How Ice Cream Franchises Will Explode in Summer 2022

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Ice cream franchises are staring to heat up in 2022. As coronavirus cases continue to fall, and vaccinations continue to rise with a goal of vaccinating all willing US citizens by May, many experts are predicting a strong outdoor and travel season. And what would any summer vacation be without a trip for ice cream? 


According to iMARC, the global ice cream market reached a value of US$65.8 Billion in 2020 and is expected to see moderate growth over the next five years due to increasing demand for convenience food, along with strengthening purchasing power of consumers. Grand View Research found that the global ice cream market is anticipated to reach USD$78.8 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR 4.1% 


The NDP Group, a research firm based in Chicago, found that customers were 3.36 times more likely to purchase ice cream between June and August versus December to February. Over the time of peak sales in June, American ice cream retailers earned $562 million in sales, and at its lowest earned $404 million in sales in the month of December, showing the greatest difference in seasonality at 28%. While demand for personal ice cream treats are highest in the summer, ConvenienceStore sat down with ice cream store owners found that in the slower colder months, take home ice cream and ice cream cake sales actually increase anywhere from 3-5% with market drivers of having “stay-in” nights and celebratory occasions.  


Check out these ice cream franchises expected to tap into that growth in 2021: 



Founded in 1945, Baskin-Robbins has risen to become one of the most recognized ice cream brands with their famous 31 flavors in over 50 countries and 7,900 locations. Recently, Baskin-Robbins was recognized by Entrepeneur's 2021 Franchise 500 at rank 38, ranked in Franchise Times’ Annual “Top 200”, and ranked in QSR Magazine’s “QSR 50”. In 2019, Baskin-Robbins international sales reached over $848 million in sales in the United States. To learn more about a franchise opportunity with Baskin-Robins, click here. 


Ben & Jerry's Homemade, Inc. 

Since 1978, Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc. has been recognized for its innovative flavors as the franchise continues to offer new options such as dairy-free, gluten-free, and now vegan. With over 500 locations, in 2021 Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc. was recognized by Entrepeneur's 2021 Franchise 500 at rank 138. According to Statista, In 2019 Ben & Jerry’s sold 150.9 million units of Ice Cream in US.  To learn more about a franchise opportunity with Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc. click here. 


Carvel Corporation 

Starting in 1947, Carvel Corporation has grown its ice cream and cakes franchise to over 350 locations. This year Carvel Corporation was ranked #273 by Entrepeneur's 2021 Franchise 500. To learn more about a franchise opportunity with Carvel Corporation, click here. 


Chill-n Nitrogen Ice Cream Franchising LLC  

Founded in 2012 as one of the first liquid nitrogen ice creams, Chill-n Nitrogen Ice Cream Franchising LLC has established a unique angle of product differentiation in the ice cream market. Through flash freezing ice cream with liquid nitrogen using the brand’s proprietary process, the ice cream franchise has achieved a consistent quality and production volume. To learn more about a franchise opportunity with Chill-n Nitrogen Ice Cream Franchising LLC, click here. 


Marble Slab Creamery, Inc.  

Franchising for over 37 years, Marble Slab Creamery, Inc. has established itself in the ice cream franchise industry with 333 locations currently. In 2018 Marble Slab Creamery, Inc. was ranked #401 by Entrepeneur's Franchise 500 and has risen by almost 100 spots to #311 in 2020. To learn more about a franchise opportunity with Marble Slab Creamery, Inc., click here. 


The Haagen-Dazs Shoppe Company, Inc.  

Since 1960 The Haagen-Dazs Shoppe Company, Inc. prides itself on its commitment to avoiding artificial flavors and supporting its franchisees with training programs for success. Offering in-shop support, marketing, online tools, and a training course called Häagen-Dazs University to prepare franchisees and shop managers. According to Statista, Haagen-Dazs sold 132.8 million units in 2019. To learn more about a franchise opportunity with The Haagen-Dazs Shoppe Company, Inc, click here. 


Topper's Craft Creamery  

With just twelve locations, Topper’s Craft Creamery is an exciting business venture for those who want a low cost for entry with great potential upside as being recognized by Franchise Help in 2019 with the Fastest Growing Award. To learn more about a franchise opportunity with Topper's Craft Creamery, click here.