PADUCAH, KY. — Dippin’ Dots is expanding into South America. The flash frozen beaded ice cream company announced it has signed a trademark and technology licensing agreement with a group of South American entrepreneurs who will build a new manufacturing facility in Brazil. The new production site will be Dippin Dots’ first in South America and its fourth international manufacturing facility.

Construction on the new facility already has begun in the state of Espirito Santo. Production is estimated to begin in early 2020, according to the company.

“We are looking forward to expanding economic opportunities across Brazil and the South American market,” said Stan Jones, chief development officer at Dippin’ Dots. “There is a lot of demand for our product in this part of the world due to Brazilian tourists who have experienced Dippin’ Dots while visiting Florida.”

Dippin’ Dots currently operates in the Philippines, Canada South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Australia, Japan, Chile, Oman, China and Russia through warehouses and distribution networks. The company said it expects to double year-over-year growth in international markets in each of the next five years.