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New Zealand Ice Cream Week

(15 Nov 2018) The New Zealand Ice Cream Manufacturers are holding their inaugural NZ Ice Cream Week from 19 November to 25 November, with Sundae 25 November being celebrated as NZ National Ice Cream Day.

Look out for the special promotions being offered by our participating members during this week.

Ice-cream makers reminisce about old days in Napier

Ice cream identities (from left) Jim Price, Napier's Lick This owner Steve Manning, Tom Hillis, and Blue Moon ice cream former owner Bruce Hastie. Jim and Tom used to sell Blue Moon ice cream in the '70s.
Photo / Warren Buckland / Hawkes Bay Today.

(29 Jan 2018 - By Astrid Austin) Local ice cream identities reminisced about the old days at Marine Parade's Lick This ice cream parlour yesterday.

One of Hawke's Bay's most endearing brands of ice cream was Blue Moon. The business was sold to Bruce Hastie in 1957.

Bruce was able to meet customers who had sold the Blue Moon ice creams - Jim Price and Tom Hillis - the first such meeting in several years.

Lick This owner Steve Manning said he had been planning the reunion for the past six months. "It was a bit of a surprise for Bruce really to reminisce about ice cream and the old days. They enjoyed catching up and I think when they talked they started to remember things that they had forgotten."

After sharing ice creams, they looked at Mr Manning's signage and scoop collection and Mr Price's old photos of his shop.

More at NZ Herald

2017 NZ Ice Cream Awards Judging

(26 May 2017) A record number of entries, 340, and a new Category (Non Dairy), meant even more work than usual for the team of specialist judges marking scores, awarding prestigious Gold and Silver medals, and deciding the winners in the New Zealand Ice Cream Awards this year.

A team of eight took on the huge task, over two days: 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, and chef Geoff Scott, Auckland.

The Kids Choice Category was judged by girls and boys from Westmere School, Auckland:

Survey: NZ's favourite ice cream brands revealed

(24 November 2015) New Zealand's favourite ice cream makers have been named in a new survey by consumer research and ratings company Canstar Blue, with some challenger brands performing strongly.

Oob Organic, Rush Munro's and Tip Top all received five-star reviews from Kiwis for overall satisfaction, while Oob Organic and Rush Munro's also scored top marks for taste, as did Pams.

The ratings are based on a survey of almost 1,800 consumers who have purchased and eaten ice cream from tubs in the last six months, with 14 different brands compared.

"New Zealand is world-famous for its ice cream and exports it to all corners of the globe, but we wanted to find out which brands are most enjoyed at home," says Canstar Blue General Manager, Jose George.

"We're a nation of ice cream-lovers and these results show consumers think highly of some locally-produced products.

"Tip Top is the most dominant player in the market, but there also seems to be a strong sense of customer loyalty to some of the smaller brands. The results are particularly impressive for Oob Organic and Rush Munro's, both family owned businesses competing against the big boys"

Mr George added: "There are so many options to choose from in supermarket freezers and while most brands are deemed to offer good value for money, Oob Organic, Rush Munro's and Tip Top are standing out from the crowd. Ultimately, it's all about the taste."

The survey found that one in three Kiwis (33%) tend to buy low-fat ice creams when available, while 50% read the list of ingredients before purchasing.

"Interestingly older Kiwis are more inclined to buy low-fat products and to pay close attention to ingredients," said Mr George. "It seems young people are more likely to get lost in the moment and to put any thoughts of diets to one side to enjoy a treat."

Taste is clearly the biggest driver of satisfaction for consumers when they buy ice cream, but the findings show packaging appeal is also a major draw.

Drivers of customer satisfaction
Taste: 40%
Packaging appeal: 24%
Variety: 20%
Value for money: 16%

"When we're in the mood for ice cream, we tend not to worry about what it's costing us," added Mr George.

"The brands are all competing to catch our eye when we're shopping, so it's interesting to find that packaging appeal is such a significant factor. But of course, just because an ice cream looks good on the outside of the tub, doesn't mean it will live up to expectations on the inside."

Southland ice-cream legend Brian Simon back in the game

Brian Simon is helping create a new ice-cream range for Dairyworks. He and his wife Jeanette were the founders of Deep South ice-cream, and earlier the Manda brand of icecream.

(16 May 2015 - By Phil McCarthy) Brian Simon dreams about making ice cream . And now the 79-year-old Manda and Deep South brand founder is back in the business, sort of, as the churns at the famous Rockdale Rd plant are turning again thanks to Christchurch-based company Dairyworks.

Brian is on-site advisor to Dairyworks which in January started producing ice cream in Invercargill and is now pumping out 3000 2-litre containers a day. The ice cream is sold around the South Island at the moment, with plans to expand nationwide.

The Simon name is steeped in industry tradition. Brian's father Max started the eye- catchingly named Phantazzi brand in Invercargill in the 1930s, then moved to Dunedin to start the rather more traditional sounding Newjoy .

