The New Zealand Ice Cream Association
The New Zealand Ice Cream Association
The New Zealand Ice Cream Association (Inc.) (NZICA) represents New Zealand's manufacturing ice cream industry.

Membership is made up of Manufacturers and also Associate Members, who are suppliers of products and services to the ice cream industry.

The NZICA also has Life Members who have all been long standing members and contributed significantly to the Association.

See the Member Companies page for a full list of our members.

The NZICA maintains an Executive Office in Wellington to carry out administrative functions, represent the industry to Government and Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), and to provide a liaison with associated industries and organisations.

The NZICA is also a member of the Food Industry Forum and the Dairy Product Safety Advisory Council (DPSAC).

The Association holds an annual Conference, and runs the annual New Zealand Ice Cream Awards in conjunction with the annual Conference.

The Association operates Executive and Technical committees to address membership and industry issues.

Annual Conference: The NZICA holds its members' conference and AGM once a year, at venues rotating around the country.

The Association's Annual Conference will be held on 1 September 2022 at the Remuera Golf Club, Auckland.

MEMBERS: Conference details and buy tickets online NOW

New Zealand Ice Cream Awards: The New Zealand Ice Cream Awards are held in conjunction with the NZICA Annual Conference each year, with Awards presentations taking place at the Conference Gala Awards Dinner on the Thursday evening, ie., this year, 1 September 2022 at Mantells Tamaki Drive, Auckland.

RESULTS from the 2019 New Zealand Ice Cream Awards.

Industry standards: The NZICA played an important role in the development of the Guidelines for the development of a Food Safety Programme or a Risk Management Programme for Ice Cream (previously known as the Code of Practice for the manufacture and supply of ice cream), put together by a Working Group with input from MPI (NZFSA), MoH, FSANZ and the ice cream industry.

As of December 2012, the Guidelines ... for Ice Cream document is now administered by the NZICA.

These Guidelines are an important step forward in the application of modern techniques to the management of food safety.
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Recording the History of Ice Cream in New Zealand
The NZICA has commissioned Shona McCahon, an oral historian, to record a series of interviews with ice cream industry identities, to capture some of the fascinating history, photos, memories and memorabilia.

The Association has also produced a written History of Ice Cream in New Zealand, and published it here on this website. Personal and public collections and newspaper archives have been supplemented by material from the NZICA's own archives, including issues of its trade journal, The Frostee Digest, published from 1941 to 1972.

In January 1866, Mr James Osgood, proprietor of the Empire Hotel in Wellington, proudly announced the arrival of ice, imported all the way from Wenham Lake, Massachusetts, USA, allowing him to offer ice cream on his lunch menu.
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Photo: Ice cream carton, Crystal Ice Co Ltd, Dunedin. From the collection of Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika The Meeting Place "a rest on your journey".
The New Zealand Ice Cream Manufacturers Association was incorporated in 1927 - first members at that first meeting were W.A. Fisher, Frozen Products, Wellington; P.H. Ferguson, Robinson Ice Cream Co., Auckland; and H. Turner, Crystal Ice Cream, Dunedin.
The first Chairman and President was H. Turner.

Pen Moore - fifty years of service
Pen Moore, who was Executive Secretary of the NZICA for 50 years , retired from his position at the 76th Annual General Meeting and Conference held in Invercargill, June 2003.

A vote of thanks was given to Pen by Ray O'Connor of Tip Top Ice Cream for his service and dedication to the Ice Cream Association and industry over that period. The Association presented Pen with a painting depicting Durville (the French Explorer) on his voyage to the Antartic, painted by his official artist on board.

Photo: Pen, left, is presented with his painting by Brian Simon and John Murphy, on behalf of the Association.

