Dairy-free creamery Little Island has joined up with Samoan coconut cream producer Ah Liki Investment, securing a long-term supply of organic coconut that could make a positive impact on Samoan trade.
Little Island’s owners, Tommy Holden and James Crow, started doing business together in 2010, when they founded a trendy ice block company called Nice Blocks. Hunting for possible dairy-free options, the two friends eventually chose coconut milk for their Little Island’s ice cream range, releasing the first four flavours. The young company is now expanding: last August they put a chocolate coconut drink on the market, whilst four more ice cream flavours are set to be introduced by year-end.
Thanks to the strategic partnership formed with Ah Liki Investment, Little Island will be able to label its range of drinking milks certified organic and fair trade. On the other hand, the deal will provide better employment opportunities in Samoa, by encouraging investments in production equipment. “Since we set out in business,” commented co-founder James Crow, “we have been focused on creating an ethical supply chain that supports our vision. We want to ensure our efforts positively filter down to impact the lives of the families that provide us the best ingredients. This partnership enables us to move ahead knowing that our efforts will do good and help the villages of Samoa.”