How to Start Your Own Ice Cream Business (2023)

Ice cream businesses are probably the most visited shops by kids and adults alike. Understandably so as ice cream is one of the most popular desserts in the world. It’s been around since the 1500s as a treat for royalty in Europe. But thankfully, now anyone can get a scoop of rocky road whenever they want!

And people do!

In fact, the average American consumes 22 lbs of ice cream every year!

And if you’re like me, that number is probably a little on the low end. As a matter of fact, the ice cream industry produces more than 870 million gallons of ice cream every year — over a billion lbs if you count frozen treats like cakes, popsicles, and ice cream cookies (my favorite).

So much ice cream is consumed every year that the ice cream industry generated over $5 billion in 2014, and that number is climbing every year.

The fact remains that Americans love ice cream. Which makes opening an ice cream business a pretty sweet idea.

However, an appreciation for ice cream isn’t enough to qualify you to start an ice cream shop. There’s a lot of business aspects you need to understand before you scoop out your own niche in the ice cream industry.

But don’t freeze up now!

By the time you finish reading this post, you’ll have a clear idea of exactly what you need to do in order to make your love of soft serve into a freshly served reality.

Step 1: Learn How an Ice Cream Business Works

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The best way to learn something is by doing, and that goes double for the ice cream business!

Honestly, you can read a book about ice cream shops and ice cream businesses, but until you work at one, you won’t fully understand what it means to welcome a customer or what the perfect consistency of ice cream should be when you serve it.

If you really want to understand the ice cream industry, you need to go work at an ice cream shop.

Get a feel for staffing, for ordering, for marketing, for inventory. The list goes on and on, and no one can teach you better than an industry veteran who’s been running her own shop for years.

While there are lots of ice cream franchises around, the majority of ice cream shops are mom and pop family owned shops which have a lifespan of decades, so it shouldn’t be hard to find a great shop to learn from.

You don’t need to go work for them for a long time. Of course, the more time you spend under a successful business owner, the more you learn on how to run your future shop the right way. So utilize the time you do spend with them wisely. Ask questions. Take on as many responsibilities as you can. Look for ways to make the business more efficient.

Really talk to customers!

Ask them why they shop at this store as opposed to others. What do they love about it? What would they improve?

Learn about the legal requirements of owning your own ice cream business. What permits do you need? What certifications does each employee have to have?

Figure out what equipment you’ll need (and how much it’ll cost)!

Everything you’re doing here is market research, so the more of it you do, the better. Ultimately, it will all boil down into understanding the ice cream business, and this will help you create a solid plan.

Step 2: Create a Plan

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Why do ice cream businesses fail?

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The truth is, ice cream businesses fail for the same reason as many other businesses – the lack of a plan.

Your plan is your road map. Invest sufficient time, effort, thought, and research into creating your business plan so that when you start an ice cream shop you don’t have to think about what to do at every turn.

This is when you decide what kind of ice cream business you want to be.

Independent ice cream parlor?

Franchise?

Specialty ice cream shop?

Maybe you prefer to have an ice cream truck or stand?

What kind of business entity will your ice cream business be?

Sole proprietorship, partnership, or a corporation?

By mapping out every decision, cost, and expectation ahead of time. As a result, you’d be saving yourself time and money down the road by allowing yourself to budget accordingly and price compare options. For example, if you know exactly how much you need of specific ice cream flavors and toppings, then when it comes time to order, you won’t panic and order too much ice cream. Moreover, you’ll know exactly how much to order because you will have already planned it out against your sales projections.

This is also the time to research your competition, define and understand your target market, and think about your design and style.

If you’re not sure where to start, Startup Jungle can help you create an expertly organized and professional business plan for your ice cream business.

Just email bplan@startupjungle.com, and they’ll give you the help you need.

Step 3: Discover Earning Potential

How much money do ice cream businesses make?

Well, ice cream store workers make about $8.00 to $12.00 per hour. Management salaries run between $25,000 to $38,000 a year. These are costs you’ll have to factor into your business plan when figuring out your earning potential.

But as the owner, your earning potential depends on how your store does.

Are you a franchise or an independent shop?

Are you a high-end, specialty ice creamery making healthy, organic ice cream in-house or do you order your flavors in bulk from a distributor?

