Our ice cream retailers, wholesalers and suppliers love the benefits their NICRA membership brings them.
Here are a few testimonials and thoughts
"Our company Joined NICRA back in 2006 as a supplier to test the waters and enjoy face time with existing customers that we hadn't had a chance to visit.
We had a fantastic first show and have attended every year since!
Personally, I have been very involved in the association and have represented the suppliers as President of the Supplier Board back in 2015 and am currently active on the NICRA Board of Directors.
At each annual convention, we are put in front of a whole new group of people that are looking to enter the frozen dessert industry and have the opportunity to share our knowledge and expertise. We also collaborated with our fellow NICRA competitors to better service our account base and truly enjoyed the experience and comradery!
NICRA is a must for anyone looking to enter the frozen dessert industry and will add value to your business!"
Andrew Jones, Lloyd's of Pennsylvania, Inc, Prince Frederick, MD
"NICRA has been instrumental in the success of our business from the days we dreamed of opening through the start of our 10th season in 2019.
The wealth of information shared among the membership regarding operational issues, financial strategies, product quality and manufacturing practices, not to mention the everyday tips and tricks we learn has been tremendous!
We don’t miss the annual convention! Even after 10 years, we return home re-energized, full of new ideas and knowledge. We always look forward to reconnecting with beloved friends and colleagues for those few days of fun and education.
The first piece of advice we always share with those looking to enter the wonderful world of ice cream? Join NICRA!"
Christine D’Amico, Over the Top Ice Cream, Pleasant Hill, Iowa
"We opened our seasonal shop in 2012 with the help of NICRA and have been utilizing wisdom from more experienced ice cream shop owners, manufacturers, and suppliers ever since!
We attend the convention every year and never regret it! It is always comforting to know that when we have a question or struggle, we have tremendous knowledge at our fingertips.
Thank you NICRA! "
Jason & Sue Kloter, Kloter's Ice Cream Barn, Ellington CT
"NICRA has always been a welcoming, knowledgeable community of people who are willing to open up their arms and hearts to any newcomer in the business. Ice cream tips are made easily available, the competition has remained fun and light, and the people are really what make this association shine.
Additionally, the recent changes in the content and information provided by NICRA has really stepped up the game in transferring this valuable info and Izzy's has started to get more connected with other suppliers and manufacturers to develop and grow our business.
Working alongside folks that have been doing it for much longer or even much shorter has allowed us to better understand how we can grow and that there's always something new to learn"
Shannon Leach, Izzy's Ice Cream, Minneapolis, MN
"NICRA has really been integral in the planning and launching of my shop in July 2018.
The input from the members is invaluable. It's one thing to talk to small business owners; it's completely another to speak to other ice cream shop owners who have been right in your shoes. It's a wonderfully supportive community. And don't miss the annual conference!
The classes are great and I loved meeting owners from all over the country. Plus there's lots of ice cream tasting, so how could it not be !?!"
Jen Foley Foleys Ice Cream Shoppe Braintree, MA
"We love NICRA because of the incredible friendships we have made with other ice cream industry folks across the US.
Through the years, we’ve been given priceless professional advice and counsel, collaborated on ideas to improve our industry, and had a fantastic time along the way.
Ice cream people tend to be generous, fun and positive, which is what makes our annual NICRA convention such a great experience.
Not only do we learn unique ideas every year, but we also have the opportunity to connect with new suppliers.
The organization is well worth our investment of time, energy and money."
Patti Otte Sweet Firefly, Dallas TX