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Graeter’s Ice Cream Acquires Last Remaining Franchised Stores

By Graeter's Ice Cream September 25, 2018

Cincinnati’s Graeter’s Ice Cream Acquires Franchised Locations in Kentucky and Indiana

CINCINNATI, OH (September 24, 2018) – Effective today, Graeter’s Ice Cream, a family-owned craft ice cream manufacturer since 1870, has executed an agreement to purchase the Graeter’s Ice Cream scoop shops currently operated by its last franchisee, Tedesco, LLC. The stores are located in Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky and Indianapolis, Indiana. The Company previously acquired all of its Ohio franchised stores in June of 2010. With this acquisition, for the first time in over three decades, all Graeter’s Ice Cream parlors will be owned and operated by the Graeter family. Customers should not notice any immediate changes in the day-to-day operations and guest experience.

“Serving our guests the best tasting, handcrafted ice cream, in family-friendly stores, is the centerpiece of who we are” said Richard Graeter, fourth-generation owner and CEO of Graeter’s Ice Cream. “ We hope to retain and rely on the current team members in our scoop shops to help us complete a seamless transition that continues to serve our loyal customers in these markets.”

“It’s been very fulfilling to be able to serve the Indianapolis, Lexington and Louisville communities under the Graeter’s brand name,” shared Jim Tedesco, the current franchise owner. “I am proud of what we accomplished in our 20-year relationship and now look forward to the next chapter in my career.”

About Graeter’s

Graeter’s Ice Cream produces craft ice cream using the small batch, artisanal, French Pot process, dating back over a century. Graeter’s has won the hearts of ice cream enthusiasts across the country as well as the respect of the nation’s most influential foodies. Winner of the 2015 Munchie Award for best ice cream in the United States, and publicly recognized by celebrities, People Magazine and local magazines as the city’s “best ice cream”, the Cincinnati-based company remains family-owned and operated and continues to handcraft ice cream 2½ gallons at a time. Today, Graeter’s has more than 50 retail stores and ships over 300,000 pints annually for online mail order sales. Graeter’s can also be found in more than 6,000 grocery stores in 46 states.

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Behind The Scoop : Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

By Graeter's Ice Cream August 27, 2018

It’s undeniable that our Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is our all-time best-selling flavor, but have you ever wondered what truly makes it so special? In large part it’s the freshly picked, still-warm-from-the-sun flavor imparted from the black raspberries we use in our handcrafted ice cream. These special berries hail from the Pacific Northwest, specifically the Willamette Valley. This scenic region of Oregon is famous for its wine, as well as its berries.

Bob Graeter in Oregon raspberry field

This summer, Bob Graeter, a member of the family’s fourth generation, traveled to the Willamette Valley to check in on this year’s berry crop. The valley is home to not only the best Black Raspberries, but also the Totem Strawberries that we use in our Oregon Strawberry ice cream and the strawberry topping used in our stores to make sundaes and shakes.

It’s no mystery why we get our black raspberries from the Willamette Valley, its clean air, fertile soil, and favorable climate are ideal for berry growing. The warm days and cool nights help the berries ripen slowly, allowing for the natural sugars to fully develop, leaving them bursting with flavor.

The Graeter family’s continued commitment to using only the finest ingredients is apparent when speaking with Bob. We’ve bought these fresh Oregon berries from the same family owned and operated farms since the late 70’s. Understanding the farming and processing of the berries, connecting and building trust with the farmers, and making the commitment to check in on the crop’s progress each year are all very important aspects that help Graeter’s source the best high-quality ingredients.

According to Bob, “understanding and managing the complex sourcing process for these one-of-a-kind ingredients are one of the many things that make Graeter’s handcrafted ice cream truly unique.” The next time you take a lick of our Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip ice cream, close your eyes and imagine the fresh Black Raspberries that were grown just for the one of a kind taste you’re experiencing. Indulge & Enjoy!

