The New Zealand Ice Cream Manufacturers Association
The New Zealand Ice Cream Manufacturers Association



2018 New Zealand Ice Cream Awards

THE TWENTY SECOND NEW ZEALAND ICE CREAM AWARDS
were held in Auckland, Thursday 31 MAY 2018

(31 May 2018)

As the saying goes "you can't get enough of a good thing".

This proved to be true for this year's Supreme Winner for Large Manufacturers at the 2018 New Zealand Ice Cream Awards. Tip Top Ice Cream's Boysenberry Ripple Ice Cream scooped the pool winning the Standard Ice Cream Category and 2018 Supreme Award. This is the fourth time this product has won the Supreme Award !!

To quote the judges - the product "had great creamy texture and true to fruit boysenberry flavour and for a standard ice cream, it just continues to deliver."

For the first time Ginelli's has won the Supreme Award for a Boutique Manufacturer with their Black Sesame Ice Cream. The six judges described this ice cream as "very creamy, with a very natural roast sesame flavour".

Growth categories this year were Gelato with 58 entries and, continuing a strong involvement from last year, Sorbet with 61 entries.

The Gelato category was won by Gellicious Gelato Ltd with their Cardamon, Ginger and Tumeric Yoghurt Gelato aptly named Indian Summer. This Gelato also won the New to Market Award - hotly contested by 91 entries.

Best of Sorbet Category was awarded to a newcomer - The Island Gelato Company for their Tamarillo Sorbet.

The kids from Clevedon School had to make choices from 21 entries in the Kids Choice Category and they chose White Chocolate and Raspberry made by New Zealand Natural as their pick for 2018.

Tip Top Ice Cream also won Best in Category Standard Vanilla Ice Cream with their Creamy Vanilla Flavour Ice Cream.

The Export Award was won by Much Moore Ice Cream Co Ltd with a Salted Caramel Swirl Ice Cream destined for Asia and the Pacific.

Another newcomer to the Awards, Appleby Farms, won Best in Category for Premium Vanilla Ice Cream with their Bedford Vanilla Bean, made with farm fresh A2 wholemilk and cream.

Changes in scoring of the Open Creative categories in ice cream and gelato/sorbet included an additional score for innovation and creativity. The entries this year certainly pulled out all stops to create some new and innovative entries including Maple Syrup and Bacon ice cream, Violet with White Chocolate ice cream, Champagne and Beer gelatos and Pomegranate and Hibiscus Tea sorbet.

The winner across the two sections of the Open Creative category was Deep South Chip & Dip Ice Cream. This was a classic onion dip ice cream served with salt and vinegar chips that was created by Dairyworks. The judges' comments were "it tasted exactly as you used to make it at home".

A classic well made Guilt Free Vanilla entry made by Talley's Group Ltd won the Low Fat Category, which must contain less than 3% total fat.

The Non Dairy Award, introduced for the first time in 2017 has continued to attract more entries - 19 this year up from 12 last year. The winner of this category was PURE New Zealand Ice Cream with their Blackcurrant and Coconut Gelato.

Again this was a record year for the Awards - highest number of entries to date (385) with a close-to-record number of 37 manufacturers who entered. One of the objectives of the Awards is to drive innovation and quality of New Zealand Ice Creams, Gelatos, Sorbets and Non Dairy Desserts. This is evidenced with the Best in Category winners being manufacturers based in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Nelson and Wanaka, showing that there is a high standard throughout New Zealand.

Each Category will be sponsored by an Associate Member of this Association. The categories and sponsors of the 2018 New Zealand Ice Cream Awards are:

 Category  Sponsored by
1. Standard Vanilla Ice Cream Fonterra
2. Standard Ice Cream Eurofins NZ Laboratory
3. Best of Coconut Davis Food Ingredients
4. Premium Vanilla Ice Cream Formula Foods
5. Premium Ice Cream Chelsea Sugar
6. Export Ice Cream Brenntag NZ Ltd
7. Open Creative Huhtamaki Henderson
8. Kids Choice Pacific Flavours & Ingredients Ltd
9. Gelato Tetra Pak (New Zealand) Ltd
10. Sorbet Alto a division of PACT
11. Low Fat Sensient Technologies
12. Non Dairy Hawkins Watts
"New to Market" Award Axieo


Historical information on The New Zealand Ice Cream Awards for the years 2000 through to 2017 is also available here on the NZICMA website.

For more information, contact:

Jenny de Lisle
NZICMA Secretary
Mobile (on Friday, 1st of June): 027 494 6664
Office: 04 385 1410

Mrs Kay McMath
Chief Judge
Mobile: 021 88 1643

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 2018 Awards is here.

Photos from the 2018 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
2018      
Boutique Ginelli's Black Sesame Ice Cream Premium Ice Cream
Large Tip Top Ice Cream Tip Top Boysenberry Ripple 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 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 2018
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 2018 New Zealand Ice Cream Awards winners.

Photos from the 2018 New Zealand Ice Cream Awards dinner and presentations.

2018 Supreme Award for a Large Manufacturer



Boysenberry Ripple Ice Cream
made by Tip Top Ice Cream



2018 Supreme Award for a Boutique Manufacturer



Black Sesame Ice Cream.
made by Ginelli's

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