Ice Cream Manufacturer Mini Melts Appoints Director of Sales for its USA Amusement Park and Distributor Operations

CNBCNORWICH, Conn., July 15, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Shawn Kilcoyne, CEO of Mini Melts USA, Inc., www.MiniMelts.com announced that David S. Tade is joining the company as Director of Sales. Mr. Tade previously held a variety of positions in 13 years at Dippin' Dots in areas such as operations, customer service, sales, training, marketing, business and system development, and management. Mr. Tade will focus on cultivating existing distributors, as well adding new partners to our distribution network. Additionally, Mr. Tade will work with new and existing IAAPA member customers in the amusement park industry. "I am committed to providing exceptional field service to our customers and network of distributors," noted Tade.

"With over 13 years of industry experience, David Tade is a priceless addition to our organization," noted Shawn, "but experience alone was not the reason for inviting Mr. Tade to join our team. Mr. Tade holds himself to a higher standard and he is a moral and ethical person with an exceptional work ethic. Our entire team at Mini Melts is committed to delivering an outstanding product to our customers and to support them with exceptional customer service and David is committed to this mission." In accepting the position, Mr. Tade cited numerous reasons. "I am thrilled to be part of such a growing and exciting organization. I sincerely believe that working together with the Mini Melts team, we can do great things. These are exciting times for Mini Melts and I eagerly anticipate embarking on this journey with everyone." "Beginning as teenagers," added Dan Kilcoyne, who serves as president of Mini Melts USA, Inc., "Shawn and I have devoted our entire professional careers to this industry. When we began as Dippin' Dots dealers in the 1990's, David Tade was of great assistance to us as we grew to become one of their largest dealerships." Mini Melts produces cryogenically frozen ice cream in a patented process that uses liquid nitrogen to flash freeze the ice cream in seconds and lock in the flavor. The product is continuously kept at -40 F until served to the consumer.

The ice cream is offered through kiosks, vending machines, carts and serving freezers in various venues such as theme parks, entertainment centers, shopping malls, zoos and anywhere people, particularly children, congregate. Mini Melts is manufactured in a 25,000 square foot facility located in Norwich, CT. The plant now has the capacity to produce over two million gallons of ice cream annually.


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Fastcorp Fast-PRO Distribution Plan Offers Operators Growth Avenue

Vending TimesDANBURY, CT -- Fastcorp LLC has announced a national partnership program with leading vending operators in major markets. The company reports that its Fastcorp Preferred Regional Operator model is designed to speed implementation of its new field sales and service initiatives.

Over the past year, Fastcorp has redesigned its celebrated frozen-product vender to incorporate new technology, resulting in the Evolution design. This further refines the company's original concept, which is to store product in a base-mounted freezer chest for maximum refrigeration efficiency and protection, and apply robotics to the functions of opening the chest lid, retrieving and delivering the product, and closing the lid again.

Fastcorp has restructured its sales division as part of a new marketing approach that seeks to generate placement opportunities for operators by targeting prospective accounts.

The equipment maker also reports that it has developed solutions to many perceived obstacles to widespread deployment of ice cream and frozen-food machines, such as the availability of suitable product, frozen transportation and frozen storage.

To advance these programs, Fastcorp has formed major brand partnerships in the United States and abroad. Domestic brand partners include Schwan's, Blue Bunny, Dippin Dots and Mini Melts. The company also has developed both Unilever and Nestlé business relationships in Europe.





Press Release Source: Mini Melts USA, Inc. On Friday April 23, 2010:

Young Entrepreneurs Acquire Mini Melts Ice Cream USA Manufacturing Operations

PR NewswireNORWICH, Conn., April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Tom Mosey, owner of Mini Melts, Inc., (www.MiniMelts.com) announced that its ice cream manufacturing operations and distribution rights in the contiguous United States will be transferred to Mini Melts USA, Inc., an entity owned by long-time and very successful Mini Melts distributors Shawn, 31, and Dan Kilcoyne, 27. The transition takes effect on April 26, 2010.

Mini Melts produces cryogenically frozen ice cream in a patented process that uses liquid nitrogen to flash freeze the ice cream in seconds. This process locks in the flavor and produces fun shapes in different sizes that kids and adults alike enjoy. The product, available in over 50 flavors and worldwide in 27 countries, is continuously kept at -40 degrees F from production through warehousing, transportation and storage, until served to the consumer.

In deciding to make this move, Mosey cited his extensive international travels in overseeing operations in 26 countries outside the US as constraining his possible time commitment toward Mini Melts, Inc., the United States operation. "The Kilcoyne brothers are undoubtedly the right people for the job," stated Mosey, adding that, "I have known and worked closely with them as they became our largest customer. In fact, as we developed products, packaging and system improvements over the years we relied on advice from Shawn and Dan."

