History of Ben & Jerry's

Ben & Jerry's, now a subsidiary of Unilever, has a rich and colorful history that began in 1978 when childhood friends Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield opened their first ice cream shop in a renovated gas station in Burlington, Vermont. The two friends quickly gained a following for their unconventional and chunky ice cream flavors, often inspired by local ingredients and their quirky sense of humor. Their commitment to using high-quality, natural ingredients and their unique approach to flavor combinations set them apart in the ice cream industry.

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Ben & Jerry's continued to grow, expanding its distribution beyond Vermont and gaining national recognition for both its delicious ice cream and its socially responsible business practices. The company became known for its progressive stance on social issues, advocating for causes such as environmental sustainability and fair trade. In 2000, Ben & Jerry's was acquired by Unilever, but has maintained its commitment to social responsibility and the use of natural ingredients. Under Unilever's ownership, Ben & Jerry's has continued to innovate with new flavors and has expanded its presence globally, while staying true to its Vermont roots and the original vision of its founders.