JUST A FEW OF THE QUALITY VENDORS AT THE SHOW THIS YEAR.
- PECK FOOD SERVICE
- COUNTRY PARLOUR ICE CREAM CO
- ELECTRO FREEZE ICE CREAM MACHINES
- ADVANCED EQUIPMENT (ELECTRO FREEZE DISTRIBUTOR)
- TAYLOR ICE CREAM MACHINES
- KAPPUS (TAYLOR DISTRIBUTOR)
- STOELTING ICE CREAM MACHINES
- BARILLA EQUIPMENT (STOELTING DISTRIBUTOR)
- SERVER PRODUCTS
- BRYNE & ASSOCIATES (SERVER REP)
- PHILLIPS SYRUPS
- I RICE & CO
- MEADOWVALE (ICE CREAM MIX CO)
- NATIONAL ICE CREAM RETAILERS ASSOCIATION
- C NELSON
- Dough Rae me
National Ice Cream Retailers Association – Steve Christensen, Executive Director
Just last week, I caught up with my good friend Steve Christensen and we talked about the retail ice cream industry. He talked about his life journey and business experiences that have helped him prepare for his new job as the ( August 2018) Executive Director of the National Ice Cream Retailers Association (NICRA). Steve talks about the history and people that have made NICRA a wonderful group to be part of.
Steve and I talked about how NICRA is the best resource for new operators just getting started in our industry. Where else can you sit down with a Carl Chaney of Chaney’s Dairy Barn or David Deadman of Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream and talk about how to get started in the ice cream industry. As Steve said, Carl and David are just 2 examples of the wonderfully successful operators in NICRA that are available to help new shop owners.
Clementine’s Naughty & Nice Creamery
Clementine’s Naughty & Nice Creamery, owner, Tamara Keefe and I talk about how she started in the small batch, handcrafted, ice cream industry and how she is growing her brand.
Tamara has some great suggestions for those soon to be shop owners about social media, budgeting, and what it takes to open you first store.
NICRA Join today!
I had the pleasure to meet Debra & Carl Chaney, the summer of 2003, before they opened their shop, I had the pleasure to work with the Chaney’s on their recipes and flavorings for their great tasting homemade ice creams.
This is the story as told by Carl Chaney, “if you are welling to get up early and stay up late you too can enjoy the fruits of your hard work”.
This is a story about an American dream by a hard working family from Bowling Green, KY.
May I introduce to you Carl Chaney.
The Solar Eclipse at Chaney’s Dairy Barn
NICRA Join today!
I had a chance to catch up with a very busy traveler and ice cream trainer this week, Steve Christensen, The Headmaster @ Scoopschool.com located in St. Louis, MO. I have known Steve since the mid-2000’s and have enjoyed his passion for helping all those in the ice cream retail shop business. I caught up with Steve as he was preparing for his class at the Mid-America Ice Cream & Restaurant Expo in Columbus, OH.