Make Your Own Ice Cream or Buy 3 Gallon Containers from a Distributor?
What’s the better option, making your own ice cream or buying and reselling 3-gallon tubs of a recognized brand? Truthfully, there is no right answer. Both could be great options. This post will simply to outline reasons why you would go in one direction vs. the other depending on your specific situation and your specific goals. This question is frequently debated and asked by almost everyone planning to enter the ice cream store business. In my opinion, it depends on many factors. I encourage those of you who make your own or buy a national brand in 3-gallon cans to post what led you to your specific strategy.
You can make good money with both options. For those who are on a tighter budget, the best option might be to start with a pre-packaged product. For those of you who are creative and have the necessary start-up financing, you might want to consider making your own product.
With that being said, they are other definitive benefits to each choice. Here I listed some of the benift for each:
Pre-Package Ice Cream
- People like to buy what they are familiar with
- The initial investment is lower – you only have to buy dipping cabinets and storage cabinets vs. a batch freezer, hardening cabinet, dipping cabinets, etc.
- Less machinery means fewer utilities expense
- Product consistency – making your own can also be consistent if you are the only one doing it, but once you have employees start making ice cream too, it can get tricky to maintain that consistency
- Simplicity – no manufacturing labor – you buy 3-gallon tubs from an ice cream distributor, you drop them in the dipping cabinet and scoop away
Homemade Ice Cream
As you can see, the decision to make your own or purchase a pre-made product depends on many factors. You can make good money with both options. For those who are on a tighter budget, the best option might be to start with a pre-packaged product. For those of you who are creative and have the necessary start-up financing, you might want to consider making your own.Look forward to hearing the comments and stories of those who have made the decision one way or another.
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