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Article Publishing Date: Jun 4, 2021

American Ice Cream Market Hits Record Highs Despite the Pandemic

IndexBox has just published a new report: 'U.S. Ice Cream And Frozen Dessert Market. Analysis And Forecast to 2025'. Here is a summary of the report's key findings.

In 2020, despite the pandemic, the total ice cream consumption in the U.S. increased by 4.3% to 3.8M tonnes, rising for the second year in a row. Lockdown waves affected the sales channels, as people started to purchase ice cream more often in hypermarkets than in cafes. This also led to a shift in packaging from bulk HoReCa containers to family and single packs suitable for different scenarios of home eating. 

Key Trends and Insights

Ice cream is an established and popular dessert among Americans. The U.S. features amongst the largest ice cream-consuming countries in the world. Particularly high demand for the product is observed in Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana.

The pandemic did not lead to a reduction in the consumption of ice cream in the U.S. but significantly affected the distribution channels for this product. The closure of the HoReCa segment and restrictions on the retail sector during the lockdown led to a decrease in sales in these sectors. People made fewer impulse purchases in small retail stores, while ice cream sales in large hypermarkets, especially in bulk packaging, increased dramatically, as consumers began to “stock up for future use” during the pandemic. This led to a shift in packaging from bulk containers for HoReCa to family and single-person packs suitable for different scenarios of home eating.

As quarantine restrictions ease, the ice cream market is stabilizing in the new environment. The onset of the summer season should give a new impetus to market growth since traditionally high sales volumes are recorded in the period from May to September. 

Consumer preference monitoring and marketing campaigns remain key tools in driving ice cream sales. Traditional vanilla and chocolate ice cream enjoy robust demand, while among the fruit types of ice cream, strawberry remains the most popular, and among the nut types - ice cream with a pecan flavor. Manufacturers are expected to expand their product range with new flavors and “innovative products” such as low-calorie diet ice cream, vegan soy ice cream, and handmade ice cream. In the context of the trend towards a healthy lifestyle, consumer preferences are expected to shift towards ice cream with natural ingredients, without artificial colors and flavors. 

Should the pandemic wane in 2021, the market is set to recover gradually. Rising demand from the growing population in the U.S. should become the key driver of the market growth. The more people are involved in the vaccination, the faster they can return to pre-pandemic behavior patterns. When the limitations on HoReCa and tourism could be lifted, it should propel the market growth. Against these prerequisites, the ice cream market is projected to expand with an annual anticipating rate of +0.3% over the next decade, which is set to bring 4.8M tonnes by 2030. 

Ice Cream Imports into the U.S.

For the third year in a row, the U.S. recorded growth in purchases abroad of ice cream and frozen dessert, which increased by 39% to 39K tonnes in 2020. In value terms, ice cream imports soared to $139M (IndexBox estimates) in 2020. 

In 2020, Mexico (12K tonnes) constituted the largest supplier of ice cream to the U.S., with a 30% share of total imports. Moreover, ice cream imports from Mexico exceeded the figures recorded by the second-largest supplier, South Korea (3.9K tonnes), threefold. The third position in this ranking was occupied by Taiwan (Chinese) (3K tonnes), with a 7.8% share.

From 2012 to 2020, the average annual rate of growth in terms of volume from Mexico was relatively modest. The remaining supplying countries recorded the following average annual rates of imports growth: South Korea (+9.3% per year) and Taiwan (Chinese) (+33.7% per year).

In value terms, Taiwan (Chinese) ($24M), South Korea ($16M) and Canada ($14M) were the largest ice cream suppliers to the U.S., together comprising 38% of total imports. These countries were followed by Italy, South Africa, Germany, Russia, Thailand, Mexico, Israel, Belgium, India and Lithuania, which together accounted for a further 47%.

In 2020, the average ice cream import price amounted to $3,570 per tonne, rising by 19% against the previous year. There were significant differences in the average prices amongst the major supplying countries. In 2020, the country with the highest price was Taiwan (Chinese) ($7,841 per tonne), while the price for Mexico ($360 per tonne) was amongst the lowest.

Source: IndexBox AI Platform

Product coverage:
• NAICS 311520 - Ice cream and frozen dessert manufacturing

This report provides an in-depth analysis of the ice cream market in the U.S.. Within it, you will discover the latest data on market trends and opportunities by country, consumption, production and price developments, as well as the global trade (imports and exports). The forecast exhibits the market prospects through 2025.


