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Here’s a sobering fact about ice creams: America is not the biggest consumers. That bragging right belongs to China, which chows down more than 4 billion liters. But it doesn’t mean Americans don’t love it. In 2017, the consumers here ate a whopping 2.7 billion liters of ice cream.
There’s probably a lot you don’t know about this tasty frozen dessert, however. To let you appreciate every scoop, here are three interesting facts about ice creams:
An ice cream business requires some investment
Opening an ice cream shop or restaurant can be capital intensive. You may have to raise at least $50,000 to begin something basic. Yet the statistics of small business failure have hardly changed through the years. At least 50% of them will eventually fold during the first year.
To maximize your cash flow, get good marketing and professional support, and build a brand quickly, consider an ice cream franchise instead.
Artisanal and custom-made are the way to go
It seems Americans are no longer sticking to chocolate and vanilla only. Their taste buds have evolved, thanks to globalization and travel. Many chefs predict that diners are going to look for custom-made or artisanal ice creams. At least 60% believe ice creams with homemade flavors will be a huge trend in 2018. So do culture-oriented flavors.
Ice creams are making a huge comeback
When it comes to desserts, ice creams face strong competition against doughnuts and pies. But the creamy dessert is also making a comeback. For a little over a year ending in August 2017, unit sales grew 2.6%. That’s more than 1.5 billion ice cream in 52 weeks. Revenues also increased to $6.1 billion, a climb of 3.9%.
Ice creams are no shabby desserts either. They generate more than 185,000 jobs and contribute $39 billion to the country’s coffers.
In the future, there will be more types of desserts to choose from, but the fearless forecast is that ice cream is here to stay. It’s hard to pull down something that’s well loved by generations after all.