Ben and Jerry’s Icing Out Locals

Seems Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Brand, under Unilever, has gotten too big for its Vermont britches…and it’s meant a change of ice cream locally at The Prince and the Pauper.

First the source of the original story, Seven Days, here:

http://7dvt.com/2013small-vermont-retailers-frozen-out-ben-amp-jerrys-new-purchasing-rules

We heard from Chris Balcer that the Prince and the Pauper just doesn’t use and can’t afford the bulk amounts Unilever’s distributor is requiring. So no more Ben and Jerry’s for dessert.

The P&P’s Balcer wrote:

“We’ve been offering Ben &Jerry’s since ’81. The new distributor raised the cost of 2.5 gallon tubs from $39 to $48 — almost 30%. We searched out an alternative and found Wilcox Ice Cream in Manchester.”

Balcer had some frosty commentary on this action by Ben and Jerry’s parent company as B and J was one of the first “buy local” Vermont brands.

But we will let you talk to him in person over a dish of Wilcox Vermont-made ice cream.

Is it time to boycott Ben and Jerry’s? Say it ‘ain’t so!

3 responses to this post.

  1. Ben and jerry’s has been anything but local for sometime, most small business grow, or go under and when they grow to the point of being to big to be local it leaves room for new local start ups, so support someone who is making the product and is locally owned, after all it is no more expensive that Ben and Jerry’s so support your neighbor not one of the largest food companies in the USA, After all Unilever is owns Ben and Jerry’s as well as Hellmanns and Slim Fast, so with one company you can indulge have a great treat get fat and go on a diet, seams like a closed loop system. To large business it is all about bottom line not necessarily the customer.

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    • Posted by Margaret (Peggy) Kannenstine on April 29, 2013 at 10:23

      Unfortunately “Peters” is right about what was once our local ice cream! Unilever is too big to be considered even “American” anymore–International ice cream anyone?

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  2. Posted by Bob Pear on April 29, 2013 at 08:23

    Maybe Chris could consider our very own Mountain Creamery. It doesn’t get any more local than that!

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