One of the things foreigners notice about Americans is that they eat ice cream year around. In other parts of the world, ice cream is a summer treat and when chilly days come round, ice cream becomes a treasured memory stored away from summer. Not so in American homes, where freezers stock ice cream supplies year round. It’s safe bet to say that ice cream and frozen yogurt supplies are likely to be in high demand.
Ice cream is also a comfort food for Americans. Other people avoid eating ice cream and cold things generally when they have sore throats and coughs. Americans on the other hand think of ice cream as a comfort food and eat it to soothe themselves, and possibly their throats, when they have bad coughs.
Ice cream by the numbers
These observations are backed by cold, hard facts. Researchers have found that each year the United States produces around 1.5 billion gallons of ice cream and similar frozen desserts. Research by the NPD Group showed that in any given two-week period, 40% of all Americans will have eaten ice cream. That’s around 120 million people, by our calculations.
The average American will contribute to these statistics by eating ice cream 28.5 times this year. But yogurt, frozen yogurt and gelato are also popular as treats and desserts, and around 90% of all American families indulge themselves with a sweet, frozen treat.
If ice cream’s here, can frozen yogurt be far behind?
But there are signs that people are also looking for slightly healthier alternatives. By the end of 2013, there were around 2,582 frozen yogurt stores in the U.S. Frozen yogurt supplies and dessert supplies are thus as essential to the nation’s feelings of well being as are ice cream, coffee and doughnuts.
The news that Americans have a sweet tooth is good news for suppliers of ice cream and other frozen desserts. Ice cream suppliers can always be sure of a warm welcome anywhere they go!