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How to Start Ice Cream Production Business in Nigeria

If you wish to know how much Nigerians love ice cream, especially the females and children then you have to visit the fast food joints around you. eg Mr Biggs, SHOPRITE, Sizzlers and the rest.

Ice cream business is one of the most lucrative businesses you can start and earn profits immediately. On this thread, I am going to reveal to you some hints on how you can start ice cream production business and make good money.

Like I said this business is viable and will; thrive in any part of Nigeria. The business of ice cream production ensure steady flow of income into your hands on a daily basis. Now let us go further and highlight how you can start ice cream production business in a cost efficient way.


First things first, you have to carry out a feasibility study and know where your potential customers are. This is how you can locate potential customers and contact them if you wish to supply to retailers:

Get a business centre in a commercially active part of town.

Site your business premises close to many schools.

Pitch your tent close to open spaces, cooking centres, event centes, gatherings etc.

Offer home and office Ice Cream delivery services.

Ice cream production business Startup Materials and Costs Estimates

Cooler/Freezer – N50,000
Furniture – N50,000
Gen set – N40,000
Ice Cream making machine – N180,000
Lease/Rent – N60,000
Others – N250,000
Total: N630,000
Note: These are Just rough estimates. Hit the market to know the current prices of things.

Materials and Methods for Profitability Ice Cream Production Business in Nigeria

1. Ice cream making Equipment

The basic equipment for ice cream production are your mixers, pasteurizer machine, homogenizer machine, solidifying unit and other supplementary pieces of equipment. Today, however, you can get a programmed Ice cream production machine that automatically processes and produces ice creams. This machine can produce ice cream of any type and size by simply pressing a few buttons.


Production and distributions are almost immediately. All the important machinery can likewise be sourced from nearby companies that supply ice cream fabricating equipment.

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2. Get Ice Cream Raw Materials

The raw materials for ice cream production incorporate milk, cream, food colorants, drain, eggs, emulsion stabilizers sugar, spread, water, enhance, chocolates etc.

Most of these raw materials can be sourced locally from. Packaging could be in little plastic material or a synthetic substance which forms part of the consumables. Normally, most ice cream packs come in 250ml, 500ml, and one-liter, two-liter, and four-liter containers.

3. Understand Ice Cream Production Processes

Here is a sneak-peak on Ice Cream Production Process:

First, egg yolk(s) is/are thoroughly beaten. Secondly, milk, emulsion stabilizer, flavor, sugar etc. are blended with water in the correct proportion and afterward added to the beaten egg.

These are altogether blended with the beaten egg foam, pasteurized for a few minutes, which rapidly or spontaneously solidify in about two hours before being sold to customers.

The normal floor space required for Ice Cream Production is around 40mX40m. since the ice creams must be served chilled, having regular power supply and a good freezer is a must.

4. Estimate Project Cost and Your Profitability Index.

The cost of setting up an ice cream production is a function of the level of ice cream production you intend to go into. That will decide the cost of the ice cream production plant/facility and your expected profitability index.

But, you can always start small and grow with the business. N20, 000 to N100,000 is ok for a small to medium scale ice cream production business. But in the even that you want to go into it large scale, then you can estimate about N750, 0000. This will take care of the cost of the machinery and equipment, office space, utilities, working capital and other logistics.


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