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Ice Cream Production in the US - Industry Market Research Report

Ice Cream Production in the US

Shifts in consumer tastes have hampered performance for the Ice Cream Production industry over the five years to 2018. 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 during 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 2023, the industry is forecast to decelerate. This is primarily a result of weakening demand for the industry's largest product segment, packaged ice cream, which continues to wane in line with rising health-consciousness. Conversely, the development of nutritious frozen treats and innovative flavors will drive demand for premium ice cream brands.

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).

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 (2018)
    • 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 (2018)
    • Table Major market segmentation (2018)
    • Table Industry trade balance
    • Table Exports To ...
    • Table Business Locations 2018
    • Table Distribution of establishments vs. population
  • Competitive Landscape
    • Table Establishments by employment size (2014)*
    • Table Sector vs. Industry Costs
    • Table Barriers to Entry checklist
    • Table Trade Globalization
  • Major Companies
    • Table Major players
    • Table Unilever (US industry-specific segment) - financial performance
    • Table Dean Foods Company (US industry-specific segment) - financial performance
    • Table Nestle SA (US industry-specific segment) - financial performance
    • Table Wells Enterprises Inc. (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
    • Table Industry Financial Ratios
  • Jargon & Glossary

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