By Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun
6:06 PM EDT, June 21, 2012
In sizzling heat that had much of the country screaming for ice cream, people in certain pockets of the nation had trouble this week finding their favorite Good Humor bars.
In Maryland, the owner of state's main ice cream distributor said he hasn't been able to offer customers Chocolate Eclairs or King Cones.
But unlike the keen disappointment going on in parts of the country that have been deprived of Toasted Almond Bars, Guy Berliner of the Hyattsville-based Berliner Specialty Distributors says his customers have, well, kept their cool.
"They have such a big variety of products, we haven't had any issues," Berliner said Thursday. "We just replacing this cone with another cone."
The shortage apparently stems from an unusually warm winter and spring that tapped the supply of Good Humor's parent company, Unilever PLC. It didn't help that Unilever's Hagerstown plant is scheduled to close next month, part of a companywide consolidation plan.
The flavors that have been particularly difficult to come by are Toasted Almond, Candy Center Crunch and Chocolate Eclair.
Berliner expected to have more King Cones by next week. Unilever said Toasted Almond bars should be back in distribution by the end of July.
That's little comfort to Brian Collis, owner of Mr. Ding-a-Ling Ice Cream Inc. in Latham, N.Y. He said customers of his 68 trucks in the area around Albany suffered through a shortage of Good Humor Oreo bars for most of the spring and now can only get Toasted Almond Bars from a grocery store.
"The Toasted Almond's such an old-time thing from the 1950s," he said. "It's just such a basic thing we've always had. Now everybody's missing it."
The Associated Press contributed to this article.
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