Craft / High end Brands ($$$$)
Gelato Fiasco: Out of Maine, top notch stuff often found at Whole Foods.
Steve's Ice Cream: Out of New York
Jeni's Ice Cream: Out of New York
Also McConnell's, Salt & Straw, and Ample Hills if you don't mind shipping charges
Tea-rrific: Tea infused ice cream out of Connecticut
Three Twins Ice Cream: Organic ice cream out of California. Excellent quality at a fair price.
Ben & Jerry's: I'm going to have to give the top spot to B&J. They make top notch ice cream in all kinds of wonderful flavors, plus they're tree huggers, so it's all good! (I tend to be a little hard on Ben & Jerry but it's only because I expect perfection in every pint)
Owned by: Unilever (since 2001)
Haagen-Dazs: B&J's very worthy competitor. H-D flavors tend to be a bit more "classic"...sorry, best word I can think of, but these guys are neck in neck in my mind.
Licensed by Nestle in US & Canada until 2100 (WSJ explains here)
Talenti Gelato: Started in 2003 as a gelato stand, Talenti has grown to be the #1 gelato maker in the US and the #3 premium brand in the country. All natural has served them well. Oh, I compiled a list of all their flavors here.
Owned by: Unilever (announced 2014)
Graeter's: the "french pot process" has earned this company well deserved respect and loyalty
Owned by: Graeter's (since 1868)
Mainstream / Middle of the Road Brands ($$)
Breyers: I was raised on Breyers, but they have fallen out of my favor as most of their flavors are now "frozen dairy desserts".
Owned by: Unilever
Turkey Hill: Turkey Hill continues their expansion westward as the #4 producer of ice cream. They make a lot of great quality flavors.
Owned by: Kroger (Aug 1985)
Friendly's: Friendly's is in the rebuilding phase with their restaurants, but they make good ice cream (and even better sundaes). They are all over the east coast.
Owned by: Dean Foods (5/9/16)
Blue Bunny: Around here, Blue Bunny is found at Walmart and a few other select locations, but I think things are different in other parts of the country. I've learned to enjoy their ice cream and I adore their ever growing line of novelties.
Favorite Flavor: Bunny Tracks
Owned by: Wells' Dairy Inc.
Kemps has very limited exposure in my part of New England. They were at Walmart but I only really see their froyo at Market Basket and Roche Bros now. According to them: "[Kemps is] the leading marketer of frozen desserts, milk and other dairy products in the Upper Midwest". I don't care for their tart frozen yogurts, but I've had some success with their sweet yogurts.
Owned by: HP Hood LLC (2004)
Dreyer's (Edy's): I was a pretty big fan of Edy's in college, but they fell out of favor when they ditched awesome flavors for terrible frozen dairy desserts. They have learned from these mistakes and their current formulas are pretty good. They were responsible for the now defunct Healthy Choice ice cream.
Owned by: Nestle
Dean's: Dean's is the number three ice cream manufacturer in the US now that it owns Friendlys. They sell ice cream under Dean's Country Fresh as well as Mayfield, PET, Meadow Gold, etc.
Budget / Entry level brands ($)
Stone Ridge Creamery: Owned by the conglomerate that runs a bunch of grocery stores. They tend to be light on the mix-ins, but overall it's quite good considering the price point. (Stone Ridge is made at the same facilities as Kemps, but Kemps is not SR). Whatever store chain supervalu owns near you, that is where you will Stone Ridge products.
Owned by: Supervalu
Hood: Among it's collection of dairy products, Hood makes entry level ice cream...which is good if you're in college and can't afford anything better. They have operations throughout the country, own several other brands like Kemps, and have over 2 billion in sales annually. We didnt cover them much at first, but their New England Creamery line up has some fun stuff.
Owned by: HP Hood LLC
Flavor King: Found this at a Price Rite -- do not eat this stuff.
Owned by: Nestle
Made by Wells' Dairy Inc. since 2004
Healthy Choice - defunct(?)
Owned by: ConAgra (but made by Edy's)
Halo Top - young California company making all natural, high protein, low sugar, low fat ice cream with the help of erythritol.
Arctic Zero - lactose free, often low/no fat, and low glycemic thanks to monk fruit extract
Brio - very young company
Enlightened - started as bars but has moved in to pints. low sugar because of erythritol.
Yasso - frozen greek yogurt bars, usually fat free and high in fiber
Brighams: It's only served in New England. They were sold to Hood in the summer of 2008 and the plan then was to keep the status quo. They used to make good ice cream, but quality is fallen and they rarely pop out something new and catchy.
Owned by: HP Hood LLC
Gifford's: Gifford's (of Maine) bought Gifford's (of Maryland) a few years back to expand their distribution along the east coast. They make some fun quarts but I only really see them at Roche Bros and Wegmans in my area.
Owned by: Gifford's
Pierres Ice Cream Company: Pierre's products are sold in 10 states. They also produce Yovation and the excellent Hola Fruta. It's very possible you are eating Pierre's ice cream, but under a private label name.
Owned by: Pierres ICC
Perry's Ice Cream: Is out of upstate New York. They have been nice enough to send over samples several times, most people find their stuff at Wegman's.
Owned by: Family Owned - 4 generations
Blue Bell Creameries: While Blue Bell creameries was the #4 brand in the country, though it's only available in 17 states. I don't happen to live in one of them, so we have CT from Nerd Lunch try them for us every now and then.
Owned by: Blue Bell Creameries
Tofutti is made from Soy (Tofu)
So Delicious has coconut milk, cashew milk, almond milk and soy milk products
Rice Dream & Almond Dream
FoMu and NadaMoo! are both coconut milk based.
Walmart also has their own brands of ice cream but we don't try it often
Starbucks ice cream was a limited selection, often coffee based (produced by Unilever).
Walgreens makes their own ice cream, making both standard and premium ice creams.
There is Green's and Hagan in the Pennsylvania area, but they are run by Kemps, which is run by HP Hood LLC.
There is Carolina based Mooresville ice cream which puts out pints of Front Porch ice cream.
Magnum makes premium ice cream bars in the states and is owned by Unilever.
Mars is responsible for any Mars or Dove ice cream (Dove pints are rare nowadays)
hmmm, did I forget anyone? other places might carry "store" brands, but deep down these are probably rebadged ice creams. As time goes, I will place them where I can. Feel free to leave a comment.