Spaniards consumed 149 million litres of ice cream between June 2020 and May 2021, 4% more than in the same period of the previous year, according to data from the Food Consumption Panel of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPA). A consumption that is inevitably linked to climatic factors, since half of the purchases (53.7%) were concentrated in the months of June(15.4%), July (20.1%) and August (18.2%), and in the warmer autonomous communities.
The report also indicates that the turnover grew in this period slightly above the volume consumed, 4.8% for a total of 554.6 million euros. And the average price of a litre of ice cream, 3.72 euros, increased by 0.8%.
The Covid-19 pandemic has also had a clear impact on ice cream sales. As the Panel points out, the months in which there were lockdown measures registered strong increases in demand, with 25.3% in April, and 33% in May, although the highest occurred in November, 36.3%, when new restrictions on movements were put in place due to the second wave of the virus. The coronavirus also caused a 40.8% decrease in the consumption of ice cream in out-of-home establishments in 2020.