Italy Can Officially Say Everyone Loves Its Gelato
Italy’s economy may be struggling as European Union rivals recover, but there’s one area where the country is an unrivaled leader: ice cream, as demand from sweet-toothed gelato lovers has made the country Europe’s top producer.
- Country produced 6.8 billion scoops of ice cream last year
- Italy leads in consumption of treat that dates to 16th century
Italian ice cream makers whipped up 595 million liters (157 million gallons) of gelato last year, or 19 percent of total EU production, according to official statistics. That would work out to about 6.8 billion scoops of ice cream. Germany ranked second with 515 million liters.
Over 19,000 gelaterias, or ice cream parlors, dot the country, and more are being added every year. The number of shops in the northern city of Milan grew 4.5 percent in 2016. Though gelaterias are mostly small and family-run, they account for total business of 1.4 billion euros ($1.6 billion) a year, according to an August report by business association Confcommercio. Almost 69,000 people are employed in the ice cream parlor business across Italy. Continue reading at Bloomberg.com.