Turkey Hill Buys Yarnell Production Facility in Searcy

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Ice cream and drink manufacturer Turkey Hill LLC of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, said Wednesday it acquired an ice cream and novelty production facility in Searcy from Yarnell Ice Cream LLC, a subsidiary of Schulze & Burch Biscuit Co.

The 100,000-SF plant makes ice cream and frozen novelty products in various sizes and formats. Turkey Hill said buying the facility expands its production capacity, capabilities and geographic reach.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

As part of the deal, Turkey Hill has signed a co-manufacturing agreement with Schulze & Burch to make ice cream for the Yarnell’s brand.

“The addition of this facility in Arkansas highlights the company’s commitment to geographic expansion,” Turkey Hill CEO Tim Hopkins said in a news release. “Over the last year, Turkey Hill has experienced strong and growing consumer demand nationwide, and the strategic location of this facility will enable us to serve consumers across the United States for years to come. We look forward to welcoming the employees at the Searcy facility to our Turkey Hill family.”

Turkey Hill was founded in 1931 and makes branded ice cream and refrigerated drinks for retail, foodservice and other channels.

Schulze & Burch of Chicago bought Yarnell’s assets for $1.34 million in 2012 after the ice cream-maker filed for bankruptcy the previous year. It was the Chicago company’s first entry into the ice cream market.