The UK’s love of ice cream is long established – a traditional part of every seaside holiday and a dessert favourite. In recent times the variety of flavours of luxury ice cream has further added to temptation and sundaes now come with every conceivable topping.
Not surprisingly then, luxury ice cream sales rose by an incredible £17m in 2016 in the UK, while the popularity of other categories stayed 'frozen' in place. It all adds up to the British spending around £1.1bn a year on ice cream, with only 14% of that total representing classic flavours such as vanilla and strawberry. That’s an estimated 337million litres of ice cream each year, which is the equivalent of 5 litres for each person in the UK.
Eating them is not the only temptation they present, as ice cream offers a delicious prospect for anyone considering starting a new business venture. Ice cream parlours, mobile carts, bicycles at events, and traditional ice cream vans are a great option if you want a portion of this lucrative market. For many entrepreneurs, to top this great opportunity off, they need branding and support from an established brand. Not least as food hygiene laws are stringent these days, starting up an ice cream business means sourcing the right equipment, going through stringent training and having good contacts with the best suppliers. Something an established ice cream company can dish up, alongside business management support in the crucial first months.
The choices of 'flavours' of franchise deals is abundant, as many of the best known brands have realised the value of supporting a network of local small businesses across the UK. This includes, for example, Incredible Ice Cream bars, Mr Whippy ice cream vans or Ben & Jerry's and Häagen-Dazs vendor partnerships. If you want a café style servery for ice cream, Gallone’s Ice Cream Parlours and Treatz Dessert Parlours are looking for new partners. One of the most popular options is an ice cream cart business, such as the franchise opportunity offered by Devon Delight.
With so many options on the menu, choosing the right combination can be difficult. Contact us today to scoop up the best ice cream franchise deal for you.