Cold as ice: As consumers become more health conscious, demand for industry products will suffer

As a result of growth in disposable income, ice cream and gelato franchises have experienced growth over the five years to 2017. Increasing health consciousness in the United States has been the greatest threat to demand for ice cream and gelato. As health concerns have grown, consumers have begun choosing healthier desserts over ice cream and gelato. Furthermore, per capita dairy consumption in the United States has been relatively steady over the five years to 2017. However, over the five years to 2022, consumers' eating habits are expected to continue trending toward more healthy snacks and desserts...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Forecast Growth 17-22

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Health-conscious Americans have been moving away from ice cream and gelato treats
  • Industry operators must now compete with frozen yogurt establishments for business
  • Consumers have become more aware of the foods they eat on a regular basis
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Ice Cream and Gelato Store Franchises industry exhibits a moderate level of capital intensity. In 2017, industry operators are expected to spend $0.10 on capital for every $1.00 spent on labor. Typically, the most significant capital costs include production equipment such as batch freezers, mixers and industrial-grade machinery. These costs vary with the size of equipment, but they can be quite significant. This is because ice cream batch freezers can range from $10,000 to $18,700, and soft-serve ice cream machines can cost operators anywhere from $6,300 to $19,000. Additional capital costs can include purchases of soda fountains, topping dispensers and dipping stations...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Ice Cream & Gelato Store Franchises Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Ice Cream & Gelato Store Franchises Industry are

  • Being part of a franchising chain
  • Having a clear market position
  • Production of premium goods
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Per capita dairy consumption and Price of milk in the Ice Cream & Gelato Store Franchises industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Ice Cream & Gelato Store Franchises Industry?

    Industry operators primarily serve ice cream or gelato. Corporate-owned establishments and frozen yogurt stores are not included in this industry. Reports in IBISWorld’s Business Franchise collection focus solely on the operation of franchised outlets and exclude nonfranchise data. These reports also show the total number of franchise outlets, franchise revenue and the average profit margin earned by franchisees. Our reports also highlight the largest franchisors by market share.

    Industry Products
  • Ice cream and gelato served for consumption on premises
  • Ice cream and gelato served at table by server
  • Self-service beverages
  • Ice cream and gelato served through drive-through
  • Ice cream and gelato for consumption off premises
  • Beverages served for consumption off premises
  • Industry Activities
  • Selling ice cream
  • Selling gelato
  • Selling beverages
  • Table of Contents

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

  • Current Performance
    Health consciousnessRising competitionDemand remains
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
    Conscious consumersIndustry landscapeIntensified competition
  • Table: Ice Cream & Gelato Store Franchises Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Ice Cream & Gelato Store Franchises Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Furniture Wholesaling
  • Ice Cream Production
  • Paper Bag & Disposable Plastic Product Wholesaling
  • Refrigeration Equipment Wholesaling
  • Soft Drink, Baked Goods & Other Grocery Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Ice cream and gelato served for consumption on premises
  • Ice cream and gelato for consumption off premises
  • Ice cream and gelato served through drive-through
  • Other
  • Self-service beverages
  • Beverages served for consumption off premises
  • Ice cream and gelato served at table by server
  • Chart: Ice Cream & Gelato Store Franchises Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Consumers aged 12 and under
  • Consumers aged 55 and over
  • Consumers aged 35 to 54
  • Consumers aged 13 to 17
  • Consumers aged 18 to 34
  • Businesses and government
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Ice Cream & Gelato Store Franchises Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Rent and utilities
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Ice Cream & Gelato Store Franchises

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Ice Cream & Gelato Store Franchises Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Baskin-Robbins, Dairy Queen, Cold Stone Creamery, Rita's Italian Ice,
  • Table: Baskin-Robbins - financial performance
  • Table: Dairy Queen - financial performance
  • Table: Cold Stone Creamery - financial performance
  • Table: Rita's Italian Ice - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Ice Cream & Gelato Store Franchises Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

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

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Ice Cream & Gelato Store Franchises Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Per capita dairy consumption (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Homogenization is the process of creating a mixture of two mutually non-soluble liquids. This is done to prevent the separation of cream from the milk.
  • Pasteurization
  • Pasteurization is the process of heating food to specific temperatures before immediately cooling it to reduce pathogens.
  • Premium Ice Cream
  • Premium ice cream typically includes more butterfat and has additional air churned through it in the production process.
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