The good news is that I’m not going to end this post with an announcement that I just saved a bunch of money on car insurance.
As I stated in my comment to the Americone Dream map, I had sent a letter to the Ben & Jerry’s FAQ department:
Subject – Americone Dream dans le nation de Canada
03/22/2007 01:20 PM
Is there any news about the timetable for Americone Dream to enter the Canadian market? Are there certain issues like “translating the name into French” that still have to be resolved? (I know, that’s two questions.)
I would have gone with “Le Rêve Ameri-cone,” or if the Canadian Minister of Confectionary Resources requires a more domestic moniker, “Conadian Dream.”
Here’s the response:
Discussion Thread -
Response (George) – 03/26/2007 11:15 AM
Thanks for writing, and sorry for the slow reply. Sadly at this time we do not have plans to introduce Stephen Colbert’s AmeriCone Dream outside of the United States. The Canadian market gets far fewer Ben & Jerry’s options based upon production capabilities for Ben & Jerry’s in Canada (most of the Canadian product is made in Ontario) including issues like packaging redesign, labeling laws etc., and importation quotas on ice cream. All these complex pieces are part of our international marketing strategy.
We will absolutely be forwarding your request on to our marketing and international marketing departments and hopefully it won’t be too long before Colbert’s AmeriCone Dream makes it’s way across the border. Of course we might just do what Stephen has suggested and stage a pre-emptive ice cream invasion.
Thanks again for writing,
Ben & Jerry’s
I don’t think I’ve ever gotten such a well written customer service email response. (Thanks, George.) Though my disappointment has simmered to a manageable level of acceptance, I remain receptive to ideas on making this happen.
I’ll call it right now: “Bloggers Make Charity Ice Cream Eating Event in Canadian City a Success”
No cavemen were harmed in the writing of this blog post.