After years of working as a door to door milkman, Sal Belfonte wanted something different. Fueled by his desire to make a great ice cream he started the Belfonte Dairy Distribution Inc., in 1969. The young company, rooted in family values, was run by the members of the Belfonte family. Sal’s wife handled accounting and his children loaded trucks and answered phones.
In December of 1985, Belfonte gave Kansas City its first locally owned ice cream and cultured dairy products production plant.
Today, the Belfonte name is found on more than 190 products in more than 550 supermarkets and convenience stores, and in more than 600 restaurants, country clubs, hospitals, schools and food service facilities. Belfonte Ice Cream is distributed from Kansas City to Wichita to Tulsa.