Ice Cream Exporters by Country

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Global sales from ice cream exports by country totaled to US$3.4 billion during 2016.

Overall, the value of ice cream exports were up by an average 11.1% for all exporting countries since 2012 when ice cream shipments were valued at $3 billion. Year over year, the value of globally exported ice cream appreciated by 6%.

Among continents, European countries generated the highest dollar worth of exported ice cream during 2016 with shipments valued at $2.7 billion or over three-quarters (78.8%) of the global total.

In second place were fast-growing Asian exporters at 11.3% while 6.3% of worldwide ice cream shipments originated from North America.

Smaller percentages were provided by exporters in Oceania (New Zealand, Australia, Fiji) at 1.4%, Latin America (excluding Mexico) and the Caribbean at 1.4%, as well as Africa at 0.9%.

The 4-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix for ice cream is 2105, a classification technically described as “ice cream and other edible ice whether or not containing cocoa.”

Ice Cream Exporters by Country

Countries

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of ice cream during 2016:

  1. France: US$447.5 million (13.2% of total ice cream exports)
  2. Germany: $444 million (13.1%)
  3. Belgium: $388.1 million (11.5%)
  4. Italy: $247.3 million (7.3%)
  5. Netherlands: $230.1 million (6.8%)
  6. United States: $196.6 million (5.8%)
  7. United Kingdom: $143.9 million (4.3%)
  8. Spain: $132.5 million (3.9%)
  9. Hungary: $110.7 million (3.3%)
  10. Poland: $92.4 million (2.7%)
  11. United Arab Emirates: $69 million (2%)
  12. Thailand: $60.7 million (1.8%)
  13. Sweden: $50.4 million (1.5%)
  14. South Korea: $44.6 million (1.3%)
  15. Slovenia: $41.7 million (1.2%)

The listed 15 countries shipped four-fifths (79.8%) of global ice cream exports in 2016 by value.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing ice cream exporters since 2012 were: United Arab Emirates (up 202.1%), Slovenia (up 100.3%), Thailand (up 48.9%) and United States (up 48%).

Two countries posted declines in their exported ice cream sales, specifically Italy (down -16.3%) and Spain (down -6.1%).

Advantages

The following countries posted the highest positive net exports for ice cream during 2016. Investopedia defines net exports as the value of a country’s total exports minus the value of its total imports. Thus, the statistics below present the surplus between the value of each country’s exported ice cream and its import purchases for that same commodity.

  1. France: US$219.3 million (net export surplus up 42.5% since 2012)
  2. Belgium: $218.3 million (up 18%)
  3. United States: $130.9 million (up 114.8%)
  4. Germany: $120.8 million (down -5%)
  5. Italy: $110.4 million (down -12.8%)
  6. Hungary: $66.1 million (up 7.2%)
  7. Netherlands: $57.7 million (up 1461.8%)
  8. Thailand: $48.7 million (up 35.5%)
  9. Poland: $47.8 million (down -0.1%)
  10. Turkey: $31.5 million (down -3.5%)
  11. United Arab Emirates: $31 million (down -309.1%)
  12. Slovenia: $28.3 million (up 660.8%)
  13. Lithuania: $19.7 million (up 158.2%)
  14. South Africa: $19.3 million (down -10.3%)
  15. South Korea: $14.7 million (down -30.9%)

Overtaking Belgium in 2015, France has the highest surplus in the international trade of ice cream. In turn, this positive cashflow confirms France’s strong competitive advantage for this specific product category.

Opportunities

The following countries posted the highest negative net exports for ice cream during 2016. Investopedia defines net exports as the value of a country’s total exports minus the value of its total imports. Thus, the statistics below present the deficit between the value of each country’s imported ice cream purchases and its exports for that same commodity.

  1. United Kingdom: -US$171.5 million (net export deficit down -2.7% since 2012)
  2. Saudi Arabia: -$94.7 million (up 51.7%)
  3. Austria: -$65.4 million (down -27.7%)
  4. Denmark: -$57.6 million (down -3.8%)
  5. Mexico: -$49.4 million (up 5.4%)
  6. Spain: -$48.3 million (up 32.9%)
  7. Portugal: -$38.2 million (down -13.5%)
  8. Romania: -$38.2 million (up 46.4%)
  9. Finland: -$36 million (down -14.9%)
  10. Australia: -$34 million (up 189.9%)
  11. Singapore: -$33.7 million (up 0.4%)
  12. Switzerland: -$30.9 million (up 48.6%)
  13. Oman: -$29 million (up 83.9%)
  14. China: -$28.3 million (up 143.6%)
  15. Malaysia: -$26.9 million (up 28.6%)

United Kingdom incurred the highest deficit in the international trade of ice cream. In turn, this negative cashflow highlights United Kingdom’s strong competitive disadvantage for this specific product category but also signals opportunities for ice cream-supplying countries that help satisfy the powerful consumer demand.

