So the ice cream business is more interesting than I would’ve guessed:
Fun fact #1: Dreyer’s is the world’s largest ice cream company, doing more than $2 billion (BILLION) in business annually. And they’re headquartered in Oakland. I had no idea.
Fun fact #2: They own Häagen-Dazs.
#2.a: Häagen-Dazs is an entirely American company, the name means absolutely nothing in any language, it just sounded scandanavian and everybody knows that the best ice cream (and flat-pack furniture) comes from our nordic northern neighbors. The company was started by two Polish immagants in New York in 1959.
Fun fact #3: Dreyer’s has several large ice cream factories in the US. One of them is a, ” very small but very efficient plant” located in Salt Lake City. Why there? Because, ice cream is apparently, at the molecular level, a frozen foam-like substance whose volume is primarily empty space. Air, as everyone learned in high school physics (PV=nRT) changes its volume depending on the atmosphereic pressure present. So, if you have a frozen substance made of mostly air that is produced, say, at sea level, and then transported to, say, Denver, the change in atmospheric pressure will cause said ice-cream to expand and rupture its packaging. Thus, ice cream destined for high-altitude markets has to be produced at a high altitude, hence a small plant for the Rockies located in Salt Lake City.