Ice Cream for health-conscious consumers

Ice cream is a source of enjoyment. Savouring the simple pleasures in life like ice cream can boost happiness. All foods and drinks, when consumed in moderation can be part of a healthy diet – it is the overall balance of what is consumed that is important for good health.

Today, there is a wide variety of ice cream products with different nutritional values available on the European market, all clearly labelled so that consumers can make an informed choice. The offer of ice cream types ranges from simple milk or water ices on a stick through to indulgent products made from dairy cream with chocolate coatings, sauces, cones, toppings, etc.
They all have one thing in common: they provide great taste, refreshment, enjoyment, happiness and pleasure, to consumers of all ages, whatever the time and place.

The average consumption of ice cream across Europe is 6,20 liters per capita per year, corresponding to about one ice cream per capita per week.

The annual sugar intake from ice cream according to data available for France, Germany, Italy and UK ranges from 

  • Children            from 1.7 % to 5 %
  • Teenagers         from 1.8 % to 3 %
  • Adults               from 1.3 % to 4 %

The annual saturated fat intake from ice cream according to data available from Italy and UK ranges from

  • Children            from  3,4 % to 4 %
  • Teenagers         from  2 % to 4.3 %
  • Adults               from  1,9% to 2 %

Even though ice cream is consumed infrequently across Europe, Europe’s ice cream manufacturers recognize their responsibilities in relation to nutrition & health. 
The following overview provides a snapshot of initiatives taken by ice cream companies, national ice cream associations and Euroglaces around

  1. Responsible advertising and marketing practices
  2. Product formulation and innovation
  3. Consumer information

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