Graeter's History


A young Louis Graeter moves to Cincinnati Ohio to sell ice cream at neighborhood street markets.

Graeter's History Since 1868

Turn Of The

20th Century

Louis Graeter marries Regina Berger in the year 1900. They move to 967 E McMillan St. where they make ice cream in the back room to sell out front.

Graeter's History Turn of the Century

Roaring 20’s

With the advent of mass-produced ice cream, cheaper ice cream floods the market, Regina sticks with her old-world French Pot freezers and begins opening new ice cream parlors, starting with Hyde Park in 1922.

Graeter's History Roaring 20s

Great Depression

Regina, joined by the second generation - her sons and now partners Wilmer and Paul - buy an old printing plant out of bankruptcy, and move ice cream production to Mt Auburn in 1935. They continue to open new stores and help brighten the mood during a dark chapter in Cincinnati history.

Graeter's History The Great Depression


The War brings it’s own challenges like sugar rationing, but Graeter's is able to continue growing, bringing a much needed sweet escape for war weary families.

Graeter's History World War II


Wilmer sneaks some chocolate from his mother and pours it into a pot of frozen ice cream, inventing Graeter's now signature famous chocolate chunks. Regina dies on 12-26-1955, and three years later Paul retires, and the third generation, Dick, Lou and Jon join Wilmer to continue the Graeter legacy, joined a few years later by their younger sister Kathy.

Graeter's Baby Boom Era

THE 80'S

Graeter's opens its first franchised store in Kentucky in 1984. Over the next 20 years, two dozen new franchised Graeter's stores would open in Lexington and Louisville, and in Columbus and Dayton, Ohio. In 1987, Graeter's begins selling ice cream in a dozen local Kroger stores.

Grater's History the 80s

THE 90'S

60 years after moving to Mt Auburn, a new expansion doubles the size of the Reading Road plant. Graeter's begins shipping ice cream packed in coolers with dry ice nationally to consumers.

Grater's History the 90s


Having worked in the business for 15 years, the fourth generation - Bob, Chip and Richard, formally take over the management and ownership of the company. Over the following five years, they open four new retail stores, including one at King's Island amusement park, and begin working with The Kroger Company to test market Graeter's in new cities, beginning in Denver, Colorado.

Graeter's Next Generations

New Facility

Same Process

Building on their success, Graeter's opens a new plant in Bond Hill in 2010, 75 years after Regina opened the Reading Road Plant, and begins producing ice cream to distribute to new markets. While the plant is new, Bob, Chip and Richard stay true to Regina's stubborn passion for quality and continue to produce ice cream in two-gallon batches using the French Pot freezers.

Graeter's History 2010


Graeter's is now the only commercial ice cream manufacturer anywhere in the world to use French Pot freezers, and its two-gallon batches are the smallest in the industry. The original plant in Mt Auburn had only four French Pots. The new plant in Bond Hill has 32 French Pot Freezers running day and night to keep up with demand.

Graeter's Ice Cream