By DOUG WILSON
Herald-Whig Senior Writer
Deters Frozen Custard won two certificates of excellence during the 79th annual convention of the National Ice Cream Retailers' Association held Nov. 7-10 in Greenville, S.C.
The Quincy-based business was honored for excellence for French vanilla and Belgian chocolate varieties of frozen custard. Judging was based on flavor, body, texture, color, melt quality, bacterial count and other factors, according to NICRA. Testing was done at Clemson University, division of dairy science.
Rich Deters, president of Deters Frozen Custard Co., credits the awards to using quality ingredients, good equipment and handling the frozen custard well.
"It's always an honor when you get any award. It was nice to be there and be amongst those honored," Deters said.
The convention was attended by 300 to 350 representatives of ice cream retailers. Most attendees were from independent operators and many were from companies with multiple locations.
Deters Frozen Custard opened in 2001 on South 36th Street. The store is now located at 3024 Broadway. Two other stores are located in St. Charles County, Mo.
Lodges open for tour
Four lodges in Pike County, Ill., will be toured Tuesday and Saturday under a joint program of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Office of Tourism.
Tour participants will be offered brunch, lunch, wine, desserts and appetizers. The lodges will be decorated for Christmas and musicians will be performing a variety of seasonal music.
The tour will leave the Pike County Visitor's Bureau at 224 W. Washington St., Pittsfield, at 8:45 a.m. Reservations and more information are available at (217) 285-2464.
Lodges on the tour include Heartland Lodge, Lodge at Walnut Knob, Kinderhook Lodge and Illinois Xtreme Lodge.
Freddie Mac's Nov. 20 Primary Mortgage Market Survey shows the average rate on the 30-year fixed rate mortgage fell to 3.34 percent. That is a record low, down from interest rates of 4 percent a year ago. ... U.S. retail sales over the four-day Thanksgiving Holiday weekend rose about 9 percent, according to the National Retail Federation. An estimated 247 million adults visited U.S. stores or websites from Thanksgiving through the following Sunday. That is up from 226 million during the same period in 2011. ... Natural-gas futures sold lower last week after mild weather was forecast. Futures for delivery in December were off 14.8 cents or 3.8 percent last Monday. ... Tanker vessel Ob River left Norway last month, sailing north on its way to Japan. The ship is scheduled to arrive in early December, shaving 20 days off the usual transit and saving 40 percent on fuel as it moves through melting ice in the Arctic Ocean.
Low natural gas prices in the United States amount to a competitive advantage over other nations -- a 3-to-1 advantage over Europe and 5-to-1 over Japan. A McKinsey & Co. report indicates the U.S. is well positioned to grow its manufacturing base during the next 15 years.
Illinois legislators are considering a tax on satellite television. The tax would amount to nearly $5 per month, or $55 per year.
Forbes has listed Illinois ninth on its list of Death Spiral States. According to the report the state has 103 "Takers," people receiving money from the government, for every 100 "Makers" who are gainfully employed in the private sector.
Quote of the Week
"I support President Obama's proposal to eliminate the Bush tax cuts for high-income taxpayers. However, I prefer a cutoff point somewhat above $250,000 -- maybe $500,000 or so."
-- Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, on possible tax hikes on the wealthiest U.S. taxpayers.