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

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

Adams Bruce
Adams Bruce Ltd, College Street, Wellington
1960? - 1976?
Ernest Adams and Hugh Bruce. From 1926 a nationwide chain of Adams Bruce and Queen Anne shops sold ice cream under the Queen Anne brand. The Adams Bruce brand was also used for ice cream in the North Island in the 60s.
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Alpine Ice Cream Company, Huntly
1928 - 1953?
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 Freezing Company, 23-27 Old Customhouse St., Wellington
1916? - 1923?
"Supplied direct from the finest Jersey Herd in the Wainuiomata district ..."

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

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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Hawkes Bay Frozen Supplies, Ltd. (aka. H.B. Frozen Supplies Ltd.), Hastings / Napier.
1926 - ?
Registered as a private company November 12, 1926. Capital: £1200, into 1200 shares of £1 each. Subscribers: Napier - T. B. Atkin 400, N. W. Smith 400, G. Shuck 400. Objects: Ice manufacturing, ice cream manufacturing, sweet and confectionery manufacturing, cold storage, general storage and manufacturing of frozen produce generally. "Arctic" Ice Cream, and the "Arctic Pie" foil-wrapped, ice cream bar. This company was a member of the NZICA and was operational in 1931 at the time of the Napier earthquake. Norman Smith, Ted Rixon, Jim Winstanley. Acquired by Frozen Products.

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 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. Taken over by Frozen Products (Frosty Jack brand) 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 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.

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 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.

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

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

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

Barlow's Ice Cream, Te Aroha
1930? - 196?
John Lancelot Barlow. John Barlow died February 1944. The Barlow's slogan "It's Often Licked, But Never Beaten" was later used by Tip Top.

Bates (Wairoa) Ltd., Wairoa

Bell's Ice Cream

Bell's Supercold
Bells Milk Bar, Greymouth
Frank Bell

Betta Ice Cream Co.
1951 - 1960

Westland Snowflake Ice Cream Co, Greymouth
Frank Bell

                 One of the two Blue Moon Ice Cream trucks that serviced Napier and Hastings.
 - Hawke's Bay Today.

Blue Moon
Blue Moon Dairy / Blue Moon Ice Cream Co., 909 Heretaunga St East, Hastings / Karanema Drive, Havelock North
1938 - 1984
Mr Delaney ran a small dairy on Heretaunga St East. Wilson Hazelwood purchased the business in 1941 and moved it to a shop across the road. It was then taken over by Thomas McAvinue, who created an ice cream garden with a goldfish pond, making the ice cream in a small factory behind the shop. A separate manufacturing company was formed in 1949 with 17 shareholders - Edwin Bate, chairman and Harold Carr, company secretary. The Blue Moon Dairy was sold to Bruce Hastie in 1957, and he immediately increased the opening hours and added new products, such as sundaes and milk drinks. Bruce later added a coffee bar, which was one of the first in the area. He purchased the manufacturing business in 1962 and built a new factory in Havelock North, opened in 1966. 30 flavours, Chocolate Bombs, Star Pops. Sold to Devon Dairy Products, Tauranga, in 1984.

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

                 Boston Ice Cream refrigerated ice cream truck, 1928. Zola Jamieson, Ily Scott the office
                 girl and Tip the dog.
 - Bob Jamieson.

Boston Ice Cream Company / Jamieson Bros. Ltd, 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. The business was taken over by brothers Ken and Maurice Jamieson (Jamieson Bros. Ltd). Boston Ice Cream vendors were active in Wanganui in 1927. In 1928 the Jamiesons imported what was believed to be New Zealand's first refrigerated truck, brand new, with doubled skinned walls where ice was placed to keep things cold. They also delivered & sold ice to their customers. Bos-Chock Bars, 3d, Icey Slices, 3d, Polar Packs, 4d. The company folded in the Great Depression.

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

Burrells Products Ltd., Palmerston North.
Jimmy Burrel.

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

Byers Ice Cream Co. Ltd, 43 Linton St., Palmerston North.
192? - 195?
Harry Byers. Began by making home made ice cream to supply his confectioner's business. Sold chocolate-coated Iceland Bars in the 1930s.

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 & 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).

198? - ?
Factory Rd, Washdyke, Timaru
Took over Wards Ice Cream.

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.

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

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

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.

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

Cream Craft
195? - 196?
Leith Thompson. Later logo similar to Gaytime and may in fact have changed name to Gaytime. Taken over by Tip Top.


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

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

Crystal Ice Cream Company Ltd., 278 King Edward St., South Dunedin
Crystal Ice Company Ltd., 278 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 1927-30). By the 1950s was being run by Bill Haig, Bill Crimp, Henry Horrell, John Hay, Morrie Dunn. Acquired Sunshine Ice Cream Co., Alexandra in 1950. Around 1960, Crystal acquired the Dunedin Ice Cream Mfg. Co. (Royal brand). Acquired two Invercargill companies in 1961, Rices Ice Cream Co. and Southland Ice Cream Co. (Sunkist brand). Also in 1961 acquired Crystal Ice (Central Otago) and Oamaru Ice Cream Co. Acquired Rosco in 1963, Newjoy in 1964.
General Foods (Tip Top brand) acquired Crystal Ice in 1964 – by then it had absorbed Crystal, Royal (Dunedin Ice Cream Mfg Co.), Rosco, Rices, Sunkist (Southland Ice Cream Co.) and Newjoy brands.

