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




                 Alpine Ice Cream signage, 1950s. Eric Lee-Johnson.
                
 - Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Reg. No. O.008329.

Alpine
Alpine Ice Cream Company, Huntly
1928 - 1939
General Manager, Frank MacDonald, 1929-1938. Original shareholders were Mac McDonald, George Jew and Bill Waring. Building now occupied by Roger Gill Motors. Super-Cold refrigeration. Choc Bonza Bars. Choc Bombs. Slices. Twinkle On A Stick. Acquired in August 1939 by Robinson Ice Cream Company, Auckland. The Alpine brand was retained for some years and the business run as a subsidiary of Robinson. Robinson was taken over by Tip Top in 1953.


Alpine
Alpine Freezing Company, 23-27 Old Customhouse St., Wellington
1916? - 1923?
"Supplied direct from the finest Jersey Herd in the Wainuiomata district ..."


Ambrosia
Ambrosia Cream Company, Leeds St., Te Aro, Wellington
1911 - 1912?
Factory opened 4 December 1911.



Apex
Apex Ice Cream Co., Peterborough St. / 5 Manchester St. / 100 Durham St., Christchurch
1932 - 1960
George Gourley, Winston Gourley . "Pexie" foil-wrapped, chocolate-coated ice cream bar. Took over Top Notch Delicacies Ltd. in July 1960. Taken over by Tip Top in December 1960.
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Arctic
Hawkes Bay Frozen Supplies, Ltd. (aka. H.B. Frozen Supplies Ltd.), Napier.
1926 - ?
“Arctic” Ice Cream, and the "Arctic Pie" foil-wrapped, ice cream bar. This company was a member of the NZICMA and was operational in 1931 at the time of the Napier earthquake. Norman Smith, Ted Rixon, Jim Winstanley. Acquired by Frozen Products.


Arctic
1930 - 1932
“Arctic Ice Cream Company Ltd.”, with a factory at Pukeiti Rd., Otahuhu, Auckland. Mr W.J. Logan. Exclusive NZ rights to the “Popsicle” brand. Also made ice cream cakes. Registered as a private company November 1930, factory opened approx. Jan 1931?, seems like the person who owned or leased their Emery Thompson Brine Freezer, a Mr Tom Robinson, went bankrupt in August 1931, and the company was placed in liquidation 15 March 1932.

Arctic
Arctic Ice Cream, Ltd. / Arctic Ice Cream Co., Peel St. Petone.
1939? - 1945?
" The Arctic Ice Cream", sold from a milkbar stand at the 1940 Exhibition, Wellington. Operating at least up until Dec 1945. The Peel St address suggests it was probably taken over by Frozen Products/Frosty Jack who operated from 8 Peel St in the late 40s. (Advertisements 1942-45 refer to Artic Ice Cream Co, and Artic Ice Cream Ltd, Peel St, Petone - mis-spelling, or possibly company below?).


Artic
Artic Ice Cream, Jackson St., Petone.
1921 - 1937
Harry Muschamp Waddington. Started as a small lounge bar and restaurant in Jackson Street, opposite the Municipal Buildings, making ice cream by hand churn.


                                                                Astrella's Ice Cream Co. advertisement,
                                                                Auckland Star, 22 March 1939.

Astrella's
N. Astrella and Sons / W. Astrella and Sons / Astrella's Ice Cream Co. / Astrella Dominion Ice Cream Company, 87 Lincoln St., Ponsonby, Auckland.
1909 - 1939?
Thought to be Auckland's first ice cream manufacturers. Nicola Astrella. Producing ice cream by hand churn and selling from a hand cart in 1909. Built a factory in Lincoln St, Ponsonby (1910?). A three-way merger of Astrella Dominion Ice Cream Co., New Polar Ice Cream and Robinson Ice Cream Co.was proposed in July 1930. Astrella and New Polar appear to have gone ahead and merged, however the proposal was rejected by Robinson shareholders a few months later. Venice Astrella was a foreman at Peters Ice Cream Company (N.Z.) Ltd, Newmarket in October 1936. Nicola Astrella passed away 30 June 1937. New Polar went into liquidation in September 1931, but the Astrella's brand continued on until at least 1939. V. Astrella and M.J. Astrella were involved in registering the Okay Ice Cream Co. Ltd in 1941.


Aurora
Aurora Ice Cream Co., New Plymouth
192? - 196?
Frederick Samuel Butler. R.C. Meharry. Manufactured ice cream at its Liardet Street factory and was a supplier of frozen products, cones, cups and cartons. Bedford delivery truck.


Aurora
The Aurora Trading Co., Ltd., Leeds St, Wellington
1919? - ?


Aurora
Aurora Ice Cream Factory, 56 Ghuznee St, Wellington
1923? - ?



                                                   Barlow's Ice Cream advertisement, 1943.
                                                    
- Frostee Digest.


Barlow's
Barlow's Ice Cream, Te Aroha
1930? - 195?
John Lancelot Barlow. The Barlow's slogan "Often Licked, Never Beaten" was later used by Tip Top.


Bates
Bates (Wairoa) Ltd., Wairoa


Bell's
Bell's Ice Cream
Oamaru


Bell's Supercold
Bells Milk Bar, Greymouth
Frank Bell


Betta
Betta Ice Cream Co.
1951 - 1960


Bluebell
Westland Snowflake Ice Cream Co, Greymouth
Frank Bell



                                                                          Blue Moon Ice Cream sign, 1960s.
                                                                         
- trademe1nz.

