One of the most interesting aspects of covering the Illinois cannabis industry has been monitoring the numerous start-up businesses throughout the Prairie State. We’ve seen dozens of start-ups fail within these first 40 months, and we’ve seen just as many new start-ups along the way. But we’ve paid extra close attention to those businesses, like Illinois News Joint, that have been around since day one of legalization. Jane and Mary’s Ice Cream and Sorbet is one of those businesses.
Judging a business’ viability in the Illinois cannabis industry has not been that difficult. In general, entrepreneurs who prosper have quality products and services, work well with others in the industry, and are passionate about the plant. On the other hand, entrepreneurs who burn bridges, think they’re above others in the industry, and believe they’re entitled to success usually do not fare very well. The first time I connected with Jason Knight, founder of Jay’s Gourmet, makers of Jane and Mary’s Ice Cream and Sorbet, I knew he was the former.
Knight, based out of Chiacgo, has become a great “cannabis citizen” these last 40 months and produces some of the best infused products in Illinois, so it was no surprise that Jane and Mary’s Ice Cream and Sorbet is not only still around but also continuously expanding. Knight recently announced a multi-year licensing agreement with Scoops and Smiles Wholesale and Distribution. This arrangement paves the way for the manufacturing, sales, and distribution of Jane and Mary’s Ice Cream and Sorbet across the state of Minnesota.
With an established presence in the Chicagoland Area and central Illinois, the minority-owned Jane and Mary’s has offered hemp-derived infused products and is still working on THC products in dispensaries. The licensing agreement empowers Scoops and Smiles Wholesale and Distribution to exclusively produce, sell, and distribute Jane and Mary’s Ice Cream and Sorbet in the state, thereby expanding the availability of these frozen desserts to a wider consumer base.
“I am excited to partner with Scoops and Smiles in Minnesota,” Knight said. “They have an established track record of working with top brands, understanding the industry, and providing great service, all the while creating fans of their product lines.”
Jane and Mary’s Ice Cream and Sorbet prides itself on offering an array of nostalgic “ice cream parlor” flavors that cater to diverse tastes and preferences. These premium gourmet treats are infused with federally legal cannabinoids. For more Illinois cannabis industry news, visit here.
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