Rhino Foods

Cookie Dough and Baked Inclusions

Burlington, Vermont

United States


About Rhino Foods

Rhino Foods began in 1981 as a small ice cream shop in Vermont, called Chessy's Frozen Custard. The founder, Ted Castle, continues to own and operate the business in Burlington, Vermont employing over 100 people. Rhino proudly produces products for the best ice cream and frozen dessert companies in the world. The foundation of Rhino's success is built on Ted's unwavering commitment to the company’s Purpose: To impact the manner in which business is done.

With Rhino Foods customers get large company capabilities with the integrity of small company values. For over 30 years Rhino has produced products that make people smile by combining the spirit of culinary innovation with the building blocks of food science. Rhino’s commitment to create superior products reflects the belief in the value of investing in lifelong relationships for mutual benefit and long-term success.

Rhino Foods became a B Corporation to help amplify the message that business is the engine for positive change. As part of the B Corp community we look forward to learning more ways to meaningfully impact the way business is done.

The Change We Seek®

The number of ways to create positive social change is limitless. Rhino looks to their workforce’s needs to guide the creation of programs that are the most impactful and empowering for employees, their families, and their community. By investing energy into strengthening their employees Rhino Foods benefits as well.

These innovative workplace practices have drawn national media attention for twenty years. It has always been the company’s way to share what has been achieved with these practices to inspire others to take action. Rhino built on this momentum with the launch of the “The Rhino Way” section of their website wherein four program concepts, results, and implementation guides are offered.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

August 2013

Company Score

Median Score*



The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.



The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.



The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).



The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.



The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

Overall B Score

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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Company Highlights: 

Workers: Full-time workers offered over five weeks of paid maternity leave; employees offered dental, disability, and life insurance; formal outplacement services provided for 100% of terminated employees; employee performance feedback includes peer and subordinate input as well as career development guidance; company offers flex-time work schedules and telecommuting; company has onsite physical therapy and counseling for employees.

Community: Company visits all significant suppliers and gives preference to suppliers that are local and sustainable; average relationship with supplier lasts longer than five years; 30% of workers are from chronically underemployed populations; employees offered paid time off for community service; company allows workers to select nonprofit organizations to receive company charitable giving donations.

Environment: Company recycling policy includes paper, cardboard, plastic, glass & metal, and composting; company gives employees incentives to carpool or use public transportation; company uses virtual meeting technology to reduce corporate travel; company monitors indoor environmental quality to avoid "Sick Building Syndrome."



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