Hjem-IS

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Danish logo of Hjem-IS
Swedish logo of Hemglass
Hemglass' ice cream van in Sweden

Hjem-IS (Denmark, Norway), Hemglass (Sweden) or Kotijäätelö (Finland), all meaning "Home Ice Cream", is a Northern European brand of ice cream. It is known for its distribution system, being delivered to people's homes by its light blue ice cream vans and selling ice creams by the box, in contrast to ice cream vans other places in the world. In Sweden and Finland, the van has a signature tune that is similar, but not identical to the Laurel and Hardy theme music; in Norway and Denmark it rings a bell.

Hemglass was founded by the Swedish Eric Ericsson in 1968. It spread its activities to other countries, establishing itself in Denmark in 1976, and in Norway and Finland in 1993. Today, the parent company, Hjem-IS Europa A/S, is headquartered in Kolding, Denmark. The group has been a subsidiary of Nestlé since 2002.

On 31 December 2012, Nestlé sold the Danish, Norwegian and Swedish divisions to three different companies. The Finnish division has been closed [1][2][3]

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