Ice Cream Production and Consumption Data

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

The Canadian Scene

Some statistical data is presented below, which is now updated regularly and available at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canadian Dairy Information Centre

Canadian Ice Cream Mix Production, kL 

1988    166,252                 
1989    161,073         
1990    162,905         
1991    161,394         
1992    149,203
1993    164,210
1994    175,579
1995    172,678
1996    166,296
1997    154,974
1998    154,803
1999    152,542
2000    137,869
2001    147,450
2002    158,470
2003    150,696
2004    154,778
2005    172,699
2006    171,271
2007    146,789
2008    129,151
2009    109,399
2010    111,953
2011    103,673
2012    95,050
2013    79,895
2014    70,801
2015    80,286
2016    87,986
2017    87,070

 

 

Note: this is milkfat-based ice cream only. Since 2006, Frozen Dessert products have been on the market that are vegetable fat-based, rather than milkfat-based, and these are not captured in the statistics above. Frozen desserts due contain milk solids-not-fat, however. The dramatic effect these have had on ice cream production per se is illustrated by the numbers in the table below.

Provincial Ice Cream Mix Production, 2006 vs. 2012  

Ontario      108,698 vs. 57,680
Others(1)     62,573 vs. 52,343
(1) Not disclosed to protect individual company data.

Per capita consumption - hard and soft ice cream  

1980   12.72            
1985   12.02            
1990   11.50            
1995   11.39    
1996   10.88
1997   10.35
1998   10.19
1999    10.03
2000    8.63
2001    9.23
2002    9.49
2003    9.26
2004    9.15
2005    9.85
2006    9.23
2007    8.03
2008    6.90
2009    5.54
2010    5.51
2011    5.25
2012    5.02
2013    4.42
2014    5.20
2015    4.52
2016    5.44

Note: again, this is milkfat-based ice cream only and does not include consumption of Frozen Dessert products,  which are vegetable fat-based, rather than milkfat-based.

Source: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canadian Dairy Information Centre

The Scene from the United States

US Production of Ice Cream, Hard and Soft; Regular, Lowfat and Nonfat, Million Gallons 

1990 1175.9
1991 1204.4
1992 1194.3
1993 1191.5
1994 1234.7
1995 1262.9
1996 1286.2
1997 1340.1
1998 1384.6
1999 1393.3
2000 1383.7
2001 1372.7
2002 1364.6
2003 1411.5
2004 1329.7
2005 1340.9
2006 1352.9
2010 1318.4

US Per Capita consumption of Ice Cream - Hard and Soft; Regular, Lowfat and Nonfat, litres (excluding imports and exports) 

1990 17.9
1995 17.9
2000 18.6
2001 18.2
2002 18.0
2003 18.4
2004 17.0
2005 16.9
2006 17.2
2010 16.2

Source: United States Dept. of Agriculture Economic Research Service.

US hard and Soft Ice Cream, Million Gallons, by State, 2006 

California 160
Texas 97
Indiana 87
Pennsylvania 54
Massachusetts 54
Minnesota 53


- The Top 5 States produced about 33% of the United States production.          
Source: International Dairy Foods Association, Dairy Facts 2007.