The New Zealand Ice Cream Manufacturers Association
The New Zealand Ice Cream Manufacturers Association
2017 New Zealand Ice Cream Awards

GREEN TEA AND CHAI LATTE SCOOP UP AT THE 21ST ANNUAL NEW ZEALAND ICE CREAM AWARDS

(26 May 2017)

Full media release here.

Media release with full list of 2017 Awards winners here.

Waffle with bacon and bourbon ripple; blue cheese, pear, walnut and honeycomb; and rockmelon and prosciutto - are just a few of the innovative entries in the 21st Annual New Zealand Ice Cream Awards.

But in the end, it was the exquisitely crafted green tea and chai latte ice creams that took home the Supreme Awards - for flavour, body, texture and appearance - on 26 May at the Awards held by the New Zealand Ice Cream Manufacturers' Association in Auckland.

A panel of judges, including acclaimed chef Geoff Scott, assessed a record number of entries across 12 categories in early May. Two of these Best in Category winners were elevated to Supreme Awards to acknowledge the best ice cream from both large and boutique producers.

Talley's Group Ltd took home the Supreme Award for Large Manufacturer with its Talley's Export Green Tea Ice Cream, the best Standard Ice Cream. It stood out for having a good "creamy texture and green tea flavour with no astringency".

                                                               Talley's Export Green Tea Ice Cream



The Supreme Award for a Boutique Manufacturer was awarded to Puhoi Valley Cafe, the winner of the competitive Premium Ice Cream category for their Chai Latte Ice Cream. This was the third straight year for Puhoi Valley Cafe, last year winning for its Roasted Coffee Affogato Ice Cream.

                                                                 Puhoi Valley Cafe Chai Latte Ice Cream



The Association received a record 340 entries from 31 companies and individuals this year, with the award winners representing an even spread across both large and boutique manufacturers. The biggest number of entries came from sorbet (60), premium ice cream (53) and gelato (44).

Newcomer to the Awards this year was the Non Dairy category to reflect the growing consumer interest in this market. Kohu Road Ltd took the top spot in Non Dairy for its Kohu Road Dairy-Free Strawberry product with a striking creamy texture and a well-balanced strawberry coconut flavour profile.

This year's 'Best of' category was Coffee, with 33 entries from ice cream, gelato and sorbet manufacturers. The judges selected Matakana Roasted Affogato Yoghurt Ice Cream made by Puhoi Valley Café as the winner of this year's Best of Coffee category.

                                Puhoi Valley Cafe Matakana Roasted Coffee Affogato Ice Cream



Some very thought-provoking combinations surfaced in the Open Creative category.

These aren’t available in retail outlets. Rather these come from individuals, restaurants, hotels, and even research and development departments of manufacturers and suppliers. Judges were looking for creativity as well as a technically well-made product. This year’s winner, Puhoi Valley Cafe showcased their Puhoi Valley Lemon Cheesecake Ice Cream, exhibiting a good creamy texture and well-balanced lemon and cheesecake flavour profiles.

Rounding out the Best in Category winners:

Kids Choice: Puhoi Valley Café - Candy Floss & Marshmallow Ice Cream
A dozen students from Westmere School in Central Auckland were presented with 15 different ice creams. This discerning bunch rated the ice creams from “really yucky” to “really yummy” and in the end, it was the Candy Floss & Marshmallow Ice Cream that beat the competition.

Gelato: Kowhai Creamery - Velluto Blueberry Yoghurt Gelato
This gelato’s flavour description of “freshly harvested Velluto blueberries combined with tangy yoghurt gelato” was precisely the flavour profile the judges were treated to.

                                            Kowhai Creamery Velluto Blueberry Yoghurt Gelato



Sorbet: Joint Winners
Carrello del Gelato - Feijoa Sorbet
Tip Top Ice Cream - Tip Top Top Notch Mango Sorbet

Sorbet was the most competitive category with 60 entries, however, these joint winners both impressed the judges with their exquisite texture and true-to-type flavour profiles.

Standard Vanilla Ice Cream: Much Moore Ice Cream Co Ltd - Much Moore Wonders Vanilla Ice Cream
A previous winner in this category, this ice cream is consistent and classic.

                                                 Much Moore Wonders Vanilla Ice Cream



Premium Vanilla Ice Cream: Talley's Group Ltd - Talley's Premium Export Vanilla Ice Cream
This premium ice cream has been designed for export to Korea.

Export Ice Cream: Emerald Foods Ltd - Killinchy Gold Chocolate Fudge
Described by the judges as having a "good milk chocolate flavour and a creamy mouthfeel"

Low-Fat: Joint Winners
Much Moore Ice Cream Co Ltd - Much Moore Awesome Strawberry Yoghurt Low Fat Ice Cream
Tip Top Ice Cream - Tip Top Light Vanilla

This category boasts two winners as both products impressed the judges displaying exceptional creaminess for a low-fat category.

                                                                       Tip Top Light Vanilla



Best New to Market: Kowhai Creamery - Zesty Lemon Curd Gelato
This gelato beat 77 other entries in this year's "Best New to Market" category, representing products launched into retail in the past 12 months.

