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What is your back-up plan? Rolling Black Outs headed our way.

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 $$.

Summer of 2022 – Rolling Blackouts – What is your Back-Up Plan ?

TriMark Settlement

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.

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Ice Cream Recalls hurt everyone – The latest, Baskin-Robbins & Turkey Hill.

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?

Guilty Eats
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - MARCH 13: Anthony “Spice” Adams teams up with Dunkin’ and Baskin-Robbins to celebrate the launch of the brands’ newest treat, the Affogato, in Chicago, Illinois on March 13, 2019. An Affogato is an Italian delicacy that includes hot espresso poured over cool vanilla ice cream and will be served in Dunkin’ and Baskin-Robbins combo stores nationwide. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for Baskin-Robbins)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MARCH 13: Anthony “Spice” Adams teams up with Dunkin’ and Baskin-Robbins to celebrate the launch of the brands’ newest treat, the Affogato, in Chicago, Illinois on March 13, 2019. An Affogato is an Italian delicacy that includes hot espresso poured over cool vanilla ice cream and will be served in Dunkin’ and Baskin-Robbins combo stores nationwide. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for Baskin-Robbins)

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Pierre’s Ice Cream – sold to Ohio Processors

Pierre’s Ice Cream, Cleveland, OH since 1932

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.

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Soft Serve, our shops do this everyday! on a Sugar Cone.

Soft serve inspires Blue Bunny’s new Twist Cones, as published in Dairy Processing Magazine, by Benton Smith, 04/04/2022.

Soft serve inspires Blue Bunny’s new Twist Cones

My customers do this everyday in their Soft Ice Cream shops: making Home-Made treats. We welcome Blue Bunny to this market segment. George Dunlap, 4/7/2022

Blue Bunny Twist Cones soft serve Chocolate Vanilla Strawberry Cheesecake Chocolate Peanut Butter
Photo: Blue Bunny

04.04.2022 By Benton Smith

CHICAGO – While concocting its newest frozen desserts, Blue Bunny aimed to bring the soft serve ice cream experience to customers’ freezers.

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Our 6 Favorite Ice Cream Pints of All Time – rachael ray every day mag

So many and yet so little time to taste….them all.

Our 6 Favorite Ice Cream Pints of All Time

Looking for your new go-to flavor? Try one of these faves, picked by Rachael Ray Every Day editors. Warning: you might not wanna share.

Ben & Jerry’s Peanut Butter Fudge Core

ben jerrys peanut-butter fudge core

Photo courtesy of Ben & Jerry’s

“It’s pure, unadulterated gluttony, like if a peanut butter cup exploded inside the pint.” —Christina Izzo, features editor 

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Graeter’s Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip

graeters black raspberry chocolate chip

Photo courtesy of Graeter’s

“A signature flavor from this Ohio company that deserves all the hype. Bonus: It’s purple!” —Charles Grayauskie, test kitchen associate

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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams Brambleberry Crisp

jenis splendid ice creams brambleberry crisp

Photo Courtesy of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

“Imagine a blackberry and currant crisp à la mode. Now flip the proportions.” —Geraldine Campbell, executive editor

Buy it at Jenis.com

McConnell’s Eureka Lemon & Marionberries

mcconnells eureka lemon marionberries

Photo Courtesy of McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams

“This pint is so popular, they made a dairy-free version— and it’s also pretty darn delicious.” —Alexa Weibel, senior food editor

Buy it at McConnells.com

Ample Hills Creamery Peppermint Pattie

ample hills creamery peppermint pattie

Photography by Peter Ardito

“Super minty with hunks of candy. This is mint-chip living its best life!” —Nina Elder, executive food editor

Buy it at AmpleHills.com

Salt & Straw Strawberry Honey Balsamic with Black Pepper

salt straw strawberry honey balsamic black pepper

Hudsonville Ice Cream reveals new blueberry doughnut flavor

 

Hudsonville Ice Cream reveals new blueberry doughnut flavor

Bowerman's Blueberry Donut pairs Hudsonville Ice Cream's traditional vanilla ice cream with a Michigan blueberry swirl and chunks of blueberry doughnut straight from Bowerman Blueberries in Holland.

