January 07, 2013 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – When Long Islanders were asked to choose their favorite national ice cream, their resounding answer was: Carvel Ice Cream. This year, over 1.2 million Long Island Press readers voted in what has become the weekly newspaper’s biggest edition of the year. Of the ice cream shops nominated (including several local stores, as well as national chains Cold Stone Creamery and Ben & Jerry’s), Carvel was the clear winner with the highest percentage of votes in the entire category.
“Being named ‘Best National Ice Cream’ by the readers of Long Island Press is a huge honor,” says Lori Peterson, Vice President of Marketing for Carvel. “Since 1934, our focus has been to make guests happy by hand making the best ice cream treats possible. It’s nice to know that our efforts are still being recognized 79 years later.”
This is the 8th year the Long Island Press has conducted their Best of Long Island awards. Carvel was also named “Best National Ice Cream” in 2008, 2010 and 2011. Best of Long Island 2013 hits newsstands and the Internet (www.longislandpress.com) January 10th.
The United States’ first retail ice cream franchise, Carvel® Ice Cream has become one of the best-loved and most recognized names in its industry. The company is a leading provider of premium soft serve and hand dipped ice cream products, as well as uniquely shaped ice cream cakes, including its signature Fudgie the Whale® and Cookie Puss® cakes. Atlanta-based Carvel currently operates over 450 franchised and food service locations, and is a part of FOCUS Brands Inc., the franchisor of Carvel® Ice Cream, Cinnabon®, Schlotzsky’s®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, Auntie Anne’s® and Seattle’s Best Coffee® on military bases and in certain international markets. Visit www.carvel.com for more information, follow us on Twitter @CarvelIceCream of become a fan at http://facebook.com/CarvelIceCream
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