and the estimates show that consumers in Italy
eat approximately 100 scoops per year
. The industry accounts for a market value of EUR 1,6 billion, while the icecream products made in Italy
are considered amongst the best at a global level. Businessmen who want to open a company in Italy
in this field must know that the gelato industry
is rather iconic for the Italian economy as at the moment, the country is considered the top European producer
. Also, the number of gelato shops
is increasing (by 5% in 2016, on a year-to-year basis), as the consumer demand is rising. Our team of lawyers in Italy
can offer legal assistance on the requirements available for this type of activity.
Italian gelato shops
The gelato industry
is very solid in Italy
and it accounts for 36,970 shops, mostly developed as family businesses
. Also, the gelato industry
is a significant employer
for the Italian workforce
, as 150,000 persons are employed
in this sector (hired in Italy
). It is important to know that 100,000 persons are also employed in the gelato field
, but they are working abroad
Top regions for gelato businesses in Italy
The top Italian region for gelato businesses is represented by Lombardy, which accounts for 6,093 shops. The following two regions are:
• Veneto (3,512 shops);
• Emilia Romagna (3,273 shops).
A significant increase of the gelato companies was also observed in the following regions:
Foreign businessmen interested in opening a company
in this field are advised to receive assistance from our team of Italian lawyers
, who can offer in-depth advice on the field, depending on the regions in which the company
will be set up.
Gelato consumption in Italy
The top consumer markets in Italy are concentrated in specific areas of the country. Northern Italy stands out as the top consumer market, accounting for 52% of the overall gelato consumption (companies located here sell their products throughout the year).
Southern Italy represents the second most important consumption market for seasonal sales (during summer), accounting for 29,4%, while the third market is the Central Italy (17,6%).