Beloved Ice Cream Brand Celebrates Ice Cream Month with Sweet Surprises

By Graeter's Ice Cream July 1, 2018

Graeter’s Ice Cream Reveals a Month of Surprises for Ice Cream Lovers and Loyal Consumers

Graeter's National Ice Cream Day


CINCINNATI, OH (July 2, 2018) – Graeter’s Ice Cream, a 148-year-old, family owned craft ice cream company, will celebrate National Ice Cream Month this July with a calendar of events meant to surprise and delight Graeter’s fans nationwide. The company begins the summer ice cream season by celebrating its 148th birthday in a variety of delicious ways, including a special deal on ice cream cones for National Ice Cream Day, surprise Bonus Flavors, and new scoop shop announcements.

$1.48 Sugar Cones

Graeter’s Ice Cream will take advantage of National Ice Cream Day on July 15th with a one-day promotion that invites consumers in Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Chicago, Cleveland and Pittsburgh stores only to celebrate the company’s 148th birthday. Graeter’s will once again hold its annual National Ice Cream Month Coloring Contest. To learn more about these family favorite events, visit or call your local scoop shop.

10% Off Your Online Ice Cream Orders

Sunday, July 15th get 10% off your online ice cream orders placed on Graeters.com with promo code NICD10 at checkout. Orders must ship by 8/31/2018. Can not be combined with any other offer.

National Ice Cream Day

Graeter’s plans to further celebrate National Ice Cream Month with its continued grand unveiling of Summer Bonus Flavors in scoop shops and online for a limited time. Each flavor, revealed every other Monday, offers ice cream fans the allure of an innovative flavor made with the Graeter’s quality they expect. New Bonus Flavors will be announced on July 9, July 23 and August 6. Graeter’s will also be offering July seasonal flavors of Banana Chocolate Chip, Peach and Watermelon Sorbet. As well, throughout the month, new scoop shops will be announced.

“Our 148th birthday on National Ice Cream Day is the perfect time to celebrate Graeter’s and the fans who have helped to make us such a mainstay in so many homes nationwide,” shares Chip Graeter, fourth-generation owner of Graeter’s Ice Cream. “We take an incredible amount of pride in creating the ideal ice cream experience, which we’ve been perfecting since Graeter’s first small batch of ice cream was churned in 1870.”

National Ice Cream Month A Sweet Celebration for Beloved Ice Cream Brand

Graeter’s Ice Cream Reveals a Month of Surprises for Ice Cream Lovers and Loyal Consumer

National Ice Cream MonthCINCINNATI, OH (July 14, 2017) – Graeter’s Ice Cream, a 147-year-old, family owned craft ice cream company, will celebrate National Ice Cream Month this July with a calendar of events meant to surprise and delight Graeter’s fans nationwide. The company begins the summer ice cream season by celebrating its 147th birthday in a variety of delicious ways, including birthday scoops for just $1.47, surprise bonus flavors, and a new flavor to be unveiled to support the Cincinnati Zoo.

Graeter’s Ice Cream will take advantage of National Ice Cream Day on July 16 with a one-day promotion that invites consumers everywhere to celebrate the company’s 147th birthday, during which Graeter’s iconic single-dip ice cream cones will be sold for only $1.47. Graeter’s plans to further take advantage of National Ice Cream Month in July with its continued grand unveiling of Summer Bonus Flavors in scoop shops and online for a limited time. Each flavor, revealed every other Monday, offers ice cream fans the allure of an innovative flavor made with the Graeter’s quality they expect. New bonus flavors will be announced on June 26, July 10, July 24, August 7 and August 21.

Finally, the Graeter’s family, in support of its new relationship with the Cincinnati Zoo, has created a decadent and delicious flavor – available only at the Zoo, to benefit the Zoo. The new flavor will also be unveiled during this special month.

“Our 147th birthday on National Ice Cream Day is the perfect time to celebrate Graeter’s and the fans who have helped to make us such a mainstay in so many homes nationwide,” shares Chip Graeter, fourth-generation owner of Graeter’s Ice Cream. “We take an incredible amount of pride in creating the ideal ice cream experience, which we’ve been perfecting since Graeter’s first small batch of ice cream was churned in 1870.”

