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

(21 March 2017) THE TWENTY FIRST NEW ZEALAND ICE CREAM AWARDS are to be judged in AUCKLAND from MONDAY, 1 MAY 2017.

The Ice Cream Awards which were instituted in 1997 are being held again this year. The specific objective of the Awards is the raising of standards and promoting the quality of New Zealand Ice Cream. The results will be announced at the Gala Awards Dinner in Auckland on Friday, 26 May 2017 which is also the 90 years celebration of the Association.

The "Best of ..." category was introduced five years ago and the first flavour to feature was New Zealand's iconic Hokey Pokey, followed by Cookies & Cream, Chocolate, Berries and last year Caramel. This year we have chosen to showcase the "Best of Coffee".

In 2012 a "New to Market" Award was introduced which is presented to the highest total score, as judged in the appropriate category, for a new product launched in the previous 12 months. Last year there were 74 entries eligible for this Award which shows the depth of innovation in the ice cream industry. This Award will be presented again this year.

In recognition of the growth in small boutique ice cream and gelato manufacturers, we will continue to have a Supreme Award for Large Manufacturers and a Supreme Award for Boutique Manufacturers. The criteria will be determined by the manufacturer's annual production with a declaration on the entry form. A Boutique manufacturer must produce less than 500,000 litres per annum.

Any manufacturer (large or boutique) or individual can enter the New Zealand Ice Cream Awards and will be eligible for the Silver and Gold Awards, however to win a Best in Category or Supreme Award they must be a Member of The New Zealand Ice Cream Manufacturers' Association (Inc.) (NZICMA) at the time Judging commences. All Gold Award winning ice cream entries from NZICMA Members are then eligible for the Supreme Awards based on their score.

This year a new Non Dairy category has been introduced for products considered as dairy free alternatives to ice cream. There are also separate categories for Low Fat, Gelato and Sorbet to cater for those products that do not meet the Standard or Premium Ice Cream formulation guidelines.

Last year the Supreme Award for a Large Manufacturer went to Tip Top Ice Cream for their Hokey Pokey Ice Cream. The Supreme Award for a Boutique Manufacturer was awarded to Puhoi Valley Café for their entry in the Premium Ice Cream category, Matakana Roasted Coffee Affogato Ice Cream.

The Vanilla Ice Cream judging is divided into Standard and Premium Categories which allows Premium Vanilla Ice Cream to be judged separately from other Premium products. The Standard Vanilla Ice Cream category will include products that contain between 10%-10.9% milk fat content, and the Premium Vanilla Ice Cream category will contain not less than 11% milk fat and may contain vanilla additions.

The 'Open Creative' category once again has two sections, Ice Cream and Gelato/Sorbet, and is open to any individual, restaurant, hotel or catering establishment that produces and serves these products on the premises. Entries in this category should not be available for sale in any retail outlet. Entries are also expected from the Research and Development departments of the manufacturers and suppliers. The judges pick an overall winner across the two sections of this category and last year's winner was a gelato subtly flavoured with Yuzu infused olive oil made by Gelissimo Gelato called "Lot Eight Yuzu Indulgence Gelato".

Michelle Sinclair is the Chief Judge assisted by Kay McMath and a team of judges. Judging will take place at The FoodBowl, Auckland in early May. The 'Kids' Choice' category will again be judged by local school children.

Entry levels in 2016 of 334 entries were higher than the previous year (302 entries) coming from a range of large corporate companies as well as small owner operators of retail outlets.

Each Category will be sponsored by an Associate Member of this Association. The categories and sponsors of the 2017 New Zealand Ice Cream Awards are:

 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


Historical information on The New Zealand Ice Cream Awards for the years 2000 through to 2016 is also available here on the NZICMA website.

A full list of the 2016 Awards is here.

Photos from the 2016 New Zealand Ice Cream Awards dinner and presentations.



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



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 Thursday 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 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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