The leading ice cream brands of the United States in 2016, based on sales (in million U.S. dollars)

This graph shows the sales of the leading ice cream brands of the United States in 2016. Ben & Jerry's was the third ranked ice cream brand of the United States with about 465.4 million U.S. dollars worth of sales for the 52 weeks ended January 24, 2016. Total ice cream category sales amounted to about 5.15 billion U.S. dollars. Chocolate, vanilla and cookie dough/cookies and cream were among the leading ice cream flavors in the United States in 2013.


Ice cream market

Ice cream is a part of the frozen dessert category and serves as an indulgent snack for those with a sweet tooth. Ice cream comes in a large variety of styles ranging from regular ice cream to low-fat ice cream. There are fruity and creamy options available or a combination of both.

In the retail environment, ice cream is sold through several retail channels or specialized ice cream shops or parlors. In the retail aisles, consumers would find them pre-packaged in different sizes, mostly in bulk (gallons or pints) or as bars. Some suppliers offer seasonal ice cream flavors besides their year-round portfolio. Companies shaping the U.S. market in addition to private label products include Nestlé Dreyer’s Ice Cream Co., Good Humor/Breyers, Blue Bell Creameries and Wells Enterprises.

At ice cream shops or parlors, consumers can order their favorite flavors as scoops and combine them with further mix-ins. Popular U.S. ice creamery chains include Cold Stone Creamery and Häagen-Dasz. The Cold Stone Creamery was founded in 1988 and is currently headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona.

U.S. consumers love their ice cream and prefer flavors such as chocolate, vanilla and cookie dough/cookies and cream, based on the latest consumer survey report by Harris Interactive.

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 Sales in million U.S. dollars
Private label 1,128.5
Breyers 499.9
Ben & Jerry's 465.4
Häagen-Dazs 418.8
Wells Blue Bunny 284.2
Dreyer's/Edy's Grand 251.5
Dreyer's/Edy's Slowchurned 249.3
Turkey Hill 238.7
Blue Bell 222.4
Other Unilever Bestfoods North America 207.2
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