Wexford Community Welcomes National Ice Cream Favorite - Graeter's

Graeter's Pittsburgh Scoop Shop

Graeter’s Ice Cream Joins Pittsburgh’s Wexford Neighborhood with First Pennsylvania Scoop Shop

CINCINNATI, OH (June 30, 2016)Graeter’s Ice Cream, a 146-year-old, family owned craft ice cream brand, is opening its newest scoop shop in Pittsburgh’s Wexford neighborhood in early July. Touting a bright and inviting interior look with family–friendly amenities, this location will offer a complete menu of handcrafted ice cream, sundaes, milkshakes and old-fashioned ice cream sodas for which the beloved Ohio-based company is known.

A Hard Hat Tour celebrating the new scoop shop opening is planned for June 21 at the Wexford location, whereby media in the community and area dignitaries are invited to celebrate along with the Graeter family and Graeter’s team members.

“We’ve seen growth in our ice cream sales in the Pittsburgh area through our grocery partners over the last few years and we’ve been working on finding the perfect spot to open a Graeter’s scoop shop for some time,” shares Chip Graeter, fourth-generation owner of Graeter’s Ice Cream. “We’re excited to provide unforgettable experiences to Wexford ice cream lovers as well as the families who live in the surrounding neighborhoods. We’re eager to open our beautiful new store and start dipping our hand-crafted ice cream and other treats.”

In addition to the new Wexford location, this summer will see an additional Graeter’s location in Chicago, Illinois, as well as recently opened scoop shops in Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio.

The address of the Wexford scoop shop is 10610 Perry Hwy., Wexford, PA 15090. Summer hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 p.m. to 11 p.m Sunday. Contact us today at wexford@graeters.com.

Energetic Cleveland Community Welcomes National Ice Cream Favorite

Graeter's Cleveland Scoop Shop

CINCINNATI, OH (June 30, 2016)Graeter’s Ice Cream, a 146-year-old, family owned craft ice cream brand, is opening its newest scoop shop in Cleveland’s Crocker Park the last week of June. Touting a bright and inviting interior look with family-friendly amenities, this location will offer a complete menu of handcrafted ice cream, sundaes, milkshakes and old-fashioned ice cream sodas for which the beloved Ohio-based company is known.

A Hard Hat Tour celebrating the new scoop shop opening is planned for June 20 at the Crocker Park location, whereby media in the community and area dignitaries are invited to celebrate along with the Graeter family and Graeter’s team members.

“Cleveland has been a very exciting market for us as we have expanded our business selling pints through local grocery partners. We’ve been working on a finding the perfect spot in the Cleveland area for a long time now,” shares Chip Graeter, fourth-generation owner of Graeter’s Ice Cream. “We’re excited to provide unforgettable experiences to Westlake ice cream lovers as well as the families who live in the surrounding neighborhoods. We’re eager to open our beautiful new store and start dipping our hand-crafted ice cream and other treats.”

In addition to the new Crocker Park location, this summer will see Graeter’s first scoop shop in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a second shop in Chicago, Illinois, in addition to a recently opened shop in Columbus, Ohio.

The address of the Crocker Park scoop shop is 261 Main St., Westlake, OH 44145. Summer hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday. Contact us today at crockerpark@graeters.com or (440) 899-2158

Crowd Pleaser, Banana Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, Is Back For a Very Limited Time!

Banana Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Banana Chocolate Chip is a classic ice cream parlor flavor we have been making as a summer seasonal flavor for many years. Given our busy seasonal line up we have made it as a bonus flavor this year. Banana lovers like the rich banana taste complemented with our milk chocolate chips. It tastes like a chocolate dipped banana in a scoop. It also happens to be my daughters favorite flavor!” Bob Graeter.

Released as our third summer bonus flavor, it will only be available for two short weeks (or less) given it’s popularity. So hurry in to your nearest Graeter’s scoop shop or purchase some pints sold exclusively online at graeters.com.

