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Manufacturer and Restaurant
Industry Retail
Founded 1870 in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Founder Louis Graeter & Regina Graeter
Headquarters Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Number of locations
38 company-owned stores & 12 franchise stores
Area served
Retail stores serve Greater Cincinnati and northern Kentucky; Columbus, Dayton, and Cleveland, Ohio; Louisville and Lexington in Kentucky; Indianapolis, Indiana; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Chicago, Illinois. Pints are sold in grocery stores nationwide.
Key people
Louis and Regina Graeter (Founders)
Chip Graeter, Bob Graeter, and Richard Graeter (Owners)
Products Ice Cream, Pastries, and Candies
Revenue Increase US$~50,000,000

Graeter's is an ice cream company founded and headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio.[1] Graeter's owns a regional chain of shops offering ice cream, baked goods, and candy. Their products have been featured on Food Network. In June 2002, Oprah Winfrey said on her show that it was "absolutely the best ice cream I've ever tasted."[2] Other notable fans of the company include singer Harry Connick Jr, and food writer David Rosengarten of Rosengarten Report.[3] Graeter's ice cream won "Best Sweet" at the 2014 Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Festival.[4]


Graeter's was founded in 1870 by Bavarian immigrants Regina and Louis "Charlie" Graeter.[5] After Charlie's death, Regina took over the business, opening new locations and continuing operations.[6] Graeter's remains a family-owned and operated business at present.[5]


Graeter's ice cream is made using the French pot method. All their ice creams are created from an egg custard base. After pasteurization, the flavorings are added. The custard and flavoring mixture is placed into two-gallon French pots. The pots are then spun in −14 °F (−26 °C) saltwater, while a blade scrapes the cream that freezes against the sides of the pot. After 15-20 minutes of immersion in the saltwater, any larger additives are mixed in, such as cookie dough or chocolate chips. Ice cream is hand-scooped into pint containers. Graeter's makes 3,200 US gallons (21,000 imperial pints) each day.[7]

Graeter's locations[edit]

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 47 states.[8] There are about 50 Graeter's locations spread across five states, primarily located in the Midwest. The major cities the stores are located in are Cincinnati, Dayton, and Columbus, Ohio, and Covington, Lexington, and Louisville, Kentucky. There are also stores in Chicago, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh and Cleveland.[9] 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 U.S.[10]

List of Graeter's ice cream flavors[edit]


  1. ^ "Graeter's Ice Cream". 
  2. ^ "Oprah's Best Scoop". Fox News. 2002-06-06. Retrieved 2013-09-19. 
  3. ^ Babej, Marc. "Graeter's Ice Cream Gets Big By Staying Small". Forbes. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Graeter's Named 'Best Sweet' at Food Network Festival". Fox News. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Graeters: Our History". Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Orchant, Rebecca (2013-05-21). "Graeter's Ice Cream: A Cincinnati Institution We Love". Retrieved 2013-09-19. 
  7. ^ Ogles, Jonah (6 May 2014). "Stirring The Pot: How Graeter's French Pot Process Really Works". Magazine Cincinnati. Cincinnati. Retrieved 9 September 2017. 
  8. ^ "Graeter's Ice Cream". 
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Coordinates: 39°11′19″N 84°28′45″W / 39.18861°N 84.47917°W / 39.18861; -84.47917