Asia Pacific Ice Cream Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

Asia Pacific Ice Cream Industry is Segmented by Category (Dairy and Non-Dairy); by Type (Artisanal Ice-creams, Impulse Ice-creams, and Take-home Ice-creams); by Distribution Channel (Supermarkets/Hypermarkets, Specialist Retailers, Convenience Stores, Online Retail Stores, and Other Distribution Channels); and by Geography (China, Japan, India, Australia, and Rest of Asia-Pacific). The market size is provided in terms of value (USD Million) during the forecasted years for the above segments.

Asia Pacific Ice Cream Market Size

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Asia-Pacific Ice Cream Market Summary
Study Period 2018 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
Forecast Data Period 2024 - 2029
Historical Data Period 2018 - 2022
CAGR 7.30 %
Market Concentration Low

Major Players

Asia-Pacific Ice Cream Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Asia Pacific Ice Cream Market Analysis

The Asia-Pacific Ice Cream Market is expected to register a CAGR of 7.3% in the forecasted period.

  • The Asia-Pacific ice cream market is growing as consumers have a higher disposable income and are more likely to buy high-quality ice cream. Food products such as ice cream and frozen desserts have seen rapid growth in the region, as disposable income is predominantly spent on food. Ice cream production is also spurred by the growing dairy market in the Asia-Pacific region. 
  • The demand for ice creams in the region is also boosted by the trend of health-conscious consumers who prefer ice creams with functional and health benefits. Health-conscious consumers are favoring brands that use high-quality ingredients such as mung bean and others. For instance, after launching in 2018, the healthy ice cream producer Joyday expanded to 260 Indonesian cities in 2021.
  • There is a rise in demand for premium ice creams across Asia-Pacific, which is expected to be one of the primary factors driving the market growth. Latest innovations in ice creams offered by manufacturers to meet consumer demand, such as sugar-free or low-sugar ice creams, are expected to accelerate the growth of the Indian ice cream industry during the forecast period. For instance, in March 2022, the Verka brand launched three new varieties of ice creams in India. One of them is sugar-free vanilla in an 80 ml cup, and the other two are amour range family packs in Afghan dry fruit and American nuts. 
  • Premium ice creams have become a popular product among consumers due to the presence of high-quality ingredients and a lower amount of aeration compared to regular ice creams. Significant growth in the dairy industry, rising demand for convenience foods, and increasing product premiumization are also expected to contribute to the increased demand for ice creams in the coming years.

Asia Pacific Ice Cream Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the APAC Ice Cream Market according to our research experts:

The Variety of Flavors is Boosting the Market's Growth

  • The availability of various flavored ice creams drives the growth of the ice cream industry. As a result, ice cream consumers pay a premium price for these products, increasing the market's revenue. Manufacturers are increasing their product range by including functional ingredients and exotic flavors in product formulations to meet the changing consumer demands. 
  • For instance, in June 2022, Thai Glico announced the release of new ice cream flavors from the SUNAO brand, which include macadamia ice cream and almond ice cream. SUNAO contains dietary fiber without any sucrose and is made with Macadamia nuts and almonds. Currently, it is available only at 7-Eleven restaurants in Greater Bangkok, Thailand.
  • The latest innovation in a product comes up with the availability of various flavored ice creams in modern retail formats such as departmental stores, hypermarkets, supermarkets, and convenience stores, which is also driving market growth. 
  • For instance, companies are including other exotic flavors such as tropical fruits, matcha, chocolate, and vanilla to cater to the changing tastes of consumers. In this way, with modern food technologies, product innovation of various ice cream flavors accelerates the growth and development of the market across the region.
Asia-Pacific Ice Cream Market: Most Popular Ice Cream Flavors in %, Japan, 2021

China Leads the Ice-cream Market

  • China is the leading consumer in the ice cream market in the Asia-Pacific region. China has enjoyed the benefits of an expanding market for production and distribution, which has led the ice cream industry to grow. With the rising demand for frozen snacks among the millennial population, the Chinese ice cream market is expected to witness significant growth. 
  • The majority of these consumers opt for frozen desserts as meal replacements. Further, hectic lifestyles, coupled with health and wellness concerns, are driving the demand for ice cream in the country. Further, a growing preference for natural, less processed, and convenient food and an increasing focus on low-calorie ice creams are enabling companies to tap into the growth potential of the market. 
  • An increase in population in the country demands more production of ice creams, which could also boost the Chinese ice cream market.
Asia-Pacific Ice Cream Market: Import of Ice Cream and other Edible Ice Products, in USD Thousand, China, 2017-2021

