Ice Cream Industry Estimated to Reach $97.3B by 2023

Artisanal sales are expected to propel the growth of the global ice cream market, making now a great time to own a Cold Stone Creamery franchise

Entrepreneurs looking to own a business with impact should consider investing in the coolest dessert in history — ice cream. According to a study by Oregon-based Allied Market Research, the global ice cream market earned more than $70 billion in 2017 and is estimated to reach $97.3 billion by 2023. 

The high demand for ultra-premium ice cream is driven by the artisanal segment, which is projected to grow at a rate of 5.7 percent. The study notes that this particular increase stems from a rise in demand for handmade ice creams containing high-quality ingredients and a surge in artisanal franchisees. 

Enter Cold Stone Creamery® . Founded in 1988, our ice creamery has captured millions of hearts and has grown to nearly 1,000 locations in the United States and more than 30 countries around the world. The reason for our success is quite simple: you can’t get an experience like Cold Stone Creamery anywhere else. 

First-time entrepreneurs looking to start their own business can do well investing in a Cold Stone Creamery franchise. Not only is our business model simple to operate, but franchise owners also have the support of a world-class team providing industry-leading marketing from site selection to the grand opening — all wrapped in the joy of serving customers a product they love. 

“The Cold Stone Creamery business model is both simple and straightforward,” says Jay Goldstein, Senior Vice President of Franchise Development. “Our processes and procedures are easy to follow, and the daily operations are fun and simple, too. I tell potential franchise owners they can own and grow a Cold Stone Creamery if they just have a desire to follow our business model and are passionate advocates for the brand in their community.”

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Why Do Millions of People Love Cold Stone?

Cold Stone Creamery® is the ultimate ice cream business franchise, beloved by millions of customers in America and around the world. After 30 years in business, Cold Stone continues to thrive by offering the Ultimate Ice Cream Experience®: a super-premium, artisanal ice cream that is made fresh in our stores, an endless array of mix-in combinations that allows customers to dream up their own Creations™, and exceptional customer service that is full of cheer, song and smiles.

When you walk into one of the more than 1,000 Cold Stone Creamery locations around the world, you know you’re in for more than a treat — you’re in for a memorable experience. Our menu is vast, which is one of the many reasons our customers love us. For starters, we have 10 to 12 ice cream varieties to choose from, including Cake Batter Ice Cream®, Sweet Cream, Coffee, Cheesecake, and many more. Our super-premium ice cream is made fresh, and the seemingly endless combinations of mix-ins allow you to create the treat that will make you happiest. 

Then there are the mix-ins. Guests can choose everything from gummy bears, brownies, cake, fruit, REESE’S® Peanut Butter Cups — the list goes on and on. Cold Stone Creamery offers a variety of waffle cones made fresh in each store as well, from plain to chocolate-dipped- to candy-coated Creations™ offered in Cold Stone® sizes: Like It®, Love It®, or Gotta Have It®.

Can’t decide? We offer our own Signature Creations™, such as Birthday Cake RemixTM, which Thrillist® describes as “better than any birthday cake we had growing up,” and Cheesecake Fantasy®, which Thrillist again says is, “better than any slice of cheesecake we’ve ever had.” All of our Signature Creations are time-tested, delicious flavor profiles. Our lively, enthusiastic crew members prepare your treat right in front of you on the special granite stone, while singing and cheering. This is the Ultimate Ice Cream Experience, and it’s what Cold Stone Creamery has done since its founding.

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