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Manufacturer and Restaurant
Industry Retail
Founded 1870 in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Founder Louis & Regina Graeter
Headquarters Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Number of locations
31 company-owned stores & 7 franchise stores
Area served
Retail stores serve Greater Cincinnati and northern Kentucky; Columbus and Dayton, Ohio; the Louisville metropolitan area in Kentucky and Indiana; Lexington, Kentucky; Indianapolis, Indiana; Chicago, Illinois; and the Las Vegas Strip. Pints are sold in grocery stores nationwide.
Key people
Louis and Regina Graeter (Founders)
Chip Graeter, Bob Graeter, and Richard Graeter (Owners)
Products Ice Cream, Pastries, Candies, and much more.
Revenue Increase US$30,000,000

Graeter's is a regional chain of shops offering superpremium ice cream, baked goods, and candy which originated in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1870. Their thick ice cream has been featured on Food Network and has earned them many fans, including Oprah Winfrey,[1] Harry Connick Jr, and influential food writers such as David Rosengarten of Rosengarten Report.[2] It's been called "the best ice cream in the world,"[3] and "the best out there,"[4] and won "Best Sweet" at the 2014 Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Festival.[5]


Graeter's was founded in 1870[6] by Bavarian immigrants Regina and Louis "Charlie" Graeter. After Charlie's death, Regina took over the business, opening new locations and building a name for the business. Graeter's is still a family-owned and run business.[7]

"French pot" process

Graeter's ice cream is made using the French Pot method. This is a slow, small batch process making only two gallons at a time. It creates ice cream that is rich, creamy and dense. Graeter's also uses this method to create chocolate chips completely different from other brands.[7] Melted chocolate is poured into the ice cream, where it hardens into large and irregular chocolate chips.

The French Pot process begins with the mix being placed into a chilled, spinning French Pot.[4]

Each batch of ice cream is only about two gallons (7.6 L) and is thus very labor-intensive. The resulting ice cream is so thick that it must be hand-packed into pints (473 mL). An article in The New York Times in 1997 explains that for reasons not understood, superior ice creams are made in batches of two gallons or less.[citation needed] Because of the small batches and high amount of manual labor involved, Graeter's pints are more expensive than other brands of premium ice cream, such as Ben & Jerry's and Häagen-Dazs. Its sales are small compared to the larger corporate ice cream makers. In 2010, the NY Times listed the company's sales at $20 million.[4]

Graeter's locations

The ice cream is sold in pint containers at Graeter's stores, and in grocery stores nationwide except for the states of Hawaii, North Dakota, and South Dakota. There are about 50 Graeter's locations spread across five states, primarily located in the Midwest. The major cities the stores are located in are: Cincinnati, Dayton, and Columbus, Ohio and Covington, Lexington, and Louisville, Kentucky. There are also stores in Chicago, Illinois, Indianapolis, Indiana, and in the Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.[8] Outside of their locations, Graeter's also has shipping options. It can be packaged in dry ice in a Styrofoam container and shipped anywhere in the continental U.S. The cost is $60 for 6 pints.[9]

List of Graeter's ice cream flavors


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  2. Babej, Marc. "Graeter's Ice Cream Gets Big By Staying Small". Forbes. Retrieved 30 July 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  7. 7.0 7.1 Orchant, Rebecca (2013-05-21). "Graeter's Ice Cream: A Cincinnati Institution We Love". Retrieved 2013-09-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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