Ice cream manufacturer buys Clovis business

CNJ Staff

A national ice cream and dairy manufacturer announced its acquisition of the Froz Fruit and Chill Ice on Aug. 18.

The deal has Wells’ Dairy, Inc., a national manufacturer of more than 2,000 products, acquiring the lease on the manufacturing facility of Froz Fruit and Chill Ice brands here in Clovis, according to a press release from Well’s Dairy.

The 15 full-time and 18 part-time employees of the Clovis plant will now be working directly for Wells’ Dairy. The staff has been re-interviewed and rehired, said Wells’ Dairy spokesperson Dave Smetter.

According to the Wells’ Dairy Web site, the Le Mars, Iowa-based company manufacturers “ice cream and frozen novelties” and “fresh dairy products like milk, yogurt, and sour cream.”

The company runs two ice cream plants and a milk plant in Le Mars, an ice cream plant in St. George, Utah, a milk plant in Omaha, Neb., and distribution centers in El Paso, Texas, and Phoenix, according to the site.

“The acquisition of these brands provides us with an opportunity to compete in the frozen fruit bar and smooth fruit ice categories,” Gary Wells, chief executive officer of Wells’ Dairy, said in a press release. “Froz Fruit and Chill Ice are established national brands that add to the depth of our product offerings and give us access to new customers.”