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Did you know it’s National Ice Cream Month?

Did you know it’s National Ice Cream Month?

The month of July is National Ice Cream Month, and this Sunday, July 18, is National Ice Cream Day. To celebrate, not only are we going to eat ice cream, but we’ve gathered some interesting tidbits about ice cream from the International Dairy Foods Association.

Consumption

The average American consumes more than 22 pounds of ice cream and related frozen desserts per year.

Regular ice cream is the most popular category of frozen desserts.

America’s top 10 favorite ice cream flavors:

Vanilla

Chocolate

Cookies N’ Cream

Mint Chocolate Chip

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Buttered Pecan

Cookie Dough

Strawberry

Moose Tracks

Neapolitan

America’s favorite novelty products are:

Sandwiches

Mini cups

Sticks or pops

Cones

Bars

Favorite add-ins

Pecan is the most popular nut flavoring, and strawberry is the most popular fruit in ice cream. 

Candy and chocolate pieces are the most popular confections in ice cream. 

Waffle cones and sugar cones tie for most popular containers.

Ice Cream Sales

Ice cream makers and retailers say the Great Lakes region (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin) is the most successful ice cream market.

In 2020, ice cream makers in the U.S. churned out just over 1 billion gallons of ice cream, up 6% from 2019.

In the first five months of 2021, hard ice cream production is running 4% ahead of 2020 levels.

In May 2021, just before the summer season kicked into high gear, retail ice cream sales (grocery) were running slightly behind 2020 highs, but still well above 2019.

During the same period of 2021, sales of frozen novelties like fudgesicles and ice cream bars were running 24% ahead of the same period in 2019.

Fortune Business Insights estimates the global ice cream market will reach $91.9 billion in 2027, up from $70.9 billion in 2019—a 30% jump in less than a decade due to the world’s craving for ice cream.

Find more ice cream information at www.idfa.org, the website of the International Dairy Foods Association.

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