If you’re an independent store, you can set your prices and your margins as high as you’d like – but if your product doesn’t meet expectations, you won’t be in business long. However, if your offering does well, you can charge as much as you like for ice cream. Take a look at Lick Honest Ice Cream in Austin, TX. This small chain makes all seasonal and artisanal ice cream

Take a look at Lick Honest Ice Cream in Austin, TX. This small chain makes their seasonal and artisanal ice cream in-house using organic ingredients, allowing them to charge significantly more than traditional ice cream parlors. On top of that, they have distribution in place allowing them to sell their products throughout the state, and even deliver anywhere in the country.

If you’re a franchise on the other hand, then your margins are already set and you can check with the franchise for expectations. Cold Stone Creamery stores, for example, average about $358,000 a year in sales. After operating costs and franchise fees are taken out of that, a store owner can still expect to make a comfortable yearly salary.

The earning potential is there.

There’s an upward trend in disposable income as the economy continues to improve. That drives a higher demand for frozen treats. The ice cream industry in the U.S. brought in just over $5 billion in 2014, reports Statista, and that number is growing every year. They predict that global revenues will reach $74 billion annually by 2018.

For those who succeed, the ice cream business offers longevity not available in every industry. The IDFA states that most ice cream businesses are family-owned and have stayed in the business for over 50 years.

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Step 4: Set a Budget

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How much does it cost to open an ice cream shop?

That all depends on your business.

Will you have a mobile stand, truck, or a brick and mortar store? An ice cream stand will need $2,000 to $10,000 in startup funds. An ice cream truck will need only slightly more than that. And according to the National Ice Cream Retailers Association, a brick-and-mortar startup can run from $50,000 to over a million dollars for the store space alone. And of course, there are the costs for equipment and inventory, making starting an ice cream business fairly expensive.

But the good news is that there are lots of financing and small business loan options available to you!

Plus, there are ways to lower those costs.

For example, you can take over the lease payments of a closed location. But then you have to look at why that location closed, and if it’s worth it to take over the location.

If you’re building a store from scratch, your costs will be significantly more than taking over a location that’s already equipped to handle an ice cream store.

Equipment costs also vary greatly depending on what type of store you are.

A truck or trailer will have significantly less space, meaning smaller offerings and smaller equipment needs than a brick and mortar. Building a drive thru would cost significantly more.

It just depends on what type of business you want.

In no particular order, some costs to consider include:

  • Permits
  • Certifications
  • Insurance
  • Rent
  • Labor
  • Remodeling
  • Equipment
  • Supplies
  • Serving/to-go containers
  • Plasticware
  • Napkins
  • Cash registers
  • Signage
  • Franchising fees (if applicable)
  • Marketing
  • Website design

Because ice cream is food, there are tighter regulations and oversight than other businesses, such as a retail clothing boutique.

As such, running an ice cream store can be more expensive. So you want to keep costs down where possible.

Consider these to help keep costs down:

  • Schedule appropriately
  • Be aware of refrigeration doors left open
  • Order flavors or ingredients wisely. Avoid stocking up on items and having to throw them out
  • Order slightly used equipment instead of brand new equipment
  • Shop around to find the best quality for the best prices

Step 5: Decide Which Products to Offer

This is where the fun comes in!

Deciding which products you want to carry determines what kind of store you want to be. Here’s the step where you figure out if you’re a high-end, artisanal shop, a frozen yogurt shop, a custard store, a creamery, a trailer, truck, or any other variation of ice cream business. Just dump out all your ideas and then pick out what most excites you.

A word of caution, though.

If you try being all things to all people, you may have the opportunity to draw in more people, but run the risk of equipping your store to do too much, making it less efficient and costing you revenue in lost time.

If you pick a specialty, such as hand-dipped adult milkshakes, you can offer a product a small group loves and build yourself a loyal following as a hand-dipped adult milkshake authority! And by doing so, you can charge significantly higher margins for your specialty product.

You’ll also want to think about what to charge for each product.

As with other food service businesses, your cost should generally run about 25 to 30 percent of the total charge customers pay, so that you also cover waste, samples, and overhead expenses.

