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The owner of Blue Bunny Ice Cream is reportedly set to invest more than $40 million in modernising and expanding its plants in Iowa.
Documents obtained by the Iowa Press-Citizen show that Wells Enterprises plans to upgrade two sites in Le Mars, dubbed ‘the ice cream capital of the world’. The company will install two new production lines and improve its primary manufacturing site, as well as extending a second plant by 6,000 square metres.
The investment is expected to create around 80 extra jobs for the local economy.
“We continue to see increased sales in both novelties and packaged ice cream across the country,” Wells Enterprises spokeswoman Lesley Bartholomew told the Press-Citizen, “hence the potential need for these additional lines.”
Blue Bunny makes a series of ice cream products including various flavours of ice cream in tubs, ice cream swirls, and Funwiches – a line of individual ice creams on sticks that feature chocolate cookies topped with ice cream, and encased in chocolate.
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