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Convenience, Ice Cream’s Appeal Drive Bruster’s Growth

September 16, 2020

The Great Recession and its aftermath weren’t kind to Bruster’s Real Ice Cream as sales declines and stores closures hit the franchise. Adjustments the company made in subsequent years, however, began yielding sales and unit growth, and in 2019 Bruster’s hit nearly $80 million in systemwide sales, surpassing its pre-recession performance.

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Franchise Times

Google Trends Show Comfort Food Has Dominated COVID-19 Diets

August 31, 2020

After learning the news that swimsuit season was going to be postponed (or canceled) for many this year, people decided to drop the salads and make cookie dough, according to a year-over-year comparison of key food search terms through Google Trends.

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WHY 2021 COULD BE A HUGE YEAR FOR RESTAURANT FRANCHISING

August 30, 2020

High unemployment, low rent and cheap financing could make it a big year for franchise sales. But there are risks for both the franchisor and the operators.

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Restaurant Business Online

AT BRUSTER’S, PANDEMIC DEMAND FOR ICE CREAM IS REAL

August 28, 2020

The chain has seen record same-store sales and unit volumes coming out of quarantine, as demand for treats soars. Jim Sahene didn’t know what to expect when dining rooms were closed across the country back in March because of the coronavirus pandemic, but it certainly wasn’t record unit volumes at Bruster’s Real Ice Cream.

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Restaurant Business Online

Ice cream season has got off to a rocky start

April 15, 2020

A big bucket of cold water has been thrown over the start of ice cream season. While many national ice cream chains, which are usually open year-round, have remained open, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted locally owned shops. The mom-and-pop ones have either been forced to change their business model or have not been able […]

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How to Keep Things Normal for Kids When Nothing Is Normal

April 3, 2020

Birthday parties, Easter egg hunts and fun activities are still able to happen, even in the midst of a pandemic, with a little creativity.

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Bruster’s Completes 10 New Store Agreements

February 13, 2020

INDUSTRY NEWS – FEBRUARY 13, 2020 – After reveling in 30 years of business in 2019, Bruster’s Real Ice Cream is still celebrating as the company announced the completion of 10 new store agreements. With six stores expected to open in California, and four in Florida, Bruster’s is well on its way to expanding its […]

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Menu Tracker: New items from McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Applebee’s

February 5, 2020

Bret Thorn Feb 05, 2020 Bruster’s Real Ice Cream – Chocolate Covered Cherry Ice Cream: Chocolate ice cream with maraschino cherries, chocolate fudge ribbons and cherry cordial swirl, $3.36-$7.81 depending on size and location

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Chocolate Covered Cherry in a waffle cone

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream opens on RM 620

January 21, 2020

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream opened its fifth Texas location Jan. 8 at 3303 N. RM 620, Austin. The ice cream shop serves sundaes, cakes, shakes and more and will feature a deck and an outdoor seating area.

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Community Impact Newspaper

Bruster’s Opens First Store in Austin

January 21, 2020

INDUSTRY NEWS – JANUARY 21, 2020 In 2019, Bruster’s Real Ice Cream opened in Haverhill, Massachusetts, Windermere, Florida, Provo, Utah, Athens, Georgia and Frisco/Little Elm, Texas. And this month, Bruster’s of Austin, owned and operated by Rudolph Maier, will open for business at 3303 Ranch Road, 620 N, Austin, Texas 78734. Maier’s first franchise is […]

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Bruster’s Real Ice Cream Debuts in Provo, Utah

August 5, 2019

INDUSTRY NEWS – AUGUST 5, 2019 Damon Wood and his wife Michelle Wood first ventured 250 miles to Bruster’s Real Ice Cream to try premium ice cream. And after seeing its creation in the stores where it is served, the two began a plan: to make ice cream their living.

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30 years later, Pittsburghers still scream for Bruster’s Ice Cream

July 8, 2019

GRETCHEN MCKAY – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Jul 8, 2019 The sun was soon to go down on what had been a very warm and sunny Sunday when Nate Witt and his family got in line at Bruster’s Real Ice Cream in Ross.

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Bruster’s Celebrating 30 Years Of Sweet Success

June 30, 2019

Jun 30, 2019 12:25PM ● By Vanessa Orr When founder Bruce Reed started the first Bruster’s Real Ice Cream in Bridgewater, PA, back in 1989, he had no plans to expand the business beyond his local neighborhood. “Bruce was from a food-service family; his dad started a small restaurant in Bridgewater, PA,” explained CEO Jim […]

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Bruster’s Ice Cream celebrating its 30th birthday

June 29, 2019

By Scott Tady Posted Jun 29, 2019 BRIDGEWATER — Born in Beaver County and now spanning the globe, Bruster’s Real Ice Cream has become synonymous with sweet treats. “I come here a lot because the ice cream is good,” said Betty McKinnis, 92, of Beaver Falls, enjoying a butter pecan cone Thursday at Bruster’s flagship […]

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Menu Tracker: New items from KFC, McAlister’s Deli and Newk’s Eatery

