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                                                                     Warm winter keep ice cream sales up

The weather this winter has given the local ice cream shops around East Lansing something to be happy about. Their ice cream sales are up nearly 50 percent because of the unusual warm temperatures. Michigan’s temperature is usually 30 degrees or less in November, but recently it has been 50 degrees and above.

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Michigan State University Dairy Store manager John Engstrom said, “The warm fall we had this year kept sales up which would normally be down this year.


The MSU Dairy Store normally sells cheese which doesn’t generate as much income as their ice cream. During winters, the MSU Dairy Store serves hot beverages, soups, and sandwiches to compensate for the loss of their number-one-selling item, which is ice cream.


The local Coldstone Creamery is also reaping the benefits of the warm weather this fall. Store manager Angela Wright said she has been seeing more students coming in because of the warm weather that East Lansing has enjoying.


Wright said that during the colder days, they push mostly their cakes and cookies. This winter the items couldn’t stay on the shelves. People were eating more ice cream cakes this fall than ever before.

The MSU Dairy Store and Coldstone Creamery are not the only ice cream shops that have problems selling during past fall and winter months. Spagnuolo’s Ice Cream Parlor on Abbot Rd. has experiences an annual slump in sales during the fall and winter. Store manager Aaron Faif said that this fall had their parlor jammed packed during this fall.

These ice cream stores have a lot to rejoice about since it already December, and we haven’t seen a hint of snow.


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