The Maola Milk & Ice Cream Company started in 1935, in New Bern. The company's name is a combination of the owner's last name, Mayo, and Coca-Cola. F.E. Mayo owned the New Bern Coke distributorship and the milk company. Dodd traces the company's growth from four employees in 1935 to more than 400 in 2005. Ice cream is now produced at the High Point plant, while the New Bern plant produces about 80,000 gallons of milk per day, as well as juice products.