The pleasure of enjoying a scoop or two, or a cone or a tub, of ice cream is often accompanied by the guilt of consuming too much fat and sugar. As summer’s intense heat approaches, more and more consumers must balance the temptation to gorge on ice cream with personal health concerns. Many consumers refuse the indulgence of ice cream to remain fit but sometimes pleasure can exist without guilt-in recent years, healthier alternatives have become a trend in the market…Full Article: China Daily July 2016

Key Points

  • 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.
  • China reportedly annually consumes 4 to 5 liters of frozen yogurt per capita. A California-based frozen yogurt retailer, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, has been operated in China for 14 years and currently has five shops with plans to expand. Menchie’s sells frozen yogurt catered to Chinese tastes such as durian (fruit) and matcha (green tea) flavors.

ChinaAg Comments

  • 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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