Bowerman’s Blueberry Donut pairs Hudsonville Ice Cream’s traditional vanilla ice cream with a Michigan blueberry swirl and chunks of blueberry doughnut straight from Bowerman Blueberries in Holland.  (Courtesy Photo | Hu)

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HOLLAND, MI – Hudsonville Ice Cream has unveiled the first Michigan Artisan Collection flavor.

The family-owned, Holland-based creamery introduced Bowerman’s Blueberry Donut on Monday, July 23. The small batch flavor pairs Hudsonville Ice Cream’s traditional vanilla ice cream with a Michigan blueberry swirl and chunks of blueberry donut straight from Bowerman Blueberries in Holland.

The flavor fits with the series’ goal of creating ice cream representative of the best parts of Michigan, with ingredients sourced from local artisans. Michigan is one of the nation’s leading blueberry producers, with 100 million pounds of blueberries grown each year.

“Bowerman’s Blueberry Donut was an immediate favorite in our testing process,” said Morgan Craig, flavor development scientist with Hudsonville Ice Cream.

“Not only did the blueberry donut pieces pop when mixed with our ice cream, but we’re tapping into a flavor strongly associated with Michigan. Bowerman Blueberries has been an amazing partner through this creation process, and we can’t wait for our fans to taste this genuinely good flavor for themselves.”

The Bowerman’s Blueberry Donut flavor will be available on Tuesday, July 24, when Hudsonville Ice Cream hosts a birthday celebration for the City of Detroit. The event will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Cadillac Square

Additionally, the Bowerman’s Blueberry Donut flavor will be available in limited quantities at select scoop shops across the state, beginning the week of July 30. Bowerman’s Blueberry Donut by Hudsonville Ice Cream is expected to sell out quickly. A complete listing of shops is below.

The Michigan Artisan Collection will feature three flavors, with the other two flavors set to be announced this year.

“Our family has been growing blueberries in West Michigan since 1954, so we have a long history of delivering local flavors to residents and visitors to the Holland area,” said Kassie Grasmanis of Bowerman Blueberries and granddaughter of the founders.

“We were thrilled when Hudsonville Ice Cream reached out to us for a potential partnership and we are so pleased to see this flavor come to life for people across the state to enjoy.”

Hudsonville has made a habit of creating Michigan themed flavors. All-season favorites include Mackinac Island Fudge and Traverse City Cherry Fudge, as well as a Vernors-infused Detroit-flavor called Comeback Cooler.  

Where to find Bowerman’s Blueberry Donut:

  • Banana Boat, 3721 Corunna Rd, Flint, 48532
  • Captain Sundae–Holland North, 365 Douglas Ave., Holland, 49424
  • Captain Sundae–Holland South, 247 W 40th St., Holland, 49423
  • Carie’s Caboose, 287 E. State St., Montrose, 48457
  • Cosmic Candy Co., 168 S. Hancock, Pentwater, 49449
  • Frosty Boy of Cascade, 6886 Cascade Rd. SE Grand Rapids, 49546
  • Frosty Boy Kalamazoo, 5030 Gull Rd., Kalamazoo, 49048
  • Jaami’s Ice Cream & Treats, 592 Cass St, Frankenmuth, 48734
  • Jersey Junction, 651 Croswell Ave. SE, East Grand Rapids, 49506
  • Mootown Ice Cream & Dessert Shoppe, 2461 Russell St., Detroit, 48207
  • Norm’s Ice Cream Shop, 350 N 3rd Ave., Fruitport, 49415
  • Norm’s Ice Cream Shop North Muskegon, 80 N. Causeway Rd., North Muskegon, 49445
  • Ottawa Beach General Store, 2256 Ottawa Beach Rd, Holland, 49424
  • Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor, Grand Hotel, 1891 Cadotte Ave, Mackinac Island, 49757
  • The Parlour of Jackson, 1401 Daniel Rd., Jackson, 49202
  • The Sweet Tooth of Marine City, 312 S. Water St., Marine City, 48039