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Beckon Ice Cream

Unbelievably delicious, surprisingly lactose-free ice cream


Date Established 06/2015
Founder Katy Flannery, Gwen Burlingame
Headquarters Boston, MA, USA
Press Contact Adi Shapira


Peanut Butter Cup
Peanut Butter Cup $5.99
Dark Chocolate Brownie
Dark Chocolate Brownie $5.99
Mint Chip Snack Cups
Mint Chip Snack Cups
Sea Salt Chocolate Chip
Sea Salt Chocolate Chip $5.99
Vanilla $5.99
Vanilla Snack Cups
Vanilla Snack Cups
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough $5.99
Cookies & Sweet Cream
Cookies & Sweet Cream $5.99
Mint Chip
Mint Chip $5.99


Beckon Ice Cream is calling people back to REAL ice cream that is unbelievably delicious and surprisingly lactose-free. Founded on the belief that no one should have to miss out on premium ice cream, co-founders Katy (lactose-intolerant) and Gwen (sympathetic sweet tooth) created the first-ever clean label premium lactose-free dairy ice cream on the market. With fresh milk and cream, no gums, no corn syrup, and no artificial stabilizers, Beckon is bringing the good life to the 25% of Americans who are lactose intolerant. Now everyone can enjoy the creamy, drool-worthy treats they grew up loving without any compromises. The line includes seven classic flavors: Dark Chocolate Brownie, Peanut Butter Cup (upcycled with UNREAL peanut butter cups), Vanilla, Sea Salt Chocolate Chip (a serendipitous accident), Mint Chip, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, and Cookies & Sweet Cream. Beckon is available nationwide at Whole Foods Market, Sprouts, and other select retailers throughout the country, as well as on Fresh Direct and  Flavors are available in 16oz pints (SRP $5.99) and 32oz quarts ($8.99), and NEW SNACK CUPS: perfectly portioned indulgences with tasty toppings underneath the lid. Don’t miss a Beckon beat and go to or follow @BeckonIceCream to learn more!

Founding Story

This is a story of Katy (lactose-intolerant nurse) and Gwen (sympathetic sweet tooth), two ice cream lovers who believed in making the impossible possible: a life where lactose-free ice cream had the same richness and decadence as premium lactose-full ice cream. Their woman-powered business is propelled by the notion that if you work hard enough, surround yourself with the right people, and never give up, you can get exactly what you want, the way you want it. Well, mostly (#ThatStartUpLife). Today, Beckon Ice Cream is calling you back to REAL ice cream, just lactose-free. After all, ice cream is our calling (pun intended, and encouraged).

Team Bios

Katy Flannery is Co-Founder of Beckon, the first and only premium, lactose-free dairy ice cream on the market. Originally from North Attleboro, MA, Katy is a graduate of Villanova University, where she studied Nursing.  Katy was previously an RN in the Pediatric ICU at Boston Children’s Hospital.  It was her food journey and lactose intolerance that inspired Beckon and she is also a graduate of the famous Penn State Ice Cream Course.

Gwen Burlingame

Co-Founder & Sympathetic Sweet Tooth

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Gwen Burlingame is Co-Founder of Beckon, the first and only premium, lactose-free dairy ice cream on the market.  Originally from Springfield, VA, Gwen is a graduate of Villanova University, where she studied Marketing and International Business.  Prior to co-founding Beckon, Gwen held roles at L’Oreal USA in e-commerce and digital strategy for Luxe Division, International Business development for Kiehl’s Since 1851 and Global Brand Marketing, also at Kiehl’s, managing the Lip and Sun product portfolios.


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Beckon Ice Cream: 11/10 I can't stop eating it.

Claudia Davis

Gotta be the best lactose-free ice cream I have ever had, which also means I can easily eat the whole pint at one time!!!

Tina B.

If you're lactose free, run don't walk to pick up some @beckoniceream seriously so damn good

Rachel Zyra

This may be the time in life that I switch to only lactose free ice cream

Mesia A.

This is the only ice cream my son eats! He does not like ANY of the other lactose-free versions, and I have to agree with him that Beckon's vanilla is awesome. It's rich, creamy, and so good....I could eat a 6-pack all by myself!


I loved this vanilla ice cream. I didn't know lactose free could taste this good.

Amber C.

This was by far the best lactose free ice cream I’ve ever had!

Kelsie K.

I love your brand. I am an ice cream junkie and didn't think I could ever enjoy it again after developing lactose intolerance. Thank you for your delicious, premium flavors! I'm a bit of an ice cream snob 😉


OMG!!!! This ice cream is D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S!!

Melissa W.

Found your ice cream at Whole Foods yesterday--YAY!!!!! It is so goooood! I have been lactose intolerant since chemotherapy and I have missed good ice cream! Those alternatives are just sad. I have been making my own, but now I can enjoy Beckon instead :)

Traci V.

Beckon Lactose-Free Ice Cream is the recipient of a VERY rare and VERY well-deserved 5-Stars from me!

Timothy L.


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