We foster a vibrant ice cream industry by uniting distributors, manufacturers, retailers, and vendors, through a collaborative network -- for the love of ice cream. 

The Ice Cream Association (TICA) serves as a leading organization in the industry for best practices, solutions, expertise, and networking. We connect every facet of the industry - from ice cream truck drivers to the industry's top corporate leaders - to one another with the goal of strengthening and solidifying the ice cream industry. We thank you for your interest and your membership in this international association of ice cream aficionados.


Our members span the globe! 


Founded in 1969, the association was originally known as the National Association of Ice Cream Vendors, the NAICV.  As membership expanded, it later became known as the International Association of Ice Cream Vendors, the IAICV. In 2008, the organization formally welcomed Distributors, changing the name to the International Association of Ice Cream Distributors & Vendors (IAICDV).

As the organization continued to grow, the name changed to simply, The Ice Cream Association, which represents over 100 ice cream Manufacturers, Distributors and Vendors, and Service Providers around the globe. The association serves as a home for professionals - whether you are a top executive, an independent food ice cream truck operator or a direct store delivery (DSD) sales associate - interested in sharing best practices, learning more about corporate discounts, uncovering the world of mobile vending or just willing to share their ice cream expertise. We aren't just a home for ice cream brokers, ice cream vendors and distributors, we're a home for manufacturers, mobile vending operators, retailers, and leaders of the ice cream industry - we are an ice cream social network, if you will, of national, international and regional ice cream professionals. We are the leaders of the ice cream industry, and we're always looking for new insights, new ideas and fresh faces!  


Our fundamental purpose is to grow the ice cream category and we focus on the following strategies to do so:

  • To cooperate for the improvement and stabilization of the ice cream vending and distribution industries.
  • To conduct quality educational programs to benefit members.
  • To improve member profitability and strengthen the industries.
  • To cooperatively study, and possibly solve, the problems of the ice cream vending and distribution industries.
  • To represent the ice cream industries in contacts with public officials and public authorities.