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Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Returns to Stores Next Week

A production partner is helping Jeni's get back on grocery store shelves.


Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams is back: Today, the company confirmed via email that pints of its ice cream will hit grocery store shelves within the next week, by October 22. Earlier this year, a listeria outbreak caused the company to recall all of its products and destroy half a million pounds of ice cream.

Contaminated ice cream was purchased at a Whole Foods in Lincoln, Nebraska in April, reports Dispatch. Although no one became ill as a result, Jeni's was forced to close down its Columbus kitchen for a month, before a second outbreak caused the company to shutter scoop shops in June. The contamination resulted in a loss of $2.5 million for the Cleveland-based company.

While the company continues to access its equipment and safety practices, a manufacturing partner in Wisconsin will help produce the new pints for wholesale. Jeni's has shipped them the manufacturer of the ingredients — including milk and cream from Smith Dairy, an Ohio-based farm — and is monitoring production.

According to Dispatch, Jeni's is taking this pause to rethink its packaging. Its new pints are made from recyclable paper instead of the plastic containers previously used. In addition to being available at local stores, Jeni's online store reopens on November 2, just in time to sell seasonal fall flavors like sweet corn spoon bread and sweet potato with praline pecan.