Turkey Hill Dairy will become a truly national brand within the next three months.
The Conestoga-based maker of ice cream, iced tea and other beverages will have its ice cream in West Coast stores by mid-year.
Some 450 Fred Meyers, Ralph’s, QFC and Food 4 Less stores in California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho and Nevada soon will get the popular product, the company says.
That means the dairy’s ice cream will be in 49 of 50 states — all but Hawaii.
Company President John Cox said its local plant supplies stores as far away as the Rocky Mountain states.
But to supply the rest, Turkey Hill has hired a dairy out west to make ice cream, according to Turkey Hill’s recipes, and deliver it.
Cox declined to name the western dairy.
Turkey Hill is the nation’s fourth largest selling brand of ice cream and fifth largest selling brand of iced tea. Its products are in 14,500 grocery stores. Turkey Hill does not disclose its annual sales.
Turkey Hill probably won’t stop its western expansion at ice cream, a company official indicated.
“Logistically, it makes sense for us to kick off this expansion out west with our ice cream products,” said Andrea Nikolaus, public relations and digital coordinator. “This is not to say that our drink products will not be making their mark on the west in the foreseeable future.”