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