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Food service veteran David LeRiche Named as President of batch Ice Cream
In all, LeRiche brings more than three decades' experience in the food services industry to this new venture. He was most recently Vice-President, Sales at Truco Enterprises, a leading developer and marketer of tortilla chips, salsa and queso under the On The Border® brand. His experience includes serving as Director of Sales of the Northeast for Snyder's Lance and prior to that position he was Zone Sales Manager for Frito Lay. He was the 2017 Snyder's Lance Mike Warehime Award Recipient.
A native of Lewiston, ME LeRiche earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Master's degree in Business Management from Cambridge College. He brings strong skills in Consumer Products, Sales, Key Account Development, Sales Operations, and P&L Management. He is a multi-engine, instrument rated private pilot who enjoys traveling, great food and ice cream with his family and friends.
LeRiche and his wife Deb purchased batch® ice cream from founders Susie Parish and Veronica Janssens of Boston, effective May 7, 2018. The ice cream is crafted from scratch using only real ingredients. There are no lab-developed additives, artificial colors, artificial flavors, or even corn syrup. With flavors including Carmelized Banana & Walnuts, Salted Caramel, Ginger, Mocha Chip, Vanilla Bean, Dark Chocolate, Mexican Chili and Roasted Almonds, the pint-sized products are available throughout a number of locations in New England. And now, the new owners plan to take the product and the concept even further.
"This passion for using real ingredients, together with our special artisan processes, results in the purest, freshest, most fantastic tasting ice cream!" said Dave LeRiche, co-owner and President of the firm. "You can taste the difference from other ice cream, the texture and the flavors are just pure. Our vision is to expand our client base while keeping our ingredients local and pure.
batch® Ice Cream currently works with an ice cream manufacturing establishment in Southeastern Massachusetts to create the products to the owners' specifications. LeRiche says that as the product expands nationally, they may utilize an additional facility elsewhere in the United States. For now, though, everything is made here in Massachusetts.
Another item atop the news owners' "to do" list is work to develop additional flavors for the popular product.
About batch® Ice Cream
Since 2009 batch® has been creating pure, premium ice cream using only natural ingredients that are locally sourced and fairly traded. Known as the purest pint on the shelf, each flavor of ice cream is crafted without the use of gums, stabilizers, artificial flavors and colors or corn syrup. Ingredients include dairy fresh local cream, milk, egg yolks and organic cane sugar. batch® has nine natural flavors which come from ingredients that include free trade coffee beans, vanilla bean and chocolate. The husband and wife team of Deb and Dave LeRiche fell in love with the creamy all-natural treat and bought the company in 2018 with a commitment to continue the founders' dream of ice cream made with local, free-trade and minimal ingredients. The company is headquartered in New Braintree, MA, and will continue to expand its distribution and add new flavors. MassLive Media recently named the batch® Dark Chocolate the region's number one ice cream and the Vanilla Bean was named number three. For more information please visit www.batchicecream.com.