Photo source: The International Dairy Foods Association
All charts are sourced to: The International Dairy Foods Association's 2022 survey conducted with Research America Inc.
The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) hosted the 38th annual Capitol Hill Ice Cream Party on the National Mall on June 22nd after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. This summertime event—always held in June, National Ice Cream Month--is for members of Congress, their families, Capitol Hill staff and other special guests. IDFA members donated more than 200 three-gallon tubs of ice cream and 750 novelties to the event, which also featured sustainable cups and utensils to put a focus on the industry's sustainability goals. Representatives from IDFA member companies traveled to Washington, D.C., for the event. The group also met with members of Congress to advocate on key dairy industry policy priorities, including workforce issues, supply chain challenges and improving trade access for dairy exporters.
“The return of the IDFA Ice Cream Party is the biggest scoop on Capitol Hill in years,” said IDFA President and CEO Michael Dykes. “We always say ice cream is as bipartisan as you can get.”
- In 2021, ice cream makers in the U.S. churned out more than 1.3 billion gallons of ice cream.
- The average American eats about 20 pounds of ice cream each year, or about 4 gallons.
- Fortune Business Insights estimates the global ice cream market will reach $97.8 billion in 2027, up from $71.5 billion in 2021. This is a 37% jump in less than a decade.
- U.S. ice cream makers contribute $13.1 billion to the U.S. economy and support about 28,800 dairy industry jobs, according to IDFA’s Dairy Delivers economic impact report.
- The majority of U.S. ice cream and frozen dessert manufacturers have been in business for more than 50 years. Many are still family-owned businesses.
- Cookies N’ Cream
- Mint Chocolate Chip
- Waffle cones beat out sugar cones 32% to 12% among consumers, but 37% of consumers prefer to eat their ice cream out of a bowl.
- Chocolate is the most popular topping sauce, beating caramel 26% to 18%.
- Nuts and sprinkles are the most popular dry toppings, 15% and 14%, respectively.
- 73% of consumers have ice cream at least once per week and two out of three consume ice cream in the evening.
- 84% prefer to purchase ice cream at the grocery store and eat it at home.
- Almost half of consumers prefer half-gallon containers for ice cream from a grocery store; 23% prefer a pint.
- While ice cream makers say they are seeing increased demand for non-dairy ice creams and plant-based ingredients, consumers rank these at the bottom of the list for most-consumed types of ice cream and frozen desserts.
- July is the busiest month for ice cream production when nearly three-fifths of all ice cream is produced, followed by June and May.
- Two-thirds of ice cream makers say they already use or plan to incorporate more sustainable packaging solutions.
- And interestingly, processors say sandwiches are the best-selling novelty, but consumers say they like cones best.