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Far from melting away, ice cream vans make a comeback

Geoff Riley

10th August 2017

I'm always partial to a "99" with a Flake and strawberry sauce - but the days when an ice cream van would routinely head up our cul-de-sac are but a distant memory.

The humble ice-cream van has featured in the formative years of several high profile entrepreneurs among them Duncan Bannatyne. Cheap ice cream from the supermarket and ever-larger home freezers have been two factors behind a long term decline in ice-cream vans but there are signs of a comeback especially for entrepreneurs wanting to serve live events and offer a bespoke and often quirky service.  

This BBC article "Kings of the Road" looks at some of the businesses determined to keep ice cream vans alive. Among them is Ice Baby, a vintage Honda ice cream van, available for hire at weddings, parties and other events.

Geoff Riley

Geoff Riley FRSA has been teaching Economics for over thirty years. He has over twenty years experience as Head of Economics at leading schools. He writes extensively and is a contributor and presenter on CPD conferences in the UK and overseas.

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