Blue Moon
Blue Moon Ice Cream Co., 911 (?) Heretaunga St East, Hastings / Havelock North
1938 - 1984
Mr Delaney. Wilson Hazelwood. Thomas McAvinue. Bruce Hastie. Started in Hastings, the Blue Moon Dairy (retail shop), and Blue Moon ice cream factory. A new factory was built in Havelock North in 1966. Sold to Devon Dairy Products, Tauranga, in 1984.


Blix
Blicks Ice Cream, Invercargill
192? - ?
Fred Blick. Brand became Sunkist. Purchased by General Foods (Tip Top).


Boston
Boston Ice Cream Company, Victoria Street, Wanganui.
1924 - 1927?
Established by Alick Revell in 1924. The business was a huge success, and in May that year, Boston Ice Cream Company was one of two New Zealand companies granted licenses to manufacture the American chocolate-coated ice cream bar sensation, the Eskimo Pie. Unfortunately Alick's sister’s husband was killed in a car accident, so he had to return to Glenfield to help her on the farm with her young family, and relinquish the Eskimo Pie licence. Boston Ice Cream vendors apparently still active in Wanganui in 1927.


Buller Valley
Buller Valley Co-op Dairy Company, Westport.
Taken over by Snowflake.


Burrells
Burrells Products Ltd., Palmerston North.



                 Byers Ice Cream delivery truck, 1948. Sparrow Industrial Pictures Ltd.
                
 - Auckland War Memorial Museum neg. 4350A.

Byers
Byers Ice Cream Co. Ltd, Linton St., Palmerston North.
192? - 195?
Harry Byers. Began by making home made ice cream to supply his confectioner's business.


Carbie's / Carbine's
Carbine's Ice Cream, 33 Edenvale Rd, Mt Eden, Auckland
1941? - ?


Central Otago Ice Cream Co.
195? - ?
W.B. Clark?


Cherry Blossom
Cherry Blossom Ice Cream Co. Ltd, 201 Main St, Palmerston North
1933 - 1936
In liquidation December 1936.

Clarke's Ice Cream , the Cream of Quality
                 Clarke's Ice Cream sign, 1950s-60s.
                
 - Kirstine Thompson.

Clarke's
Clarke & Millward, Clarke's Frozen Foods, Petone
1922 - 196?
W.O. Clarke, G.R. Millward. Foil-wrapped "Chocolate Icelet" bar. Taken over by Frozen Products (Frosty Jack).


Cloverlea
Wards Ice Cream, Timaru


Coker & Mills
Coker & Mills Ice Cream, Dodson St, Blenheim
1930 - 1971?
Roy H. Coker, Howard Mills. Super-Cold Ice Cream. Buried Treasure Ice Blocks. Mrs Rose Richards. Roy Henry B. Coker was a confectioner in Blenheim in 1916. Factory was originally a malthouse for a brewery (1858) - now Dodson Street Beer Garden.


Collie
W. Collie & Co., Blenheim
? - 194?


Collins
Collins Bro's., Pollen St., Thames
191? - ?
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Collins's / Collins'
Collins, The Ice Cream Parlour, Timaru
1911 - 1915?


Cooke's
W. R. Cooke & Son Ltd
Cooke's Ice Cream Parlours , High St, Christchurch
Cooke's Tearooms & Soda Fountain, 60 / 63 Queen St. and 48 Karangahape Rd., Auckland
1911? - 194?
Established restaurant / tearooms / ice cream parlour business in Christchurch first, then in Auckland in 1912. Originally at 60 Queen St Auckland, then moved into a new 7-storey building at 63 Queen St. Rangitoto Special Ice Cream Sundae. Frank Wright. Sold their Christchurch wholesale ice cream factory to Perfection Ice Cream Co. in 1930. The Auckland restaurant continued to make ice cream on the premises into the '40s.


Country Club / Peter's Country Club
Tip Top Ice Cream / General Foods Corp./ Country Club Ice Cream Co Ltd
Tip Top's budget brand.


Crackajack
Southland Ice Cream Co. Ltd, Invercargill
193? - ?
Fred Blick. Brand later changed to "Sunkist".



Cream Craft
Auckland
195? - 196?
Leith Thompson. Later logo similar to Gaytime. Taken over by Tip Top.



Creemee

Creemee Ice Cream Co. / Rangitaiki Plains Dairy Co., Auckland
? - 1972



                                                                Ice cream carton, Crystal Ice Co Ltd, Dunedin.
                                                                                          
- Owaka Museum.

Crystal
Crystal Ice Cream Company Ltd., King Edward St., South Dunedin
1925 - 1964
H. Turner. Managed by Mr R. J. van Every, who had previous experience with "one of the largest Ice Cream Factories in California". By 1927 advertising Ice Cream Cakes, Ice Cream Puddings, Individual Cups, Special Flavours, Frozen Sherbets. Licensed to manufacture Eskimo Pies (as advertised 1928-30).


Delecta
Gibbs Delecta Ice Cream Coy., Hawera
H. Gibbs. Acquired by Frozen Products.


Delecta
Delecta Ice Cream Factory., 29 Cross St., Auckland.


Devon Delight
Devon Dairy Products, Mount Maunganui
197? - 1985
Later became Kiwi Ice Cream?