Asia Pacific Ice Cream Industry Overview

The ice cream market is highly competitive in the Asia-Pacific region. Unilever PLC, General Mills Inc., Nestlé SA, Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation, and Inspire Brands, Inc are prominent players in the Asia-Pacific Market. Vendors compete based on price, quality, product differentiation, distribution, and promotion. It is crucial for players to continuously innovate to operate and grow in the market due to the rapidly changing consumer demands and preferences. Additionally, the constant promotions within the supermarkets mean that many customers are now waiting for products to be on special offers for them to purchase rather than being brand loyal. A diversified distribution network gives the Asia-Pacific ice cream manufacturers an upper edge to sustain their revenue sales across the region.

Asia Pacific Ice Cream Market Leaders

  1. General Mills Inc.

  2. Unilever PLC

  3. Inspire Brands, Inc.

  4. Nestlé S.A.

  5. Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd (Amul)

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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Asia Pacific Ice Cream Market News

  • November 2022: General Mills' Häagen-Dazs brand opened its first physical store in Cambodia. It has opened a new store in Exchange Square. Both ice cream and gelato are available in Häagen-Dazs, Cambodia.
  • October 2022: Kwality Wall, a dessert brand that is a subsidiary of Hindustan Unilever, has introduced a brand-new ice cream dish named Gulab Jamun during the festival season in India as part of the ever-expanding menu of desserts.
  • May 2022: Amul launched a new flavor to its spectrum of ice creams, the Isabcool ice cream. This new flavor is made using a common Indian laxative, Isabgol, which is similarly used as a laxative in Indian households.

Asia Pacific Ice Cream Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

    3. 4.3 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Category

      1. 5.1.1 Dairy

      2. 5.1.2 Non-dairy

    2. 5.2 Type

      1. 5.2.1 Artisanal Ice-cream

      2. 5.2.2 Impulse Ice-cream

      3. 5.2.3 Take-Home Ice-cream

    3. 5.3 Distribution Channel

      1. 5.3.1 Hypermarkets/Supermarkets

      2. 5.3.2 Specialist Retailers

      3. 5.3.3 Convenience Stores

      4. 5.3.4 Online Retail Stores

      5. 5.3.5 Other Distribution Channels

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 China

      2. 5.4.2 Japan

      3. 5.4.3 India

      4. 5.4.4 Australia

      5. 5.4.5 Rest of Asia-Pacific


    1. 6.1 Most Adopted Strategies

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Unilever PLC

      2. 6.3.2 General Mills Inc.

      3. 6.3.3 Nestlé S.A.

      4. 6.3.4 Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd

      5. 6.3.5 Inspire Brands, Inc.

      6. 6.3.6 Yili Group

      7. 6.3.7 Bulla Dairy Foods

      8. 6.3.8 Morinaga & Company, Ltd.

      9. 6.3.9 Wells Enterprises Inc.

      10. 6.3.10 Dairy Classic Ice Cream Pvt. Ltd

    4. *List Not Exhaustive

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Asia Pacific Ice Cream Industry Segmentation

Ice cream is a sweetened frozen food typically eaten as a snack or dessert.

Further, the Asia-Pacific ice cream market has been segmented based on category, type, distribution channel, and geography. Based on category, the market is segmented into dairy and non-dairy. by type, the market is segmented into impulse ice cream, artisanal ice cream, and take-home ice cream. By distribution channel, the market is segmented into supermarkets/hypermarkets, convenience stores, specialist stores, online retail stores, and other distribution channels. By geography, the market covers the major countries in the Asia-Pacific region like China, Japan, Australia, India, and the Rest of Asia-Pacific. 

For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done on the basis of the value (in USD million).

Artisanal Ice-cream
Impulse Ice-cream
Take-Home Ice-cream
Distribution Channel
Specialist Retailers
Convenience Stores
Online Retail Stores
Other Distribution Channels
Rest of Asia-Pacific
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Asia Pacific Ice Cream Market Research FAQs

The APAC Ice Cream Market is projected to register a CAGR of 7.30% during the forecast period (2024-2029)

General Mills Inc., Unilever PLC, Inspire Brands, Inc., Nestlé S.A. and Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd (Amul) are the major companies operating in the APAC Ice Cream Market.

The report covers the APAC Ice Cream Market historical market size for years: 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the APAC Ice Cream Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

Asia Pacific Ice Cream Industry Report

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Asia Pacific Ice Cream Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)