Local Food Scientist whipping up local ice cream – Utilising natural fruit contents
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DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, May 02, 2018
As more Guyanese work towards developing the ‘Made in Guyana’ brand, Food Scientist, Sharlene Roberts has been utilising a number of local fruits to create delicious homemade ice cream for the local market.
With over nine years in the food and manufacturing industry, Roberts explained that she wanted to make a difference with local desserts and the changing health needs of persons. She then crafted Nysha’s Homemade Ice Cream using local fruit contents.
“You have to consider the fat content because persons are concerned right now about their health, thinking about the sugar content also…What I learned is if you can make a product that is healthy and does not have as much sugar and people can enjoy it, then they would want it,” Roberts explained.
Most of her fruit contents are purchased from local fruit suppliers, among these are soursops, coconuts, and mangoes to name a few.
Since the establishment of her business in 2012, Roberts said the support has been overwhelming. While her success overrides the challenges she has experienced, she has some advice for young entrepreneurs.
“When you have that passion and you are driven; when the failures come, you can still say this is what I want to do. No matter what it takes I will go after it. Also, in business, you cannot go it all alone. It is advisable to partner with someone who has the requisite knowledge.”
Roberts hopes to expand her business later this year by supplying the local supermarkets in Georgetown. The food scientist said she is currently rebranding the ice cream container to suit the government’s green initiative.
Nyasha’s Homemade Ice Cream can be bought at Roberts’ Roxanne Burnham Drive’s Home or through orders on her Facebook page “Nysha’s Homemade Ice Cream business” page.
By: Crystal Stoll.