Exports of ice cream from Cyprus to countries outside the EU have increased over the last four years, but without reaching the levels of previous years, while imports of ice cream from countries outside the EU to the country are decreasing, according to data published by Eurostat. the statistical office of the EU.
Exports of ice cream from Cyprus to third countries in 2022 amounted to 521 kg, with a total value of 3,646 euros. Imports from third countries in the same year amounted to 9,467 kilograms, with a total value of 53,758 euros.
Eurostat does not have available data on the entire ice cream production in Cyprus, as the country is exempt – along with Luxembourg and Malta – from the obligation to provide the specific data due to the small size of the market.
As far as exports are concerned, Luxembourg in 2022 exported 219,595 kg of ice cream to third countries (worth 558,494 euros), and imported 169 kg (worth 2,044 euros). In the same period, Malta exported 250 kg of ice cream to third countries (worth €920), and imported 15,042 kg (worth €1,084,932).
The trend in the last four years shows an increase in ice cream exports from Cyprus to countries outside the EU and a decrease in imports from third countries, with the exception of 2020.
In particular, in 2019, 97 kg of ice cream were exported from Cyprus (worth 763 euros), in 2020 46 kg (173 euros) were exported, in 2021 386 kg (worth 1,885 euros) and in 2022 521 kg.
Between 2010 and 2018 exports were considerably higher although with significant fluctuations in quantities, from 18,746 kg in 2010 to 3,484 in 2012. The decline continued until 2016 when exports jumped to 17,252 kg, before falling to 484 in 2017 and recovering temporarily in 2018 at 4,160 kg.
As regards imports from third countries, in 2019 72,245 kg of ice cream (161,794 euros) were imported into Cyprus, in 2020 64,364 kg (138,067 euros) were imported, in 2021 imports were made 20,576 kg (€79,340) and in 2022 9,467 kg (53,758 kg) were imported.
France first in exports
In terms of ice cream exports from the EU to third countries, France was the country with the most exports in 2022. Exports from France reached 53 million kg (21% of all exports from the EU). This was followed by the Netherlands (42 million kg, 17% of the total), Italy (31 million kg, 13%), Germany (28 million kg, 11%) and Belgium (23 million kg, 9% ).
In total, EU countries exported 250 million kg of ice cream to third countries in 2022, with a total value of €930 million. Imports of ice cream from countries outside the EU amounted to 61 million kilograms, worth 203 million euros. The quantity of ice cream imports from third countries decreased by 14% in 2022 compared to 2021, while exports decreased by 2%.
Main producer Germany
EU-wide ice cream production reached a total of 3.2 billion liters in 2022, recording an increase of 5% compared to 2021.
The main producer of ice cream in the EU in 2022 was Germany (620 million liters). This was followed by France (591 million litres) and Italy (571 million litres).
Germany also produces the cheapest ice cream in the EU, with an average price of €1.5 per liter in 2022. France recorded an average price of €1.9 per litre, and Italy reported an average price of €2.3 per litre.
The most expensive ice cream was produced in Austria, where the average price was €7.0 per liter. Denmark (4.4 euros per liter) and Finland (2.8 euros per liter) followed.