American ice-cream company Ben and Jerry’s have announced that it will begin production on a dairy-free version of the frosty favourite which will be available to consumers in Ireland in 2017.
The ice-cream giant will substitute milk for almond and coconut milk, which are becoming increasingly popular dairy alternatives in Ireland.
The new ice-cream will be particularly geared towards vegans and those with a dairy intolerance.
“I think that’s a big thing for Ben & Jerry’s to be doing that,” Ben & Jerry’s co-founder Jerry Greenfield told Metro.
“In the US there are (dairy free) alternatives from smaller companies but Ben & Jerry’s will be first mainstream company that will do that and will also do it in a really delicious way.”
An Irish spokesperson for the company revealed that it could be 2017 before the dairy-free version hits the freezer shelves.
In Ireland, the dairy-free ice-cream options remain quite small, but in recent years Dublin-based company Nobo has entered the market featuring alternative ingredients such as avocado and coconut milk.