Good Humor Shortage Puts Ice Cream Fans in Bad Mood
As the first heat wave hits the Northeast on Wednesday but fans of Good Humor famous classic the Toasted Almond Bar for some sweet relief found a bit of a shortage.
The parent company Unilever PLC said the sales spikes during the unusually warm spring and the challenges faced by the closing their Hagerstown manufacturing plant have limited their ability to supply ice cream trucks with Toasted Almond, Candy Center Crunch, and Chocolate Eclair bars – some of the treats most popular in the Northeast. The British-Dutch conglomerate said the Toasted Almond shortage should ease by the end of July. Of course that is little comfort to Brian Collis, owner of Mr. Ding-a-Ling Ice Cream Inc. in Latham, N.Y. He said customers of his 68 trucks in the area around Albany suffered through a shortage of Good Humor Oreo bars for most of the spring and now can only get Toasted Almond Bars from a grocery store.
Less affected are mobile vendors on the West Coast. Lauren Kates, owner of Aunt LaLi’s Treats in San Francisco area, said her wholesaler doesn’t carry Toasted Almond Bars because there’s virtually no demand for them. Because there were rumors last winter of the Good Humor disruption some suppliers switched to Blue Bunny a unit of Le Mars, Iowa-based Wells Enterprises Inc., has products similar to Good Humor’s. What do you think of the shortage?
Source News: MSN Money