Ice cream is a treat enjoyed by so many of us and for some entrepreneurs, it is a dessert that has paved the way to a very successful business.
Whilst ice cream and other frozen treats will always help to conjure up images of long hot summers, the demand for delicious indulgences found in the freezer, continues throughout the year, with suppliers such as Frozendessertsupplies.com being kept busy whatever the weather.
Here is a look at some of the success stories of the frozen confectionary industry, which may well inspire you to try and emulate their good fortune.
Ben & Jerry’s
Ben Cohen was the co-founder of what has now become an iconic brand and a worldwide phenomenon.
Cohen went into business with his childhood friend Jerry Greenfield and opened their first ice cream parlour in Vermont back in 1978. They eventually sold the company for $325 million in 2000, which makes the $5 investment they made in an ice-cream making correspondence course, seem like one of the biggest bargains ever.
Once they had learned the rudimentary elements of ice-cream making, they did actually invest $12,000 in renovating an old gas station into what became their first ice-cream outlet.
Using franchising to expand the brand, flavors like New York Super Fudge Chunk, were soon being consumed across the country and later, on a worldwide basis.
Lil’ Ice Cream Dude
Maybe the Ben & Jerry story provided some inspiration for an entrepreneurial young businessman, who is still at school.
Already turning popsicles into profits long before he is even an adult, Beau Shell could well turn out to be the next success story of someone following their ice cream dreams. Working on the basis that in business, age is just a number and not a barrier to success, this enterprise has already gained the recognition of the Future Business Leaders of America.
With the aid of crowdfunding and support and guidance from his mother, this young man already has ambitions beyond his years, so watch this space.
Providing a better future for Rwandan women
Many people in Rwanda have never tasted the delights of an ice-cream, but that is rapidly changing thanks to this central African’s country’s first ever ice-cream parlor.
This is not just a story of a local entrepreneur making their way in business, as it is providing some Rwandan women the chance to change their lives by providing an income and a way of supporting their family and local community.
This business is inspiring others to take up similar challenges and with many of them operating as a co-operative and non-profit organizations, the growth in popularity of ice cream in this part of the world, may not make one person in particular a small fortune, but it will definitely provide an opportunity to change the lives of rural communities.
Our love of desserts can certainly provide some ice cream dreams and put a smile on a lot of faces while you are achieving your goals.
Laura Cardin is the daughter of an ice cream shop owner. An avid writer, she likes to help those who want to start their own ice cream and food service businesses. Look for her enlightening posts on a variety of websites and blogs.
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