How to Become an Ice Cream Maker

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The joys of having ice-cream really surpass many other simple joys of life. Oh, to have a cone or cup of cool, cool ice cream on a hot sunny day can be really heavenly.

The sight of school children lingering outside the school gates with dollops of ice cream in their hands is indication enough of the global popularity of ice-cream.

It is said that the emperors of old use to cart ice from the mountains and make sorbets and slush which were the precursors to ice cream. However the advent of the modern age witnessed the invention of various kinds of ice cream makers. Starting from the first hand cranked ice cream makers to the modern refrigeration based machines; we sure have come a long way.

Given the popularity of ice cream, the proposition of starting an ice cream business bears with it great promise and possibility of commercial success. An enterprising person with dedication, marketing savvy and production expertise can have a go at building a budding ice cream making business.

Here are some basic tips to start an ice cream business:

  • Business Model for Ice Cream Business:
    there are quite a few options to starting an ice cream business. You can become a manufacturer and make ice cream in special machines. This can be then sent to retail outlets for sales. Or else you can have an ice cream parlor where you store and sell various ice cream brands. Or else you can have a dedicated, stand alone parlor where you sell your own brand of ice creams. In some cases there are opportunities of taking on franchises of ice cream brands and maximizing on the salience of the brand.
  • Arranging Finances for Ice Cream Business:
    like with any other business, an ice cream business will also require adequate finances. This depends on the kind of business model adopted and the scale of business aspired for. For instance setting up a national distribution network could mean humongous costs which only the largest corporations can afford. However, setting up a local ice cream making unit or kiosk could afford you the opportunity of starting off at minimal cost.
  • Different Flavors of Ice Cream:
    just like taste defines the quality of food, diversity of flavors defines the strength of an ice cream brand. Plain vanilla flavor is passé. People now enjoy exotic and novel flavors. Uniqueness of flavors could be one of the unique selling propositions of an ice cream maker.
  • Distribution Network:
    An ice cream business could follow various sales and distribution networks. Having a franchisee model could help those who have limited financial muscle and yet want to reach out to the maximum clientele. In case finance is limited, one can start off with one or maximum two outlets and then expand the network within a city, a state and depending on business, perhaps later to the whole country. This is how the greatest businesses have started and grown.

So if you have the courage of conviction and creativity in your veins, ice cream making and distribution can really be a great opportunity for commercial success. Wish you all the BEST!

