Sweet innovation: Healthier products and less volatile inputs will spur industry growth

IBISWorld’s Ice Cream Production market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.


Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Growing health concerns among consumers have placed downward pressure on industry revenue growth
  • Ice cream producers have introduced new products in response to growing health concerns
  • Volatility in milk and sugar prices will likely subside, stabilizing input costs

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    Shifts in consumer tastes have hampered performance for the Ice Cream Production industry over the past five years. In response to these trends, industry operators have introduced new brands or reformulated their existing frozen-dessert lines with higher-quality ingredients. Despite stagnant volume sales for most of the five-year period, plummeting milk and sugar prices in recent years have helped boost profit margins across the industry as a whole. Over the five years to 2021, the industry is forecast to decline steadily as demand for the industry's largest product segment continues to wane in line with rising health consciousness. Conversely, the development of nutritious frozen treats and innovative flavors will drive demand for premium and super-premium ice cream brands...

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    Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Ice Cream Production industry displays a moderate level of capital intensity. Using wages as a proxy for labor and depreciation as a proxy for capital, IBISWorld estimates that for every dollar spent on labor in the industry, $0.30 will be spent on capital in 2016. Most modern manufacturing plants require high levels of capital expenditure to improve productivity without increasing labor. Machines include mixers and freezers that automatically control mixing speeds and temperatures. However, the production process still requires manual labor to operate the machines.

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    Additional Insights for the Ice Cream Production Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Ice Cream Production Industry are

  • Access to the latest available and most efficient technology and techniques
  • Establishment of brand names
  • Guaranteed supply of key inputs
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Price of milk and Per capita disposable income in the Ice Cream Production industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Ice Cream Production Industry?

    Operators in this industry make ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet, frozen tofu and other frozen desserts, except frozen bakery foods, which are included in the Bread Production industry (IBISWorld report 31181). The majority of raw inputs are sourced from the Dairy Farms industry (IBISWorld report 11212).

    Industry Products
    Bulk ice cream
    Ice cream in retail packaging
    Frozen novelties
    Low-fat and nonfat ice cream
    Other frozen desserts
    Industry Activities
    Bulk ice cream
    Novelty ice cream
    Frozen fruit pops
    Low-fat and nonfat ice cream
    Frozen yogurt
    Flavored ice
    Other frozen desserts (except bakery)

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Price of milk
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Per capita sugar and sweetener consumption
  • Healthy eating index
  • Price of sugar

  • Current Performance
  • Slipping demand
  • Healthy ice cream
  • Leading producers and changing industry structure
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Input prices stabilize
  • Emerging and changing markets
  • Table: Ice Cream Production Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Ice Cream Production Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Grocery Wholesaling
  • Dairy Wholesaling
  • Supermarkets & Grocery Stores
  • Convenience Stores
  • Specialty Food Stores
  • Chain Restaurants
  • Single Location Full-Service Restaurants

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Dairy Farms
  • Seasoning, Sauce and Condiment Production
  • Sugar Processing

  • Products & Services
  • Ice cream in retail packaging
  • Frozen novelties
  • Other frozen desserts
  • Low-fat and nonfat ice cream
  • Bulk ice cream
  • Chart: Ice Cream Production Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Supermarkets, grocery stores and mass-merchandisers
  • Convenience stores and pharmacies
  • Foodservice and institutional
  • Other
  • Exports
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Ice Cream Production Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Ice Cream Production

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal CompetitionExternal Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Ice Cream Production Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Nestle SAUnileverDean Foods CompanyWells Enterprises Inc.
  • Table: Nestle SA - financial performance
  • Table: Unilever - financial performance
  • Table: Dean Foods Company - financial performance
  • Table: Wells Enterprises Inc. - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Ice Cream Production Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Ice Cream Production Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Exports (2007-2021)
  • Imports (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • Price of milk (2007-2021)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Jargon & Glossary
  • A treatment of raw milk that ensures consistency by preventing a cream layer from separating out.
  • Pasteurization
  • A sterilization process that slows microbial growth in food.
  • Radio-Frequency Identification (Rfid)
  • A technology that tracks products by releasing continuous signals from a chip from the time they leave the assembly line to the time they leave the store.
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