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Ice cream and frozen desserts in the UK - statistics & facts

Frozen desserts, such as ice cream, gelato, sorbet, frozen yogurt, and others are popular treats among consumers. Some Brits even go so far as to eat ice cream from a tub on a daily basis. More commonly though, consumers eat ice cream less frequently. The overall volume of ice cream sold in retail exceeds 400,000 metric tons in Great Britain. Ice cream saleshave steadily increased to over 1.3 billion British pounds in recent years. The supply of the retail sector is a profitable undertaking and revenues of the United Kingdom's ice cream manufacturing sector were greater than 575 million U.S. dollars in 2021 and are on course to top over a hundred million more in 2025.

Ice cream consumption

General ice cream consumption in the UK jumped recently to a new high of 110 grams per person per week. For other years of the past decade consumption has been under 90 grams. The most commonly consumed brand of ice cream was Ben & Jerry's for tubs and blocks and Magnum for bars, cones, sticks, and individual tubs. Several supermarket's private label brands can be found among the top ten ice cream tubs and blocks. The private label ice cream with the widest reach among consumers was Tesco's.

Looking ahead

For the future of the ice cream market in the UK two contradictory trends will have the biggest impacts. Continuing climate change will provide the UK with warmer weather, which is usually associated with increased ice cream consumption. On the other hand, a drive for more healthy food habits is steering consumers away from dairy and sugary foods. Additionally, animal welfare concerns drive more and more people to become vegan or cut certain animal products out of their diet.

Interesting statistics

In the following 4 chapters, you will quickly find the 21 most important statistics relating to "Ice cream in the UK".


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