In any given week, about 40 percent of the U.S. population will go out for ice cream or some other frozen treat, and during summer months, that percentage is likely higher. And the average American eats ice cream more than 28 times a year, which is more than once every two weeks. To be able to serve that crowd conveniently, your ice cream shop needs to provide paper or plastic ice cream cups.
Though using ice cream cups presents both advantages and disadvantages, the advantages should win out for most owners.
The biggest advantage to using ice cream cups is the customer convenience. Most ice cream shops aren’t that large and don’t have a lot of seating, so if you use glass dishes and don’t provide an alternative, it can lead to long lines and customers avoiding you altogether. People also like to eat their ice cream outside when it is warm, and not providing plastic or paper cups prevents that from happening. June is when most ice cream is produced and eaten, which makes sense, because it usually is one of the most pleasant months in terms of climate.
Another big advantage to using paper or plastic cups is that you don’t have to keep track of, store, and clean a large inventory of glass dishes. Doing so can take away vital time that you can better dedicate elsewhere in the business. Using only glass dishes can also require additional staff to be present to collect them from customers.
The biggest drawback to using paper or plastic cups is the waste they generate. Though some customers will take their ice cream home with them, most of the waste is likely to wind up in your trash bins, which can be a nuisance, as it will attract insects and critters that smell the sweet smell of melting ice cream.
Overall, the advantages of ice cream cups outweigh the disadvantages, and it’s worth it for any ice cream shop owner to purchase them and provide them to customers.