The Dairy Alliance and Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream Forge a Strategic Partnership for Sweet Success
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The Dairy Alliance and Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream Forge a Strategic Partnership for Sweet Success

CEOs discuss pioneering innovation across the dairy industry

October 18, 2023 // // ATLANTA, GA – The Dairy Alliance, a leader in the dairy industry in raising awareness about the nutritional advantages of milk, and Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream, serving up premium and freshly made ice cream since 1945, teamed up to launch their first innovative flavor – Horchata Ice Cream. Following the successful launch that drove incremental sales for Handel’s, the CEOs of each organization discussed the importance of pioneering innovation across the dairy industry and showcasing the versatility and adaptability of dairy milk through ice cream. 

With ice cream trends changing by season, The Dairy Alliance and Handel’s aligned to explore additional avenues of dairy milk innovation and discuss how to incorporate future trending flavors relevant and appealing to consumers.

“As we continue to pursue dairy milk innovation opportunities, The Dairy Alliance hopes to set a cohesive voice that spans the entire dairy industry, encompassing not only farmers and processors but also extending education to consumers. This effort aims to transition individuals from the ‘health seekers’ category to the enthusiastic ‘dairy lovers’ category,” said Geri Berdak, Chief Executive Officer at The Dairy Alliance. “By partnering with Handel’s, we’ve been able to connect consumers to dairy farmers and provide an exceptional ice cream experience.”

The new Horchata flavor is available at all Handel's locations across 11 states. Guests can enjoy Horchata by the scoop, as a shake, sundae, pint or quart. 

“With consumer preferences continuing to evolve, we’re bringing new ways to enjoy ice cream by collaborating with The Dairy Alliance to differentiate our brand,” said Rich Matherne, CEO for Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream. “We’re thrilled to partner with The Dairy Alliance who shares our unwavering dedication to fostering innovation and creating meaningful connections with our guests.”

For more information about The Dairy Alliance, visit For more information about Handel's, visit

About The Dairy Alliance

The Dairy Alliance is a nonprofit funded by dairy farm families of the Southeast. We work diligently with dairy farmers, schools, sports teams, health professionals, local organizations, state leaders, the media, and the public to promote dairy foods and knowledge about the dairy industry. Our efforts center in eight states: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

About Handel's Homemade Ice Cream 

Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream has been in the business of making and selling fresh ice cream since 1945. Founded in Youngstown, Ohio, by Alice Handel, the company continues the sweet legacy she established from her backyard garden, using fresh ingredients and upholding a commitment to quality. Each batch of Handel’s ice cream is made fresh daily, using Alice’s original methods and recipes. There are 48 flavors available daily and more than 140 flavors that rotate seasonally.

In 2023, Handel’s ranked in Franchise Times’ Top 400 list, recognizing the largest franchise systems in the United States, and its “Fast & Serious,” a list of the smartest-growing franchises for the year. The brand is also recognized by TasteAtlas for one of the top 100 Most Iconic Ice Creams of the World.

Handel’s has been named #1 Ice Cream on the Planet by National Geographic, one of the Top 10 Best Ice Cream Businesses by USA Today, one of the Top 500 Restaurants in America by Nation’s Restaurant News and Top 500 Franchises by Entrepreneur Magazine.

Handel’s currently has 117 locations across 11 states and is growing. To learn more about Handel’s franchise opportunities, visit

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