Thus they pivoted their business model to manufacturing. Initially we wholesaled to restaurants, hotels, caterers, etc. As the years went by we grew our product suite to over 500 products. We became known within small ice cream circles as one of the go-to manufacturers for high quality innovative products.
As our business grew, we expanded to baseball stadiums, super markets, airlines, big box stores etc. This success opened doors to co-packing — where other businesses use our manufacturing factory and team to produce their own products under their own name (without a trace of Brothers branding). This line of business has proven to be very successful as we now co-pack some of the most successful ice cream products in the country, however due to NDAs we are not allowed to disclose which.
In 2020 Brothers Desserts took over operations of Schoep’s Ice Cream in Madison, Wisconsin. The synergy of the two companies was apparent from the beginning. Both companies are heritage brands with strong regional identities with huge growth potentials. We are excited for what the future holds.
Brothers Desserts was created in 1973 by two brothers, Gary and Errol, in Southern California. The Brooklyn born duo came to SoCal with the dream of bringing refreshing Italian Ices to the sunny West Coast via several brick and mortar Brothers Italian Ices Cafés. While the cafés were successful, Gary and Errol saw a larger demand for providing bulk Italian Ices and ice creams to other shops and restaurants.