Jeni’s ice cream shops to reopen for Memorial Day weekend

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams will reopen in time for Memorial Day weekend. The shops closed nationwide in April over the discovery of listeria in some pints.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, shut down nationwide in April over listeria discovered in some pints, will reopen in time for Memorial Day weekend, the official kickoff to summer.

The company traced the source to a machine in its Columbus, Ohio-based kitchen. It destroyed $2.5 million worth of ice cream, then cleaned and reworked production to prevent future contamination.

The boutique ice cream shop on King Street, along with some other stores in the chain, will reopen at 7 p.m. May 22 with normal daytime hours the following day. Other stores will open the following day.

“You invest in culture specifically for times like these,” Jeni’s said in a statement. “Our team came together in a crisis. We will come out of this stronger as a company than we went into it.”

To meet demands of opening fully stocked shops as soon as possible, for the first time in the company’s history, the company has allowed another dairy to make a few flavors of its ice cream. Smith’s, a 110-year-old dairy in Orrville, Ohio, is making a handful of frozen yogurts with Jeni’s original recipes and the same ingredients. The company said other ice cream makers offered to help as well.

To have a consistent supply once pints are available, sales in grocery stores and online at jenis.com will resume later this summer.

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