Beckon Ice Cream Unbelievably Delicious. Surprisingly Lactose-Free.


Date Established
Founder Gwen Burlingame, Katy Flannery
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


Beckon 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 the real milk, the added lactase enzyme, no gums, corn syrup, or artificial stabilizers, Beckon is bringing back the joy of real ice cream to include the 25% of Americans who are lactose intolerant so that 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, Cookies & Sweet Cream, Chocolate, and Espresso. Beckon is available nationwide at Whole Foods Market, Sprouts, and other select retailers throughout the country, as well as on  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

Beckon is the story of Co-Founder Katy, a lactose intolerant nurse, and Co-Founder Gwen, a sympathetic sweet tooth who couldn’t stand the thought of people going through life without ice cream. The pair both grew up loving ice cream but, by the time they met at Villanova University, Katy had become lactose intolerant. She tried all the alternatives – soy, almond, coconut and more – but they just didn’t cut it. So she churned up something better – REAL ice cream, without the lactose. Finally, Gwen and Katy could share the same pint and no one had to compromise. They decided that no one should have to miss out on ice cream because of lactose intolerance, so they teamed up to bring the joy of real ice cream to all with Beckon.


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Gwen Burlingame

Co-Founder & Ice Cream Lover
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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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Katy Flannery

Co-Founder & Lactose Intolerant
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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.


start quotation marks "Beckon Ice Cream: 11/10 I can't stop eating it." end quotation marks
Claudia Davis Beckon Customer
start quotation marks "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 😉" end quotation marks
Jacqueline Beckon Customer
start quotation marks "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!" end quotation marks
Danielle Beckon Customer