Per capita consumption of ice cream in the U.S. 2000-2018

Per capita consumption of regular ice cream in the United States has seen an overall decrease between 2000 and 2018. In 2018, the average American consumed 11.8 pounds of regular ice cream while in 2000 this figure amounted to 16.1 pounds.

Non-Dairy Ice Cream

Non-dairy ice cream is a wonderful alternative to regular ice cream for those adhering to vegan diets or those suffering from lactose intolerance. Some common bases for non-dairy ice cream are almond milk, coconut, and soy. In 2017, non-dairy ice cream had the highest dollar sales growth of any type of ice cream or frozen yogurt compared to the previous year. Sorbet is another type of ice cream which is often dairy-free as it is made with fruit juice rather than milk.

Frozen Dessert Production in the United States

Between 2017 and 2018, regular ice cream production in the United States dropped off steeply, from around 760 thousand gallons to just under 500 thousand gallons. California produced some 66.33 thousand gallons of regular ice cream in 2018 while the other 49 states generated about 429.4 thousand gallons. Frozen yogurt had a much higher production volume in the United States than regular ice cream in that year, at 50.2 million gallons.

Per capita consumption of regular ice cream in the United States from 2000 to 2018 (in pounds)*

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Release date

September 2019


United States

Survey time period

2000 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* Regular ice cream.
Based on estimated resident population plus Armed Forces overseas.

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