After a second Listeria scare, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams is bouncing back quickly. The Ohio-based company is back in business, and its scoop shops across the country will reopen Saturday at 5 p.m., Jeni's announced Friday afternoon.
"Our shops will open at 5 p.m. on Saturday across the country," owner Jeni Britton Bauer said in a statement. "The menu will be limited at first, featuring a mix of our ice creams, frozen yogurts, and sorbet — all made for us by our partners at Smith Dairy — along with sundaes, floats, and sauces. We'll be adding more flavors to the menu in the coming weeks."
Jeni's originally found Listeria in one of its samples in late April and shut down all operations until May 22. The company issued a total recall that cost $2.5 million. Jeni's found Listeria in another sample on June 12, but said all ice cream sold after May 22 was safe.
"I have been working with the team at Smith Dairy to perfect these flavors," Bauer said Friday. "The 110-year-old dairy, in Orrville, Ohio, has been our partner for a while now, sourcing and providing us with cream and grass-pastured milk. We cannot thank them enough for their support these last weeks. They pulled out all the stops to get our ice cream made and have done a stellar job of it. We built this company as a community — Jeni's is about fellowship — and our partnership with Smith's is just one of many recent examples of that."