June 12, 2019

Bret Thorn Jun 12, 2019 Bruster’s Real Ice Cream Mango Dragonfruit Sorbet: Mango sorbet swirled with dragon fruit sorbet, $3.36-$7.81 in a waffle cone    

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Take a sip: 10 fast casuals upgrade summer beverage offerings

June 11, 2019

June 11, 2019 | by Cherryh Cansler I have a confession to make. At least three times a week I visit my local Sonic during happy hour (between 2 and 4 p.m.) for a half-price large Vanilla Coke Zero. Don’t judge me — at least it’s not the Route 44 — and if Sonic didn’t offer my favorite […]

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Personalities of Pittsburgh: Jim Sahene on “serving happiness everyday” at Bruster’s Ice Cream

June 6, 2019

By Tim Schooley  – Reporter, Pittsburgh Business Times Jim Sahene of Bruster’s Ice Cream talks about working with franchisees.

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Bruster’s Introduces Mango Dragon Fruit Sorbet, Icy Freezes for June

June 5, 2019

INDUSTRY NEWS  |  JUNE 5, 2019 Bruster’s Real Ice Cream will commemorate its milestone anniversary on July 13. With little more than a month until Bruster’s Real Ice Cream celebrates its 30th anniversary, the company is building excitement with two limited time offers for June: new Mango Dragon Fruit Sorbet and custom Icy Freezes. Both designed […]

Learn More

The Countdown is On: Bruster’s Releases More Special Offers Before 30th Anniversary

June 5, 2019

June 5, 2019 Company Presents Mango Dragon Fruit Sorbet and Custom Freezes in June! With little more than a month until Bruster’s Real Ice Cream celebrates its 30th anniversary, the company is building excitement with two limited time offers for June: new Mango Dragon Fruit Sorbet and custom Icy Freezes. Both designed to keep customers cool […]

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Bruster’s Real Ice Cream to open shop on RM 620

June 3, 2019

By Sally Grace Holtgrieve   |  2:35 pm June 3, 2019 CDT Bruster’s Real Ice Cream plans to open a location at 3303 RM 620, Austin, by the end of 2019. For 30 years, Bruster’s Real Ice Cream has been providing homemade, fresh ice cream made in the store in a family-friendly environment, spokesperson Meredith Klein said.

Learn More

Convenience, Ice Cream’s Appeal Drive Bruster’s Growth

September 16, 2020

Franchise Times

The Great Recession and its aftermath weren’t kind to Bruster’s Real Ice Cream as sales declines and stores closures hit the franchise. Adjustments the company made in subsequent years, however, began yielding sales and unit growth, and in 2019 Bruster’s hit nearly $80 million in systemwide sales, surpassing its pre-recession performance.

Learn More

Google Trends Show Comfort Food Has Dominated COVID-19 Diets

August 31, 2020

Forbes Logo

After learning the news that swimsuit season was going to be postponed (or canceled) for many this year, people decided to drop the salads and make cookie dough, according to a year-over-year comparison of key food search terms through Google Trends.

Learn More

WHY 2021 COULD BE A HUGE YEAR FOR RESTAURANT FRANCHISING

August 30, 2020

Restaurant Business Online

High unemployment, low rent and cheap financing could make it a big year for franchise sales. But there are risks for both the franchisor and the operators.

Learn More

AT BRUSTER’S, PANDEMIC DEMAND FOR ICE CREAM IS REAL

August 28, 2020

Restaurant Business Online

The chain has seen record same-store sales and unit volumes coming out of quarantine, as demand for treats soars. Jim Sahene didn’t know what to expect when dining rooms were closed across the country back in March because of the coronavirus pandemic, but it certainly wasn’t record unit volumes at Bruster’s Real Ice Cream.

Learn More

Ice cream season has got off to a rocky start

April 15, 2020

Pittsburgh Post Gazette Logo

A big bucket of cold water has been thrown over the start of ice cream season. While many national ice cream chains, which are usually open year-round, have remained open, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted locally owned shops. The mom-and-pop ones have either been forced to change their business model or have not been able […]

Learn More

How to Keep Things Normal for Kids When Nothing Is Normal

April 3, 2020

Pittsburgh Magazine Logo

Birthday parties, Easter egg hunts and fun activities are still able to happen, even in the midst of a pandemic, with a little creativity.

Learn More

Bruster’s Completes 10 New Store Agreements

February 13, 2020

QSR Logo

INDUSTRY NEWS – FEBRUARY 13, 2020 – After reveling in 30 years of business in 2019, Bruster’s Real Ice Cream is still celebrating as the company announced the completion of 10 new store agreements. With six stores expected to open in California, and four in Florida, Bruster’s is well on its way to expanding its […]

Learn More

Menu Tracker: New items from McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Applebee’s

February 5, 2020

Chocolate Covered Cherry in a waffle cone

Bret Thorn Feb 05, 2020 Bruster’s Real Ice Cream – Chocolate Covered Cherry Ice Cream: Chocolate ice cream with maraschino cherries, chocolate fudge ribbons and cherry cordial swirl, $3.36-$7.81 depending on size and location

Learn More

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream opens on RM 620

January 21, 2020

Community Impact Newspaper

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream opened its fifth Texas location Jan. 8 at 3303 N. RM 620, Austin. The ice cream shop serves sundaes, cakes, shakes and more and will feature a deck and an outdoor seating area.

