A North Dean ice cream producer has teamed up with Aldi to launch a range of summer treats - including a new variety that will help raise funds for charity.

Beechdean Dairies is working with the supermarket chain to produce a new rainbow ice cream, with all profits being split between NHS Charities Together and Aldi's charity partner Teenage Cancer Trust.

It combines vanilla and raspberry ripple ice cream with rainbow sprinkles and hundreds and thousands and will be available in stores throughout the summer.

Beechdean has also developed another flavour - chocolate brownie with salted caramel sauce - to go with other ice cream flavours they launched for Aldi previously, lemon meringue, Eton mess and vanilla salted caramel.

Andrew Howard, managing director at Beechdean Dairies, said: “It can take up to six months for us to launch a new product under normal circumstances, so my colleagues and the Aldi team deserve enormous credit for their tireless efforts to ensure we could get the new Rainbow Ice Cream onto shelves so swiftly.

"We’re incredibly proud to be playing our part in supporting NHS Charities Together and Teenage Cancer Trust”.

The family-owned business, which was founded by husband and wife duo Andrew and Susie Howard more than 30 years ago, has worked with Aldi since 2018.

This year, the producer will deliver the equivalent of more than 40 million servings of ice cream to Aldi stores across the country.

Andrew added: “Our long-term partnership with Aldi has helped us to enjoy growth that we could never have imagined without having to compromise on the family values that are at the heart of everything we do."

All of the ice cream produced by Beechdean contains no artificial products and is made with British ingredients where possible, including milk sourced from Beechdean’s own Jersey cow farm.

The firm has also worked closely with the Aldi team to reduce its environmental impact, including developing links with local farms to cut down on food miles, reducing packaging across its range and investing in new, more efficient machinery.