Dustin's
W.S. Dustin, Wanganui
1891? - ?
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                 E-Tan Ice Cream delivery truck, Auckland Weekly News, 9 October 1929.
                
 - Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19291009-50-6

E-Tan
Palmerston North
192? - 1938
Manawatu-Horowhenua. King of Kream. At one time sold by Dustins. Ted Rixon. Acquired by Frozen Products in 1938.


Egmont Ice Cream
Egmont Frozen Products Ltd, New Plymouth
1929? - ?



Elbe's
Elbe's Milk Bar Ltd, High St, Lower Hutt
1939 - 197?
Mr L.F. Elbe. Pints, quarts, tubs, vanilla slices, chocolate coated novelties,and ice cream cakes. Elbe's Milk Bar became infamous in 1954 with press reports of the scandalous activities of the local 'milk bar cowboys' and secondary school girls. Taken over by Denne's (Peter Pan).
More about Elbe's at longwhitekid ...



Eldora
Takapuna Dairy Company Ltd., cnr. Mozeley Avenue and Victoria Road, Devonport, Auckland
1928 - 1964
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Elite
J.M. Robertson & Sons Ltd., Westport.
? - 195?
Cobb Robertson.


Everest
Christchurch.
? - 1959
Started by John Cahill (ex-Queen Anne). Sold to Apex in 1959.



Fiesta
Fiesta Ice Cream Company Co. Ltd. / Rangitaiki Plains Dairy Co., Industry Road, Penrose, Auckland
? - 1976?
Bill Coates. Purchased by Rangitaiki Plains Dairy Co. in 1972. COOL-IT ice blocks. Pancho Bar, Rosita Jellitip. Fiesta brand discontinued, and factory used for Wall's production. Coates went on to establish La Grande Ice Cream in Wellington.


Freesia
Gisborne Ice Cream Co., Gisborne
F.H. Wise




Frosty Jack
Frozen Products Ltd., 210 Vivian St, Wellington / 25-29 Tennyson St, Wellington / 8 Peel St, Petone
1924 - 1967
Mr Munro, and American. Second factory in Palmerston North. Took over Glacier Ice Cream in Wanganui (date?), and Wise's ice cream factory in Gisborne in 1960. Sold to Fropax (N.Z.) Ltd (Vestey Group, meat processors, Blue Star Line shipping) in 1966.
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Frozo
Auckland
1920s


Gates'
Gates's Ice Works, Leeds St., Te Aro / F.F. Ice Co. / Gates Ltd. American Lounge, 81-85 Willis St., Wellington
1916 - 1919?



Gaytime
Christchurch / Auckland
Originally Christchurch. Gaytime Goldmine stick novelty, 1964. Taken over by Tip Top, but the brand was retained for some time, and survives as a brand of ice cream cone.


Glacier
Glacier Ice Cream Ltd, Wanganui
1927? - ?
Acquired by and became a subsidiary of Frozen Products Ltd, Wellington (Frosty Jack).


Hart's
Hart's Frozen Novelties Ltd / Hart’s Delight Ice Cream Ltd / Hart's Ice Cream Ltd, 152 Greenlane Road, Auckland
1943 - 1966
More about Hart's at longwhitekid...



Havmor
Nelson
1950s-60s?
Ivory brothers. "The Havmor Shop, Milk Shake & Ice Cream Specialists" (photo in Nelson Provincial Museum). Taken over by Tip Top.


Hostess
? - 196?


Innes'
Innes Super-Cold Ice Cream Co. Ltd, New Plymouth
195? - 196?
L.G. Innes


Jamieson
Jamieson Brothers Ltd
Wanganui


Jumbo
Greenfield & Hansen Ltd, 7 Herbert St, Wellington
195? - 196?
J. Greenfield & H.B. Hansen


Kapai
1930s
"Chocolate coated icelets" and "snow blocks". Possibly purchased by Tip Top - "Tip-Top Kapai Block Slice".


Kerridge's Ice Cream
Auckland
Kerridge's manufactured ice cream to supply its chain of cinemas. Purchased by Tip Top.


Koola
Koola Ice Cream and Cold Storage Company Ltd
211 Main St West, Palmerston North.
1937 - ?



                                                           La Grande Ice Cream take-home packaging, ca. 1977.
                                                           
- Rod Dennis.

La Grande
La Grande Ice Cream / Rangitaiki Plains Dairy Co., Petone, Wellington
197? - 1978?
Bill Coates. Purchased by Rangitaiki Plains Dairy Co. in 1974. Brand discontinued some time after RPD purchased Wall's ice cream in 1975.


Lindeman
A. Lindeman & Co., (New Zealand Ice Works), Cnr Monteal & Tuam St's, Christchurch.
1878 - 1879


Lucky Ice Cream
Lucky Ice Cream Co. Ltd., Westport
? - 1961
Robertson Brothers. Taken over by General Foods Corp (Tip Top) in 1961.


Mac's
W.L. McKinnon Ltd., Whangarei
1918 - 195?
"Mac" McKinnon began making ice cream for his father's Marble Bar, the first shop in Whangarei to install an ice cream cabinet. Used an Emery Thompson churn, ice from the local dairy company, and salt. From 1938 W.L. McKinnon Ltd was also the licensed manufacturer of Tip Top ice cream for the Northland region. New factory built in 1948. By 1953 the company had a fleet of five delivery vehicles.