Learn More

Bruster’s Opens First Store in Austin

January 21, 2020

QSR Logo

INDUSTRY NEWS – JANUARY 21, 2020 In 2019, Bruster’s Real Ice Cream opened in Haverhill, Massachusetts, Windermere, Florida, Provo, Utah, Athens, Georgia and Frisco/Little Elm, Texas. And this month, Bruster’s of Austin, owned and operated by Rudolph Maier, will open for business at 3303 Ranch Road, 620 N, Austin, Texas 78734. Maier’s first franchise is […]

Learn More

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream Debuts in Provo, Utah

August 5, 2019

QSR Logo

INDUSTRY NEWS – AUGUST 5, 2019 Damon Wood and his wife Michelle Wood first ventured 250 miles to Bruster’s Real Ice Cream to try premium ice cream. And after seeing its creation in the stores where it is served, the two began a plan: to make ice cream their living.

Learn More

30 years later, Pittsburghers still scream for Bruster’s Ice Cream

July 8, 2019

Pittsburgh Post Gazette Logo

GRETCHEN MCKAY – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Jul 8, 2019 The sun was soon to go down on what had been a very warm and sunny Sunday when Nate Witt and his family got in line at Bruster’s Real Ice Cream in Ross.

Learn More

Bruster’s Celebrating 30 Years Of Sweet Success

June 30, 2019

Jun 30, 2019 12:25PM ● By Vanessa Orr When founder Bruce Reed started the first Bruster’s Real Ice Cream in Bridgewater, PA, back in 1989, he had no plans to expand the business beyond his local neighborhood. “Bruce was from a food-service family; his dad started a small restaurant in Bridgewater, PA,” explained CEO Jim […]

Learn More

Bruster’s Ice Cream celebrating its 30th birthday

June 29, 2019

By Scott Tady Posted Jun 29, 2019 BRIDGEWATER — Born in Beaver County and now spanning the globe, Bruster’s Real Ice Cream has become synonymous with sweet treats. “I come here a lot because the ice cream is good,” said Betty McKinnis, 92, of Beaver Falls, enjoying a butter pecan cone Thursday at Bruster’s flagship […]

Learn More

Menu Tracker: New items from KFC, McAlister’s Deli and Newk’s Eatery

June 12, 2019

Bret Thorn Jun 12, 2019 Bruster’s Real Ice Cream Mango Dragonfruit Sorbet: Mango sorbet swirled with dragon fruit sorbet, $3.36-$7.81 in a waffle cone    

Learn More

Take a sip: 10 fast casuals upgrade summer beverage offerings

June 11, 2019

June 11, 2019 | by Cherryh Cansler I have a confession to make. At least three times a week I visit my local Sonic during happy hour (between 2 and 4 p.m.) for a half-price large Vanilla Coke Zero. Don’t judge me — at least it’s not the Route 44 — and if Sonic didn’t offer my favorite […]

Learn More

Personalities of Pittsburgh: Jim Sahene on “serving happiness everyday” at Bruster’s Ice Cream

June 6, 2019

By Tim Schooley  – Reporter, Pittsburgh Business Times Jim Sahene of Bruster’s Ice Cream talks about working with franchisees.

Learn More

Bruster’s Introduces Mango Dragon Fruit Sorbet, Icy Freezes for June

June 5, 2019

INDUSTRY NEWS  |  JUNE 5, 2019 Bruster’s Real Ice Cream will commemorate its milestone anniversary on July 13. With little more than a month until Bruster’s Real Ice Cream celebrates its 30th anniversary, the company is building excitement with two limited time offers for June: new Mango Dragon Fruit Sorbet and custom Icy Freezes. Both designed […]

Learn More

The Countdown is On: Bruster’s Releases More Special Offers Before 30th Anniversary

June 5, 2019

June 5, 2019 Company Presents Mango Dragon Fruit Sorbet and Custom Freezes in June! With little more than a month until Bruster’s Real Ice Cream celebrates its 30th anniversary, the company is building excitement with two limited time offers for June: new Mango Dragon Fruit Sorbet and custom Icy Freezes. Both designed to keep customers cool […]

Learn More

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream to open shop on RM 620

June 3, 2019

By Sally Grace Holtgrieve   |  2:35 pm June 3, 2019 CDT Bruster’s Real Ice Cream plans to open a location at 3303 RM 620, Austin, by the end of 2019. For 30 years, Bruster’s Real Ice Cream has been providing homemade, fresh ice cream made in the store in a family-friendly environment, spokesperson Meredith Klein said.

Learn More
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    BRUNNER | a BRUNNERWORKS Co.

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