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Ice Cream Industry Research Guide

Get the "scoop" on all of the "cool" resources for researching the ice cream industry.

Companies & Competitors

The resources below are useful for finding information about companies.  

Most of the larger companies that make ice cream companies are large multinational corporations or they are subsidiaries of larger companies.    As a result, it may be challenging to find specific information about companies in the industry.  

  • You can use D&B Hoovers to find information about large public companies.
  • Search for Unilever, Nestle, etc. 
  • Search by company name to find information for large public companies.  
  • Search for Unilever, Nestle, etc. 
  • Note that this database is not very useful for brand or subsidiary information.  
  • Use the Advanced Search to search by Industry code to create a list of companies in the industry
  • You can use this to build a list of companies or competitors by location.
  • Suggested industry codes:
    • SIC 2024 - Ice Cream Manufacturing
    • SIC 511202 - Ice cream, soft drink, and soda fountain stand
  • The video below shows how to use the above search strategy, using Coffee Shops as an example.  You should be able to follow the steps with the codes above to retrieve a list of companies.


  • Search for ice cream in the search box at the top of the Privco page.  You will need to scroll down the list of auto-populated companies to find and select "Search all companies for ice cream"
  • This will generate a nice list of some of the largest and most-interesting private companies in the ice cream industry
  • Note that the amount of information and details available for each company will vary
  • You can use the Filters to filter by financial information, number of employees, etc. to generate a more customized list