Manda
Manda Ice Cream, Invercargill
1963 - 1997?
Brian & Jeanette Simon & family. Sold the business to Millar Lange in 1978. Millar Lange sold the ice cream operation to Goodman Fielder (who at that time owned Tip Top) in 1982, and the Manda brand to United Dairy Foods (who also made New American brand ice cream). United Dairy Foods re-opened the old Manda factory and produced Manda brand ice cream for several years. United Dairy Foods sold to Tip Top in 1997 - unclear when the Manda brand was discontinued. The Simons started up Deep South Ice Cream in 1979.
More about Manda ...


Marshall
W. Marshall, Lambton Quay, Wellington
1875 - ?


Mays
Mays Ice Cream Ltd., Taihape
1926 - 1967
First ice cream made by a Mr Saunders in 1914. He sold the business to a Mr Orr, thence to a Mr Shay, then sold to a Mr Quirk. Taken over by W.T. "Tom" May in 1926.



                 McDonald's Ice Cream delivery truck, ca. 1959.
                 - Frostee Digest.

McDonald's
McDonald Ice Cream Manufacturing Co., Ltd., Hamilton / Kings Drive, Auckland. / 10 Quay St Auckland.
1925 - 1958
A. R. McDonald. Started making ice cream in 1922. Registered McDonald Ice Cream Manufacturing Company, Ltd. in February 1925 with capital of £5000. Taken over by Tip Top (Auckland) in 1958.


McDonald's
McDonald's Ice Cream, Main Street West, Palmerston North.
1927 - ?
A. K. McDonald. Wellington branch and factory opened November 1928. Branches at Masterton, Hawera. "Mr McDonald is recognised as the most experienced ice cream maker in the Dominion. His plant, too, is of the very latest type. Ice cream is freshly made in both factories every day and delivered per motor-vans (properly insulated) to all parts of the Wellington, Wairarapa, and Manawatu and Oroua districts."


McDonald's
McDonald's Super-Cold Ice Cream, Wellington.
195? - ?
J. McDonald.



Meadow Gold
Meadow Gold Ice Cream Company, Great South Road, Papatoetoe/40 Cook St, Auckland
1950 - 1967?
Took over Auckland manufacturers Snowflake and Oasis. Frozen Products Ltd (a public company) owned Frosty Jack Ice Cream Ltd (Wellington and Palmerston North), Glacier (Wanganui), and Meadow Gold Ice Cream Ltd (Papatoetoe). Frozen Products was sold to Fropax, part of the Vestey Group (meat processors, Blue Star Line shipping) in 1966. Fropax then sold the Palmerston North and Papatoetoe factories to Unilever around 1967 - Unilever discontinued the Meadow Gold brand to produce their own Walls brand.



Mel-O-Rich
Miramar, Wellington
Orginally McDonald's Dairy, corner of Park Rd & Hobart St. Became Mel-O-Rich Products Ltd, and later moved to the end of Park Rd (site now occupied by Weta). Changed name around 2000 to The New Zealand Ice Cream Company Ltd. Taken over by Kiwi Ice Cream (now known as Much Moore) in 2004.
John Murphy. Mel-O-Rich, Mel-O-Pop, Calci-Lite, Divine brands.


Moa
Moa Ice Cream Co., Tauranga
1930? - ?


Mooloo
Mooloo Products Ltd, Hamilton
? - 199?
Van der Giessen family. Ice cream cakes a speciality.


Moore's
Moore’s Ice Cream Company, 262 Ponsonby Road, Auckland.
195? - 196?


Munro's
See Rush Munro's ...


Neville's
Neville's Ltd., New Plymouth



New American
New American Ice Cream, 205 Broadway, Newmarket / Khyber Pass, Newmarket / United Dairy Foods, 50 Luke St., Otahuhu.
1942 - 1998?
Original New American Milk Bar at 205 Broadway (cnr Teed St), Newmarket. Ice cream plant believed to have been supplied by the American Armed Forces to provide ice cream to US troops stationed in Auckland. Murray Taylor, Russell Bond (both ex-Tip Top) took over the business in 1977. Moved to Khyber Pass after 12 months as production expanded. then built a brand new factory in Otahuhu (1984?). Around this time, the parent company became United Dairy Foods Ltd. At its peak, UDF operated factories in Otahuhu, Tokomaru and Invercargill, with contract manufacturing by Alpine Dairy in Christchurch. Goody Goody Gum Drops. Polar Pops. Auckland plant and New American brand acquired by Tip Top in 1996-1998. New American was continued as a secondary brand for a few years.


New Polar
New Polar Ice Cream Company Ltd, Station St., Newmarket, Auckland.
1929 - 1931.
Registered 19 September 1929." Objects: To acquire and carry on the business of the Polar Ice Cream Company, Ltd". In liquidation 27 April 1931. "Peter's New Polar Ice Cream" by late 1932.


Newell's
Newell's Ice Cream Ltd.




Newjoy
Newjoy Ice Cream Ltd, 381 Cumberland St., Dunedin
1939 - 1964
Max Simon. Sold to Crystal Ice Cream, Dunedin in 1964, which in turn was taken over by General Foods Corp (Tip Top) later that year.
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Oasis
Oasis Ice Cream / The Oasis Ice Cream Ltd [ex The Oasis Milk Bars Ltd], 68 Vincent St, / 40 Cook St., Auckland.
1938 - 1952.
R.M. Byford.


