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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.”
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.
Graeter’s Ice Cream Reveals a Month of Surprises for Ice Cream Lovers and Loyal Consumers
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.”
Graeter’s Ice Cream Joins the Polaris Community with a New Scoop Shop
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.
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.
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.
Graeter’s Ice Cream Announces Their Expansion into Harris Teeter Markets
CINCINNATI, OH (May 13, 2015) – Graeter’s Ice Cream, a super premium craft ice cream brand, is excited to announce its expansion into Harris Teeter markets. This expansion is a result of growing consumer requests. Graeter’s Ice Cream enthusiasts can now find pints of their favorite ice cream in Harris Teeter for $5.49. This favorite ice cream brand will be more accessible than ever to shoppers loyal to Harris Teeter stores.
As the landscape of the food industry continues to shift with each passing trend, the fourth-generation of the Graeter family continues to handcraft their ice cream with the same process that they have been using since 1870, 2½ gallons at a time. An emerging trend among consumers, craft ice cream is defined as small-batch, locally produced and handcrafted - traits that Graeter’s Ice Cream has embodied for over 145 years. Today, they are the only commercial ice cream manufacturer to use the French Pot process, giving Graeter’s Ice Cream its signature smooth texture and its signature rich chocolate chunks.
“Introducing new consumers to what ice cream should really taste like is always exciting to us at Graeter’s,” shares George Denman, Vice President of Sales for Graeter’s Ice Cream. “Craft ice cream, family made, hand packed — Harris Teeter customers are in for a sweet treat, and we’re excited to bring it to them.”
Graeter’s Ice Cream will be debuting its brand new ice cream truck to Harris Teeter shoppers in a statewide ice cream truck tour beginning June 5 at the Chapel Hill North Harris Teeter location. Harris Teeter shoppers will be able to taste a free 2 oz sample of Graeter’s Black Raspberry Chip, Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Chip and Original Salted Caramel ice cream outside of various Harris Teeter stores. For a full schedule of tour stops, visit our website.
Harris Teeter, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Kroger Company, offers consumers a high-end grocery shopping experience, lining the aisles with well-established brands that shoppers know and trust. Graeter’s Ice Cream’s expansion into Harris Teeter not only mirrors the grocery store’s commitment to bringing their shoppers only the finest products, but also Graeter’s Ice Cream’s commitment to bringing shoppers the very best they have to offer, ice cream unparalleled in quality, texture, and flavor. Flavors available at Harris Teeter are the best-selling Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip, the brand new Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Chip, Mint Chocolate Chip, Double Chocolate Chip, Coconut Chocolate Chip, The Original Salted Caramel, and Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Bean.
Graeter’s Ice Cream produces craft ice cream and gelato lines using a small batch, artisanal method of production 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. The Cincinnati-based company remains family owned and operated and continues to handcraft ice cream 2½ gallons at a time. Today, Graeter’s has 40 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.
Graeter’s Ice Cream Announces Addition of Butter Pecan to Line of Low Glycemic Ice Creams
CINCINNATI, OH (May 11, 2015) — Graeter’s Ice Cream, a super premium craft ice cream brand, announces the addition of a new flavor to their existing line of low glycemic ice cream. For a limited time, Butter Pecan will join Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Bean, Chocolate Chip and Mint Chocolate Chip in bringing consumers an ice cream that contains 50 percent less sugar than Graeter’s traditional ice cream.
Crafted using the naturally low-glycemic sweetness obtained from the monk fruit, each flavor boasts the Graeter’s Ice Cream taste that has garnered a passionate following for over 145 years. The monk fruit provides a natural alternative to sugar that is 300 times sweeter than regular sugar and releases slowly into the body, making it a safer option for people who are required to monitor their sugar consumption or those who wish to indulge in Graeter’s ice cream on a restricted diet. Graeter’s Low Glycemic ice creams have half the amount of sugar, 25 percent less fat and 25 percent fewer calories, and recently earned a Low Glycemic Certification from the Glycemic Research Institute.
“Every person deserves to enjoy Graeter’s Ice Cream, and now they have even more ways to do so with the addition of Butter Pecan to our low glycemic line of ice cream flavors,” says Richard Graeter, fourth-generation owner of Graeter’s Ice Cream. “We enlisted the help of medical professionals to understand the struggles people with dietary restrictions face, and found that professionals in the health industry overwhelmingly support this product as a means to empower individuals to make smarter decisions about the treats in which they indulge.”
Graeter’s Butter Pecan Ice Cream, available this spring as the newest addition to the low glycemic line, is no exception. Roasted pecans are folded into delectable milk and cream sweetened by vanilla and butter to create the beloved American flavor. “We take great care to develop and test new products that meet the very high standards our customers enjoy, and this product line was no exception,” added Graeter.
“We were not content to put a product on the shelves until we were confident that it tasted as good as our full-sugar line of premium ice cream flavors — and this definitely does.”
As the only commercial ice cream manufacturer in the world to use a French pot process, Graeter’s Ice Cream’s 2 ½ gallon batches are the smallest in the industry and help to maintain the quality for which Graeter’s has come to be known.
Graeter’s Ice Cream produces craft ice cream and gelato lines using a small-batch, artisanal method of production 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. The Cincinnati-based company remains family-owned and operated and continues to handcraft ice cream 2½ gallons at a time. Today, Graeter’s has 40 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. Visit www.graeters.com for more information.