City of Boulder approves Boulder Ice Cream for rebates

BOULDER – Boulder Ice Cream has been approved to receive up to $25,000 in rebates from the city of Boulder for sales and use taxes and permit-related fees.

The flexible rebate program is one of the city of Boulder’s business incentives, covering a wide range of fees, equipment, and construction use taxes.

“Boulder Ice Cream bringing manufacturing back to Boulder and continuing to expand its product lines is wonderful for Boulder,´ said city manager Jane Brautigam. “Boulder Ice Cream has its roots here and embodies Boulder’s sustainable values and its strong natural and organic products industry.”

Boulder Ice Cream will move its headquarters to a new space at 3220 Prairie Ave. and consolidate its manufacturing from two plants in Louisville and Denver into its new organic-certified facility in Boulder.

“We are very happy to be consolidated back in Boulder, where we started,´ said Scott Roy, president of Boulder Ice Cream. “The new plant has the capacity to not only manufacture all our products, but also warehouse our entire inventory, alleviating the need to truck our product to a storage warehouse in Denver.”

Boulder Ice Cream began as a scoop shop on the Pearl Street Mall in 1992 and currently manufactures and distributes to more than 300 grocery stores and 80 food service establishments. Boulder Homemade Inc. manufactures Boulder Ice Cream, Yoki Bliss frozen yogurt, and Figo! Organic Gelato, one of the first organic gelatos on the market.

The flexible rebate program uses social, community and environmental sustainability guidelines to evaluate eligible businesses. Companies choose the guidelines that best fit their circumstances, but must meet minimum requirements in order to receive the rebate.

Boulder Ice Cream has exceeded the requirements, and its new manufacturing plant will be constructed with heat-capture equipment, reducing the company’s demand for electricity and natural gas.

Approximately 80 percent of the hot water and 70 percent of the warehouse heating will be supplied by the heat generated from other equipment. Additionally, Boulder Ice Cream has implemented a zero-waste program for the last 10 years and uses a manufacturing batch process that reduces product waste to nearly zero, which also reduces water usage during cleanup.

Boulder Ice Cream’s application is the eighth to be approved as part of the 2013 flexible rebate program. The city’s approved 2013 budget included $350,000 in funding for flexible tax and fee rebates for primary employers.

For more information about the City of Boulder’s business incentive programs, visit or call Economic Vitality Coordinator Liz Hanson at 303-441-3287.

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