54 Comments

  • 1. vineet said on 8/28/2011 7:11:12 AM
    cost estimation for setting up ice cream plant having capacity 500lt. per day
  • 2. Fredrick Kamau said on 11/5/2011 12:53:28 PM
    Please give me a cost estimate of setting up an ice cream making process of 500Lt.capacity in a city estate.
  • 3. vamsi krishna thota said on 3/7/2012 12:45:01 AM
    sir, i want to start small scale ice cream plant and i want to sell them through carts on daily basis.....so pls give details about this process...
  • 4. Mane said on 6/1/2012 8:00:23 AM
    Hello, I want to start small scale ice cream manufacturing unit. Initially i would sell them on carts but later would start a parlore. i would be glad if you inform me about the manufacturing process. i can make ice cream at home but have no idea about large scale production. i stay in Maharashtra.
  • 5. lolit said on 12/26/2012 8:23:27 AM
    i like to know where to buy an ice cream maker to start a homebase business
  • 6. D Nayak said on 1/25/2013 12:42:32 AM
    Hello. I Want to start a small scale ice cream manufacturing unit. can you please provide me the estimation. I want to start in Odisha, India
  • 7. SUMEET AHLUWALIA said on 3/19/2013 4:49:10 AM
    Hi sir I WANT TO START ICE Cream PARLOUR IN DELHI. HOW CAN I SRART SMALL SCALE ICE CREAM MANUFACTURING UNIT. PLEASE PROVIDE ME ESTIMATION AND FROM WHERE I GET TRAINING.
  • 8. aghil k s said on 3/19/2013 6:44:26 AM
    sir, I would like to start small scale ice cream manufacturing unit (500LT/day). so i kindly requesting you to give me a cost estimation for that.
  • 9. Alishba said on 3/19/2013 9:50:24 AM
    Sir i want start a small ice cream business. please tell me the minimum cost of this business. machine cost. and how many machine and labour are required for this business
  • 10. jagdish kushwah said on 4/17/2013 4:06:06 AM
    hi sir, Sir i want start a small ice cream business. please tell me the minimum cost of this business. machine cost. and how many machine and labour are required for this business. ice cream plant having capacity 500lt. per day, My mob. 09827646721
  • 11. Lucie said on 4/20/2013 4:57:11 PM
    Hi, I Want to start a small scale ice cream manufacturing unit, and a parlour in Nigeria. Can you please provide information on how to achieve this, and also the estimation, the equipment required etc..
  • 12. Muhammad Aminu Jibril said on 7/22/2013 10:22:00 AM
    I want to start a small scale ice cream business in Nigeria. How much do i need to start. I am from Kano Nigeria.
  • 13. Erica said on 11/21/2013 9:54:05 PM
    Hi, Muhammad Aminu Jibril, great to know that you're joining the ice cream business. You need a good plan on everything before starting. First, find a location that near the beach. Second, find some affordable ice cream machine supplier, I heard some good Chinese suppliers, like Nexium.
  • 14. sandip mukherjee said on 3/22/2014 1:07:46 AM
    i want to start an icecream production small unit. i need to know about investment, machinery, space require , manufacturing process. I have a different marketing style.
  • 15. manjeet kumar said on 4/20/2014 3:53:50 PM
    respected sir/madam, I want to start an icecream production small unit in Haryana and new delhi (India). plz tell me how much do I need to start. where I purchase ice making machine? thanking you,
  • 16. kiran kumar said on 4/24/2014 1:03:47 PM
    Hello Sir/ Madam, I want to start a small scale icecream industry in Andhra Pradesh. I want cost estimates for 500 ltrs and area requirements and procedures.
  • 17. sandipan mukherjee said on 5/13/2014 4:16:20 AM
    sir, I want to start a small ice cream unit. I have deep freezer and commercial electricity also. I want to know about the other investment like papers ,machine pushcart etc, thank you
  • 18. Alok said on 5/27/2014 1:50:04 AM
    Dear Sir please provide cost estimate to setup a small ice cream unit for 500L. Thanks & Regards. Alok
  • 19. ganesh said on 6/19/2014 3:55:50 AM
    Sir I want to start a small scale business in mayiladuthurai tamilnadu, please help me
  • 20. jimmy gray said on 7/4/2014 11:46:39 PM
    Sir how much it will cost to built a ice cream plant in Nagercoil, tamilnadu
  • 21. shahid said on 8/4/2014 2:36:46 PM
    Small scale ice cream manufacturing fully computerized minimum cost. Mob.9838922355
  • 22. Sibin said on 8/6/2014 10:58:43 AM
    Hello Sir/ Madam, I want to start a small scale icecream industry in Kerala. I want cost estimates for 500 ltrs and area requirements and procedures.