About the Judging

The New Zealand Ice Cream Awards was judged during the first week of May at the Food Innovation Centre, at the Auckland Airport. Chief Judge Michelle Sinclair, assisted by Kay McMath and a team of six judges took two full days to assess all entries across a dozen categories. Judges awarded up to 50 points for flavour, 40 points for body and texture, and 10 points for appearance. Entries with more than 95 points earned a Gold award, and entries with 90 to 95 points earned Silver.

About the New Zealand Ice Cream Manufacturers Association

The Association was incorporated in 1927 and, today, represents New Zealand's manufacturing ice cream industry. Now in its 90th year, membership is made up of Manufacturers and Associate Members, who are suppliers of products and services to the ice cream industry.

A full list of 2017 New Zealand Ice Cream Awards winners.

For more information, contact:

Jenny de Lisle
NZICMA Secretary
Office: 04 385 1410

Michelle Sinclair
Chief Judge
Mobile: 021 272 8771

The Executive Secretary
New Zealand Ice Cream Manufacturers' Assn (Inc)
PO Box 9364, Wellington 6141

Telephone (04) 385 1410
Fax No. (04) 384 3980
Email info@nzicecream.org.nz
Website www.nzicecream.org.nz


A full list of the 2017 Awards is here.

Photos from the 2017 New Zealand Ice Cream Awards dinner and presentations.



Judging the 21st New Zealand Ice Cream Awards

Judged in Auckland from Monday, 1 May to Wednesday, 3 May 2017



The New Zealand Ice Cream Manufacturers' Association (Inc.) would like to sincerely thank this year's Judges:

Michelle Sinclair, Auckland (Chief Judge)
Kay McMath, EPS, Auckland (Deputy Chief Judge)
Craig Davis, DuPont Nutrition and Health, Australia
Joanna Boese, Auckland
Nicola Hall, Auckland
Rosy Mitchell, Auckland
Sandra Murray, Auckland
Geoff Scott, Auckland





The Kids Choice Category was judged by girls and boys from Westmere School, Auckland (pictured above with Kid's Choice sponsor Clinton Fewtrell of Pacific Flavours & Ingredients Ltd).

Thanks also to DuPont Nutrition and Health for their continued support and provision of our international Judge, Craig Davis.



2017 New Zealand Ice Cream Awards sponsors

 Category  Sponsored by
Standard Vanilla Ice Cream Fonterra (NZ) Ltd
Standard Ice Cream Hawkins Watts
Best of Coffee Huhtamaki Henderson
Premium Vanilla Ice Cream Eurofins
Premium Ice Cream Chelsea Sugar
Open Creative Brenntag NZ Ltd
Kids Choice Pacific Flavours & Ingredients Ltd
Export Ice Cream Sensient
Gelato Formula Foods
Sorbet Infruit Ltd
Low Fat Invita NZ Ltd
Non Dairy Thermaflo
“New to Market” Award Alto Dairy



Past Supreme Award Winners

 Year   Entrant   Name of Product   Category Entered 
1997 Mel-O-Rich Products Ltd Boysenberry Ripple Standard Ice Cream with Additions
1998 Kapiti Cheeses Ltd Fig and Honey Premium Scoop Ice Cream –Route Trade
1999 Chateau Créme Delight Ice Cream Company Ltd Lemon Paradise Export Ice Cream
2000 (Joint) Kapiti Cheeses Ltd Fig and Honey Premium Ice Cream
New Zealand Natural Pty Ltd Mango Sorbet Open Creative
2001 Chateau Créme Delight Ice Cream Company Ltd Almond Caramel Export Ice Cream
2002 Kapiti Cheeses Ltd Fig 'n' Honey Premium Ice Cream
2003 Chateau Créme Delight Ice Cream Company Ltd Killinchy Gold Chocolate Fudge Brownie Premium Ice Cream
2004 Emerald Foods Ltd Heavenly Treats Passionfruit Sorbet Premium Ice Cream
2005 Tip Top Ice Cream Company Ltd Saucy As Crazy for Caramel Standard Ice Cream with Additions
2006 Kapiti Fine Foods Ltd Kapiti Lemon Meringue Pie Premium Ice Cream
2007 Kapiti Fine Foods Lemon Grass and Ginger Export Ice Cream
2008 Deep South 2007 Ltd Vanilla Ice Cream Standard Vanilla Ice Cream
2009 Takapuna Beach Café & Store Licorice Gelato Gelato
2010 Fonterra Brands (Tip Top) Ltd Tip Top Creamy Yoghurt Ice Cream Strawberry Low Fat

Note:
- Kapiti Cheeses Limited changed to Kapiti Fine Foods Ltd, then Kapiti Fine Foods
- Chateau Créme Delight Ice Cream Company Ltd is now Emerald Foods Ltd
- Tip Top Ice Cream Company Ltd is now Fonterra Brands (Tip Top) Ltd

The structure of the Supreme Award changed in 2011 for the first time in its 15 year history. Instead of an overall Supreme Award winner, in recognition of the growth in small boutique ice cream and gelato manufacturers, there is now a Supreme Award for Boutique Manufacturers and a Supreme Award for Large Manufacturers. Boutique Manufacturers are defined as those who produce less than 500,000 litres per annum.

