George Dunlap, Serving the Retail Ice Cream Industry since 1973, 614-378-8466
If we have not learned anything since 2020 “The Year of COVID”, anything is possible.
What is your backup plan? According to the WSJ today, rolling BLACKOUTS are headed our way. I have advised my clients on alternative power generating choices. Have you ever calculated the cost of losing a walk-in freezer full of Ice Cream? Believe me you need to do the math $$.
This article in today’s WSJ further supports the issue that I have been talking about. What I have called COVID-SHIPMENT-DELAYS are not clearing up soon. It continues to look like this mess will take several years to work out. Going back to NORMAL? Today is our Normal. We must all plan in accordance and continue to move forward. This article provides great insight into this world-wide issue. Start making plans today for 2023 inventory.
Increased congestion is a concern when export hubs such as Shanghai resume full shipments and companies look to build inventories
Export volumes from the Port of Shanghai have fallen by as much as 30% since March.Photo: Ding Ting/Xinhua/Zuma Press
By Costas ParisMay. 6, 2022 5:33 am ET
Western ports are bracing for increased congestion when China eventually lifts stringent Covid-19 restrictions in major cities, which could come just as many importers start to load up for the back-to-school and holiday shopping seasons.
Import gateways such as California’s Los Angeles and Long Beach ports, which handle more than a third of all containers coming into the U.S., are still inundated with uncollected cargo more than two years into the pandemic.Continue reading
This just released last week. News for your review.
Cooking Up Trouble: Record $48.5 Million Settlement in Foodservice Equipment Government Contracting Fraud Case
Thursday, April 21, 2022
Improperly obtaining contracts that are meant for service-disabled, veteran-owned businesses—and concealing it—is not a recipe for success in government contracting. The United States Department of Justice settled a case against a foodservice and restaurant equipment supplier. Under the terms of the settlement, the contractor paid $48.5 million, the “largest-ever False Claims Act recovery based on allegations of small business fraud,” of which $21.6 million is restitution. Additionally, a former executive who managed the foodservice company’s government contracts, was fined $100,000 as an individual civil penalty. The whistleblower was a company called Fox Unlimited Enterprises, LLP. For reporting government contracting fraud, the relator received 22.5% of the settlement, just over $10.9 million.Continue reading
Cold plate carts are a must if you plan on going to outdoor events without electric power. Cold Plate carts by C. Nelson will last a long time once they are frozen. This Podcast explains how they work. Take a few minutes and listen. I am always at your service, call me anytime. George Dunlap
I had the pleasure to be introduced to Jameel Burkett with Burkett Restaurant Equipment & Supplies, by a long time friend and Industry smart guy, Dennis Byrne with Byrne & Associates. Jameell has an exciting story; his beginning with his family business, COVID, and the remaking of the Foodservice/Distribution business. Jameel is a driven leader with vision and customer service focus. Kick back and listen to Jameel talk about his story I know you will enjoy.Continue reading
Ice Cream recalls hurt the Industry in general but seem to draw attention to the large operations, all operators need to be aware of keeping our shops and equipment sanity. The below read is helpful for us all to understand the financial cost of such a recall. It can happen to you; what are your doing to stay ahead of such a costly issue?Continue reading
Going back to 2002 and earlier, I had the pleasure to serve Mike Mitchell and his team at Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream at their, then, one shop. Today Mitchell’s Ice Cream is one of Cleveland, Ohio’s favorites. Mitchell’s hard work and attention to serving the customer with great tasting and quality designed ice creams are one of their keys to success. The below article is about Mitchell’s teaming with with Heinen’s in their downtown Cleveland, OH store. Good read.Continue reading
Pierre’s Ice Cream sold to Ohio Processors, announced last week. I had the pleasure to meet the Roth Family when I started in the Retail Ice Cream Industry back in the early 80’s. At that time they were the legend of Cleveland. Over time the market grew and others developed awesome marketing programs and later left Pierre’s behind. Ohio Processors is a well established and successful Ohio dairy operation and will give the market something to watch. Below is an article about the Roth family and the journey of Pierre’s Ice Cream.Continue reading
During my years at C. Nelson Mfg., Co. I had the pleasure to talk and meet with many great ice cream shop operators across the World. Kari Seher of Melt Ice Creams, was one of the most exciting and driven young ladies I have talked to. If you have time and desire to learn Kari Seher’s story; it is exciting. 4/19/2022Continue reading