Is There Climate-Friendly Ice Cream? Inquiring Swedes Want To Know

Swedish Ice Cream Climate Friendly graphic

Only Sia Glass makes most ice cream bars in Sweden (poster ca. 1988).

Swedes (14 liters each) don't eat as much ice cream as Americans (22 liters each). But they are the biggest ice cream eaters in Europe, by far (if you guessed Italians, they pack away only 7 liters annually). On the first sunny days in Scandinavia you'll see lots of Swedes enjoying cones and cups, as well as lots of funky flavors of ice cream bars (licorice is making a big comeback this year). In fact, it's front page news when ice cream vendors release the new ice cream bar and popsicle flavors each spring.

Ice cream bars not climate friendly
This year it's also news that nearly none of the so-called Swedish frozen-confection favorites are locally produced anymore - instead they are trucked around Europe (from as far away as Portugal) in huge refrigerated vehicles. But due to heightened consumer awareness of climate-friendly (and organic) foods, ice cream distributors in Sweden are now starting to talk about finding a way to transport more ice cream by train. The first climate-marked Swedish foods due this year, won't include any frozen treats, however. Surprisingly, the most climate-friendly choice in Sweden is...Ben & Jerry's (owned by giant Unilever). Ben & Jerry's is produced in the Netherlands, and last year all European flavors became climate-neutral, which they say means they have improved logistics, reduced methane from their cows, gone to green energy at the factory and purchased any other needed offsets, from "cow to cone". Now why don't they do that in the U.S.? Via ::Metro (Swedish)