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Ice Cream & Gelato Store Franchises in the US - Industry Market Research Report

Ice Cream & Gelato Store Franchises

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. As more consumers substitute ice cream and gelato with healthier frozen yogurt products, the Ice Cream and Gelato Store Franchises industry will experience increasing external competition for revenue. Therefore, demand for ice cream and gelato is expected to experience limited growth.

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.

This report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecasts, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.


  • About this Industry
  • Industry at a Glance
    • Table Key Statistics Snapshot
    • Table Revenue vs. employment growth
    • Table Products and services segmentation (2017)
    • Table Industry Structure
  • Industry Performance
    • Table Price of milk
    • Table Industry revenue
    • Table Life Cycle Stage
  • Products & Markets
    • Table KEY BUYING INDUSTRIES
    • Table KEY SELLING INDUSTRIES
    • Table Products and services segmentation (2017)
    • Table Major market segmentation (2017)
    • Table Business Locations 2017
    • Table Distribution of establishments vs. population
  • Competitive Landscape
    • Table Sector vs. Industry Costs
    • Table Barriers to Entry checklist
  • Major Companies
    • Table Major players
    • Table Dairy Queen (US industry-specific segment) - financial performance*
    • Table Baskin-Robbins (US industry-specific segment) - financial performance*
    • Table Cold Stone Creamery (US industry-specific segment) - financial performance*
  • Operating Conditions
    • Table Capital intensity
    • Table Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
    • Table Volatility vs Growth
  • Key Statistics
    • Table Industry Data
    • Table Annual Change
    • Table Key Ratios
  • Jargon & Glossary

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