Ice Cream -> Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream
Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: DRYR) is from the United States-based producer of ice cream and the frozen yogurt. These products are marketed under the Dreyer's name in a western United States and Texas, and under the Edy's name in the rest of the U.S.; Dreyer's/Edy's is the best-selling brand of the packaged ice cream in the U.S.
Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream Holdings,
Inc., announced that the completion in 2005 of a $100 million
expansion of its great Bakersfield, California, ice cream
manufacturing facility, it would close its City of Commerce,
California, manufacturing plant at the end of April,
2006, and shift production to Bakersfield.
The company was founded in the year 1906 by William Dreyer and Joseph Edy in Oakland, California. Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream, to discover that the men like four scoops or also more, while women only like to take two and rarely lick the bowl. Dreyer's makes premium ice cream and then frozen dairy desserts under for its namesake brand for distribution in the western states, and under the Edy's brand name elsewhere in the US. The company had also makes and distributes Healthy Choice and good ice creams for ConAgra. In an addition, Dreyer's distributes Nestlé's Haagen-Dazs and the ice cream novelties, and owns Haagen-Dazs Shoppe Company that franchises ice cream parlors. Nestlé owns for about 90% of Dreyer's.
The Commerce closure will have an impact of 99 employees, but Dreyer's hopes to offer alternative positions or to work locations, including jobs in the Bakersfield, to most of those employees.
Dreyer's presently has two plants -- one in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and few other plant under expansion in Laurel, Maryland -- which handle East Coast production. The Laurel plant, when fully completed in 2006, would be one of the largest ice cream plants in the world, rivaling Dreyer's currently expanded Bakersfield plant. In addition to the Commerce and also Bakersfield facilities in the city California, Dreyer's currently has three other ice cream and manufacturing plants in the West -- in Tulare, California; Houston, Texas; and Salt Lake City, Utah -- for a total out of seven ice cream plants across the country.
Dreyer's Commerce plant produces good ice cream for the family-size cartons for home sale as well as three-gallon-size containers for any restaurants and parlors. Production has been transitioning to the Bakersfield over last few years.
With the recent expansion in the Bakersfield, Dreyer’s ice cream had hired another 381 employees there in 2005, bringing its in Bakersfield employee total to nearly 800. Dreyer's, which has headquartered in Oakland, California, where it was founded in 1928, has more than 6,900 employees across many countries with more than 2,600 in the Golden State.