Since a self-imposed shut down due to listeria contamination (yikes, we know) nearly a month ago, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams has destroyed more than 265 tons of its product, cleaned, sanitized, inspected, and completely retooled its Columbus production facility in Harrison West, and kept its now-nationwide network of 21 retail stores shut.
Altogether, the recall has cost the local company over $2.5 million dollars. Now ready to resume operations, they’re hoping the shut down hasn’t also cost them the goodwill of their fan base.
In a statement, Jeni’s CEO John Lowe said, “We have fixed every issue identified by the FDA [related to the contamination]. We dove in and made darn sure we fixed all of their concerns and we brought in outside experts to help us find other areas of improvement to create a world-class, safe environment for making our ice creams.”
To date, no illnesses have been reported as a result of the listeria found in Jeni’s ice cream.
Most scoop shops are reopening tonight, Friday the 22nd at 7pm. Locally, those locations include Bexley, Clintonville, Dublin, Easton, Grandview Heights, Powell, and Short North. The North Market location will open tomorrow, Saturday the 23rd. However, for now seasonal locations at Columbus Commons and in German Village will remain closed.
Jeni’s has long been held up high as a popular, beloved local icon by some (darling of foodies everywhere), while simultaneously being sarcastically derided as an overrated caricature of hipster excess by others. Love them or loathe them, you can be assured almost everyone in Cbus has a strong opinion on Jeni’s one way or the other.
However, no matter how you personally feel about the ice cream, it’s undeniable that Jeni’s has provided a strong positive boost to central Ohio’s economy. The company, from its roots as a small ice cream stall at the North Market in 2006, has grown today to have $25 million dollars in annual sales and over 550 employees.
For that reason alone, (nevermind a personal affinity for flavor mainstay ‘The Buckeye State’), the Columbusight team will be waiting in line tonight to show some #love4jenis. Will you?
For more information on Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams visit their website, jenis.com.
© Columbusight.com. All Rights Reserved.