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Gifford's tops in chocolate.

Gifford's Ice Cream has added two major new awards to its growing list of accolades. At the most recent annual World Dairy Expo, held in Madison, WI, the family-owned Maine business earned the top international award for "World's Best Chocolate Ice Cream." The achievement complements Gifford's "World's Best Vanilla Ice Cream" award won two years earlier at the World Dairy Expo.

Ice cream entries at the Expo are judged according to flavor, body and texture, color and appearance, melting quality, and quality assurance. The Expo attracts 65,000 attendees from 80 countries, which is the only national judging contest of its kind.

In additional to the new Expo award, Gifford's recently earned the "Gannett Family Business of the Year Award," which was presented on June 10th by Maine's Institute for Family-Owned Business. Gifford's Ice Cream earned the distinguished award in the Large Business category, which recognizes Maine businesses which have effectively responded to the challenges inherent in family businesses, and which have demonstrated concrete success in crucial areas such as Business Success, Work Environment, and Family Participation.

"We were excited to present Gifford's Ice Cream with our Gannett Family Business of the Year Award this year," said Tom Juenemann, Director of the Institute for Family-Owned Business. "When you combine the close-knit work environment the company is known for with its dedication to community, its creativity and its commitment to excellence, you find at Gifford's Ice Cream a genuine prototype of what it takes to succeed as a growing family business in Maine."

Gifford's is distributed throughout northern New England at Hannaford locations, Shaw's Supermarkets, and Roche Bros. locations, as well as a growing number of additional family-owned supermarkets in the greater Boston and southern New England areas. The brand is also available through several hundred ice cream stands throughout New England, and has recently expanded among similar New York and New Jersey outlets.

Despite that expansion, Gifford's remains committed to the Buy Local movement and, whenever possible, uses locally grown produce such as Maine-made maple syrup and Maine wild blueberries. Some of the company's newly introduced 2008 flavors also emphasis the company's attachment to its home state, such as Maine Lobster Tracks. Among the company's other new flavors are Strawberry Banana Lowfat Frozen Yogurt, No Bake Cookie, and "Peanut Butter Caramel Cookie Dough."
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Date:Aug 20, 2008
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