Okay
Okay Ice Cream Ltd.
1941 - ?
V. Astrella and M.J. Astrella. Registered November 1941.


Paul's
Paul's Ice Cream (NZ) Ltd/The Paul's Ice Cream (NZ) Ltd
Registered March 1938. Closed 1949.


Peck
Industry Rd, Otahuhu
Jay Peck. Son of the original owner of New American Ice Cream. Manufactured 'Choc Bombs' under contract to New American. Sold the business to Frank Gilbert who started Chateau Creme Delight Ice Cream Co., which in turn was purchased by Emerald Foods.


Peerless
Oamaru Ice Cream Co., Oamaru
Gordon Bell.



Peerless
Wanganui



Perfection
Perfection Ice Cream Co. Ltd
300 Manchester Street, Christchurch
1926 - 1967?
Founded 1926. Involved in a three-way merger with Tai Tapu Dairy Company and ice cream manufacturer W.R. Cooke & Son Ltd in 1929. GM Frank Wright, Factory Manager Dennis Amos. Inventors of the "Joy Bar". The factory included a 50 person capacity air raid trench which was put in during WWII by Christchurch architecture firm Trengrove and Blunt. Taken over by Tip Top in the late 60s.
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Peter Pan
Denne's Ice Cream / Peter Pan Ice Cream, Waipukurau / Tip Top Ice Cream
1939 - 199?
Denne family. Sold to Tip Top in 1977, but the brand survived into the 1990s.
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Peter's
Peters Ice Cream Co. (NZ) Ltd, Station St., Newmarket / 10 Teed St, Newmarket, Auckland.
1930 - 1952
Registered December 1930 with capital of £200, main shareholder F. H. Whitham. J. A. Gentles (Chair), P.H. Ferguson, Directors in 1931. E. J. Rixon, Manager in 1938. H. R. Ayers, Secretary 1939. Originated from the Australian ice cream co. of the same name. "The Health Food of a Nation" - same by-line used for Peters ice cream in Australia. Branch factories in Hamilton, Whangarei. "Hav-A-Heart" novelty. Took over New Polar Ice Cream, 1931-32? Purchased ice cream factories in Rotorua and Whakatane from the Arawa Dairy Company Ltd in 1933. Still selling Polar Bars in 1936. Acquired by Tip Top in 1952.


Phantazzi
Phantazzi Ice Cream Limited, Invercargill.
1928 - 1939
Max Simon began making ice cream in a garage at the Appleby Hotel, storing ice cream in a freezer at Millers bakery. Built a factory ca. 1934/35. Sold the business around 1939 and moved to Dunedin where he set up Newjoy Ice Cream. Son Brian Simon went on to found Manda and Deep South ice cream businesses.
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Philadelphia
The Milk Depot, Dixon St, Wellington
1915? - 1916?
A, Aislabie. The Philadelphia Ice Cream contained "33 1/3 percent of pure cream". Price increase effective 1 March 1916 to 6 shillings per gallon.

Pinnacle
Southland Ice Cream Co. Ltd, Invercargill
193? - ?
Fred Blick. Later changed brand to "Sunkist".


Polar
Polar Ice Cream Co., Station St., Newmarket, Auckland
1924 - 1929
Manufactured Eskimo Pies. Polar Bar, Rainbow Blox. Became New Polar Ice Cream Co. in 1929.


Quality
Quality Ice Cream Ltd, Dunedin.
1946? - 1951
Ivan Paterson, R.C. Hitchcox. Set up after WW2 using armed forces equipment from New Caledonia . Purchased by Crystal in 1951.

Quality Inn
Christchurch
J.S.V. Bott


Quality Inn
Westland Snowflake Ice Cream Co, Greymouth



Queen Anne
Queen Anne, College Street, Wellington
1926 - 1995?
Ernest Adams and Hugh Bruce. Nationwide chain of Adams Bruce and Queen Anne shops sold Queen Anne brand chocolates and ice cream. The Wellington Queen Anne factory closed down in 1976, but the brand was acquired by Westland Snowflake, Greymouth, who continued to manufacture Queen Anne Ice Cream up until the late 1990s.
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Reale Ice Cream
The Reale Ice Cream Co Ltd, South Dunedin
1936 - 1968?
Eddie Quinn - three generations worked for the business, all called Eddie. Eddie (senior) had previously been Manager of Royal Ice Cream. No factory - in 1936, Quinn Sr. was in negotiations with a pickle factory to set up premises when Mr H.C. Hart of Crystal Ice Cream proposed that they manufacture ice cream for Reale, and loan them refrigerationequipment to get them started. This relationship lasted for over 30 years. Realetts, "Esquimo Pies"(!), Ice Cream Bricks.


Renown
The Renown Products Ltd [ex The Ice Cream Ltd]
1941 - 1948


Rice's
Rice Brothers / Rice's Ice Cream Co., Invercargill
Oswald Rice Snr had established a successful confectionery business in Dunedin, with branches around the country, moving to Invercargill in 1895. Rice's sweet shop in Wanganui was also producing and selling ice cream in 1917. Three sons Ossie, Cyril and Percy Rice took over the running of the business in 1920. During WW2 sugar rationing caused Rice's Confectionery to look at ice cream production as a supplement to the business. Ossie toured the North Island to learn about the ice cream business, and acquired equipment to set up a factory in Invercargill, originally just to supply their own confectionery shops. Demand grew and Rice's Ice Cream Co., was formed. This led to the supply of freezers to retailers, and Rice Refrigeration was formed in 1951. Sold to Crystal Ice of Dunedin in 1961, which was in turn purchased by General Foods (Tip Top) in 1964.