Year  Entrant   Name of Product   Category Entered 
 2011      
Boutique Takapuna Beach Café and Store Coconut & Lime Curd Gelato Gelato
Large Deep South Ice Cream Deep South Ice Cream Vanilla Premium Vanilla Ice Cream
2012      
Boutique Takapuna Beach Café and Store Salted Caramel Gelato Gelato
Large Fonterra Brands (Tip Top) Ltd Tip Top French Vanilla Ice Cream Standard Vanilla Ice Cream
2013      
Boutique Takapuna Beach Café and Store Licorice Gelato Gelato
Large Tip Top Tip Top Boysenberry Ripple Ice Cream Standard Ice Cream
2014      
Boutique Rush Munro's of NZ Ltd Maple Walnut Ice Cream Premium Ice Cream
Large New Zealand Natural New Zealand Natural English Toffee Premium Ice Cream
2015      
Boutique Puhoi Valley Cafe and Cheese Store Chai Latte Ice Cream Premium Ice Cream
Large Tip Top Ice Cream Tip Top Boysenberry Ripple Ice Cream Standard Ice Cream
2016      
Boutique Puhoi Valley Cafe and Cheese Store Matakana Roasted Coffee Affogato Ice Cream Premium Ice Cream
Large Tip Top Ice Cream Tip Top Hokey Pokey Ice Cream Standard Ice Cream
2017      
Boutique Puhoi Valley Cafe and Cheese Store Chai Latte Ice Cream Premium Ice Cream
Large Talley’s Group Ltd Talley’s Export Green Tea (Japan) Standard Ice Cream



About the New Zealand Ice Cream Awards

The New Zealand Ice Cream Awards were introduced in 1997 by The New Zealand Ice Cream Manufacturers' Association (Inc.) to promote and publicise the high standard of New Zealand ice cream.

Judging is held in May (originally at the Massey University Institute of Food, Nutrition and Human Health (IFNHH), Albany campus; now at The FOODBOWL, Mangere, Auckland), 3 weeks prior to the Association's Annual Conference.



Awards judging, 2008

Judging involves awarding points for a number of key attributes in different properties. Appearance is worth 10 points, Body and Texture - 30 points, Flavour - 50 points and Melting properties - 10 points. Gold Awards are given to entries with more than 95 points, Silver Awards to those between 90 and 95 points.

Over its history there have been various categories for Standard and Premium ice creams, Gelato, Sorbet and Low Fat.

A popular category has been Open Creative which was established to promote creativity in ice cream and frozen confectionery. Examples of entries in this category would be products made and served on the premises of restaurants, hotels and cafés, or produced by polytechnics, or R&D departments of manufacturers and suppliers.

The Export category was introduced for products designed specifically for export and a Packaging category was also added to cater for Packaging only, to encourage innovation and creativity in packaging, as well as complying with the New Zealand Packaging Accord.

Local schoolchildren are invited to be guest judges for the Kids Choice category.

The children are briefed by the Chief Awards Judge, and judge each entry according to the following criteria:
Appearance
Body and Texture
Flavour
Overall liking

Then it comes down to rating each entry on a scale of "Really yukky" to "Really yummy" and choosing their overall favourite. There is a need for gender split between the guest judges as boys often have definite preferences from girls!



Kids Choice judging, 2006

Entries have the chance to win Silver, Gold, 'Best in Category' and Supreme Awards.

Since 2011, two Supreme Awards have been on offer - one for Large Manufacturers, and a separate Supreme Award for Boutique Manufacturers. To qualify as a Boutique manufacturer, the manufacturer must produce less than 500,000 litres per annum.

The New Zealand Ice Cream Awards are announced and presented at the NZICMA Conference Awards Dinner, usually held on the Friday evening of the Association's annual Conference.




Any further information is available from:

Mrs Jenny de Lisle
NZICMA Secretary
Office: 04 385 1410
Mrs Kay McMath
Chief Judge
Mobile: 021 88 1643




Historical information on the New Zealand Ice Cream Awards for the years 2000 through to 2015 is also available here on the Association's website:

Awards 2017
Awards 2016
Awards 2015
Awards 2014
Awards 2013
Awards 2012
Awards 2011
Awards 2010
Awards 2009
Awards 2008
Awards 2007
Awards 2006
Awards 2005
Awards 2004
Awards 2003
Awards 2002
Awards 2001
Awards 2000


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Full list of 2017 New Zealand Ice Cream Awards winners.


Photos from the 2017 New Zealand Ice Cream Awards dinner and presentations.

2017 Supreme Award for a Large Manufacturer



Talley's Export Green Tea Ice Cream
made by Talley's Group Ltd



2017 Supreme Award for a Boutique Manufacturer



Chai Latte Ice Cream
made by Puhoi Valley Cafe

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