Success Story: Blue Marble Ice Cream
We first profiled Blue Marble Ice Cream in 2013, but after working with the certified organic ice cream company on a second loan and hearing about its tenth anniversary celebration, we knew the story deserved new focus.
Where is Blue Marble today? According to co-founder Jennie Dundas, in more than 300 locations across 15 states. “When we first came to NYBDC for financing in 2012, we had recently decided to make manufacturing and wholesale the focus of the company’s growth,” says Jennie.
Since, she and co-founder Alexis Miesen have grown wholesale distribution by more than 300% for food service and 600% for pints by focusing on partnerships. Ice cream lovers can now find the premium product at eateries including Tavern on the Green and Le Pain Quotidien, at grocers like Fairway and Whole Foods, and on JetBlue’s premium flight dining menu.
Despite their success in wholesale, the founders haven’t forgotten their loyal Brooklyn customers. “Our ‘scoop shops’ are where people discover our product and bring their families to make memories,” says Jennie. In addition to setting up new shops in the Industry City food hall and at Barclays Center, they used a second SBA 7(a) loan to renovate their original Prospect Heights location last year.
“We originally shared the space with another business,” says Jennie. “Today, we’re thrilled to be able to host our customers in a shop that reflects the unique integrity and beauty of our brand.”