  • 23. Sophia letanta said on 9/18/2014 9:46:51 AM
    Hi! I would like to start ice cream manufacturing business. I dont have any clue about this business. Is there any training. What is the estimate cost. I stay in south africa. Can you also finance foreign businesses. Thank you.
  • 24. Gufrana said on 10/3/2014 11:11:15 AM
    Dear SIR, I would like to start ice cream manufacturing business. I dont have detailed idea about this business. What is the estimate cost for minimum capacity of production. I stay in Lucknow, U.P., India. Thanks
  • 25. ELINAH MMEREKI said on 10/27/2014 10:40:51 AM
    I do not have a business at the moment. I am residing in Botswana, in the Capital City, Gaborone. may I kindly request for a recipe of how to make a Carvel ice cream. I would like to start the business up. do you offer online training for franchise? or is it possible that you can come this side and open one for me and train my staff if the business is ready? lastly where can I buy the machinery to use in producing ice cream?
  • 26. kaushik said on 10/30/2014 4:15:20 AM
    Dear team, Kindly let me know the following requirements for setting up a 100 lts with 10 different flavors fully automated ice cream factory-
    1. How much Area needed for the factory?
    2. What are the machineries needed and what may me the approximate pricing of that.
    3. What will be the raw materials needed per day to make 100 lts of ice cream.
  • 27. Sreenivas said on 12/11/2014 10:22:33 PM
    I am interested a small business by preparing ice creams and selling it on Carts. I request you to provide some ideas and procedure to start this lovely business.
  • 28. naseeb said on 12/18/2014 10:49:19 AM
    sir i am naseeb, i would like to start a business in icecream filed i dont have much i deal to machineries and how to make that. so i need ur please contact me my contact number 8907762170
  • 29. amit singh said on 1/11/2015 1:09:23 AM
    Dear SIR, I would like to start ice cream manufacturing business. I dont have detailed idea about this business. What is the estimate cost for minimum capacity of production. how much area required for startup a mini icecrem plat .my mo.no. is8795751165. I stay in amethi, U.P., India. Thanks
  • 30. Grace Ruth said on 1/27/2015 12:34:13 PM
    Dear sir, i want to start an ice cream factory that can produce about 500L pal day in Nigeria. what is the cost of this project?
  • 31. ASHOK MOHANTY said on 2/6/2015 5:45:59 AM
    I would like to start Ice Cream Factory for selling the products in Carts. Please provide me the ideas and procedure to be done.
  • 32. Nagendra Kumar said on 2/9/2015 2:07:00 AM
    Dear Sir, I want to start Small ice cream manufacturing factory business just 200L par day. I stay in Siwan(village-Mandrapali) Bihar. where I purchase ice making machine & cost of Machine? Please help me. Thanks & Regards, Nagendra
  • 33. salman said on 2/12/2015 12:39:14 PM
    sir, i want to start small ice cream manufacturing business in kerala. where i can purchase ice cream making machine, how much the cost and where will i get the good advice for starting as small scale industries ? thanks in advance salman
  • 34. Dayananda said on 2/20/2015 12:15:59 AM
    Hi frnds I saw everyone msgs I know complete manufacturing process of ice cream production ,maintenance of quality of ice cream ,cost requirement for the establishment of the plant ,where should be plant construction required ...? If suppose we use 500 kg of mix how much ice cream will be produced ,cost expenditure for that,mix batch preparation and adjustment of fat ,SNF,sugar,stabiliser etc..... ,FSSAI standards of icecream,colours flovours std I can not able to explain here everything I know complete processing things of icecrem, I was a B.tech food technology graduate, I was experienced 1 year 2 months in reputed ice cream industry ,I would like to open ice cream industry ,I have financial problem anyone need my partnership contact me 9535200712
  • 35. saj said on 2/24/2015 2:11:14 PM
    sir, am interested to start a small scale ice cream manufacturing unit in kerala..where i can purchase making machine and what may be the approximate price of that? plz give me full details about this project.. thank you.. ma no +919544958143
  • 36. Ashok said on 4/6/2015 7:24:41 AM
    sir i want ice creame factory that produce 200 lt unit in a day . Plz tell estimate cost
  • 37. Sudhanshu said on 4/8/2015 4:06:56 AM