Check back every two weeks throughout the summer for the release of a new Summer Bonus Flavor. New flavor releasing on 6/27/16, 7/11/16, 7/25/16, 8/8/16, 8/22/16.

Major Columbus Shopping Area Welcomes Beloved Ice Cream Favorite

Graeter’s Ice Cream Joins the Polaris Community with a New Scoop Shop

Graeter's Polaris Ice Cream Parlor

CINCINNATI, OH (June 7, 2016)Graeter’s Ice Cream, a 146-year-old, family owned craft ice cream brand, is opening its 11th retail store in the Columbus area at the corner of Polaris Parkway and Sancus Boulevard on June 17, 2016. Touting a new interior look with updated environmental branding and a drive thru, this location will offer a complete menu of handcrafted ice cream, sundaes, milkshakes and old-fashioned ice cream sodas for which the beloved Ohio-based company is known.

A ribbon cutting celebrating the new scoop shop opening is planned for June 17 at 10 a.m., whereby community members and area dignitaries are invited to celebrate along with the Graeter family and Graeter’s team members. In addition, a portion of the first week’s sales will go to the Columbus Chapter of the American Diabetes Association, the national organization with the mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by this disease.

“We’ve been working on a finding the perfect spot in the Polaris area for a long time now,” shares Chip Graeter, fourth-generation owner of Graeter’s Ice Cream. “We’re excited to provide unforgettable experiences to Polaris shoppers as well as the families who live in the surrounding neighborhoods. I think the community will really enjoy our beautiful new store design.”

In addition to the new Polaris location, this summer will see Graeter’s first stores in Cleveland and Pittsburgh as well as a second location in the Chicago area.

The address of the Polaris store is 8749 Sancus Blvd Columbus, OH 43222. Summer hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 p.m. Sunday.

See our latest scoop shop updates on our Polaris Facebook Page.

Local Ice Cream Brand and CVG Work Together to Serve International Travelers

By Graeter's Ice Cream May 9, 2016 No comments

Graeter’s Ice Cream Reopens at Cincinnati International Airport Location, with Full Menu of Signature Treats

Graeter's Cincinnati Airport Retail Store

CINCINNATI, OH (May 9, 2016)Graeter’s Ice Cream, a 146-year-old family owned and operated craft ice cream brand, and the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) are excited to unveil Graeter’s new location at the airport. Replacing the company’s current kiosk, which opened in 2013, Graeter’s store location is currently serving airport travelers with the superior service and menu of decadent pastries, candy and ice cream, for which the beloved Cincinnati-based company is known on a larger level.

Graeter’s new 657 square foot location is located in Concourse A of CVG. After amassing much praise from travelers since its opening in 2013, the updates to the storefront speak to the brand’s relevancy and continued growth in the community. The storefront ultimately puts Graeter’s in the position to serve a wider range of ice cream fans and will be open daily from 5:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

“This new shop is a good indication of how well Graeter’s has done since its arrival to CVG,” says Candace McGraw, Chief Executive Officer of CVG. “It only makes sense to offer a Cincinnati favorite as a concession option in our hometown airport. We’re thrilled to see how well it has done, and are excited to see a brand that reflects our community continue to grow among all travelers.”

“We’re excited to expand our service to Greater Cincinnati travelers,” added Chip Graeter, fourth-generation owner. “We’ve built a beautiful new store and greatly expanded our selection of ice cream, candy and fresh bakery. We’re looking forward to many years of delighting our current customers as well as letting visitors from around the world experience Graeter’s for the first time.”

A location at CVG is a unique opportunity to serve international ice cream fans with a Cincinnati favorite that represents a taste of the city. As a local brand with close ties to the community, the partnership between Graeter’s and CVG presents opportunities for growth for both the ice cream brand and the airport while still bringing a sweet indulgence to travelers.

