Nestlé Overtakes Unilever as Global Ice Cream Supremo

23 January 2006

The completion last week of the 2005 takeover of US ice cream giant Dreyers Grand Ice Cream has propelled Swiss-headquartered Nestlé Company - already the world's largest manufacturer of foods - to the summit of the global ice cream cone, ousting Anglo-Dutch conglomerate Unilever.

The Dreyers deal, together with December's acquisition of Greek company Delta Ice Cream, gives Nestlé a 17.5% share of the global ice cream market, ahead of rival Unilever whose brands include Magnum, Cornetto and Ben & Jerry's ice creams.

The global ice cream market is estimated at roughly €38 billion ($45.99bn; £26.03bn) a year, according to Euromonitor data quoted by Nestlé.

Data sourced from BBC Online; additional content by WARC staff