Kingdom Creamery Of Vermont Mon, 19 Sep 2022 09:13:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Kingdom Creamery Of Vermont 32 32 Mr. Green Tea Ice Cream maker is coming Mon, 19 Sep 2022 09:13:18 +0000

OCEANPORT – MGT Foods, which makes treats such as Mr. Green Tea Ice Cream and Mr. Mochi Ice Cream, has signed a lease to come to The Commissary at Baseline, located on the former grounds of Fort Monmouth.

This is the second lease signing by Denholtz Properties, which has also locked in craft beer brewer Birdsmouth Beer for the site. Birdsmouth is due to open on October 15.

The third-generation family business was started in Brooklyn in 1968 by Santo Emanuele, a World War II veteran who flew in the bomber squadrons that made up the 100th Bomb Group. After the war, he worked in the dairy industry and became an entrepreneur around the time the sushi craze hit the East Coast.

His grandson, Michael James Emanuele, the company’s vice president, said his grandfather recognized the need for traditional ice cream for Japanese restaurants and developed a few signature flavors.

The commissary of the former Fort Monmouth will house MGT Foods.

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“There was an increase in Japanese restaurants in Brooklyn and he started selling directly to them,” Emanuele said.

One of those flavors was Mr. Green Tea Ice Cream, where the name MGT comes from.

The company moved to Manalapan in 2002, then to Keyport in 2008, where it is headquartered today. MGT specializes in food science, food manufacturing and distribution. Its other brands include The Bear & The Rat Cool Treats for Dogs and Eat Mud Non-Dairy Ice Cream.

Demand for their product line, which sells in both domestic and overseas markets, prompted them to lease a larger 19,567 square foot facility at the fort. Emanuele said they had watched the commissioner a few years ago, but now was not the right time.

Michael James Emanuele, Vice President of MGT Foods, seen here in 2017 discussing Direct Service Distribution techniques with Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management at Keyport High School.

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Emanuele said MGT will retain its headquarters in Keyport but close the production plant there. He plans to open the Economat production plant early next year. Over time, the company will create 15 to 20 new jobs at the fort, which does not include approximately eight to 12 employees who will leave Keyport.