China has overtaken the United States as the world’s largest ice cream producer, according to statistics published at an industry expo in North China’s Tianjin city. In 2016, China’s major frozen drink producers yielded more than 3.3 million metric tons of frozen drinks, ringing up nearly 44 billion yuan ($6.6 billion) in sales, a spokesperson with the frozen food committee of China Association of Bakery & Confectionery Industry said at Ice Cream China which opened Thursday [12 October 2017]…Full Article: China Daily Oct 2017

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  • From 1996 to 2016, Chinese consumption of ice cream has increased from 1 liter per capita to 3 liters per capita.

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  • In early September 2016, during the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin gave Xi Jinping Russian ice cream as a gift. In 2016, Epindou imported 14 MTs of Russian ice cream via refrigerated trucks from a private logistics company. The online retailer noted that imports by cold storage railway is not developed enough at the border. The majority of Russian ice cream imports enter China via the Quarantine Bureau of Manzhouli, northeastern China.
  • In July 2016, Häagen-Dazs announced it would close stores in Tier-2 and Tier-3 Chinese cities due to poor sales.
  • According to a 2015 report, China annually consumes approximately 5.9 billion liters of ice cream, the most worldwide. Another analysis noted that annual Chinese ice cream consumption stands at 4 liters per capita.
  • In 2015, Häagen-Dazs reportedly had 17.8% market share in China, followed by Dairy Queen Corp (also USA) at 15.6%. Häagen-Dazs had 380 ice cream shops located across 84 cities in China. During that year, the  ice cream company opened more than 60 new shops. At the same time, Latvia’s dairy producer, Food Union, began exporting ice cream to China.
  • From 2010 to 2015, Chinese (incl. Hong Kong and Macau) imports of ice cream products increased from 9,861 MTs to 23,869 MTs. In 2015, approximately 25% of Chinese ice cream imports entered via Hong Kong, while the remaining 75% entered via the mainland. In 2015, France was the largest supplier (11,288 MTs), followed by South Korea (4,590 MTs), and Thailand (2,116 MTs). New Zealand was the fifth largest supplier at 794 MTs.
  • In 2014, China’s ice cream sales totaled US$11.4 billion.

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