Here’s a rough calculation:

  • Average cost per 3-gallon tub of ice cream: $30
  • Scoop size: 4 ounces
  • Servings per container: 55
  • Cost per scoop: $0.47
  • Add $0.13 per scoop to cover additional costs (waste, samples, cups, spoons, cones): $0.60
  • Multiply by 3.33 to 4.16 depending on the markup your market will support

Your price would then be $2.00-$2.50 per scoop.

But again, that’s for a standard ice cream shop. You can charge more (or less) depending on your ability to control costs based on your business model and efficiency.

Figure out what you can offer that nobody else can. Maybe it’s you, maybe it’s your service, maybe it’s your experience.

Whatever your unique selling point is, figure it out, write it down, and make it your store’s centerpiece, literally and figuratively.

Step 6: Decide on a Location

Where should you open an ice cream store?

As usual, that depends on your business model.

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If you’re an ice cream truck, then you can just cruise around wherever there are large populations of kids in peak season like summer time. In addition, parks, sporting events, and residential neighborhoods are all prime locations.

If you’re opening a store, you want to make sure you’re in an area with lots of foot traffic, high visibility, lots of lighting, and easy access to get into and out of the parking lot and store.

You want to find a location that fits into your budget.

The National Ice Cream Retailers Association suggests finding a reputable real estate broker who specializes in commercial sales or leasing. They know of many projects that are up and coming and can help you plan accordingly.

If you’re not sure what to look for, identify a successful ice cream shop and analyze what makes their location such a great one.

Operating an ice cream parlor is a lot of work. Make it as easy as possible for yourself by choosing a location which helps attract customers.

Step 7: Find Suppliers

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What equipment do you need to open an ice cream store?

According to the NICRA, you’ll need the following:

Channel letter sign, backlitElectronic Scale
4, 8, 12 or 16 hole/tray dipping cabinetsCredit Card Machine
Cake display freezerWire Storage racks
Self-serve Reach-in display freezerStainless Steel prep tables
Batch Freezer5-quart mixer w/2 mixing bowls
1, 2, or 3 door hardening cabinet, or walk in hardening cabinetCake Image print system
Soda machineReach-in / Walk-in cooler
Waffle Cone Iron(s)Reach-in / Walk-in storage freezer w/shelves
Commercial microwaveMop sink with faucet
3 Head Shake Mixer w/4 shake cupsDishwashing sink with double washboards (check w/health department for size)
Fudge Warmer 2 holeHand wash sink
Cone HolderInside Chairs
Sandwich Prep coolerInside tables and bases
Soft Serve Machine(s)Replacement tabletops
Bar Blender(s)Outside chairs
Cold topping ice binOutside tables
Cash Register(s)Store art
Fax Machine

But remember that your store might not need all this. So save yourself some money and only get the equipment you need.

That being said, make sure your business is up to code regarding all health and sanitation regulations!

Here are some suppliers to start with:

Step 8: Promote Your Ice Cream Business

Without any customers, it doesn’t matter how great your ice cream is. Customers are the most important thing any business needs to succeed. So how do you promote your new business?

Well, there’s the old fashioned way and the modern technology way. You need to be doing both!

First, some visible signage up so people can easily see your shop as they pass by. Of course, you’ve got to use attractive, clean photos of your offerings so people know what to expect.

Stand on the sidewalk and hand out coupons and flyers to passersby.

Let people know that you’ve set up shop and that it’s open.

Do the same at local sporting events and parks.

Go where your target market is! People love a good coupon, and giving away a free scoop of ice cream is worth the $0.47 cost to bring in a new customer more so if they bring friends!

Take advantage of social media and digital marketing.

As far as digital marketing goes, make sure to pay attention to your website. Publish your menu online, along with daily and weekly schedules. Another great way is to create a Facebook page for your store. and make sure to respond promptly to inquiries and messages sent through it. By doing this, you’ll be clueing them into the type of customer service your shop has.

Also, take advantage of Yelp and offer check in and review bonuses, and utilize Facebook Ads and Google Adwords to be featured locally in searches.

And when summer rolls around, if your budget allows it you can always explore radio and television ads, too!

But think all of this out ahead of time and have a plan of action for your marketing and promotions!

Step 9: Create a Staffing Plan

Just like any other business, you can’t do everything on your own.

You’ll either be in such a rush that you’ll make mistakes, or take so long that customers will leave. Either way, your service, reviews, and customer loyalty will all suffer as a result.