Kay McMath

Murray Taylor
(2009) Murray Taylor was President of the Association from 1984-1986, and a long-standing member and chairman of the Technical Committee. Murray was responsible for developing the Ice Cream Industry’s own Code of Practice, and has contributed enormously to the research and development of the New Zealand ice cream industry. He is often called “Mister Ice Cream”.
Murray was Managing Director of New American Ice Cream, MD of United Dairy Foods, then Technical Manager for Fonterra Brands (Tip Top). He is currently a Director of OOB Ice Cream Ltd and involved with manufacturing organic ice cream.

John Murphy
(2004) Life membership was conferred on John Murphy for his tremendous efforts and contribution to the industry through a difficult time affecting the survival of the Association and industry. John had been President for two terms (1994-1998) so he could finalise the harmonisation of Ice Cream Standards with the New Zealand Government and Australian Authorities. He was also instrumental in implementing the first New Zealand Ice Cream Awards competition.

John owned New Zealand Ice Cream Company Ltd, formerly Mel-O-Rich Products Ltd, which was based in Wellington.

Brian & Jeanette Simon
Brian (2003) and Jeanette Simon (2003 to 2020) were awarded Life Membership for their long association and contribution to the industry. Their company, Deep South Ltd, operated plants in Invercargill and in Christchurch, the only manufacturer, besides Tip Top, with two plants.

Brian's father was also an ice cream manufacturer and Brian joined the family business, Newjoy Ice Cream in Dunedin, at 15 and worked there for 10 years. He then went farming for a few years and in 1963, with his wife Jeanette, founded the Manda Ice Cream Company in Invercargill which in 1979 became the Deep South Ice Cream Company. Brian was President of the Association from 1986-1988.

Sadly, Jeanette passed away on 15 February 2020.

Pen Moore
(1995) Pen Moore was appointed Executive Secretary of the NZICMA in 1953, and was awarded life membership for his service and dedication to the Ice Cream Association and industry. Pen retired from his position at the 76th Annual General Meeting and Conference held in Invercargill, June 2003, after 50 years of service.

Sadly Penn passed away on 23 December 2021.

Owen Norton
(1992) Owen Norton, of Westland Snowflake Ice Cream Ltd in Greymouth, had worked continuously for the Association for over 30 years, and had been a very valuable ally of the industry. At one stage, when the Association was in peril of dissolving, Owen, together with Bob Fyfe, was responsible for ensuring the Association continued to exist. Owen was President of the Association from 1972-1977.

Bob Fyfe
(1983 to 2017) After 25 years of dedicated service to the industry Bob Fyfe was awarded Life Membership. The strength of the Association owed much to Bob's interest and dedication, and his consideration and understanding of the problems of all manufacturers irrespective of their size.

Bob had been a member of General Foods Corporation (NZ) Ltd and was President of the Association from 1979-1982.

Photo: Three Life Members, Owen Norton, Bob Fyfe and Pen Moore, together at the 2002 NZICA Conference dinner.
Jenny de Lisle
Executive Secretary


PO Box 9364,
Wellington 6141
8 Tennyson Street,
Wellington 6011

Tel (04) 385 1410

Executive Committee:

Karl Tiefenbacher

Gellicious Gelato Ltd
+64 4 473 7300

Vice President
Hannah Wood

Little ‘Lato Ltd
+64 21 025 73500

Jenny de Lisle

Tel: (04) 385 1410


Dene Brosnan
NZ Creameries (Talleys Group Ltd)
Tel: 021 943 178

Kristy Giles
Appleby Farms
Tel: 027 4593 113

Marcus Moore
Much Moore Ice Cream Company Ltd
Tel: (09) 441 8210

Ben Schurr
Tip Top Ice Cream Company Ltd
Tel: (09) 573 7200

Technical Committee:

Ari Penberthy

NZ Creameries (Talleys Group Ltd)
Tel: M: +64 21 489 781

Kristy Giles
Appleby Farms
Tel: 027 4593 113

Hayden Lomax
Hawkins Watts Ltd
Tel: (09) 622 2720
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PO Box 9364, Wellington,
Telephone +64 4 385 1410.
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