How To Start Ice Cream Making Business

Any individual can initiate ice cream making business as small scale basis with low startup capital investment. In addition, ice cream making is a wonderful small business idea. And any individual can explore with making handsome money out of it.

Ice cream is a frozen blend of a sweetened cream mixture and air, with added flavorings. A wide variety of ingredients is allowed in ice cream. However, you must maintain the minimum amounts of milk fat, milk solids (protein + lactose + minerals), and air in ice cream making.

Ice cream must contain at least 10% milk fat and at least 20% total milk solids. In addition, it may contain safe and suitable sweeteners, emulsifiers and stabilizers, and flavoring materials. The finished ice cream must weigh at least 4.5 pounds per gallon. Additionally, you must maintain at least 1.6 pounds of total solids (fat + protein + lactose + minerals + added sugar) per gallon, thus limiting the maximum amount of air (called overrun) that can be incorporated into ice cream.

Market Opportunities For Ice Cream Making

The per capita consumption of ice-creams in India is approximately 200 ml. per annum. However, the average global per capita consumption is 2 liters. The lowest per capita consumption of ice-cream leaves ample scope for Ice cream products in general in India.

The increase in population, fast changing lifestyle increasing a percentage of youths in population in will result in a satisfactory growth in the current market. Ice cream finds round the year market. Generally, it is a popular food for consumption in all class of people as readily available hygienic food for all ages. Basically, cities are the larger markets for ice cream. However, it is also a great food for occasional gatherings, particularly in marriages, meetings and social gatherings. It is being used even in villages and towns. The consumption of ice cream is likely to increase in future. There is a good scope for any new entrepreneur to venture in this field.

Ice Cream Demand In The Market

The frozen dairy production follows a clear seasonal pattern. Summer is the unchallenged season for eating ice cream and other related products. Production kicks up in March and April to fill retail and foodservice pipelines in the late spring and early summer. June is the highest production month of the year, but production remains strong through August to satisfy summer demand. Production declines through the end of the year.

Ice Cream Making Business Registration

In starting ice cream making business, you will need to decide first the ownership pattern. Register accordingly at Register Of Companies. Obtain Trade License and register your business as SSI Unit. As you are starting food item manufacturing, you will need to obtain permission from FSSAI. Contact with your local DIC office. Depending upon the manufacturing process they will guide you about what specific license you will need to have.

Related: Small Business Registration In India | Basic Guide

Raw Materials For Ice Cream Making

There is a wide range of ingredients and formulations (recipes) you can use in ice cream. The major required raw materials are milk, milk powder, cream or butter. Furthermore, various other ingredients are sugar, flavors, stabilizer, color powder.
Additionally, required packaging consumables are cups, paper wrapper, polyethylene coated box (500 ml & 1000 ml. size) and carton packet. All the raw materials and consumables are locally available.

You will need the utilities like electric power and water at your factory premises.

Ice Cream Making Machines

An ice-cream plant has two main sections namely (A) condensing section and (B) freezing section. Besides, there is a host of other electrical and mechanical equipment along with piping. The main required machines are

  • Refrigeration compressor, 5 TR capacity complete with motor and accessories
  • Cooled condenser complete with piping, water spray assembly
  • Liquid receiver
  • M.S. Brine tank
  • Agitator fan assembly
  • Thermocole
  • Push Cart trolleys
  • Ice-cream freezer complete with extension
  • Valve, shut off valve etc.
  • Electrical including motors
  • Mechanical accessories such dehydrator.

You may also plan for an automatic set up. However, an automatic plan setup provides high production output with minimum manpower involvement.

Ice Cream Making Process

Basically, ice cream making is a frozen dairy project. You can produce ice cream by suitable blending and processing of milk cream. Generally, you will need to mix the milk products with sugar, flavors, stabilizer. It forms a creamy texture by incorporation of air by agitating during the freezing process. The main steps in the production of ice cream are:

1. Blend the Ice Cream Mixture

First of all, blend the milk fat source, nonfat solids, stabilizers, and emulsifiers. you have to ensure complete mixing of liquid and dry ingredients.

2. Pasteurize Mix

Then pasteurize the ice cream mix at 155°F (68.3°C) for 30 minutes or 175°F (79.4C) for 25 sec. The conditions used to pasteurize ice cream mix are greater than those used for fluid milk because of increased viscosity from the higher fat, solids, and sweetener content, and the addition of egg yolks in custard products.

3. Homogenize

Ice cream mix is homogenized (2500 to 3000 psi) to decrease the milk fat globule size to form a better emulsion and contribute to a smoother, creamier ice cream. Homogenization also ensures that the emulsifiers and stabilizers are well blended and evenly distributed in the ice cream mix before it is frozen.

4. Age the Mix

Ice cream mix is aged at 40°F (5°C) for at least 4 hours or overnight. Aging the mix cools it down before freezing, allows the milk fat to partially crystallize and the gives the proteins stabilizers time to hydrate. This improves the whipping properties of the mix.

5. Add Liquid Flavors and Colors

Liquid flavors and colors may be added to the mix before freezing. Only ingredients that are liquid can be added before the freezing, to make sure the mix flows properly through the freezing equipment.

6. Freeze

The process involves freezing the mix and incorporating air. You can freeze the ice cream mix in batch or continuous freezers. However, it depends on the type of freezer. Batch freezers consist of a rotating barrel. Usually, you can fill it one-third to one-half full with ice cream mix. As the barrel turns, the air in the barrel incorporates into the ice cream mix.

7. Add Fruits, Nuts and Bulky Flavorings (candy pieces, etc.)

Fruits, swirls and any bulky type of flavorings (nuts, candy pieces, etc.) are added at this point. These ingredients can not be added before freezing or they would interfere with the smooth flow of the mix through the freezer.

Hardens In Ice Cream Making

The ice cream is cooled as quickly as possible down to a holding temperature of less than -13°F(-25°C). The temperatures and times of cooling will depend on the type of storage freezer. Rapid cooling will promote quick freezing of water and create small ice crystals. Storage at -13°F(-25°C) will help to stabilize the ice crystals and maintain product quality.

Learning Resource For Ice Cream Making Business

The Complete Technology Book on Flavoured Ice Cream

If you want to start an ice cream making business, then you must have adequate knowledge in raw materials, equipment, and processing. And a book from the experienced industry experts is the best resource for this. Therefore, we recommend you read this book to get the detail information regarding commercial ice cream making business.

Some of the fundamentals of the book are the composition of ice cream mixes, the role of the constituents, diet science and classification of ice cream. It also includes caloric content of ice cream and related products, milk fat content of ice cream etc. Additionally, the book covers classification of ice cream and related products, artificially sweetened frozen dairy foods, ingredients of ice cream roles and properties, effect of sweetener on freezing point, influence on ice crystal size and texture, flavour and colour materials and preparation, ice cream mixer preparation processing and mix calculations, the freezing process, the freezing point of ice cream mixes, ice cream handling, cleaning and sanitation, varieties, novelties and specials etc. It is a comprehensive book which covers all the aspects of manufacturing of ice cream in various flavors. The book is meant for entrepreneurs, technocrats, professionals, researchers, dairy technologists etc.