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

2018 New Zealand Ice Cream Awards

were held in Auckland, Thursday 31 MAY 2018

(31 May 2018)

As the saying goes "you can't get enough of a good thing".

This proved to be true for this year's Supreme Winner for Large Manufacturers at the 2018 New Zealand Ice Cream Awards. Tip Top Ice Cream's Boysenberry Ripple Ice Cream scooped the pool winning the Standard Ice Cream Category and 2018 Supreme Award. This is the fourth time this product has won the Supreme Award !!

To quote the judges - the product "had great creamy texture and true to fruit boysenberry flavour and for a standard ice cream, it just continues to deliver."

For the first time Ginelli's has won the Supreme Award for a Boutique Manufacturer with their Black Sesame Ice Cream. The six judges described this ice cream as "very creamy, with a very natural roast sesame flavour".

Growth categories this year were Gelato with 58 entries and, continuing a strong involvement from last year, Sorbet with 61 entries.

The Gelato category was won by Gellicious Gelato Ltd with their Cardamon, Ginger and Tumeric Yoghurt Gelato aptly named Indian Summer. This Gelato also won the New to Market Award - hotly contested by 91 entries.

Best of Sorbet Category was awarded to a newcomer - The Island Gelato Company for their Tamarillo Sorbet.

The kids from Clevedon School had to make choices from 21 entries in the Kids Choice Category and they chose White Chocolate and Raspberry made by New Zealand Natural as their pick for 2018.

Tip Top Ice Cream also won Best in Category Standard Vanilla Ice Cream with their Creamy Vanilla Flavour Ice Cream.

The Export Award was won by Much Moore Ice Cream Co Ltd with a Salted Caramel Swirl Ice Cream destined for Asia and the Pacific.

Another newcomer to the Awards, Appleby Farms, won Best in Category for Premium Vanilla Ice Cream with their Bedford Vanilla Bean, made with farm fresh A2 wholemilk and cream.

Changes in scoring of the Open Creative categories in ice cream and gelato/sorbet included an additional score for innovation and creativity. The entries this year certainly pulled out all stops to create some new and innovative entries including Maple Syrup and Bacon ice cream, Violet with White Chocolate ice cream, Champagne and Beer gelatos and Pomegranate and Hibiscus Tea sorbet.

The winner across the two sections of the Open Creative category was Deep South Chip & Dip Ice Cream. This was a classic onion dip ice cream served with salt and vinegar chips that was created by Dairyworks. The judges' comments were "it tasted exactly as you used to make it at home".

A classic well made Guilt Free Vanilla entry made by Talley's Group Ltd won the Low Fat Category, which must contain less than 3% total fat.

The Non Dairy Award, introduced for the first time in 2017 has continued to attract more entries - 19 this year up from 12 last year. The winner of this category was PURE New Zealand Ice Cream with their Blackcurrant and Coconut Gelato.

Again this was a record year for the Awards - highest number of entries to date (385) with a close-to-record number of 37 manufacturers who entered. One of the objectives of the Awards is to drive innovation and quality of New Zealand Ice Creams, Gelatos, Sorbets and Non Dairy Desserts. This is evidenced with the Best in Category winners being manufacturers based in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Nelson and Wanaka, showing that there is a high standard throughout New Zealand.

Each Category will be sponsored by an Associate Member of this Association. The categories and sponsors of the 2018 New Zealand Ice Cream Awards are:

 Category  Sponsored by
1. Standard Vanilla Ice Cream Fonterra
2. Standard Ice Cream Eurofins NZ Laboratory
3. Best of Coconut Davis Food Ingredients
4. Premium Vanilla Ice Cream Formula Foods
5. Premium Ice Cream Chelsea Sugar
6. Export Ice Cream Brenntag NZ Ltd
7. Open Creative Huhtamaki Henderson
8. Kids Choice Pacific Flavours & Ingredients Ltd
9. Gelato Tetra Pak (New Zealand) Ltd
10. Sorbet Alto a division of PACT
11. Low Fat Sensient Technologies
12. Non Dairy Hawkins Watts
"New to Market" Award Axieo

Historical information on The New Zealand Ice Cream Awards for the years 2000 through to 2017 is also available here on the NZICA website.

For more information, contact:

Jenny de Lisle
NZICA Secretary
Mobile (on Friday, 1st of June): 027 494 6664
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

A full list of the 2018 Awards is here.

Photos from the 2018 New Zealand Ice Cream Awards dinner and presentations.

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Full list of 2018 New Zealand Ice Cream Awards winners.

Photos from the 2018 New Zealand Ice Cream Awards dinner and presentations.

2018 Supreme Award for a Large Manufacturer

Boysenberry Ripple Ice Cream
made by Tip Top Ice Cream

2018 Supreme Award for a Boutique Manufacturer

Black Sesame Ice Cream.
made by Ginelli's

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