When you’re conducting inventory, preparing orders, stocking shelves, and otherwise engaged with ensuring that everything is flowing smoothly for your business, having the right frozen dessert supplies on hand is a must–especially when one of America’s favorite indulgences is on customers’ minds.
While you don’t need to know everything there is to know about ice cream to enjoy it, you may be interested in knowing a bit more about this country’s favorite frozen desserts:
- Given all the milk produced by U.S. dairy farmers, 9% goes to ice cream production.
- Every year, the U.S. produces approximately 1.5 billion gallons of ice cream and frozen desserts.
- Americans, on average, will eat ice cream 28.5 times per year.
- Every two weeks, according to the NPD group, 40% of the population will consume ice cream.
- When choosing to indulge, 90% of all U.S. households will choose a frozen dessert.
Did you also know that ice cream and gelato–as well as frozen yogurt–all have different densities? After the churning process, ice cream tends to contain more than 50% air. Gelato, on the other hand, has about 25-to-30% air, so it is much more dense. Frozen yogurt, especially when it is dispensed by a soft-serve machine, tends to be lighter.
The density of these frozen desserts does make a difference in what type of containers, lids, and spoons are needed. Whether you’re selling individualized ice cream cups, pint containers, or party-sized portions, you’ll want to anticipate what is needed so that you’re sure to have it in stock.
Here is just a short list of supplies. Do you have all of these on-hand?
- Gelato cups and spoons
- Custom frozen yogurt cups
- Custom ice cream cups
- Paper ice cream cups with lids
- Plastic ice cream cups
- Ice cream spoons
- Plastic tasting spoons
- Colored spoons
- Ice cream party supplies
- Drink cups
Even though the most ice cream is produced in June, it doesn’t seem to matter whether it’s spring, summer, fall or winter, as it’s an established fact that Americans treat themselves year-round. Given the wide variety of flavors now available–and with new taste sensations flying off the shelves–vanilla continues to be a favorite for 28% of the ice-cream-consuming public, according to the International Ice Cream Association.