Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
The Ice Cream and Gelato Store Franchises industry has been in slow decline during the five years to 2013. Several factors have been influencing demand for ice cream and gelato, especially the increasing health consciousness of consumers, higher input costs and the emergence of frozen yogurt. This is because health conscious consumers are less likely to purchase ice cream and gelato. Furthermore, frozen yogurt has gained popularity as a substitute to ice cream and this increased competition has negatively impacted industry revenue. In the five years to 2018, the industry is expected to continue experiencing declining demand, as input prices and the level of health consciousness in the United States increases.... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
The geographic distribution of Ice Cream and Gelato Franchise Stores correlates with the distribution of the overall US population and general weather patterns. Ice cream and gelato franchises are located in the most populated areas and, therefore, are predominantly situated in urban hubs where there is a large amount of traffic. Unsurprisingly, warm weather all year round makes the West the most populated area in the United States, followed by the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast.
In 2013, the West is estimated to account for 18.8% of industry establishments, which is relatively high given that this region houses 17.1% of the US population... purchase to read more