                                                                Righton's Ice Cream advertisement,
                                                                Whakatane Beacon, 11 December 1939.

Righton's
A. Righton, Wairere St., Whakatane
193? - 195?
Arthur  Righton  had  an  aerated  water  and  cordial  factory. Also produced A. Righton Ginger Beer.


Rob Roy
Rob Roy Ice Cream Co Ltd., Dunedin
1960 - 1971?
Stan Johnston, ex-Royal Ice Cream.


Rob Roy
Tauranga
1949 - ?
Established 1949, originally branded "Tartan".


Robison's
Westport.
19?? - 196?
Taken over by Tip Top.



Robinson's
The Robinson Ice Cream Company Ltd, 22 James St. / Putiki St., Arch Hill, Auckland.
1912 - 1953
The Robinson family came from England, where they had been making ice cream since 1878. Ted Robinson founded the Auckland company, originally manufacturing in a small shed on the corner of Putiki and Waima Streets, Arch Hill. The Robinson Ice Cream Company was registered as a public company in 1924 with a capital of £36,000. James Bentley. Obtained the license to manufacture Eskimo Pies in 1925. Manager P H Ferguson (1927). In 1930, Robinson "merged" with the Astrella Dominion and New Polar Ice Cream Co's, and became the largest ice cream business in the country. After Bentley's death, Dick Naylor became G.M. Robbie's Ice Cream Sundaes, "with pure fruit topping; serves 6", advertised on milk bottles. Rainbow Blocks, Snow Ice. Acquired Alpine Ice Cream Company, Huntly in 1939. Branch factory in Devonport and depot in Whangarei. Taken over by Tip Top (Auckland) in 1953.



Rosco
Rosco Ice Cream Ltd. / Ross Supercold Ice Cream Ltd., Hamilton /Palmerston North
1940 - 1964
Ice Cream Slices. Jack Ross, Murray Ross, Bill van Rij. Took over Carbies Ice Cream and Penguin Ice Cream in Auckland. In receivership 1962. Taken over by the Crystal group (Crystal, Royal, Newjoy, Rice's, and Sunkist brands) in 1963, which itself was taken over by General Foods (Tip Top brand) in 1964.



Royal
The Dunedin Ice Cream Manufacturing Co., Moray Pl. / Ward St., Dunedin
1924 - 1960?
E.R. Quin ran a marble bar in George St., obtaining his supplies of ice cream from a small local producer. Concerned about quality issues with the arrival of the Pure Food Act, he decided to go into the manufacturing business himself, and to raise the capital required (£1500), formed The Dunedin Ice Cream Manufacturing Co. Ltd. in 1924 to produce Royal brand ice cream. An advertisement in the Otago Daily Times in September 1924 stated that the new product's met the requirements of the Pure Food Act in every way:
Dunedin, August 23, 1924.
The Manager, Dunedin Ice Cream Company, Dunedin.
Dear Sir,—I have to report as follows on sample of Ice Cream: Sample examined was of excellent, flavour, and on analysis contained; Total solids, 36.66 per cent.; fat, 11.28 percent.; salts, .82 per cent. The sample complies with the Public Health Regulations covering the Sale of Ice Cream, and, according to this analysis, is an excellent article of food.
—Yours faithfully, P. P. Lynch, M. B., Ch.B., B.Sc., Analyst.

Often referred to as the Royal Ice Cream Company. "Ask for 'Royal', it's the Creamy Ice Cream". "It's good, and good for you". By 1930 Royal was selling from Ashburton to the Bluff, and all through Central Otago. "Royalettes", were chocolate-coated ice cream bars, similar to Eskimo Pies. The company was taken to court over Royalettes' similarity to the Eskimo Pie, by Charles Bertram Colby of Los Angeles, who held the patent rights for Eskimo Pie in New Zealand. Colby lost the case. Supplied ice cream to the first Tip Top mik bars, 1935 - 1936. L. Scott. Taken over by Crystal Ice, which was in turn taken over by General Foods (Tip Top) in 1964.


Royal
Thames
? - 1950
Taken over by Tip Top in 1950.


Ruapehu
Ruapehu Ice Cream Company Limited, Taumaranui.


Snowball
Nelson


Sno-Peak
Auckland


Snowcraft
Nelson



Snowdrop
Snowdrop Ice Cream Co., 141 East St, Ashburton (opp. Railway Station)
1942 - 1970?
Percy Bates. Ian Paterson. Mr King. Super Cold. Cherry Brandy slices launched in 1955.
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Snowdrop
Taylor's Snowdrop Ice Cream Factory, 4 Devonport Lane, Christchurch.
192? - ?



Snowflake / Westland Snowflake
The Riversdale Dairy / Snowflake Ice Cream Co. / Westland Snowflake Ice Cream Co, / West Coast Snowflake, 79 Taylorville Road, Greymouth
1925 - 2010
Owen Norton.
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Snowflake
Snowflake Ice Cream Ltd, corner Great South Road and Puhinui Rd, Papatoetoe
1938? - 1955
W.G. Lunn during the 1940s. Rita and George Aagard took over the business in 1949, selling it to Meadow Gold in 1955.


