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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


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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