Ice Cream and Frozen Desserts in the U.S.: Markets and Opportunities in Retail and Foodservice, 6th Edition

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Published Jan 1, 2010 | 292 Pages | Pub ID: LA2385473
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Ice Cream and Frozen Desserts in the U.S.: Markets and Opportunities in Retail and Foodservice, 6th Edition

The U.S. market for ice cream and related frozen desserts neared $25 billion in 2009, with sales growth from previous years slowed somewhat by the recessionary economy. Manufacturers of retail frozen desserts and operators in the frozen dessert foodservice industry (which accounts for better than half of total category sales) adjusted their prices in order (or held the price line and reduced package sizes) to keep consumers screaming for ice cream instead of about how much it cost. Price controls and price-based promotions are likely to stay in effect as the economy slowly rebounds. So, too are cost-saving trends like the consolidation of companies and brands, as in the case of Hood and Brighams, and industry production and administrative facilities, as practiced most notably by Unilever.

But, as the Packaged Facts report on ice cream and other frozen desserts - including ice cream, frozen yogurt, gelato, frozen custard, water ices, non-dairy frozen desserts and frozen novelties - notes, keeping prices down will not be enough to expand sales. To do that, manufacturers and foodservice operators alike will be looking to build on the trends that have emerged over the past two years, notably a taste for tart frozen yogurt that features good-for-you probiotic bacteria that improve digestion. The Packaged Facts report suggests the likelihood of probiotics being added to other frozen desserts and includes coverage of other healthy ingredients that may soon be showing up in value-added health-oriented frozen dessert products such as prebiotics (that make probiotics more efficient), Omega-3, and added calcium. Related to the development of these value-added healthy products is the growth in the number of organic frozen desserts and the development of natural sources to replace artificial flavor and color ingredients. The report also discusses the importance to the industry of creative ingredient suppliers such as Danisco.

Another emerging trend certain to continue will be the introduction of frozen desserts with flavors targeted to the growing Hispanic population. Our report covers the potential for products with flavors that appeal to the Asian American consumers and the likelihood of their crossover to the mainstream flavor map. Also covered is the growing interest in European-style gelato as a lower fat alternative to American ice cream and the potential for regional favorites like Italian ices from the Northeast and frozen custard from the Midwest to gain national prominence.

Ice Cream and Frozen Desserts in the U.S.: Markets and Opportunities in Retail and Foodservice, 6th Edition profiles national and international marketers like Unilever, Nestlé/Dreyers, Baskin-Robbins and Dairy Queen; major regionals like Blue Bell and Turkey Hill; emerging powerhouses like Cold Stone Creamery and NexCen; and players catching fire like Red Mango and Rita’s. Particular attention is given to the growing turf battles as franchisers aim to gobble up as many locations in as many markets across the country as possible, and the possible fallout from over-extension. Although focused on the U.S., the report also scans the global market with special attention to markets like China, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East where economic development has spurred a taste for American ice cream even as global marketers acquire and reinvigorate local favorites.

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Report Methodology

Ice Cream and Frozen Desserts in the U.S.: Markets and Opportunities in Retail and Foodservice, 6th Edition is based on primary and secondary research. Primary research included interviews with industry participants regarding product and packaging trends, marketing programs, distribution methods and technological breakthroughs; and on-site examinations of retail and foodservice venues.

Secondary research entailed data gathering from consumer and industry publications, newspapers, government reports, financial reports, company literature and corporate annual reports. The analysis of consumer demographics was derived from spring 2009 Simmons Market Research Bureau data.

What You’ll Get in This Report

Ice Cream and Frozen Desserts in the U.S.: Markets and Opportunities in Retail and Foodservice, 6th Edition offers predictions about the growth of the frozen dessert market, identifies important emerging players and explores the environment in which industry trends will develop over the next few years. The report includes extensive data, presented in easy-to-read and practical charts, tables and graphs.

How You’ll Benefit from This Report

If your company is already doing business in the frozen dessert market, or is considering making the leap, you will find this report invaluable, as it provides a comprehensive package of information and insight not offered in any other single source. You will gain a thorough understanding of the current market for frozen desserts, as well as projected markets and trends through 2012.

This report will help:

  • Marketing managers identify market opportunities and develop targeted promotion plans for ice cream and related frozen desserts.
  • Research and development professionals stay on top of competitor initiatives and explore demand for ice cream and related frozen desserts.
  • Advertising agencies working with frozen dessert, retail, and ingredient clients understand the product buyer to develop messages and images that compel consumers to buy ice cream and related frozen desserts.
  • Business development executives understand the dynamics of the market and identify possible partnerships.
  • Information and research center librarians provide market researchers, brand and product managers and other colleagues with the vital information they need to do their jobs more effectively.
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