Hiring reliable, enthusiastic employees will help make sure your ice cream store succeeds.

If you’re exploring the franchise option, most offer training both at their headquarters and in your store.

If you’re leaning towards an independent business, you’ll have to create a training plan so all your employees are consistent in all their actions.

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Create a system of procedures for how to do everything properly.

From how much a scoop of ice cream weighs, to how long to blend a shake, to how much of each topping goes onto an ice cream cone.

This ensures consistency so that customers always have the same great experience!

You have to make sure you have great employees and there’s a way of doing that. First, figure out what traits you’re looking for. Next, decide how many employees you’d need and where to find them. Finally, figure out how you want your interview process to look like, how you’re going to train them, and how you’d schedule them.

Coming up with a staffing plan ahead of time will save you considerable time and effort down the road.

Step 10: Decide on a Style/Design

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Deciding on a style for your ice cream store can be a challenge.

You want to represent your personality, but not scare away any clients who may not share your passion for neon everything. The best suggestion I can offer would be to talk to your ideal customers and see what they like!

Instead of guessing, just ask. No doubt you have friends who love ice cream. So start with them.

As for a logo, I went to 99designs. For as little as $99, designers compete for the prize with their designs giving you a pool of high-quality concepts to choose from for a reasonable price.

You can also meet with equipment suppliers and ask their opinion. At the same time, you can look at other stores you love for inspiration. But make sure to focus on an efficient workflow for employees, as well as adequate flow pattern for customers.

If you’re struggling with a name, here are some ideas for inspiration:

Sweet ScoopsCreamy Delights
Ice Cream ArtisanI Scream
Sprinkle’s and SundaesSweet Retreat
Chill ‘n SwirlThe Ice Cream Bar
The Golden SpoonSweet Rose Creamery
Ice Cream FantasiesDouble Scoops
Frozen Delights CreameryAmeriCream
Purely LickableCold Dreams

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Step 11: Create an Accounting Plan

Having an accounting plan is not a “nice to have” option. It’s a must have.

As a business, your taxes will always come under scrutiny. So it’s critical to have every dollar accounted for and everything in order.

More so, you’ll be able to project your sales more easily with proper tracking, in addition to knowing if you are on track to stick to your budget. You’ll also be able to tell if anything is missing from your store, making an accounting plan part of your store’s security measures.

Here’s a list of accounting software we have seen:

Step 12: Get Into the Ice Cream Business Community

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If you’re joining a franchise, you’ll have franchise showcases and updates to follow, as you’re buying into a community.

If you’re an independent shop, you should absolutely join the National Ice Cream Retailers Association.

This gives you such a huge boost in running your business because you’ll be surrounded by a support group who wants to see you succeed. You’ll meet other ice cream retailers and also sometimes suppliers of cones, toppings, nuts, flavorings, and equipment.

The NICRA offers benefits to its members, including, but not limited to, monthly bulletins, participation in an annual convention, ice cream quality testing, insurance programs, and scholarship opportunities

You never know where your big break may come from, so stay active in the community and always be networking!

The Bottom Line

Opening (and running) an ice cream business is a lot of work.

But if you do it right, it’s not only rewarding, it’s a lot of fun.

What’s more isyou get to be your own boss and brighten people’s lives on a daily business!

In any case, we do hope that you put this guide to use.

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FAQs

How do I make my ice cream business successful? ›

4 secrets to successful ice cream production
  1. Tip 1: Standardize your process so your products always hit the sweet spot. ...
  2. Tip 2: Minimize product waste during production start-up. ...
  3. Tip 3: Choose a freezer that can handle multiple product types. ...
  4. Tip 4: Maximize your production uptime.

How profitable is an ice cream business? ›

According to Ice Cream University, a standard ice cream shop has a profit margin of about 25%. Which means that you'll have to sell at least $4 worth of product for every $1 spent to break even.

How do you make ice cream business plan? ›

On average, an ice cream business requires a 400-500 SqFt carpet area shop or a small food truck which has the necessary arrangements for refrigeration. In both cases, the average investment required is between Rs 5 lakhs and 10 lakhs depending upon the ambiance and sitting area you want to create.

