Zippy’s to serve Dave’s Ice Cream in all Hawaii restaurants

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii chain Zippy’s Restaurants signed a deal to continue serving Dave’s Ice Cream in all of its 24 locations, officials said.

Zippy’s said the contract with Honolulu-based Dave’s takes effect immediately.

The arrangement will result in annual servings of at least 23,500 gallons of vanilla and 16,000 gallons of chocolate ice cream from Dave’s as dessert and in milk shakes, Zippy’s said.

The bankruptcy last month of national food and beverage firm Dean Foods caused concern at Dave’s, owner Dave Leong said. The 37-year-old company in Honolulu’s Pearl City area distributed its desserts under a wholesale arrangement with Dallas-based Dean Foods subsidiary Meadow Gold Dairies-Hawaii.

Meadow Gold plans to supply its Hawaii customers from a Utah plant beginning next month and the change cut off a third of Dave’s business, amounting to more than $1 million annually, Leong previously said.

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