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2010 sofi™ Silver Finalists

 

 

Philip R’s Frozen Desserts named 2010 sofi ™ Silver Finalist for Outstanding Perishable Foodservice Product

By the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade

 

Winchester, MA (April 22, 2010) – Philip R’s Frozen Desserts has been selected as a Silver Finalist for Outstanding Perishable Foodservice Product in the 2010 sofi™ Awards from the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, Inc.  The sofi Awards recognize excellence in specialty foods and beverages and are a coveted industry honor. “sofi” stands for Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation.

 

Swiss Vanilla Almond Lollibons® were one of 125 Silver Finalists selected by a national panel of specialty food experts from 1,570 contenders across 31 Awards categories. Gold Winners will be announced in a red-carpet ceremony June 28 at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York.

 

 

The sofi Awards are open to members of the NASFT, a not-for-profit trade association established in 1952 with more than 2,900 members throughout the U.S. and abroad. For more information on the NASFT and its Fancy Food Shows, go to www.specialtyfood.com

 

“The field was very competitive, with entries up 12 percent from 2009. The finalists represent the breadth and quality of our members’ distinctive products,” said Ann Daw, president of the NASFT. “It is clear that our industry is moving forward with innovation, inspiration and creativity.”

 

Philip R’s Frozen Desserts Contact:

Philip Rotondo, Owner, 781-721-6330, philipjr@icecream-desserts.com

 

NASFT Media Contacts:

Ron Tanner, VP Communications & Education; 646-878-0115, rtanner@nasft.org

Louise Kramer, Communications Director; 646-878-0130, lkramer@nasft.org

 

 

 
 
 
 

Hotel F&B Executive
May/June 2005, page 32

Please click here to read the "GET THE SCOOP" article. It is on page 2 of the PDF file. You need the Acrobat Reader to read the file which can be download from here.

 
 
 
 

Press Release:
April 15, 2004

Philip R’s Frozen Dessert Company, based in Winchester MA, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with great news. Philip R’s high quality ice cream and sorbet desserts are now available online at www.icecream-desserts.com. Food service operators can now log on and order any of the unique ice cream and sorbet desserts with nationwide direct delivery. Whether you need that show stopping intermezzo or grand finale dessert, Philip R’s is very helpful in assisting chefs to complete their menu.

Also available, to assist your kitchen staff, are pre portioned ice cream and sorbet scoops. Now, adding ice cream and sorbet to your menu couldn’t be easier. Scoops are available in any size and flavor of ice cream or sorbet. Eliminate the anxiety of serving ice cream and sorbet at your next catered affair by choosing Philip R’s Frozen Desserts.

Visit www.icecream-desserts.com or call 1-877-4desserts to get the scoop.

 
 
 
  Boston Business Journal
February 1, 2002 print edition
Entrepreneur

Their just desserts
Father-and-son team keep it simple with their Philip R's Frozen Desserts
Jill Lerner Journal Staff

WINCHESTER -- Philip Rotondo and Philip Rotondo Jr. had one goal in mind when they founded their frozen-dessert company in 1996 -- to make sorbet. Hence the original company name, Philip R's Simply Sorbets.

Their catering customers were more ambitious on their behalf.

Soon after the father-and-son team debuted their product, clients clamored for ice cream, individual desserts and special orders.

Those requests -- some as off-beat as blue cheese and green tea ice cream flavors -- helped the Rotondos last year scoop up business-to-business sales of just under $1 million.

They employ 10 full-time workers and oversee 4,000 square feet of office and kitchen space in Winchester, as well as another 4,000 square feet of storage space in Medford. And the company's name has since evolved to Philip R's Frozen Desserts.

"We can call them up on a couple days' notice, and they always come through," said Mark Flemming, pastry chef for the Rockland-based Catered Affair, for whom Philip R's has concocted specially requested ice cream flavors such as honey and nugget.

But it all started, simply, with sorbet.

After graduating from Merrimack College in 1993 with a degree in marketing, Philip Jr., now 31, tried his hand at a variety of jobs, including stints at a parcel-shipping company and a scuba-diving shop. None captured his imagination.

Then Philip Sr., now 53, a veteran of the food service industry who had worked in the family frozen-dessert business and later as a business consultant, tasted some bad sorbet at a function in 1996.

"It was lemon, and it tasted like straight lemon juice," he recalled.

The Rotondos knew they could do better, and, since both had been looking for more fulfilling jobs, they decided to try.

They set up shop in cramped warehouse space in Woburn with $10,000 worth of used equipment and devised recipes on their own using fresh ingredients. Then Philip Jr. began cold-calling hotels and caterers.

Soon, the Rotondos landed a series of accounts, including one of its earliest, the Sheraton Boston hotel.

The chef there ordered 50 gallons of raspberry sorbet, sending the Rotondos -- who had all of 5 gallons in stock but who had touted themselves as being able to deliver any order -- into a round-the-clock frenzy.

During the next few months, they added a veritable who's who of food- industry clients, including the Four Seasons and Boston Park Plaza hotels.

In short order, "the customers forced us into expanding the line," said Philip Sr

And after slowly adding items, the Rotondos last year debuted an entire catalog of frozen treats.

Confections range in price from miniature sorbet hearts at about 65 cents apiece to white-chocolate swans at $3 apiece.

Other offerings include individual ice cream tortes, truffles, profiteroles and -- among the most popular items -- tiny, realistic-looking fruit-shaped sorbets.

The key to the line's popularity, says Mark Polito, executive chef at the Progressive Gourmet, an Everett-based banquet foods distributor, is its gourmet quality.

"You need to find products people think you're making yourself," said Polito, whose company distributes the Philip R's line.

The Rotondos design all of the items themselves, and wen t so far as to arrange the desserts themselves during the photo shoot for the catalog.

"I guess we're a little bit on the creative side. We had kind of a vision of what we wanted the product to look like," said Philip Jr.

While the Rotondos don't anticipate selling their goods directly to consumers anytime soon, the business continues to grow.

Philip Jr., whom his father credits with running the company for the past three years, recently closed deals with Haagen-Dazs to market and distribute the line to the metro New York area, and has signed deals with New York hotels including the Marriott Marquis.

The company is now eyeing Orlando, Fla., and the Baltimore/Washington markets for the wealth of convention activity in those places.

But despite the warm, personal relationship between father and son, things weren't always easy in business.

"There was a time ... when it was difficult for me to hand the reins over," said Philip Sr.

"Old guys are set in their ways, (and) I had in my mind a certain way to do things."

In time, however, Philip Sr. says he learned to rephrase his sentences from "you should have" to "I would have" and to ease into the role of elder, experienced statesman.

Now, Philip Sr. says, "I'm the sounding board ... `Dad, what do you think?' "

And?

"I think he's doing terrific."

 
 
 
 
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