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Mr Whippy

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Manufacturer of Ice Cream

1958 Domenic Facchino joined with Ernest Paccitto (agent for Carpigiani soft ice cream machines) and set up Mr Whippy. They grew very successfully with large vehicles that had secondary engines to operate the machines. Facchino cones were part of the franchise. Then Weston Biscuits bought Facchino and almost immediately closed it as a failing business. Anthony then opened a new cone company to supply Mr. Whippy.

1960 Nicholas Horsley, working for Northern Dairies as a trainee manager, acquired Mr Whippy

1962 'Mr. Whippy (Holdings), the ice cream business, is to be taken over by Fortes (Holdings). Mr. Whippy operates from 24 depots throughout Britain. and sells over £3 mullion worth of ice cream a year from 750 vehicles. The man who started the business three years ago, Mr. Dominic Facchino, will continue as chairman and managing director and is to join the Fortes (Holdings) Board.'[1]

1966 Sold to Walls

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Sources of Information

  1. Belfast Telegraph - Tuesday 18 September 1962