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Ben & Jerry’s Will Add CBD To Ice Cream When FDA Approved

Ben & Jerry's CBD

Ben & Jerry’s intends to make CBD-infused ice cream available once CBD is legalized at the federal level. Currently, the FDA prohibits adding CBD to food and beverages. 

A National Restaurant Association survey found that three in four chefs named CBD, and cannabis-infused food, a hot trend in 2019.

“We’re doing this for our fans,” said CEO Matthew McCarthy. “We’ve listened and brought them everything from non-dairy indulgences to on-the-go portions with our Pint Slices. We aspire to love our fans more than they love us, and we want to give them what they’re looking for in a fun, Ben & Jerry’s way.”

The Burlington, Vermont-based company is looking into sustainably sourced CBD from Vermont. Values-led sourcing is an important part of its product development. Ben & Jerry’s encourages its fans to visit the company website to sign up for updated information on the commitment and progress toward using CBD. Fans can also contact the FDA during their open comment window regarding CBD use in food now through July 2.

The company produces a wide variety of super-premium ice cream, yogurt and sorbet. In 2015, the company completed its transition to using entirely non-GMO (genetically modified organisms) ingredients by source as well as to fully source Fairtrade-certified ingredients wherever possible, which benefits farmers in developing countries.

Ben and Jerry’s products are distributed in 35 countries in supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, franchise Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops, restaurants and other venues. Ben & Jerry’s is a Vermont corporation and a wholly owned subsidiary of Unilever.

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Kristen Brissette

Kristen lives on Cape Cod and enjoys working in the food industry. She loves attending food shows and meeting others in the field.

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