Sunkist
Southland Ice Cream Co. Ltd, Invercargill
193? - 196?
Fred Blick . After Fred's retirement in 1939, management was taken over by Jim Stewart of Dunedin Ice Cream Manufacturing Co. Ltd (Royal brand). Purchased by Crystal Ice Ltd, which was in turn purchased by General Foods (Tip Top) in 1964.


Sunshine Ice Cream
Baty Brothers, Greymouth


Sunshine
Phipps, Westport



Sunshine
Sunshine Ice Cream Company, Trafalgar St, Nelson
1941 - 1954
Ralph and Irene Thomas. Choc Bombs. Started as a fruit & veg shop, added milk bar in 1936, selling Tip Top ice cream, then started own ice cream production in 1941. Bought by Tip Top in 1954.
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Sunshine
Sunshine Ice Cream Company, Alexandra
193? - 1950
Wilbur Clarke. Jumbo Bars, Rainbow Bars. Sold to Crystal Ice Cream in 1950.


Also, Sunshine Ice Cream Company, Levin


Super Cold
? - 196?
A refrigeration equipment supplier's co-branding exercise, incorporated into several ice cream brands. "Super Cold" was the brand used by manufacturers using equipment supplied by H.W. Clarke, a refrigeration engineering and equipment company based in Wellington.


Supercream
Timaru Ice Cream Co. Ltd
1950? - ?


Supreme
Supreme Frozen Products / Supreme Ice Cream, Sophia St., Timaru
192? - 1963
Thomas Irwin and T.H. (Harold) Dunn. Doug Haigh. Frozen freeflow peas. Taken over by Tip Top in 1963.


Swensen's
Swensen's Ice Cream Co (NZ 1987) Ltd, Auckland
1987 - 199?
Graeme Benney. The American ice cream parlour chain, Swensen's, entered the NZ market in 1987. Ice cream was made under licence and supplied to New Zealand Swensen's franchise outlets.


Tartan
Tartan Ice Cream Limited, Tauranga.
1949 - ?
Later re-branded "Rob Roy".


Top Notch
Top Notch Delicacies Ltd., Durham St., Christchurch
193? - 1960
Set up by the Kirkpatrick brothers. Mr S.M. Duff, Manager, later Harold Woodfield. Directors J. Roy Smith, Geoff Atkinson. Ice Cream Sandwiches, Chocolate Bombs. The third largest ice cream manufacturer in Christchurch during WW2, after Perfection and Apex. Taken over by Apex Ice Cream Co. Ltd., effective 1 July 1960. Apex itself was taken over by General Foods (Tip Top brand) later that year. Tip Top revived the Top Notch brand in 2016.


Tui
? - 196?


Van Kist


Velvet
Velvet Ice Cream Co Ltd., Hamilton
1919 - 1927?



Wall's
1967 - 198?
Unilever purchased Frozen Products (Frosty Jack, Meadow Gold) factories from Fropax (N.Z.) Ltd (Vestey Group , frozen vegetable and meat processors, Blue Star Line shipping), and dropped the Frosty Jack brand to launch their own international Walls brand in New Zealand. Walls became the second-largest ice cream manufacturer, with a full range of novelties and national sales coverage. Unilever sold the business to Rangitaiki Plains Dairy Co. in 1975, who in turn sold the brand on to Tip Top around 1980.
Factories at Petone, Penrose, Papatoetoe, Palmerston North.
More of the Wall's story here ...


Wanganui Aerated Water Ice Cream Company
Wanganui
? - 1938?



Ward's
Ward's Ice Cream, Waimate, Timaru
1926 - 1983?
Mrs H. Ward, Mel Ward, Graham Ward. Mrs Ward, whose husband had a dairy farm, began hand-churning ice cream for her Milk Bar in Waimate in 1922. In 1926, her son Mel went into partnership and concentrated on ice cream production. By the 1950s sales were being made to Timaru and Oamaru, the ice cream being road-freighted in insulated canvas bags. Grandson Graham joined the business in 1960, around which time they acquired a 100 gallon capacity churn, and began distributing to Dunedin. Waimate Super Cold. Outgrowing the Waimate factory, and being 'off the beaten track', they decided to move production to Timaru in 1966.
- Ward's ice cream pack graphic above copyright and courtesy of longwhitekid.
More about Ward's at longwhitekid ...


Wise's
Wise's Ice Cream Ltd, Gisborne.
1923 - 1962?
H.F. Wise. New factory opened in 1945, in the building previously serving as Gisborne's City Hall. Manager J. B. Waugh in 1957. Taken over by Frozen Products Ltd, Wellington (Frosty Jack) in 1960.


Zenith
Zenith Milk Bar and ice cream manufacturing company, Stafford St., Timaru.
194? - 195?
Rodgers family. Bob Rodgers returned to the business after WWII. He had been a Squadron Leader and Flight Commander in 75 (NZ) Sqduadron RAF, flying Lancaster bombers. He later worked for Apex Ice Cream (Christchurch), and when that was taken over by General Foods - Tip Top (1964), became Tip Top's South Island Manager.




Special thanks to Darian Zam for his assistance in preparing this list - see his extensive research into the history of New Zealand grocery brands at longwhitekid:
http://longwhitekid.wordpress.com

Special thanks also to Owen Norton, for his personal recollections of the many brands, companies and individuals involved in the ice cream industry over many years.