    Dear Sir, I want to start Small ice cream manufacturing factory business just 500L par day. I stay in ara(village-jagdishpur) Bihar. where I purchase ice making machine & cost of Machine? Please help me. Thanks & Regards, Sudhanshu Mishra 9599262313
  • 38. ANIL RAY said on 6/2/2015 12:08:15 PM
    i want to open a small ice cream plant in (parsa, dist.-saran, BIHAR)then what is the expected investment amount. I am an engineering student then any benefit of my education in this area.
  • 39. Sreekanth G Nair said on 7/6/2015 2:58:05 AM
    Dear Sir, At present I am employed at off shore industry. I am planning to start one small scale ice cream unit in my native place, Chengannur in Alappuzha dist kerala. Please inform about the feasibility of this unit. Thanks and Regards, Sreekanth
  • 40. dominic ene said on 8/7/2015 3:23:49 PM
    I like to start manufacturing ice cream in nigeria. please advise Thanks
  • 41. anuj kumar said on 8/16/2015 5:37:35 AM
    I want start this ice cream franchises, what is the investment cost and how can i start this business. ADDRESS-Agrsen nagar near green park bareilly uttar pardesh PIN -243006
  • 42. Tapan Kumar Das said on 8/29/2015 4:00:04 PM
    Sir, I want to start a small commercial icecream making unit in small town. initially will sell the product through cart and will try to supply to the marriage & small party. kindly with the details of cost to be incurred for setting up the unit & other related cost or any thing more required to start a unit. Regards.. Tapan Das
  • 43. shreya singh said on 9/22/2015 2:10:35 AM
    Dear Sir, I want to start a small scale ice cream manufacturing and in start selling with kart. please suggest me the estimated cost for this to start in India villages.
  • 44. Punita said on 10/4/2015 2:19:15 PM
    Dear sir i want to start a small home based ice cream manufacturing unit in varanasi. Can u plz suggest me estimated cost for to execute this plan, and where can i get industrial exposure for this nearby varanasi. Please help me.
  • 45. Parimal singh said on 11/1/2015 9:05:14 AM
    Help me to start the ice cream factory in patna . and how much cost is needed in small factory
  • 46. Abubakar Ibrahim said on 1/24/2016 11:27:29 AM
    Hello i want to start a small ice cream manufacturing unit. Can i have a detailer cost break down.
  • 47. Suneel said on 2/26/2016 1:44:01 AM
    I want to know complete manufacturing process of ice cream production ,maintenance of quality of ice cream ,cost requirement for the establishment of the plant, If suppose we use 500 kg of mix how much ice cream will be produced ,cost expenditure for that,mix batch preparation and adjustment of fat ,SNF,sugar,stabiliser etc. I would like to start in andhrapradesh.Please give your suggestions.
  • 48. SK.Mamtajul said on 3/19/2016 12:33:50 PM
    Help me to start the ice cream factory in Nandigram which is in West Bengal and how much cost is needed in small factory.
  • 49. srini said on 3/22/2016 8:17:26 AM
    Sir i want to start an icecream plant and want to sell it on carts i stay in hyderabad please provide me the requirement of how much man power required and capital of investment etc.
  • 50. ARVIND said on 3/22/2016 2:08:44 PM
    Dear SIR, I would like to start ice cream manufacturing business. I dont have detailed idea about this business. What is the estimate cost for minimum capacity of production. how much area required for startup a mini icecrem plany. I am from Bangalore
  • 51. salchuba r marak said on 5/6/2016 3:38:15 AM
    Sir I want to open up ice cream factory but I don't HV any clue regarding the cost of setting up please kindly assist me ...as a matter of fact the place where I'm living has a lot of potential as the summer season is bit longer....so kindly reply
  • 52. Aditya Kumar said on 5/7/2016 5:22:17 AM
    Sir, I want to start a small commercial ice-cream making unit(300 Litter) in small town(Nalanda,Bihar). initially will sell the product through cart and will try to supply to the marriage & small party. kindly with the details of cost to be incurred for setting up the unit & other related cost or any thing more required to start a unit
  • 53. Navi said on 5/20/2016 2:21:49 PM
    Hi dear, I want to start my own ice bricks manufacturing plant so kindly give me cost estimation for small scale industries and which type machines ll installed and come from?
  • 54. sandeep ladha said on 6/9/2016 12:29:14 AM
    can any body help me in training me for operation of ice cream pant including continous freezer & in making different flavours of ice cream. I have plant of 150 ltrs.
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