Can you make a lot of money owning an ice cream shop? ›

While earnings vary depending on your location, size, and other market factors, annual profits tend to be in the $20,000 to $49,000 range. Of course, you can tweak your operations to increase that amount. For example, managerial staff at ice cream parlors typically earn around $25,000 to $38,000 per year.

Why do ice cream businesses fail? ›

Bad Management. Bad management is usually the number one reason why ice cream shops fail. People fall into the trap of thinking that the business of ice cream is simple to run and that they can hire a minimum wage employee to run it.

How many customers do ice cream shops get a day? ›

Quick Facts. On average, approximately 300 customers per day (2,100 customers per week) visit each venue and visits are primarily driven by children. Roughly 34% of households consume four or more quarts of ice cream per month.

Is selling ice cream a good business? ›

If you're an ice cream fanatic who loves people, an ice cream business can be a great start-up. Depending on your budget, this business can be run from a cart, truck or storefront. According to Entrepreneur, ice cream businesses can be quite lucrative, bringing in up to $50,000 during summer months alone.

Is Making your own ice cream worth it? ›

An ice-cream maker can be a worthwhile investment if you're a big fan of ice cream, entertain regularly, or have special dietary needs. If you make lots of ice cream, or specialist batches, going homemade can be cheaper. It's also a fun way to get children involved in the kitchen.

What are the goals of selling ice cream? ›

The objectives of an ice cream business come down to two primary goals – making customers happy and making a profit. While those objectives might seem simple enough, they need to be broken down into smaller, clearer steps.

Who prepares ice cream? ›

Ice cream maker definition: a professional chef specialized in the making of a range of chilled products from scratch including ice cream, sorbets and frozen desserts. They may also make plated desserts, ice-sculptures and iced decorations.

Do you need a license to open an ice cream shop? ›

Businesses across all industries, including ice cream shops, generally need a business license to operate in the United States.

Do ice cream shops make money in the winter? ›

When the ground is covered in snow and the air is chilled, cravings for ice cream treats tend to diminish. Many ice cream parlors see a decrease in traffic and a loss of profits during winter months.

How much do ice cream makers make a year? ›

How much does an ICE Cream Maker make? As of Mar 1, 2023, the average annual pay for an ICE Cream Maker in the United States is $27,976 a year. Just in case you need a simple salary calculator, that works out to be approximately $13.45 an hour. This is the equivalent of $538/week or $2,331/month.

What is the best place to sell ice cream? ›

Neighborhood parks and lakes. Local neighborhood spots are where some of the best business is. People often go to local parks and lakes after work, sometimes bringing along their children. There's no better way to bring families together than with ice cream!

Where does ice cream sell the most? ›

As of 2022, the U.S. ice cream industry is worth $9.9 billion.
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States That Eat Most (And Least) Ice Cream.
RankState
1California
2Oklahoma
3New Jersey
4New York
46 more rows
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What are the two things that the ice cream is selling? ›

The ice-cream man is selling ice-cream and chilled drinks from the bottles of frosty-fizz.

What is the most successful ice cream company? ›

Baskin Robbins is the largest ice-cream company with 7500 stores located in around 50 countries across the world. This global company was founded in the year 1946 with the merger of two ice cream shops.

What is the problem with ice cream? ›

Fat and Sugar Content

Ice cream is also high in sugar, which makes up the majority of its carbohydrate content. The Mayo Clinic website warns that consumption of too much sugar may contribute to health problems such as weight gain, cavities and increased levels of blood triglycerides, another unhealthy type of fat.

What is the most popular ice cream company? ›

Sales of the leading ice cream brands of the U.S. 2022. This graph shows the sales of the leading ice cream brands of the United States in 2022. Ben & Jerry's was the top ranked ice cream brand of the United States with about 911 million U.S. dollars worth of sales for the 52 weeks ended September 4, 2022.

What is the most popular ice cream flavor? ›

Vanilla Ice Cream

Vanilla is the most popular ice cream flavor in the world so it only makes sense to start this list with vanilla ice cream. It isn't the sexiest flavor but it's definitely one of the most delicious and versatile.

What do people want in ice cream? ›

The most popular flavor of ice cream in the United States is not what you'd expect. In that it's, well, pretty vanilla. That's right: According to the International Dairy Foods Association, the most popular flavors of ice cream sold in the U.S. are vanilla and chocolate.

