Sep 15, 2019 Last Updated 6:31 AM, Nov 9, 2017

The Latest Scoop presents the top trends, products, and tips in the frozen dessert industry.

Velvet Ice Cream Expands

Forte Gelato

Utica, Ohio-based Velvet Ice Cream recently broke ground on a major 21,000-square-foot facility expansion, with an estimated cost of more than $3 million. The move will add a brand new, state-of-the-art warehouse freezer distribution facility to Velvet Ice Cream’s Utica plant at Ye Olde Mill, more than doubling the company’s freezing and picking capacity. As demand for Velvet Ice Cream has soared, the ice cream manufacturer is on pace to outgrow its current capacity within the next 12 months. “With steady growth that has taken the company from $25 million in revenue in 2009 to more than $30 million in 2014, we are nearly at capacity with our existing distribution facility,” said Velvet Ice Cream President Luconda Dager. “This new development allows us to improve sustainability, sharpen efficiencies and produce more delicious Velvet Ice Cream in order to meet increased demand.” Velvet Ice Cream celebrates 101 years of making ice cream in Ohio. Founded in 1914 by Joseph Dager, four generations of Dager family have since run the company. Still family-owned and operated, Velvet produces and distributes more than 5 million gallons of ice cream every year from its headquarters on the grounds of Ye Olde Mill. Ye Olde Mill also houses an ice cream and milling museum, a restaurant, playground, picnic area and catch-and-release fish pond. For more info about Velvet Ice Cream and Ye Olde Mill, visit www.VelvetIceCream or Twitter at @VelvetIceCream or Facebook.com/VelvetIceCream.

Simply Yogurt Bars

Outshine Simply Yogurt Bars

The Outshine brand has launched a new line of Simply Yogurt Bars – frozen yogurt bars that are simply made with 100% yogurt and blended with real fruit. Each variety starts with yogurt as the first ingredient and then blends in real fruit or fruit juice like strawberry, blueberry, or peach. The result is a refreshingly wholesome take on frozen yogurt. The line of Simply Yogurt Bars features five refreshing flavors, including Strawberry, Blueberry, Peach, Lemon and Pineapple. In addition, Strawberry Banana and Mango flavors are available exclusively at Target. Outshine Simply Yogurt Bars are available at major retailers nationwide. All flavors are available in four-count boxes at a suggested retail price of $4.39.

2016 Gelato Team USA

2016 Gelato Team USA

Meet the members of the 2016 Gelato Team USA: Dirk Koeppenkastrop, Michele Pompei, Tim Brown, and Chris Foltz. The team will compete for the title of 2016 World Gelato Champions at the 7th edition of the Gelato World Cup. “We are very excited to have a team of world class, competitive chefs,” says team captain Koeppenkastrop. Team manager John Hui is excited to be working with “our team of highly decorated and experienced pastry chefs. Chris Foltz is not only an experienced chef, but holds three ice carving and four wood carving world champion titles.” Gelato Team USA sponsors include ingredient manufacturer Stella and equipment manufacturer Cattabriga. The World Gelato Cup is a bi-annual marquee event at SIGEP, the International Exhibition of Artisan Gelato, Confectionery and Bakery Goods in Rimini, Italy. The competition is scheduled for January 23-25, 2016. For information about the Gelato World Cup at SIGEP, visit www.riminifiera.it.

Lovin’ Award

Lovin' Award Winner
2015 Lovin’ Award Winner Kaitlyn Guild and runner up, Kara DiGregorio, with Tim and Maria Shriver.

Congratulations to the 2015 Lovin’ Award winner Kaitlyn Guild and runner-up Kara DiGregorio. The Lovin’ Award recognizes young visionaries who are involved in programs that foster respect, inclusion and a true personal connection for people with intellectual or other differences. The award is presented by Lovin’ Scoopful Gourmet Light Ice Cream where 25% of profits are shared with Special Olympics and other causes. To learn more about the Lovin’ Award, go to www.lovinscoopful.com.

Healthful Pop

Healthful Pop

Ruby’s Rockets are a healthy, great-tasting, low-calorie snack made with fruits and vegetables. The pops are low-sugar, vegan, gluten-free, fat free, GMO-free, non-dairy, and kosher with no added sugar or high fructose corn syrup. www.rubyrockets.com

Van Leeuwen’s Ice Cream Secrets

Van Leeuwen’s Ice Cream Secrets

Determined to revive traditional ice cream making using only whole ingredients sourced from the finest small producers, Laura O’Neill, Ben Van Leeuwen and Pete Van Leeuwen opened Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream in 2008 in Green Point, Brooklyn, with little more than a pair of buttercup yellow trucks. In less than a decade, they’ve become a nationally recognized name while remaining steadfast to their commitment of bringing ice cream back to the basics: creating rich flavors using real ingredients. And now they have a cookbook that shares the recipes for their famous creations: Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream (Ecco, 2015). The book includes ice cream recipes for every palate and season, from beloved flavors like Vanilla to adventurous treats inspired by a host of international culinary influences such as Masala Chai with Black Peppercorns and Apple Crumble with Calvados and Crème Fraiche. Each recipe – from the classic to the unexpected, from the simple to the advanced – features intense natural flavors, low sugar, and the best ingredients available. Available at www.amazon.com.

Top It Off

Rich’s On Top

With over 50 percent of consumers requesting to have both hot and cold beverages finished-off with a whipped topping, operators are charged with the task to provide consistent quality, taste and performance for signature beverages, desserts and more. To help them ensure a return on investment, Rich’s® On Top® offers easy portion control to deliver maximum profitability with every indulgent dollop, while also catering to the rising consumer trend. “With increased consumer demand, Rich’s helps operators respond and capture a share of the beverage market with Rich’s On Top,” said Chris Tirone, Director of Marketing, Toppings, Icings and Desserts. “Not only are they able to charge more for including a whipped topping, but Rich’s On Top packaging ensures virtually a 100 percent yield to maximize profits and minimize waste.” Packaged in a recyclable 16-oz pastry bag with a decorator tip and an easy-open seal that does not require touching the dispensing tip, Rich’s On Top greatly reduces the risk of food contamination. The whipped topping – available in Original, Chocolate, Sugar-Free and Made With Cream varieties – retains its shape at room temperature, even with the addition of toppings like chocolate chips, sauces or sprinkles, making it the perfect fit for hot and cold applications. www.richsfoodservice.com

Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop

Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop

The Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, maker of premium chocolate products, has opened a second Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop in Chicago. Located inside The Wrigley Building, the store is Ghirardelli’s largest, boasting two stories covering 7,300 square feet, indoor seating for 95 including a community table, and a beautiful outdoor patio for 25 people. Adorned with two indoor custom vintage Ghirardelli light bulb marquees, The Wrigley Building location combines the popular Ice Cream Shop with an expanded retail store selling unique products and gifts. A special Chocolatier Station houses a flowing milk chocolate tap and fresh, hand-crafted products including slabs, molded bars and seasonal figures. The new Ghirardelli shop features sweeping views of the Chicago River while offering chocolate covered Bulk Pick and Mix that lets guests create customized bags of chocolate from a selection of 14 premium Ghirardelli products. The shop is located on the first and second floor of The Wrigley Building at 400 North Michigan Avenue in Chicago; the phone number is 312-923-0168 and its hours will be Sun. – Thur: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Fri – Sat: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. The existing Chicago shop is located at 830 North Michigan Avenue. www.ghirardelli.com

 
 
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