About Graeter's

Graeter’s Ice Cream produces craft ice cream using the small batch, artisanal, French Pot process, dating back over a century. Graeter’s has won the hearts of ice cream enthusiasts across the country as well as the respect of the nation’s most influential foodies. Winner of the 2015 Munchie Award for best ice cream in the United States, the Cincinnati-based company remains family owned and operated and continues to handcraft ice cream 2½ gallons at a time. Today, Graeter’s has more than 50 retail stores and ship over 300,000 pints annually for online mail order sales. Graeter’s can also be found in more than 6,000 grocery stores in 46 states.

About Cincinnati International Airport

CVG offers more nonstop destinations than any airport in the region, including direct international service to Paris, Toronto, Cancun, Montego Bay, Punta Cana and Freeport Grand Bahama. CVGairport.com is your award-winning, travel-planning resource with flight status, security wait times, parking availability and weather.

CVG is one of the three global super-hubs for DHL, a top 10 cargo airport in North America and is recognized globally as a leading U.S. airport by SkyTrax World Airport Awards. CVG is the only airport in the country to receive Safety Act Designation and Certification from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), giving the airport the highest level of protections under the Act.

Ohio Ice Cream Brand Expands to Serve Cleveland’s Sweet Tooth

By Graeter's Ice Cream November 12, 2015 No comments
Cleveland Graeters Ice Cream

Graeter’s Ice Cream Continues Unprecedented Growth with First Initial Expansion into Cleveland

CINCINNATI, OH (November 12, 2015) – Graeter’s Ice Cream, a 145-year-old family owned and operated craft ice cream brand, has announced its plans to expand the company’s network of retail stores to the Cleveland area. The new store in Cleveland’s Crocker Park is slated to open the summer of 2016 and will offer a complete menu of decadent ice cream, sundaes, milkshakes and old-fashioned sodas for which Graeter’s has come to be known.

“We’re proud to bring the Cleveland community a new way to enjoy Graeter’s Ice Cream,” says Richard Graeter, CEO and fourth-generation owner of Graeter’s Ice Cream. “We believe ice cream is more than an indulgence, it is an experience meant to be shared with family and friends. Our first Cleveland scoop shop will allow us to share our love for authentic ice cream with the community while staying true to our vision of quality and integrity.”

The Graeter family’s passion for making ice cream is evident by their use of century-old technology, The French Pot freezer. Each batch of ice cream is made 2 ½ gallons at a time using quality ingredients such as cream from Ohio dairy farms, vanilla beans from Madagascar and black raspberries from Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The French Pots also allow Graeter’s trained artisans to handcraft their signature chocolate chips. The resulting ice cream is so dense and creamy, due to the absence of whipped-in air, that each pint must be packed by hand. Pints are currently sold at select Cleveland grocery stores.

At more than 2,000 square feet, Graeter’s Crocker Park store will feature all of the new branding elements created in 2013 that combine a contemporary look to an old-fashioned ice cream parlor. Designed to be a destination for families and true ice cream aficionados, this location will have indoor and patio seating for over fifty people.

Graeter’s Ice Cream was founded in 1870, cultivating a community of loyal brand lovers by selling their popular French Pot churned ice cream in Cincinnati’s street markets. Once sold in the deli section of a dozen Kroger stores in the 1980’s, Graeter’s Ice Cream is now in over 2,000 Kroger stores from coast to coast and is offered in such prestigious retailers as Whole Foods, Giant Eagle, and Henien’s. The new Cleveland store will be joining over 50 other successful Graeter’s Ice Cream shops in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois.

About Graeter’s

Graeter’s Ice Cream produces craft ice cream and gelato lines using the small batch, artisanal method, the French pot process, dating back over a century. Graeter’s has won the hearts of ice cream enthusiasts across the country as well as the respect of the nation’s most influential foodies. Winner of the 2015 Munchie award for best ice cram in the United States, the Cincinnati-based company remains family owned and operated and continues to handcraft ice cream 2½ gallons at a time. Today, Graeter’s has 45 retail stores and ship over 300,000 pints annually for online mail order sales. Graeter’s can also be found in more than 6,000 grocery stores in 46 states. Visit www.graeters.com for more information.