What age buys the most ice cream? ›

Love for the frozen treat cuts across generations and the country, but its most adoring fans are more likely to be young teenagers and Northeasterners, according to the survey, which found 56% of 13- to 17-year-olds say ice cream is their favorite dessert compared to 38% to 39% of millennials and adults older than 35 . ...

How much does it cost to make ice cream? ›

The total cost of the ingredients comes to about $15.00. But it's important to remember that you're getting enough ingredients to make several batches of ice cream. If you can get 5 gallons out of these ingredients, then you've spent only $3.00 per gallon. That is less expensive than the average store-bought gallon.

How much does a scoop of ice cream cost? ›

“Overall, our research shows the average cost of a single scoop of ice cream across all states in the United States is $3.87,” reads the study.

Which food business is most profitable? ›

If you're looking to get in to the food industry, here are 13 ideas for products and services you can use to get started:
  • Food truck. Food trucks have become an especially popular way to get into the food business. ...
  • Ice cream shop. ...
  • Cooking classes. ...
  • Personal chef. ...
  • Coffee shop. ...
  • Meal kits. ...
  • Baked goods. ...
  • Sauces.
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How Long Will homemade ice cream keep? ›

How should homemade ice cream be stored? Homemade ice cream will keep in the freezer for about two weeks in an airtight container. After a couple of weeks, the texture can become grainy and large ice crystals may form.

Do you need food hygiene to sell ice cream? ›

Unlike some hot food units where certain dishes require some cheffing skills, ice cream vendors just need a good grasp of food hygiene, a driving licence and sometimes a DPS check to allow you to work with children.

Is ice cream difficult to make? ›

Making ice cream isn't as difficult as it seems, with the most traditional recipes using a custard base. Other methods can be used to make ice creams of different textures and flavours but the fundamental principles usually remain the same. This is a basic vanilla ice cream recipe but see below for lots of variations.

Who is the target customer for ice cream? ›

Ice cream is everyone's favorite, and that includes families with children, teenagers and adults. There are some who have their own preferences, trying to find new flavors for their own ultimate gelato or ice cream experience. They are prominent customers as well.

What is the best thing about ice cream? ›

Not only does ice cream have nutritional value, but it also is an incredible source of energy. Ice cream is rich with carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, which are all, needed for our bodies to produce energy. Careful on how much energy you want to get from ice cream, after all, it can also help you gain weight.

What is the most important feature of the ice cream market? ›

Solution. The most important feature of the ice cream market is 'product differentiation'.

What is a ice cream seller called? ›

Today, jobs specialize in the selling of ice cream. The title of a person who works in this speciality is often called an 'ice cream man', however women also specialize in the selling of ice cream.

What's an ice cream maker called? ›

[ kuhn-fek-shuh-ner ] SHOW IPA. / kənˈfɛk ʃə nər / PHONETIC RESPELLING.

What is a ice cream business called? ›

Ice cream parlors (American English) or ice cream parlours (British English) are places that sell ice cream, gelato, sorbet, and/or frozen yogurt to consumers.

What season has the most ice cream sales? ›

Summer is the peak season for ice cream firms, with most companies generating 40-60% of their total sales and 80% of their earnings during this time.

What is the market size for ice cream? ›

KEY MARKET INSIGHTS

The global ice cream market size was valued at USD 71.52 billion in 2021 and is projected to grow from USD 73.61 billion in 2022 to USD 104.96 billion by 2029, exhibiting a CAGR of 5.20% during the forecast period.

Can I make and sell ice cream from home? ›

Selling Ice Cream Regulations

In almost every state, a home-based ice cream manufacturing business is not an option. However, you might have more success setting up shop with a commercial kitchen, an ice cream cart permit or ice cream truck with an online presence to generate business.

What can I sell in an ice cream shop? ›

If you own an ice cream shop, that doesn't mean you should only sell ice cream.
...
Here are other things to sell in an ice cream shop besides ice cream:
  • Milkshake.
  • Sorbet.
  • Gelato.
  • Frozen yogurt.
  • Coffee.
  • Soft drinks.
Jul 8, 2022

How much does an ice cream franchise cost? ›

The cost of starting an ice cream shop will vary based on the franchise fees, locations, and other variables. Generally, an investment upwards of $100,000 is needed as a starting point for operating an ice cream franchise.

