The New Zealand Ice Cream Manufacturers Association
The New Zealand Ice Cream Manufacturers Association
2016 New Zealand Ice Cream Awards

(26 May 2016) THE TWENTIETH NEW ZEALAND ICE CREAM AWARDS were announced in AUCKLAND this evening.

Full media release here.

Media release with full list of 2016 Awards winners here.

The New Zealand Ice Cream Awards has attained its Platinum Anniversary - twenty years of competition.

It all began in 1997 with 61 entries from just 7 Ice Cream companies - Tip Top Ice Cream, Deep South, Mel-O-Rich, Westland Snowflake, Kapiti Cheeses, Chateau Créme Delight, and Talleys Frozen.

There were six categories judged by two overseas judges, with three children judging the Kids Choice category. The first Supreme Award was awarded to Mel-O-Rich of Wellington for their 1st Choice Boysenberry Ripple.

Fast forward to the 20th Awards in 2016 judged at the Food Innovation Centre, Auckland during the first week in May. Eight judges took 2 full days to judge 334 entries entered by 37 companies and individuals.

This year the Supreme Award for a Large Manufacturer was won by:

                                                                                   Tip Top Ice Cream
                                                       for their Tip Top Hokey Pokey Ice Cream



This is the second consecutive year that Tip Top Ice Cream has won the Supreme Award for a large manufacturer with an entry in the Standard Ice Cream category. The judges' comments described this all-time favourite as "very creamy, excellent body, good flavour with perfect sweetness balance".

Tip Top Ice Cream also won Best in Category for their Tip Top Vanilla Ice Cream in the Standard Vanilla Ice Cream category.

The Supreme Award for a Boutique Manufacturer went to:

                                                                                Puhoi Valley Cafe
                                            for their Matakana Roasted Coffee Affogato Ice Cream



This is also the second consecutive year that an entry in the Premium Ice Cream category by Puhoi Valley Cafe has won both the Premium Ice Cream Category as well as the Supreme Award for a Boutique Manufacturer. This year it was an espresso coffee flavour that was a hit with the judges and last year their chai latte flavoured ice cream won the Award.

The flavour for this year's "Best of" category was Caramel.

Judges were treated to salted caramel, Witherspoon caramel, chocolate coated caramel and ripples of all of these. With 34 entries across all product types (ice cream, gelatos, sorbets), the judges selected an ice cream - Awesome Salted Caramel Seduction Ice Cream made by Much Moore Ice Cream Co. Ltd as the winner of this year's Best of Caramel category.

The categories which attracted the largest number of entries were Premium Ice Cream with 65 entries, Gelato with 49 entries and Sorbet with 51 entries.

Judging involved awarding points for a number of key attributes in different properties. Appearance was worth 10 points, Body and Texture - 40 points, and Flavour - 50 points. Gold Awards were given to entries with more than 95 points, Silver Awards to those between 90 and 95 points.

Talley's Group Limited won Best in Category for the Premium Vanilla Ice Cream category with their Premium Vanilla (pictured left).

In the Gelato category, Gelato 2U based in the Hawkes Bay scooped the Best in Category with an Espresso Gelato.

The Best in Category for the Sorbet category was awarded to Carrello del Gelato from Wellington for their Feijoa Sorbet, which also won this Award in 2014.

There were 74 entries in this year's "New to Market" category for products new to retail in the last 12 months. The winner of the Best New to Market Award was Puhoi Valley Cafe with another scoop for their Matakana Roasted Coffee Affogato Ice Cream.

In the Export Ice Cream category New Zealand Natural Chocolate Obsession won the Best in Category.

The Kids Choice category was judged by twelve 7-11 year olds from Ramarama School in the Franklin District. They used a "Yuk to Yum" scale and any point in between. The kids chose a bubble gum flavoured ice cream called New Zealand Natural Rainbow made by New Zealand Natural as the winner of the Kids Choice category.

There was only one Gold Award in each section of the Open Creative categories for ice cream and gelato/sorbet.

Judges were looking for creativity as well as a perfectly made product. The winner across the two sections of the Open Creative category was a Lot Eight Yuzu Indulgence Gelato which was made by Gelissimo Gelato of Wellington. This gelato was subtlety flavoured with Yuzu infused olive oil and had a creamy smooth texture.

The Low Fat category was won by Much Moore Ice Cream Co. Ltd with their Awesome Strawberry Yoghurt.

2016 was a record year for the Ice Cream Awards - more than a 400% increase in entries over 20 years. This competition is now the largest to be held in Australasia - which is a real testimony to the quality, creativity and commitment of New Zealand Ice Cream, Gelato and Sorbet manufacturers and their dedication to quality.

Full list of 2016 New Zealand Ice Cream Awards winners.

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

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

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 2016 Awards is here.

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


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Full list of 2016 New Zealand Ice Cream Awards winners.


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

2016 Supreme Award for a Large Manufacturer



Tip Top Hokey Pokey Ice Cream
made by Tip Top Ice Cream



2016 Supreme Award for a Boutique Manufacturer



Matakana Roasted Coffee Affogato Ice Cream
made by Puhoi Valley Cafe

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