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Ice Cream Production in the US: Market Research Report

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Ice Cream Production Market Research Report | NAICS 31152 | Aug 2016

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

IBISWorld’s Ice Cream Production market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.

Report Snapshot
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 11-16
Annual Growth 16-21
Annual Growth
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... ... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

Ice cream manufacturers are generally located near large population centers and in states with warm weather. Most of the industry's production facilities are located in the West region of the United States, which accounts for 26.2% of establishments. California leads the region, accounting for 18.8% of establishments, mainly because it is the country's largest milk producer. In addition, one of the industry's leading companies, Nestle, has its North American headquarters in Glendale, CA. Furthermore, many companies are established in California because of the relatively higher demand for ice cream. Due to the warm weather in this state, consumers demand ice cream year-round, whereas demand for ice cream in other states is seasonal. Las.. ... purchase to read more

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... purchase to read more


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    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 creamIce cream in retail packagingFrozen noveltiesLow-fat and nonfat ice creamOther frozen desserts
    Industry Activities
    Bulk ice creamNovelty ice cream Frozen fruit popsLow-fat and nonfat ice creamFrozen yogurtFlavored iceSherbetOther 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
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Ice Cream Production Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Nestle SA
    Dean Foods Company
    Wells 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
  • Includes:
  • 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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    The Ice Cream Production market research report includes:
    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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