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Sugar, confectionery and ice-cream: Expenditure in the United Kingdom 2011-2019

In 2019, consumer spending on sugar, confectionary and ice-cream in the United Kingdom amounted to 12.5 billion British pounds. Compared to 2011, this constitutes an increase of 3.5 billion pounds.

Confectionary in detail

Confectionery is commonly split in two main categories; bakers’ confectionary, which encompasses a variety of baked goods and sugar confectionery including candies (or sweets in Britain), as well as chocolates, gums and other primarily sugar-based confections. In 2018, about 9.5 thousand tons of sugar confectionary were made and sold in the UK. About four billion British pounds were generated in revenue with the manufacture of chocolate and sugar confectionary in the UK during the same year.

Ice cream market

Retail sales of ice cream in the UK were valued at one billion GBP in 2018. Sales from ice cream made in the UK made up a volume of 328 million liters. On average a person in the UK would purchase 84 grams of ice cream in tubs or block form per week in 2017/18.

Consumer spending on sugar, confectionery and ice-cream in the United Kingdom from 2011 to 2019 (in million GBP)*

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Release date

March 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2011 to 2019

Supplementary notes

* Household final consumption expenditure. Figures based on current prices and are seasonally adjusted.

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