Brian went farming for about three years at one stage but "that was too slow for me" so he and Jeanette founded the Manda brand in the 1960s in Invercargill. The couple then started Deep South in 1978 and owned the well-known brand until 2010.

More at The Southland Times

Kids scoop up ice cream awards

Leon Hameed takes this tasting business seriously.
Photo / Lawrence Smith /

(7 May 2015) Lucky kids swapped times tables for boysenberry ripple at The Food Bowl yesterday.

Ten Kohia Terrace School students were taken to the food research centre in Mangere to judge the winner of the 2015 New Zealand Ice Cream Awards kids' choice category.

The students assessed 18 ice creams on their taste, texture and appearance and rated each flavour from "really yuck" to "really yum". The category is one of 11 in the annual awards and all the results will be announced at the Ice Cream Awards dinner on May 28.

Chief judge Kay McMath says she looks forward to the children's verdicts every year.

Youngsters make good taste testers because they are "black and white. It's a case of 'we either like it or we don't'. There's no half shades of grey."

The kids' choice category is always hotly contested and the winner can be sure of popularity in supermarkets, McMath says.

"Everybody wants to buy an ice cream that is badged with the kids' category."

More at Manukau Courier.

The Ice Cream of the Crop

Video of Kid's Choice judging shown on TVNZ's 7 Sharp, Weds. 6 May:


Kids Choice judging for the 2013 NZ Ice Cream Awards

(21 May 2013) Twelve lucky school children from Point England school in Auckland had the enviable task to choose the best Kids Choice ice cream in the 2013 NZ Ice Cream Awards.

The six boys and six girls had to judge 18 ice creams - which was no mean feat ! The flavours varied from the standard Goody Goody gum drops to banana, meringue, peanut butter, chocolate and caramel, and raspberry & lemon.

We will all have to wait until the Awards Dinner on Thursday 30 May 2013 to find out which ice cream they chose as "Really Yummy" .


Frozen fantasies tasted for NZ Ice Cream Awards

New Zealand Ice Cream Awards judges (from left) Michelle Sinclair, Craig Davis, Aaron Pooch, Kay McMath and Joanna Boese at Massey University’s Albany campus, tasting entries in the 2012 New Zealand Ice Cream Awards. (Photo: Massey News)

(18 May 2012) New Zealand Ice Cream Award 2012 judges doused their taste buds with 286 flavours of ice cream, gelato and sorbet this week.

Flavours ranged from conventional vanilla and chocolate to the more unusual and exotic - violet, japonica, and avocado and goat's cheese.

The 16th annual awards have drawn a record number of entries this year, up from 248 last year, says chief judge Kay McMath. She is a contract food technology and product development lecturer at Massey University's Albany campus where the judging took place over two days.

She was one of five judges tasked with tasting spoonful after spoonful from tubs of frozen confection. Most entries are available to shoppers, produced by large companies to small boutique manufacturers.

Dressed in white lab coats, with the demeanour of serious scientists deep in concentration as they ingest and assess another mouthful - from classics to the likes of gingernut, blackcurrant with liquorice pieces, flat white coffee or blue cheese and pear - the judges (from food and ingredient supply companies) recorded their sensory verdicts.

Entries are scored out of 100 points, with 10 points for appearance, 30 for body and texture, 50 for flavour and 10 for texture in handling. Entries scoring between 95 and 100 receive Gold Awards, and Silver Awards are for those scoring between 90 and 94.9 points. Results will be announced next month.

"Figs have been the trend this year," Mrs McMath says. "We've had fig and pistachio, fig and honey, caramelised fig, rewa rewa honey and crushed, dried figs, lemon butterscotch with fresh fig and ginger coulis."

There are 12 categories in the awards this year, including a new category for 'Best of' with this year's flavour, the iconic Hokey Pokey flavour.

In the Kids' Choice category, children from Owairoa Primary School were recruited as judges to choose a winner from 19 entries, including bubblegum with gumdrops, candy floss, and liquorice allsorts.

The 'New to Market' award, for a new product launched in the past 12 months, attracted the highest number of entries with 86, followed by 56 in the gelato section, 55 in the premium ice cream and 50 in the sorbet category. Growing consumer interest in lower or no fat options in gelato and sorbet is behind the boom in entries in these categories, Mrs McMath says.

But the Open Ice Cream category is where lactic lateral thinking is in evidence. Inventive ice cream flavours include marmalade, plum and horopito, and a vanilla, soy and yeast combination.

While some of the flavours might sound unlikely to the average ice cream fan, Mrs McMath says a good guide on what works, or does not, is the compatibility of ingredients with milk or cream in sauces. Thus, a savoury duet like salmon and dill - appealing with a creamy sauce - is potentially a viable ice cream flavour, she says.

Winners will be announced at an awards dinner in Napier on June 7, in conjunction with the Annual Conference of the New Zealand Ice Cream Manufacturers' Association.

Kay McMath is also organising judging of this year's New Zealand Food Awards, run in association with Massey University. Entries open in June, with judging in August and winners announced in September.

Article reproduced from Massey News

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