Companies

Ice Cream Exporting Companies

According to global trading platform Alibaba, the following suppliers are examples of ice cream-trading exporters. The home-country location for each business is shown within parentheses:

  • SAS Khassani (France)
  • EUROBRANDS Lebensmittelgrosshandel (Germany)
  • Maggio Nicola (Italy)
  • RLA Distribution Services Ltd (United States)
  • UK Frozen Food Ltd (United Kingdom)
  • Exportame Consulting SLNE (Spain)
  • Mirawell General Trading LLC (United Arab Emirates)
  • MN Ice cream (Thailand)
  • Luxor Co Ltd (South Korea)
  • NAS Gido Sanayi Ve Ticaret Limited Sirketi (Turkey)

Searchable List of Ice Cream Exporting Countries

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RankExporter2016 Ice Cream Exports% World Total
1.FranceUS$447.5 million13.2%
2. Germany$444.0 million13.1%
3. Belgium$388.1 million11.5%
4. Italy$247.3 million7.3%
5. Netherlands$230.1 million6.8%
6. United States$196.6 million5.8%
7. United Kingdom$143.9 million4.3%
8. Spain$132.5 million3.9%
9. Hungary$110.7 million3.3%
10. Poland$92.4 million2.7%
11. United Arab Emirates$69 million2%
12. Thailand$60.7 million1.8%
13. Sweden$50.4 million1.5%
14. South Korea$44.6 million1.3%
15. Slovenia$41.7 million1.2%
16. Portugal$40.9 million1.2%
17. Russia$38.2 million1.1%
18. Greece$36.7 million1.1%
19. Turkey$34.8 million1%
20. Lithuania$33.6 million1%
21. China$32.3 million1%
22. Czech Republic$32.2 million1%
23. New Zealand$28.1 million0.8%
24. Indonesia$26.3 million0.8%
25. Kuwait$26 million0.8%
26. South Africa$24.3 million0.7%
27. Switzerland$23.1 million0.7%
28. Japan$21.8 million0.6%
29. Australia$19 million0.6%
30. Serbia$18.9 million0.6%
31. Ireland$18.9 million0.6%
32. Guatemala$17.4 million0.5%
33. Malaysia$16.8 million0.5%
34. Croatia$15.2 million0.4%
35. Canada$14 million0.4%
36. Costa Rica$11.7 million0.3%
37. Denmark$10.7 million0.3%
38. Belarus$9.6 million0.3%
39. Ukraine$8.9 million0.3%
40. Estonia$8.3 million0.2%
41. Bulgaria$7.6 million0.2%
42. Latvia$6.5 million0.2%
43. Philippines$6.3 million0.2%
44. El Salvador$6 million0.2%
45. Moldova$5.9 million0.2%
46. Hong Kong$5.7 million0.2%
47. Taiwan$5.3 million0.2%
48. Singapore$4.9 million0.1%
49. Qatar$4.8 million0.1%
50. Austria$4.8 million0.1%
51. Jordan$4.5 million0.1%
52. Macedonia$4.4 million0.1%
53. Argentina$4.4 million0.1%
54. Finland$3.9 million0.1%
55. Israel$3.7 million0.1%
56. Togo$3.2 million0.1%
57. India$3 million0.1%
58. Saudi Arabia$2.9 million0.1%
59. Romania$2.7 million0.1%
60. Mexico$2.4 million0.1%
61. Trinidad/Tobago$2.4 million0.1%
62. Luxembourg$2.3 million0.1%
63. Kyrgyzstan$2.1 million0.1%
64. Egypt$1.9 million0.1%
65. Bahrain$1.3 million0.04%
66. Nicaragua$1.3 million0.04%
67. Sri Lanka$1.3 million0.04%
68. Slovakia$1.1 million0.03%
69. Suriname$928,0000.03%
70. Brazil$872,0000.03%
71. Kazakhstan$816,0000.02%
72. Colombia$732,0000.02%
73. Syria$654,0000.02%
74. Chile$601,0000.02%
75. Peru$573,0000.02%
76. Armenia$504,0000.01%
77. Norway$257,0000.01%
78. Vietnam$224,0000.01%
79. Fiji$216,0000.01%
80. Cyprus$215,0000.01%
81. Dominican Republic$195,0000.01%
82. Palestine$193,0000.01%
83. Brunei Darussalam$192,0000.01%
84. Iran$191,0000.01%
85. Lebanon$159,0000.005%
86. Somalia$143,0000.004%
87. Georgia$75,0000.002%
88. Kenya$58,0000.002%
89. Montenegro$49,0000.001%
90. Uruguay$44,0000.001%
91. Iceland$41,0000.001%
92. Uganda$37,0000.001%
93. Oman$33,0000.001%
94. Ghana$32,0000.001%
95. Ecuador$29,0000.001%
96. Yemen$29,0000.001%
97. Bangladesh$27,0000.001%
98. Tanzania$27,0000.001%
99. Morocco$23,0000.001%
100. Antigua/Barbuda$19,0000.001%
101. Zimbabwe$17,0000.001%
102. Gabon$14,0000.0004%
103. Jamaica$11,0000.0003%
104. Mauritius$11,0000.0003%
105. Algeria$10,0000.0003%
106. North Korea$8,0000.0002%
107. Ethiopia$2,0000.0001%
108. Nigeria$1,0000.00003%
109. Pakistan$1,0000.00003%


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Research Sources:
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on June 17, 2017

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on June 17, 2017

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on June 17, 2017

Wikipedia, Ice cream. Accessed on June 17, 2017

Alibaba, Supplier showroom for ice cream. Accessed on June 17, 2017