The New Zealand Ice Cream Association
The New Zealand Ice Cream Association
2003 New Zealand Ice Cream Awards

The seventh NEW ZEALAND ICE CREAM AWARDS were held in association with the NZ Ice Cream Manufacturers' Ass'n. annual conference, in Invercargill, on Friday, 27th June 2003.

131 entries were submitted by 14 ice cream manufacturers for judging by three expert judges, Dr Alan Smyth of Melbourne, Mr Garry Baker from Sydney and Ms Kay McMath of Auckland.

International judging guidelines were followed with each ice cream starting off with 100 points from which points are deducted due to various imperfections such as - Appearance defects, Body and texture, Flavour defects, and Melting defects.

Entries are in 7 categories which includes Kids Choice judged by three local primary school children (two boys and a girl) selected by a competition held by Radio Foveaux.

The Supreme Award is given to the ice cream with the highest score across all categories, and this year was awarded to the winner of the Premium Category, with a maximum score of 100 points.

The Supreme Award winner is Chateau Creme Delight Ice Cream Co Ltd - Killinchy Gold Chocolate Fudge Brownie

The kids were unanimous in their selection of 'Lollies and Jelly' made by Talley's Frozen Foods Ltd of Motueka, Nelson.

The Export Category was sponsored by Trade New Zealand who provided a prize including a package of market research services. This was awarded to Mövenpick Foods NZ Ltd for their 'Mövenpick Chocolate Truffle'.

The winner of the Open Creative Category was Kapiti Cheeses Ltd with their 'Apple Crumble'. Entries in this category are not eligible for the Supreme Award as the products do not have to be marketed. This is aimed to encourage entries from hotels, restaurants and other catering establishments.

Dr Alan Smyth, who has over 20 years experience judging at ice cream competitions and has judged all previous New Zealand Ice Cream Awards, states that he has seen a significant improvement in the quality of entries. The quality of the vanilla ice cream had improved considerably as there were two Gold Awards in this category compared to none last year.

The judges also commented "that it should be fairly simple to use a well balanced mix formula with good quality, clean fresh dairy ingredients and process it correctly and produce a good, defect-free base ice cream, but this does not always happen. So much emphasis is placed on the additions when a reasonable degree of care with the base could be much more beneficial.

They also reiterated that New Zealand has some of the best dairy products in the world and the industry needs to display them in their ice cream. The whole purpose of the Awards is to encourage continuing excellence in quality and innovation of flavours.

Entries 131; Silver Awards 52; Gold Awards 42.

A full list of the 2003 Awards is here.

Photos of the 2003 Awards presentations and winners here.

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2003 New Zealand Ice Cream Awards category winners and full list of Awards.

Photos from the 2003 NZ Ice Cream Awards presentations and Dinner.

2003 Supreme Award

Killinchy Gold Chocolate Fudge Brownie
by Chateau Creme Delight Ice Cream Co Ltd

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