Press Release

Gifford’s Ice Cream expands beyond New England roots

SKOWHEGAN, Maine – – Gifford’s Ice Cream is growing its retail and restaurant availability beyond New England, by adding Chicago, Michigan and Las Vegas to the locations where its award-winning ice cream is sold.

Gifford’s Ice Cream has reached a deal with Michigan-based Plum Markets ( to sell its popular retail quarts in the grocery retailer’s locations in Ann Arbor, Bloomfield and West Bloomfield, Michigan, and Chicago, Illinois. The four-store upscale grocery chain focuses on “natural, organic, local and specialty items” and is a natural fit for Gifford’s.

Gifford’s is currently found in grocery stores throughout New England, the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area, Greater Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania. Existing outlets include Hannaford, Shaw’s, Whole Foods, King Kullen and Roche Brothers.

Expanding with a Growing Restaurant Group

Gifford’s is now on the menu in Las Vegas. Carmine’s (, a New York-based Italian restaurant group, has chosen Gifford’s to be the exclusive ice cream of its newest location in the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace.

Carmine’s is the Maine-based ice cream maker’s first customer West of the Mississippi River, and opens the door for additional foodservice and new retail accounts on the West Coast.

Carmine’s opened its Las Vegas location this summer, and according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the 750-seat location is one of the largest restaurants in the city.

Carmine’s opened its first location in New York City in 1990, followed by additional locations in New York, New Jersey and the Bahamas.

“These new locations are great opportunities for Gifford’s,” said Lindsay Gifford-Skilling, general manager of Gifford’s Ice Cream. “We look forward to working with Plum Markets and Carmine’s to introduce our ice cream to a new audience.”

Award-Winning Ice Cream

2013 has been a rewarding summer for Gifford’s, as the fifth-generation, family-owned dairy has won multiple awards for its delicious taste. The Boston Globe named Gifford’s Maine’s best ice cream in its roundup of New England summer foods, respected food blog called Gifford’s one of the best store bought ice creams, and visitors to the 11th annual New Jersey Ice Cream Festival honored Gifford’s with a first-place people’s choice award.

Most recently, Gifford’s was named Ice Cream Grand Champion at the prestigious World Dairy Expo. This is the fourth consecutive year Gifford’s has won the overall ice cream prize at North America’s leading dairy competition.

Gifford’s Ice Cream is world class ice cream from a small town in Maine. The fifth-generation, family-owned company sources its fresh cream and milk exclusively from independent Maine family farms, and uses vintage 1940s Cherry Burrell freezers and a state-of-the-art freezing system to make the creamiest, most delicious ice cream possible.

Gifford’s Ice Cream is made with only the finest ingredients, including all-natural Maine maple syrup, premium chocolate, imported vanilla extract, fresh fruits, berries and nuts. It has earned numerous international and national “First Place” and “World’s Best” awards for its premium ice cream and sherbet.

Gifford’s ice cream is available in a growing number of leading independent ice cream stands, grocery stores and restaurants across New England, the Mid-Atlantic, New York City and elsewhere. Follow Gifford’s on Facebook