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- This story originated on a self-described satire website. Ben & Jerry’s products are still available at Publix stores.
Ice cream purveyor Ben & Jerry’s has long been vocal about its activism and progressive values, seeking to "eliminate injustices in our local, national and international communities."
But that mission has not provoked a grocery store chain to drop the company’s wares. Some bloggers are claiming otherwise.
"Publix drops Ben and Jerry’s ‘for the good of our kids,’" reads a June 4 headline on a blog simply titled "News Article."
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Maria Brous, a Publix spokesperson, told PolitiFact the story is false.
"Our stores carry Ben & Jerry’s ice cream," Brous said.
There’s a big clue in the story that it’s not authentic news. The post says, "Publix CEO Joe Barron released a memo stating that the company, which is employee-owned and very family oriented, will no longer carry Ben & Jerry’s ice cream products."
Publix’s CEO is Todd Jones, not Joe Barron.
We found no press releases on Publix’s website announcing that it has dropped Ben & Jerry’s products.
And searching for Ben & Jerry’s products in Publix locations around the country, we found some favorite flavors on store shelves. Pints of Half Baked, for example, are on aisle 9 in a Publix in Tampa, Florida.
Searching for other coverage of this alleged news, we found the exact same story published on The Dunning-Kruger Times, a self-described satire website.
We rate claims that Publix has dropped Ben & Jerry’s products False.
Blog post, June 4, 2023
Publix, A Message from Publix CEO Todd Jones, visited June 9, 2023
Ben & Jerry’s, Our values, activism and mission, visited June 9, 2023
The Dunning-Kruger Times, Publix Drops Ben and Jerry’s "For the Good of Our Kids," visited June 9, 2023
Email interview with Maria Brous, director of communications, Publix, June 9, 2023
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