Graeter's

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Graeter's
Type Manufacturer and Restaurant
Industry Retail
Founded 1870 in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Founder(s) Louis & Regina Graeter
Headquarters Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Number of locations 31 company-owned stores & 7 franchise stores
Area served Retail stores serve Greater Cincinnati and northern Kentucky, Columbus, Ohio, Dayton, Ohio, Louisville, Kentucky, and New Albany, Indiana. Pints are sold in grocery stores nation-wide.
Key people Louis and Regina Graeter (Founder)
Chip Graeter, Bob Graeter, and Richard Graeter (Owners)
Products Ice Cream, Pastries, Candies, and much more.
Revenue Increase US$30,000,000
Website graeters.com

Graeter's is a regional chain of shops offering ice cream, baked goods, and candy which originated in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1870. Their thick ice cream has been featured on Food Network and has earned them many fans, including Oprah Winfrey.[1]

Graeter's is a Cincinnati original, founded by Bavarian immigrants Regina and Louis "Charlie" Graeter. After Charlie's untimely death, Regina took over the business, opening new locations and building a name for the business. Graeter's is still a family-owned and run business.[2]

"French pot" process[edit]

Graeter's ice cream is made using the French Pot method. This is a slow, small batch process making only two gallons at a time. It creates ice cream that is rich, creamy and dense. Graeter's also uses this method to create chocolate chips completely different from other brands.[2]

The French Pot process begins with the mix being placed into a chilled, spinning French Pot.[3]

Each batch of ice cream is only about two gallons (7.6 L) and is thus very labor-intensive. The resulting ice cream is so thick that it must be hand-packed into pints (473 mL). An article in The New York Times in 1997 explains that for reasons not understood, superior ice creams are made in batches of two gallons or less.[citation needed] The ice cream is sold in pint containers at Graeter's stores and at select grocery stores in Ohio, Kentucky, Texas, Georgia, Tennessee, Colorado, California, Utah, Illinois, Washington, Oregon, Michigan, Virginia and North Carolina. Because of the small batches and high amount of manual labor involved, Graeter's pints are more expensive than other brands of premium ice cream, such as Ben & Jerry's and Häagen-Dazs. Its sales are small compared to the larger corporate ice cream makers. In 2010, the NY Times listed the company's sales at $20 million.[3]

Graeter's locations[edit]

There are over 30 Graeter's locations ranging from southern and central Ohio to northern Kentucky. The major cities the stores are located in are: Dayton, Cincinnati, and Columbus, Ohio and Covington, Lexington, and Louisville, Kentucky.[4] Outside of their locations, Graeter's also has shipping options. It can be packaged in dry ice in a Styrofoam container and shipped anywhere in the continental U.S. The cost is $60 for 6 pints.[5]

List of Graeter's ice cream flavors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Oprah's Best Scoop". Fox News. 2002-06-06. Retrieved 2013-09-19. 
  2. ^ a b Orchant, Rebecca (2013-05-21). "Graeter's Ice Cream: A Cincinnati Institution We Love". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2013-09-19. 
  3. ^ a b Driehaus, Bob (2010-09-11). "Now, a Cincinnati Ice Cream Maker Aims Big". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ "Graeter's Ice Cream". 
  5. ^ February 11, 2009, 2:43 PM (2009-02-11). "Chic, Cheap Gifts For Party Hostesses". CBS News. Retrieved 2013-09-19. 

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Coordinates: 39°11′19″N 84°28′45″W / 39.18861°N 84.47917°W / 39.18861; -84.47917