Good Humor Shortage: Ice Cream Shortage No Laughing Matter On First Day Of Summer
Good Humor’s ice cream shortage is no laughing matter, frustrating many ice cream truck drivers (and kids) on the first day of summer. An ice cream shortage, you say? Unfortunately yes, and its cause is a series of unlucky events for ice cream lovers everywhere.
Don’t worry though, so far the only manufacturer to see a shortage is Good Humor, but The Huffington Post reports that, for those who are looking for the classics, like the Toasted Almond bar and Chocolate Eclair, or even Screwballs and cartoon character-shaped pops, you’re out of luck for now.
According to The Huffington Post, the ice cream shortage is a combination of an early summer all across the country, with high temperatures in early spring causing an unexpected run on an already existing stock of icy treats supplied to ice cream truck drivers.
Also, the company is in the process of closing down the main Good Humor factory in Hagerstown, MD (how dare they!), and the recent launch in the U.S. of Magnum ice cream bars has spread the company’s remaining production facilities thinly.
The Wall Street Journal notes that Unilever spokesman Jeff Graubard stated in an email that, “We are confident that all issues will be resolved by mid-summer. But Good Humor ice cream trucks are not the only ones to see a shortage with the early summer season, as Robert Cowen, a summer song ice cream truck driver, who has been in business for 10 years, stated that this year has been especially good for business, according to Fox-8.
Cowen stated that, “This year the weather’s been warm and it’s been a great selling year so far.” For those whose favorites are temporarily sold out, Cowen assures that they will be back in stock soon. He notes that “There’s a few that are popular items that people really buy a lot of. They buy em by the boxes even.”
When he runs out, he states that buyers will simply have to try something new for the time being, and that they may even find a new favorite. For those who don’t, though, he assures, “Every two to three weeks we get an order in so if we run out of something it’ll be with in a week we’ll have it.”
For Good Humor drivers, the wait will be more like weeks before the back-ordered ice cream ships.