About 1.53 billion gallons of ice cream and related frozen desserts were produced in the U.S. in 2013. Sales of ice cream and frozen desserts rose 2.1 percent to $5.4 billion in the 52 weeks ended August 10, 2014, according to data from IRI, Chicago. Ice cream production reached 894 million gallons in 2012 and 897 million gallons in 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (Source: Dairy Foods magazine)
The majority of U.S. ice cream and frozen dessert manufacturers have been in business for more than 50 years and many are still family-owned businesses.