Do ice cream sales increase in summer? ›

As summer temperatures soar, demand for juices, cold beverages and cold desserts like ice-creams and gelatos reach a peak.

How much do ice cream carts make a day? ›

Ice cream trucks make about $300 in a day, with over $5,000 earned in a month. Your startup expenses will include the cost of your ice cream truck, music equipment insurance, permits and licenses, and your initial.

Who produces the most ice cream? ›

  • The largest ice cream company in the US is Blue Bell Creameries, with a revenue of $671.4 million.
  • As of 2022, the US ice cream industry has a market size of $9.9 billion.
  • The average American consumes 20 pounds of ice cream per year.
  • The global ice cream market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 4.2% through 2030.
Aug 18, 2022

How do you become an ice cream maker? ›

The primary qualifications for getting a job as an ice cream maker depend on the employer. At larger companies that have established production plants and processes, you may only need a high school diploma and the physical stamina to work in a food production environment.

How much money can you make selling ice cream? ›

Ice cream trucks make about $300 in a day, with over $5,000 earned in a month. Your startup expenses will include the cost of your ice cream truck, music equipment insurance, permits and licenses, and your initial.

What makes ice cream rich? ›

The same is true for ice cream; the more butterfat you add (i.e., the more cream as opposed to milk), the richer the ice cream will be. Butterfat also adds texture insurance against iciness, especially handy if your base has watery elements like fruit purée.

How can I make my ice cream shop unique? ›

30 Unique Ice Cream Shop Ideas
  1. Make it 'grammable. ...
  2. Go beyond ice cream. ...
  3. Take a “the more the merrier” approach. ...
  4. Try an old fashioned fountain. ...
  5. Pile on the soft serve. ...
  6. Make artisanal ice cream. ...
  7. Serve up local and seasonal flavors. ...
  8. Use unique ingredients.

What day of the week is the most ice cream sold? ›

Ninety-eight percent of all U.S. households purchase ice cream, with more sold on Sunday than any other day of the week.

How many gallons of milk does it take to create 1 gallon of ice cream? ›

To get the delicious creamy flavor and texture just right, it requires three gallons of whole milk to make one gallon of ice cream. Milk cows produce, on average, about six gallons of milk a day, which means that a single cow could be responsible for making almost 730 gallons of your favorite ice cream each year!

What is the best selling ice cream? ›

Sales of the leading ice cream brands of the U.S. 2022. This graph shows the sales of the leading ice cream brands of the United States in 2022. Ben & Jerry's was the top ranked ice cream brand of the United States with about 911 million U.S. dollars worth of sales for the 52 weeks ended September 4, 2022.

Who buys the most ice cream? ›

What are the top 3 ice cream eating countries? Norway ranks the highest with 9.8 liters per person, followed by Australia (9.4 liters/person) and Sweden (8.9 liters/person).

What flavor ice cream sells the most? ›

1. Vanilla Ice Cream. This is a no-brainer. Vanilla is the most popular ice cream flavor in the world so it only makes sense to start this list with vanilla ice cream.

What is the most important ingredient in ice cream? ›

Of course, the main ingredients in ice cream come from milk–and the most important part of that is milkfat, which gives ice cream its smoothness and creamy texture. In fact, in order to be called ice cream, the USDA requires it to contain at least 10 percent milkfat, which can come from milk or cream.

What is a very popular ingredient in ice cream? ›

Topping the charts, the universally most popular ice cream ingredient is vanilla, which makes it vital for an ice cream manufacturer to choose the right vanilla extract for their products.

How can I increase my ice cream sales in the winter? ›

Try to look for businesses near your area that are packed with tourists in the winter, like ski resorts and ice-skating rinks. You might bump into customers who love eating ice cream after doing a physical activity. Use social media to inform your customers that you are still operating during this time.

How do I name my ice cream business? ›

Ice cream company name ideas
  1. Berries Gelato.
  2. Blissey Candy Bar.
  3. Bubble Gum Bubbles.
  4. Cherry Blueberry Mango Sorbet.
  5. Choco Lemon Treat.
  6. Citrus Ice Cream.
  7. Classic Treats.
  8. Cold Brew Cool.

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