The Ice Cream Industry Looking Forward
Market research shows that ice cream is a beloved dessert worldwide. The average American consumes approximately 23 pounds of ice cream and related frozen desserts each year. And according to Fortune Business Insights, the global ice cream market is expected to reach nearly $98 billion in 2027, up from $71.5 billion in 2021, which reflects a 37% jump in less than a decade. This major growth is fueled by a growing demand for new flavors and customizable menus, as well as the desire for premium ice creams made with quality ingredients in an increasingly health-conscious public.
Ice cream franchises must be constantly innovating and adapting to meet consumer demands, and make sure their menus offer something that can satisfy any sweet tooth. With more than three decades in business, Cold Stone Creamery is thriving in this ever-changing market and poised for continued growth in the year ahead.
Cold Stone Creamery Brings the Sweets
Cold Stone Creamery has met the high demand for frozen treats since opening the very first storefront. We’re constantly dreaming up new ideas to make sure our menus offer something for everyone. Cold Stone Creamery provides customers with a wide variety of premium ice cream flavors and mix-ins, but also yogurt, sorbet, and other options for customers who follow plant-based or dairy-free diets.
Cold Stone Creamery has stood the test of time not only because we deliver an exceptional product, but because the franchise operates on a simple business model suited for both seasoned franchisees and novice entrepreneurs. We also offer support to franchisees, including initial and ongoing training, help identifying the perfect location for your new franchise, marketing and public relations services, and an experienced in-house team readily available to answer questions.
A Brand People Know
Cold Stone Creamery was founded in 1988 by married couple Donald and Susan Sutherland in the college town of Tempe, Arizona. Ever since, the franchise has been consistently serving up premium, house-made ice cream in a fun and energetic atmosphere. The franchise was built on giving ice cream lovers a sweet and memorable experience, which is why 35 years later, customers are still coming through the doors. Now with locations around the globe, Cold Stone Creamery has become a household name – and customers stick with brands they know and trust.
“What made us unique when Cold Stone Creamery was founded is what continues to make us unique today, which is the fact that we make our ice cream fresh,” says Cold Stone Creamery Tastemaster™. “What the Sutherlands discovered in the 1980s still persists among a lot of our competitors, who bring their ice cream in tubs or vats, and the ice cream sits until they sell it or it goes bad. This key difference is why Cold Stone Creamery has such a heavenly taste, that perfect ice cream taste that you want when you’re in the mood for ice cream: we make the ice cream in the same store where you come in to get it.”
The Cold Stone Creamery team wants entrepreneurs to grow their business, and provides franchisees with extensive support and training as they first get into business, on the job, and throughout the life of the franchise. Cold Stone Creamery also offers in-house marketing and public relations teams to help franchisees grow their business and boost their bottom line. Whether someone has been a life-long independent business owner or is just testing the entrepreneurial waters for the first time, Cold Stone Creamery will provide the tools and support franchisees need to run a thriving business.
“The beauty of Cold Stone Creamery is that anyone with business savvy and passion for our brand and the ability to follow our systems can build a bright future,” says John Wuycheck, SVP of Franchise Development with Cold Stone Creamery. “We don’t require any experience in the restaurant industry or the service industry, because our training and support is so involved that we can teach any entrepreneur how to be a Cold Stone Creamery franchisee. Our brand has franchisees who have been with us since the beginning, many of whom have scaled up to multiple locations. New franchisees are welcomed into the Cold Stone Creamery family with open arms, and the culture is inclusive, accessible and encouraging. Cold Stone Creamery is more relevant than ever, and our goal is to open hundreds of locations in North America and internationally in the coming years.”
Learn More about Franchising with Cold Stone Creamery
Get ready to invest in Cold Stone Creamery! Learn more about the brand by visiting the Cold Stone Creamery research pages here. There, you’ll learn all about the Cold Stone Creamery backstory and concept, why customers love our ice cream, and the rundown on the franchise’s available markets, startup costs, and support provided to franchisees.
You can also click here to fill out our inquiry form. One of our franchise team members will be in touch with a copy of our Franchise Information Report, which will give you more information about Cold Stone Creamery’s competitive advantages, information about international opportunities with Cold Stone Creamery, and answers to frequently asked questions.