Rosati Ice Outgrowing Its Factory in Clifton Heights

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Image of Rosati Ice President Rich Trotter, right, and Hamed Seresty via Michael Klein, Philadelphia Inquirer.

Recent innovations at Rosati Ice are scooping up huge helpings of success for the longtime maker of flavored water ice.

But that growth in sales is challenging inside a 1950s brick factory without a loading dock in a residential neighborhood, according to a Philadelphia Inquirer report by Michael Klein.

Rosati Ice has transitioned from sugar-based products to a formulation with coconut water concentrate as its base — and the reward for meeting federal nutrition standards for a serving of fruit has been tremendous growth in sales to schools across the nation.


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“It’s all good stuff,” said President Rich Trotter. “It’s dairy-free, gluten-free, fat-free, cholesterol-free, no high-fructose corn syrup, and naturally colored and flavored.”

Other big outlets are the supermarkets Acme and Weis, as well as all kinds of purveyors of summer treats.

And Rosati Ice is as innovative with its workforce as it is with its products, hiring workers with experience on several continents.

“We don’t look at ourselves as diverse,” Trotter said. “We look at ourselves as ‘We’re a single mind, single heart, good people, honest people,’ and it’s been great for the business, and it’s been great in terms of attracting the next wave of new talent that we’re looking to bring on as we can afford it.”

Read more about the growth of Rosati Ice in the Philadelphia Inquirer here.

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