Ice cream is big business in Ohio

During one of the hottest months of the year, it would be hard to find a cold treat more popular than ice cream. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a world-leading 1.5 billion gallons of ice cream are made every year in the U.S. – which is enough to fill more than 2,200 Olympic-size swimming pools.

Home to several large scale ice cream makers, Ohio is one of the states largely responsible for fueling the nation’s appetite for frozen desserts. In celebration of National Ice Cream Month, the monthly Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum will host John Gauthier of Lesniewicz Associates (marketers of Toft’s Ice Cream), to present “Ice Cream’s Impact in Ohio,” Thurs., July 21 from 7:30 – 9 a.m. The program begins at 8 a.m. with informal networking prior, hosted by the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation, north of Bowling Green, OH.

Everyone in attendance will receive ice cream, compliments of Toft’s. The Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum is an educational networking opportunity to provide information on current issues, trends and programs available to the agricultural community and those who support its advancement. Farmers, agribusiness owners and supporters of Ohio’s agricultural economy are encouraged to join CIFT on the third Thursday every month for this forum.

The cost is just $10 per person (cash or check at the door), which includes a delicious breakfast and great informal networking opportunities. The Agricultural Incubator Foundation is located at 13737 Middleton Pike (St. Rt. 582) in Bowling Green. Directions: I-75 to St. Rt. 582, exit 187 (Luckey/Haskins). Travel west on St. Rt. 582 approximately 2.2 miles. The Agricultural Incubator Foundation is located on the south side of St. Rt. 582.

Walk-ins are welcome, but guests are encouraged to reserve a seat in advance by emailing rsvp@ciftinnovation.org.

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