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Berkey Creamery Goes Nationwide with New E-Commerce Website

by on November 11, 2015 12:00 PM
University Park, PA

If you wanted Berkey Creamery ice cream back in the day, the 150-year-old shop would deliver it by horse and carriage.

That was later replaced by a milk truck, although both options seem awfully primitive compared to the most recent method, which included a cooler and dry ice for your drive home.

But if you don't live near Penn State and want Creamery ice cream at home, the days of driving to campus and hauling your score back on a bed of solidified carbon dioxide is no longer necessary.

On Tuesday, the Berkey Creamery announced its new-and-improved website, which includes an e-commerce platform that allows you to order ice cream from the comfort of your computer and have it delivered to your front door.

"The new site gives Penn Staters anywhere in the country an opportunity to enjoy the creamery products they love but perhaps haven't been able to get because they don't live in the area," manager Tom Palchak said. "It really takes our customer service to a new level."

You can hop on the sleek new website, fill up your virtual shopping cart with ice cream, frozen yogurt, cheese, Grilled Stickies, Nittany Valley Honey, and receive your goods without ever setting foot inside the Creamery. 

This new system replaces a more rudimentary ordering system that was previously available to online customers. You can create an account to save your information and re-order easily; get e-mail alerts when certain products become available; create custom coolers with ice cream, cheese boxes, and coffee boxes; and get real-time quotes on shipping.

"We deliver anywhere in the continental United States, with ground shipping available to most of the East Coast, so shipping is more affordable than ever before," Palchak said.

Penn State president Eric Barron was the recipient of the first order using the new Creamery e-commerce site, getting four half-hallons if his personal favorite: bittersweet mint ice cream. It was hand-delivered by Palchak and came with an official proclamation recognizing the famous ice cream shop's 150th anniversary. 

Online sales previously amounted to less that one percent of the Creamery's total sales, according to Palchak, but he sees a new era on the horizon. 

"I would expect that percentage to grow significantly as people realize how easy it is to order their favorite ice cream through this new website," he said. "It's a great way for Creamery enthusiasts to enjoy our products and add a little bit of Penn State to their tables and family events."



Zach Berger is the managing editor of StateCollege.com. He graduated from Penn State University in 2014 with a degree in print journalism. Zach enjoys writing about a variety of topics ranging from football to government, music, and everything in between.
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