References and related sites:

Andre Taber, food historian.

Archives New Zealand:
http://archives.govt.nz/

Auckland Libraries

Longwhitekid - history of Peter Pan, Tip Top, Meadow Gold, Wall's, Hokey Pokey ice cream, and much more:
http://longwhitekid.wordpress.com

National Library

NZ Ice Cream Manufacturers Assn. archives.

Papers Past (National Library of New Zealand digitised newspapers database):
http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/

NZ Ice Cream Manufacturers Assn. archives, and "Frostee Digest" journals, 1943-1972.

New Zealand Ice Cream Manufacturers' Association (NZICMA) Oral History Project; held at NZICMA archives and Alexander Turnbull Library.
- Shona McCahon, Oral historian.

Robyn O’Leary - personal correspondence.


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Apex


Apex Ice Cream advertising sign, 1950s?
- Roadside Relics via longwhitekid.

1932 - 1960

From a tiny factory in Peterborough St., George Gourley built Apex into one of Christchurch's big three ice cream brands.

In the early days, their main trade was supplying picnics, parties and socials.
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Eldora


Photo: Eldora Ice Cream truck making a Christmas delivery to Murray's Bay Four Square, 1950s.
- Massey family.

1928 - 1964

A small family-owned ice cream brand that grew out of the milk treatment and vending business set up by Israel Massey in Devonport, Auckland.

At its peak, it distributed as far north as Whangarei, and as far south as Hamilton.
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Frosty Jack


Frosty Jack Ice Cream and Eskimo Pies advertisement, Evening Post, 1930.

1924 - 1967

A new company, Frozen Products, Ltd., was formed in Wellington in July 1924 "to manufacture, sell, and distribute as wholesalers and retailers the confection known as "Eskimo Pie", ice cream, and any other similar class of goods, and general incidental."
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                Ice Cream Charlie


Photo: Sali Mahomet and ice cream cart, ca. 1903.
- Ferrymead Heritage Park.

1903 - 1942

Sali Mahomet began making ice cream and selling it from his red, white and gold ice cream cart in Christchurch's Cathedral Square in 1903.

By 1907 he was manufacturing in his own electric-powered "dairy" (a stand-alone building behind his house) at 69 Caledonia Rd., St. Albans.

Christchurch's ‘Ice Cream Charlie’ became a city institution and continued to sell ice cream in the Square until 1942.
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                               Newjoy


Brian Simon with Newjoy refrigerated ice cream truck, early 1950s.
 - Simon family collection, via Shona McCahon.

1939 - 1961

After having made Phantazzi ice cream in Invercargill for several years, Max Simon moved to Dunedin in 1939 and established Newjoy Ice Cream. The business distributed around the Dunedin area, and by rail as far as Invercargill and Oamaru. The company has one very particular (and controversial) claim to fame ...
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Perfection


Photo: Purr-fection - the cat who got the (ice) cream ... with Perfection Ice Cream advertising sign, 1930s?

- Laurie Kench, via Owen Norton collection.

1926 - 1965?

Perfection Ice Cream Co. was established in 1926, and became Christchurch's largest ice cream manufacturer.

Perhaps their biggest claim to fame is the invention of Kiwi favourite, the Joy Bar.
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Queen Anne



1926 - 1995?

Legendary baker, Ernest Adams, and his business partner Hugh Bruce, were the men behind the famous Queen Anne chocolate and ice cream brands, manufactured in Wellington, and distributed through their nationwide chain of Adams Bruce and Queen Anne shops.

The Queen Anne brand was synonomous with luxury treats for 50 years, and still is in the minds of many who grew up with memories of their chocolate boxes, ice cream sundaes, cones and milkshakes.
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                         Rush Munro's

1917 - now.

Englishman Frederick Charles Rush-Munro set up a confectionery business in Auckland, and began selling ice cream in 1917.

Frederick and his wife Catherine moved to the Hawke's Bay in 1926, and opened a new Rush Munro in central Hastings.

After the premises were destroyed in the devastating 1931 earthquake, they moved the business to the current site at 704 Heretaunga Street West, the shop evolving into the famous Rush Munro's Ice Cream Gardens.


Photo: Rush Munro's Ice Cream parlour and garden, ca. 1930 (detail). Photographer Henry Norford Whitehead.
National Library Reference Number: 1/1-004612-G

You can still buy Rush Munro's ice cream made with Fred's own recipes, almost 100 years old!
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                          Snowflake

1925 - 2010.

The Norton family, dairy farmers near Greymouth, established The Riversdale Dairy in 1922, and began manufacturing Snowflake brand ice cream around 1925.

Demand was so great that in 1928 a new, larger factory was built:
Photo: Delivery vehicles outside the new Riversdale Dairy - Snowflake factory, 1928 (detail).
- Owen Norton

Snowflake ice cream was a part of West Coast life for over 80 years, one of New Zealand's longest continuously operating ice cream businesses, and one of the last to source milk from its own dairy herd.
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                         Sunshine

1941 - 1954.

Sunshine Ice Cream Co. grew out of a fruit & vegetable shop-turned milk bar in Trafalgar St, Nelson, run by Ralph and Irene Thomas.


Photo: Sunshine Milk Bar and ice cream factory, 1941 (detail).
- The Nelson Provincial Museum, Kingsford Collection, 154357/6
- Permission of the Nelson Provincial Museum, Nelson, N.Z., must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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