UPDATED: Ben & Jerry’s Is Working on Non-Dairy Ice Cream, ‘Looking at 2016’

All over the world, bowls, spoons and cones are at the ready, awaiting the arrival of a historic moment: the release of a non-dairy ice cream by Ben & Jerry’s.

While the company confirmed earlier this year that it’s working on a vegan product, there is no timeline for release … yet.

(A story out of the UK reported spring 2016 as a launch date, but that was jumping the gun, according to B&J.)

We reached out to the folks at Ben & Jerry’s, and here’s what they told us about the situation: “Give us a little time to have our Flavor Gurus work their magic. We are looking at 2016, exact timing still tbd.”

We got more scoop from Michael Webermann, Executive Director of FARM (Farm Animal Rights Movement).

Webermann has been in close touch with Ben & Jerry’s for awhile, given that FARM is actively campaigning for the Vermont-based company to create a vegan flavor.

He spoke to a consumer services rep at the company today. “She actually actively told me that they’re not committing to this date [Spring 2016] yet,” Webermann told Latest Vegan News.

Ben & Jerry’s still has many phases ahead for a new product including consumer testing, etc., so it apparently can’t guarantee a release date until closer to completion.

According to FARM, if Ben & Jerry’s shifts even five percent of its production to dairy-free products, it would save 2,000 cows and calves per year, plus 298,503,000 gallons of water (enough to supply the state of Vermont for a week). “We’ve been letting them know how much good they could do for the environment by switching even a portion to dairy-free,” says Webermann.

Based on its extensive college outreach, FARM has learned how important it is that college students have vegan options available from major chains and brands.

“Specifically, our college students have identified dairy pizza and ice cream as items that hold them up from going vegan. The problem is not just that they eat pizza and ice cream … the problem is that if they’re not owning that vegan identity, they’re actually sometimes falling back on other products that kill even more animals, such as chicken meat and eggs.”

In other words, the more vegan pizza and ice cream available, the more likely a lot of students are to go vegan. Ben & Jerry’s can (and will) make a major difference with a non-dairy option.

“It’s in the interest of people who like an alternative, it’s in the interest of Ben & Jerry’s bottom line, it’s in the interest of the animals, it’s in the interest of the environment–it’s literally in all of our interests.”

“I’m very confident we’re going to win it, it’s just a matter of how soon,” Webermann adds. Because B&J hasn’t made a date commitment yet, however, it’s important that vegans keep speaking up and asking for it.

To sign the petition and add your voice to the clamor, visit DemandDairyFree.com.

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Hannah Sentenac, Editor-in-Chief

Hannah Sentenac, Editor-in-Chief

A wizard of words, lover of all living things and vegan mac 'n cheese master, Hannah is the Editor-In-Chief and Founder of LatestVeganNews.com. Her writing has appeared in Live Happy magazine, the Miami New Times, OneGreenPlanet.com, MindBodyGreen.com, and numerous other publications and websites. She's obsessed with Cocowhip, Just Mayo and Dandies marshmallows, and is totally addicted to the outdoors. You can reach Hannah directly at hannah.sentenac@gmail.com.

4 Responses

  1. Greg says:

    They’re about 25 years late to the party. Look how long Tofutti and Soy Delicious (now So Delicious) have been on the market, Not to mention Tempt, Rice Dream and numerous flavors of Häagen-Dazs sorbet. These are brands that have been on the market for at least ten years. In the case of So Delicious, it’s been about 25 years.

    Speaking of sorbet, Ben and Jerry’s used to sell a delicious Devil’s Food chocolate sorbet. It was fat free but tasted like premium ice cream. For some reason, they stopped making it. I contacted them several times over the years, begging them to bring it back, but they never responded.

    They used to be pioneers. Now, sadly, they’re just posers.

  2. Hannah Sentenac, Editor-in-Chief Hannah Sentenac, Editor-in-Chief says:

    That’s true Greg, but every additional non-dairy item on store shelves means more exposure for veganism and more lives saved! So it’s still a positive development whenever it happens.

    That chocolate sorbet sounds amazing btw … let’s hope their dairy-free option is just as delicious! 🙂

  3. asoka says:

    the great challenge is to give the multinationals the details of how to make a profit via vegan ice cream….put a few billionaires on the path…. Ben and Jerry where are they now

  4. asoka says:

    the strongest person on earth is a vegan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFPsvF3UOdo

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