Shawn and Dan have operated their business, Mini Melts of America, Inc., since Mini Melts began US operations in 2003. They have hands-on experience in all channels of distribution used to sell Mini Melts. The product is offered through kiosks, vending machines, carts and serving freezers in various venues such as theme parks, entertainment centers, shopping malls, zoos and anywhere people, particularly children, congregate.

Mini Melts, Inc. is an INC 500 company. The company began producing Mini Melts in its Florida plant in 2003. All US production was consolidated in its 25,000 square foot facility in Norwich that began operating in 2006. At full capacity, over one million gallons of ice cream can be produced annually.

Shawn and Dan are grateful to Tom Mosey for the opportunity. "Beginning as teenagers," noted Shawn, "Dan and I have devoted all of our professional careers to this industry. We began as Dippin' Dots dealers in the 1990's while in high school. In only our third year in business, we became one of their largest dealerships."

Dan added, "We joined the Mini Melts team from the outset. Shawn and I have had a great relationship with Tom and a lot of respect for what he has accomplished at Mini Melts domestically and abroad."

Although the Kilcoynes will be making the decisions going forward, Mosey will continue to own the patents, equipment and plant which Shawn and Dan are licensing and operating. So he will continue to have a vested interest in the success of Mini Melts in the US and will remain fully responsible and have complete control of all international operations outside the contiguous United States.


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Kilcoyne Brothers Obtain Mini Melts USA Manufacturing Operations and Distribution Rights

Norwich, CT – Tom Mosey, owner of Mini Melts, Inc., announced that its ice cream manufacturing operations and distribution rights in the contiguous United States will be transferred to Mini Melts USA, Inc., an entity owned by long-time and very successful Mini Melts distributors Shawn and Dan Kilcoyne. The transition takes effect on April 26, 2010.

Mini Melts produces cryogenically frozen ice cream in a patented process that uses liquid nitrogen to flash freeze the ice cream in seconds. This process locks in the flavor and produces interesting shapes that resemble popcorn. The product, available in over 50 flavors and worldwide in 27 countries, is continuously kept at -40°F from production through warehousing, transportation and storage, until served to the consumer.

In deciding to make this move, Mosey cited that his extensive international business travels constrain his time commitment toward Mini Melts, Inc., the United States operation. "The Kilcoyne brothers are undoubtedly the right people for the job" stated Mosey, adding that "I have known and worked closely with them as they became our largest customer. In fact, as we developed products, packaging and system improvements over the years we relied on advice from Shawn and Dan."

Shawn and Dan have operated their Philadelphia based business, Mini Melts of America, Inc., since Mini Melts began US operations in 2003. They have hands-on experience in all channels of distribution used to sell Mini Melts. The product is offered through kiosks, vending machines, carts and serving freezers in various venues such as theme parks, entertainment centers, shopping malls, zoos and anywhere people, particularly children, congregate.

Mini Melts, Inc. is an INC 500 company. The company began producing Mini Melts in its Florida plant in 2003. All US production was consolidated in its 25,000 square foot facility in Norwich that began operating in 2006. At full capacity, over one million gallons of ice cream can be produced annually.

"Beginning as teenagers," noted Shawn, "Dan and I have devoted all of our professional careers to this industry. We began as Dippin’ Dots dealers in the 1990’s while in high school. In only our third year in business, we became one of their largest dealerships."

Dan added, "We joined the Mini Melts team from the outset. Shawn and I have had a great relationship with Tom and a lot of respect for what he has accomplished at Mini Melts domestically and abroad."

Although the Kilcoynes will be making the decisions going forward, Mosey will continue to own the patents, equipment and plant which Shawn and Dan are licensing and operating. So he will continue to have a vested interest in the success of Mini Melts in the US and will remain fully responsible and have complete control of all international operations outside the contiguous United States.




Here We Grow Again...

Mini Melts recently finished work on their new world headquarters in Norwich, Connecticut.

While our plant in Florida was an excellent beginning, we rapidly outgrew it and started looking for larger facilities. In early 2005 we purchased a 160,000 square foot property in Norwich, Connecticut. We finished renovations shortly before hosting the 31st Annual Theme Park Workshop in October 2007, which officially marked the facility becoming our new headquarters. We proudly fly the 26 flags from around the globe which currently enjoy Mini Melts.

With the largest -50°F walk-in freezer in the Northeast United States and a multi-million gallon capacity of delicious Mini Melts, our new facility will serve us and our customers for years to come.

Our plans to open our distribution center in Dallas, Texas continue and we hope to have that completed shortly. We would love to see you in beautiful South Eastern Connecticut, if you get the chance to stop by, and, of course enjoy all the delicious Mini Melts you like. Thank you to everyone who have made and continue to make our growth possible.