the Wide Bay peo­ple, it ac­tu­ally is na­tional,” she said.

“We have been asked nu­mer­ous times to dis­trib­ute into New South Wales but we’ll just see what be­comes of it.

“We’ve tried to keep it to a size where we can con­trol ev­ery as­pect of it and keep the qual­ity in the prod­uct.”

“Maybe next year we might look at dis­tribut­ing out­side of Queens­land.”

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