The company, owned by PepsiCo, has a long history of ice cream distribution, and it’s just a matter of time before it’s selling them again.
Nestle announced plans last week to sell its ice-cream dispensers in grocery stores and in other outlets.
The move comes as other ice-skating companies are ramping up their sales of ice-based products.
The news comes just as the food delivery industry is in a boom and a bust cycle.
There are many companies that are ramp up their ice-building operations as they get more consumers into the food industry.
But that also means more competitors have to compete against each other.
The food delivery business is in an even more precarious place than the ice cream and beverage industry, which is already in a recession, according to research firm Euromonitor.
The number of ice maker-operated stores in the U.S. jumped from 11,000 in 2000 to almost 40,000 today.
The growth rate has slowed, but the industry is growing in volume, Euromonitors says.
The ice cream-based food delivery market, which has been growing since 2009, will likely remain in a slow, but steady growth until there’s a recovery.
“The ice-related companies are just taking a hit, and the ice-curd industry is going to have to be one of the largest in the future,” said Kevin Osterholm, senior food analyst at Euromoncer.
Some food delivery companies are also looking to sell their ice dispensers to the ice industry, but those sales have been slow to come online.
Nestlé has been selling its dispensers for nearly three years, according the company.
That’s an unusual move for a food delivery company, as it’s traditionally sold its ice products in stores.
Nestles announcement comes a day after Coca-Cola announced plans to sell ice-covered beverages at its Coke Zero stores in 20 U.K. cities starting next month.