The heat we’re having makes a cold drink or an ice-cream seem like manna from heaven.
According to Eurostat statistics, in 2020, European Union countries produced over 2.9 billion litres of ice cream – a decrease of 9% over the previous year.
Last year, European Union countries exported 232 million kilograms of ice cream to non-EU countries at a value of € 752 million.
However, 2.9 billion litres of ice cream produced by European Union countries was apparently not enough. As of last year, 79 million kilograms of ice cream were imported from countries outside the European Union at a value of € 182 million.
While imports decreased by 4% compared to 2019, exports increased by 5%.
Germany was the country that produced the most ice cream last year. During 2019, Germany produced around 642 million litres of ice cream followed by France with 516 million litres and Italy with 509 million litres.
Germany also produced the cheapest ice cream at € 1.3 per litre. While France registered the highest production of ice cream at € 2.2 per litre, the average price of ice cream in Italy was € 2 per litre.
Last year France exported 59 million kilograms of ice cream followed by the Netherlands with 38 million kilograms of ice cream and Germany with 29 million kilograms.