BURLINGTON, Vt.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Lars Mohlin's Facebook page describes his Ben & Jerry's store as "The Best Ice Cream Store in the World!!!" This week, the company agreed. Ben & Jerry's headquarters proudly recognized Sudbury residents Lars and Anneli Mohlin, owners of the Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop at 1265 Worcester Road in Natick, as the best operator of the year. Co-Founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield presented the "Big O" achievement to the Mohlins at the company's Global Franchise Community Gathering in front of hundreds in the company's franchise community.
"It is an honor to be recognized, especially in the middle of the esteemed crowd that is gathered here," said Lars. "An award like this is never a solo effort. My wife Anneli, our Manager, Emily, and all the wonderful staff who help and support the Scoop Shop made it possible."
The conference, held January 6th-10th, took place at the Moon Palace Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The gathering brought together exceptional franchise owners, operators, managers and staff from across the country and around the world.
During the conference, attendees learned about the company's business priorities, and strategic initiatives, as well as the latest plans for its three part mission. Multiple workshops were offered, including discussions about new product innovation and future flavors.
"We have some great new items for the 2010 season," said Mohlin, who made sure to offer an enticing teaser: "our new Milk & Cookies flavor and Peanut Brittle are both in store now, so stop by and give them a try."
The meeting is designed to help recharge the batteries of those who are involved with the Scoop Shops. The community shares best-case practices between peers from across the state or the globe. "Each franchisee has particular strengths that they bring to the table, so it's a great time to share and listen," Lars said.
Ben & Jerry's operates its business on a three-part mission statement emphasizing product quality, economic reward, and a commitment to the community. In staying with the community focus, the group volunteered time with Habitat for Humanity in the village of Macao, about 20 minutes from the resort. Hundreds helped to paint and repair homes in the area, to demonstrate their social mission commitment. A black and white-themed awards banquet was held to honor the best of the best within the ice cream community. A costume party closed out the meeting with "The Fabulous 80s" as a theme. But for the Mohlins, and the Natick Ben & Jerry's, 2010 will be quite fabulous for many years to come.
Ben & Jerry's produces a wide variety of super-premium ice cream and ice cream novelties, using high-quality ingredients including milk and cream from family farmers who do not treat their cows with the synthetic hormone rBGH. The company states its position on rBGH on its labels. Ben and Jerry's products are distributed nationwide and in selected foreign countries in supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, franchise Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shops, restaurants and other venues. Ben & Jerry's, a Vermont corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever, operates its business on a three-part Mission Statement emphasizing product quality, economic reward and a commitment to the community. Contributions made via the employee led Ben & Jerry's Foundation in 2009 totaled over $1.7 million. Additionally, the company makes significant product donations to community groups and nonprofits both in Vermont and across the nation. The purpose of Ben & Jerry's philanthropy is to support the founding values of the company: economic and social justice, environmental restoration and peace through understanding, and to support our Vermont communities.