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Ben & Jerry's

A brief history about the Ben and Jerry's ice cream company and it's founders
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Jessica Dean

on 23 September 2013

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Ben & Jerry's history
Ben & Jerry's
Ben & Jerry's
Ben & Jerry's Now
After 25 years of service Ben and Jerry's is still going strong with flavors including: Milk and Cookies, Cookie Dough, Red Velvet Cake, Late Night Snack, Banana Split, Coffee Cream Buzz, Chocolate Therapy, Phish Food, Pina Colada, and many more!
Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield grew up in Merrick, Long Island. They first met in junior high school, where they struck up a lasting friendship.
Jerry finished college but couldn’t get into any med schools; Ben got into several colleges but dropped out of every one of them. They realized they weren't getting anywhere doing what they were doing. But they knew they had to do something, so they decided to start their own food business.
Neither of them knew anything about starting a business. But they knew a lot about eating – especially ice cream – so it made sense (to them, anyway) to open an ice cream shop.

Soooo, after splitting the cost of a $5 correspondence course on ice cream-making from Penn State University, they combined their $8000 life savings with a $4000 bank loan, leased an old gas station building in Burlington, Vermont, and opened for business on May 5, 1978.
Ben & Jerry's
1978
In 1978, two guys by the name of Ben and Jerry opened their first ice cream shop in Burlington, Vermont.
1979
In 1979, Free Cone Day was held to celebrate the one year anniversary of Ben and Jerry's. This is still a tradition today.
1980
In 1980, Ben and Jerry began packing their ice cream into pints to be sold in stores nationwide.
1981
In 1981, the first franchised scoop shop opened in Shelburne, Vermont.
1983
In 1983, Ben and Jerry created the world's largest ice cream sundae weighing at 27, 102 lbs.
1988
In 1988, former president Ronald Reagan named Ben and Jerry's "Small Business Persons of the Year" at a White House garden ceremony.
1990
In 1990, 8 million Ben and Jerry's pints carried a "Support Farm Aid" message to support family farmers.
1994
In 1994, Ben and Jerry's began to appear in the UK.
1995
In 1995, www.benandjerrys.com surfaced on the internet.
1999
In 1999, Ben and Jerry's asked customers to sign petitions to get Merriam-Webster to put the word "S'Mores" in it after their S'Mores ice cream debuted.
2000
In 2000, in 13 cities, Ben and Jerry's gave out 380,000 free scoops through the "Charity Scooper Bowls" and gave away over $100,000 to non-profit groups.
2003
In 2003, Ben and Jerry's celebrated their 25th anniversary together and is still going strong today.
Twisted Flavors
Orange & Cream joins Chocolate Orange Fudge for an ice cream called Pulp Addiction; Mint Chocolate Cookie is combined with Marble Mint Chunk for Entangled Mints; and three flavors-Vanilla Health Bar Crunch, New York Super Fudge Chunk and Peanut Butter Cup-becomes Everything But The... The general reaction in the test kitchen? "Yikes!"
citation
"Rikon' grater; Tequila coffeetable book; Ben & Jerrys 2Twisted ice creams; Keebler's Harvest Bakery crackers." Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service 19 May 2000: K7674. General OneFile. Web. 23 Sept. 2013.
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