Country coverage:
• USA

Data coverage:
• Market volume and value
• Per Capita consumption
• Forecast of the market dynamics in the medium term
• Trade (exports and imports) in the U.S.
• Export and import prices
• Market trends, drivers and restraints
• Key market players and their profiles

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1. INTRODUCTION

Making Data-Driven Decisions to Grow Your Business

1.1
REPORT DESCRIPTION
1.2
RESEARCH METHODOLOGY AND AI PLATFORM
1.3
DATA-DRIVEN DECISIONS FOR YOUR BUSINESS
1.4
GLOSSARY AND SPECIFIC TERMS
2. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

A Quick Overview of Market Performance

2.1
KEY FINDINGS
2.2
MARKET TRENDS
3. MARKET OVERVIEW

Understanding the Current State of The Market and Its Prospects

3.1
MARKET SIZE
3.2
MARKET STRUCTURE
3.3
TRADE BALANCE
3.4
PER CAPITA CONSUMPTION
3.5
MARKET FORECAST TO 2030
4. MOST PROMISING PRODUCTS

Finding New Products to Diversify Your Business

4.1
TOP PRODUCTS TO DIVERSIFY YOUR BUSINESS
4.2
BEST-SELLING PRODUCTS
4.3
MOST CONSUMED PRODUCT
4.4
MOST TRADED PRODUCT
4.5
MOST PROFITABLE PRODUCT FOR EXPORT
5. MOST PROMISING SUPPLYING COUNTRIES

Choosing the Best Countries to Establish Your Sustainable Supply Chain

5.1
TOP COUNTRIES TO SOURCE YOUR PRODUCT
5.2
TOP PRODUCING COUNTRIES
5.3
TOP EXPORTING COUNTRIES
5.4
LOW-COST EXPORTING COUNTRIES
6. MOST PROMISING OVERSEAS MARKETS

Choosing the Best Countries to Boost Your Exports

6.1
TOP OVERSEAS MARKETS FOR EXPORTING YOUR PRODUCT
6.2
TOP CONSUMING MARKETS
6.3
UNSATURATED MARKETS
6.4
TOP IMPORTING MARKETS
6.5
MOST PROFITABLE MARKETS
7. PRODUCTION

The Latest Trends and Insights into The Industry

7.1
PRODUCTION VOLUME AND VALUE
8. IMPORTS

The Largest Import Supplying Countries

8.1
IMPORTS FROM 2007–2020
8.2
IMPORTS BY COUNTRY
8.3
IMPORT PRICES BY COUNTRY
9. EXPORTS

The Largest Destinations for Exports

9.1
EXPORTS FROM 2007–2020
9.2
EXPORTS BY COUNTRY
9.3
EXPORT PRICES BY COUNTRY
10. PROFILES OF MAJOR PRODUCERS

The Largest Producers on The Market and Their Profiles

LIST OF TABLES
Table 1:
Key Findings In 2020
Table 2:
Market Volume, In Physical Terms, 2007–2020
Table 3:
Market Value, 2007–2020
Table 4:
Per Capita Consumption In 2007-2020
Table 5:
Imports, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2007–2020
Table 6:
Imports, In Value Terms, By Country, 2007–2020
Table 7:
Import Prices, By Country Of Origin, 2007–2020
Table 8:
Exports, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2007–2020
Table 9:
Exports, In Value Terms, By Country, 2007–2020
Table 10:
Export Prices, By Country Of Destination, 2007–2020
LIST OF FIGURES
Figure 1:
Market Volume, In Physical Terms, 2007–2020
Figure 2:
Market Value, 2007–2020
Figure 3:
Market Structure – Domestic Supply vs. Imports, In Physical Terms, 2007-2020
Figure 4:
Market Structure – Domestic Supply vs. Imports, In Value Terms, 2007-2020
Figure 5:
Trade Balance, In Physical Terms, 2007-2020
Figure 6:
Trade Balance, In Value Terms, 2007-2020
Figure 7:
Per Capita Consumption, 2007-2020
Figure 8:
Market Forecast To 2025
Figure 9:
Products: Market Size And Growth, By Type
Figure 10:
Products: Average Per Capita Consumption, By Type
Figure 11:
Products: Exports And Growth, By Type
Figure 12:
Products: Export Prices And Growth, By Type
Figure 13:
Production Volume And Growth
Figure 14:
Exports And Growth
Figure 15:
Export Prices And Growth
Figure 16:
Market Size And Growth
Figure 17:
Per Capita Consumption
Figure 18:
Imports And Growth
Figure 19:
Import Prices
Figure 20:
Production, In Physical Terms, 2007–2020
Figure 21:
Production, In Value Terms, 2007–2020
Figure 22:
Imports, In Physical Terms, 2007–2020
Figure 23:
Imports, In Value Terms, 2007–2020
Figure 24:
Imports, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2020
Figure 25:
Imports, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2007–2020
Figure 26:
Imports, In Value Terms, By Country, 2007–2020
Figure 27:
Import Prices, By Country Of Origin, 2007–2020
Figure 28:
Exports, In Physical Terms, 2007–2020
Figure 29:
Exports, In Value Terms, 2007–2020
Figure 30:
Exports, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2020
Figure 31:
Exports, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2007–2020
Figure 32:
Exports, In Value Terms, By Country, 2007–2020
Figure 33:
Export Prices, By Country Of Destination, 2007–2020

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