The World Scene

World production and consumption data that is easily comparable is difficult to find, due to wide variations in methods of reporting (volume, weight) and in categories of products included or excluded from the data. The table below shows annual ice cream consumption data (per capita, in litres) from selected countries.

Source: Goff and Hartel, 2013. 

Consumption of Ice Cream (2010) {Note: both dairy- and non-dairy-fat based products are included}

Country Litres per capita
Australia 17.9
New Zealand 15.8
United States 14.2
Finland 12.5
Canada 10.5
Italy 10.0
Norway 9.8
United Kingdom 8.6
Denmark 8.4
Chile 8.0
World 2.4
China 2.1