Ice cream parlour business plan template


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Modelled on a complete business plan of an ice cream parlour in Cassis, our template features both the financial forecast and the written part that presents the project, its team, the local market and the business strategy implemented by the management.

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This template includes a complete business plan, with a financial forecast and the following sections:

  1. Executive summary:
    The executive summary gives the reader a clear and concise overview of your business idea
  2. Company:
    This section lays out the structure of your business, including its location, management team and legal status
  3. Products and services:
    Here, you'll give an overview of the services or products offered by the company
  4. Market analysis:
    The market analysis is where you’ll demonstrate that there is a strong demand for your products and services through a thorough assessment of the industry (customer profile, hot trends, regulation, competition, etc.)
  1. Strategy:
    This section highlights the company's game plan when it comes to pricing, marketing and mitigating risks along the way
  2. Operations:
    This step lays out the company's operational organisation, including the recruitment plan
  3. Financial plan:
    The financial plan includes a table of sources & uses (initial funding plan), and complete financial statements (P&L, balance sheet and cash flow statements)
  4. Appendices:
    This part provides the opportunity to include multiple financial appendices generated by our software (debt maturity profile, monthly financial statements, financial analysis, etc.)
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Executive Summary

Business Overview

Cassis Ice Cream will be an ice cream parlour located in the town of Cassis. We will specialise in artisanal ice cream. 

We plan to sell a wide range of traditional ice cream flavours together with vegan sorbets, granitas, drinks and ice cream tubs. Both local and organic French producers will be used to source our ice cream ingredients.

By offering unique-tasting ice cream and using high-quality ingredients, we hope to delight our customers' taste buds and differentiate ourselves from competitors.

We will be accredited by the "French artisanal ice creams" label, and will therefore commit to using high-quality ingredients and best in class food hygiene processes.

We plan to set up a limited liability company with total share capital of €10,000. The business will be managed by Victoria C. and Daniel D.

Both partners are experienced in ice cream production as well as running a restaurant, giving them the ideal platform to start their ice cream parlour.

National Market

Ice creams in France

According to The Association of Ice Cream Companies, the French ice cream industry was worth €1.17 billion in 2018, whilst 166,711 tonnes of ice cream were sold during the year. There were approximately 400 artisanal companies in the country.

In terms of distribution, ice creams were mostly purchased in traditional supermarkets, with discount retailers coming in second place.

Ice cream demand is highly seasonal - the period between April and September alone accounts for an estimated 76.8% of yearly turnover.

In particular, there was a shift towards the purchase of cones compared to traditional ice cream tubs in the same year. This was due to more innovative flavours with better compositions being developed.

While launches were less frequent in 2018, they held a greater significance. The Association of Ice Cream Companies reported that 58 innovations resulted in additional revenue amounting to €75 million.

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According to the Franchise Observatory, ice cream parlours can expect to reach an annual turnover between €300,000 to €600,000 after two years in business. However, these figures can vary, depending on several factors.

Customer profiles and consumption habits

Ice cream consumption habits

A survey conducted by Harris Interactive in 2017 found that French people eat ice cream at least once a week during summertime (sample of 1,000 participants).

41% of respondents preferred classic ice cream (generally sold by ice cream shops), ahead of Italian-style ice cream, sorbet and frozen yoghurt. 

The most popular flavours were vanilla, chocolate, pistachio, lemon and coffee. Vanilla remained the most popular flavour, regardless of age. 

Ice cream consumer profiles

According to a report by Nielsen, all French households, regardless of age and size, consumed more ice cream in 2018 than they did in 2017.

However, consumption was much higher among the under 35s and 35-49s. There were 8.2 purchases, on average, in each age group, during the year.

In France, households spend an estimated €46.60 per year on ice cream.

Local market

According to the INSEE (National Institute of Statistical and Economic Studies), Bouches-du-Rhône was home to 2.02 million inhabitants in 2017. 

Located near Marseille, the commune of Cassis had 7,149 inhabitants in 2017. 

Whilst the population follows a relatively even age distribution, the majority of residents are over 30.

Despite Cassis being a small town, its main asset is its proximity to Marseille.

There is an efficient and fast train service between Cassis and Marseille - two different rail routes are available for travellers. Neither takes above 20 minutes.

The town's harbour along with historic castles and pathways attracts a vast number of tourists every year, including inhabitants living off the coast of Marseille.

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According to La Provence, the touristic season for 2019 was positive, as there were 54,174 requests made to the Tourist Office, 58% from French tourists and 42% from foreigners. 

In addition to the Tourist Office, there were also 6,254 requests to the reception office at the Gorguettes car park and almost 50,000 people used the shuttle bus between the station and the town centre. 

Cassis was ranked first in terms of attractiveness, on par with Porto Vecchio, and was notably recognised for the quality of its water. 

There are currently 3 ice cream parlours in the commune of Cassis, each located in different parts of the town centre. These ice cream parlours offer a multitude of ice creams, but only two of them offer artisanal products. 

Key figures

We expect to achieve a turnover of €179,080 during our first year of trading

Thereafter, we expect to increase our turnover by 1.30% with an amount of €181,400 in year 2. In year 3, we expect to achieve a turnover of €185,400 (or 2.21% of growth).

This growth will be driven by word of mouth and the implementation of marketing actions aimed at building customer loyalty.

We expect to achieve a positive EBITDA of €6,121 during our first year of trading (a 3.42% margin).

In year 2, we expect to achieve an EBITDA of €6,121 (or a 4.13% margin) and in year 3, the EBITDA is forecast to reach €9,850 (or a 5.31% margin).

We expect to generate positive cash flows throughout and the company should be adequately capitalised to meet its financial commitments while retaining sufficient liquidity to deal with any unforeseen circumstances.

Our Ask

The initial financing requirements of the project are estimated to be €60,000. Our founders have planned to contribute €40,000, that is to say, 67% of the amount.

We would like to obtain a loan of €20,000 to complete the financing.

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