Ice cream innovation heats up with summer

CHICAGO – Warmer weather and longer days are the tell-tale sign for ice cream processors to increase production for the summer months of licking and dripping. Unfortunately, this year was a little different.

The stay-at-home response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic prompted a rare “pre-season” surge in ice cream sales at grocery and convenience stores across the country, said Luconda Dager, president, Velvet Ice Cream, Utica, Ohio,  family-owned ice cream maker. While the company’s foodservice sales came to an almost virtual halt, its retail sales nearly doubled.


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