Clarke's Ice Cream , the Cream of Quality
                 Delecta Ice Cream sign, probably late 1950s.
 - Elsie Wolfe Antiques.

Gibbes' Delecta Ice Cream Coy., Hawera
1929 - 1960?
Mr & Mrs H. Gibbes, owners of "The Geisha" and "The Grand" confectionery shops in Hawera. In 1933 were advertising "DE-ICY-PY" chocolate-coated ice cream bars, 3d each. Acquired by Frozen Products some time in the 1950s but the Delecta brand appears to have continued up until ~1960. Gibbes Delecta Ice Cream Ltd company liquidated in 1968.

Delecta Ice Cream Factory, 29 Cross St., Auckland.
Advertising for staff in 1939. Probably connected to Gibbes' Delecta above?

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

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

Etan Ice Cream Company Ltd., 7 Willis St., Palmerston North
192? - 1944
Manawatu-Horowhenua. "The King of Kream". "A Food - Not A Fad". At one time sold by Dustins. Ted Rixon. Also distributed Peters products. Acquired by Frozen Products in 1938. Manager L.S. Catterick. Company name changed to Glacier Ice Cream Ltd in 1944.

                                                           Egmont Ice Cream sixpence-halfpenny tub, 1940s.
- Softly.

Egmont Ice Cream
Egmont Frozen Products Ltd, New Plymouth
1929? - 1950?
L.G. Innes?
Sandwiches, Sundae cartons, Eskimo Pies, Mountain Bars, Chocolate Bombs, Chocolate Gems. Acquired by Frozen Products Ltd.

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).
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Takapuna Dairy Company Ltd., cnr. Mozeley Avenue and Victoria Road, Devonport, Auckland
1928 - 1964
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J.M. Robertson & Sons Ltd., Westport.
1939 - 195?
John Robertson (Mayor of Westport, 1939-45). Robertson brothers: S.C. "Cobb" and C.M. "Charlie" Robertson.

Everest Ice Cream Co. Ltd., 122 Burke St., Sydenham, Christchurch.
1955 - 1960
Started by John Cahill (ex-Queen Anne). Everest Ice Cream Cakes. Everest Paddle Pop Iced Lolly. Sold to Apex in 1959. Everest Ice Cream Cakes still being sold in 1960.

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 Ice Cream advertisement, Poverty Bay Herald, 31 October 1925.
                 - PapersPast

Freesia Milk and Ice Cream Company, Ltd., 22 Derby St. / 30 Derby St., Gisborne
F.H. Wise
1923 - 1932
"Look For Freesia - The Sign of Ice Cream Purity". Manufactured Eskimo Pies in 1926-28. Company name changed to Wise's Ice Cream Ltd in May 1932 and the brand appears to have been changed to Wise's at the same time.

Frosty Boy
Taylor Freezer - NZ Co-operative Dairy Co., Hamilton / Frosty Boy (NZ) Ltd, Otahuhu / Mt Wellington / Milligans Food Group Ltd, Oamaru
1980 - now
In 1970 American soft serve ice cream equipment manufacturer Taylor Freezer began to use an ice cream parlor in its hometown of Adrian, Michigan as a demonstration showroom for its machines. The shop was called Frosty Boy and in 1973 Taylor Freezer registered the Frosty Boy trademark, licensing it for use by customers who used their machines and their Frosty Boy proprietary soft serve powder mix. In 1976, Taylor Freezer set up a Frosty Boy operation in Australia, in partnership with New Zealand Co-operative Dairy Company, the latter supplying soft serve powder from New Zealand. In August 1980, Taylor Freezers of New Zealand Limited set up a partnership with the NZ Co-operative Dairy Co. to supply Frosty Boy soft serve in New Zealand, Frosty Boy (NZ) Ltd., with Neil Tisch as Manager. Frosty Boy Soft Serve Ice Cream, Soft Serve Yoghurt and Thick Shake Mix, Thick Shake Containers, Ice Cream Cones, Flavouring and Sundae Glasses. Regional franchises offered. In 2007, Oamaru-based Milligans Food Group Ltd acquired the Frosty Boy NZ business. The original Frosty Boy store in Adrian, Michigan still operates.

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

Dunedin / Christchurch / Neslon / Wellington / Auckland
1964 - 1972
Gaytime is believed to have originally evolved from Cream Craft, Auckland. It appears to have developed into a collaborative effort by several regional manufacturers to establish a national brand and presence in the novelty market. Perfection Ice Cream in Christchurch, Frozen Products Ltd in Wellington and Eldora, Auckland produced Gaytime, possibly others. The Gaytime Goldmine stick novelty was launched in 1964, with a catchy radio jingle sung by New Zealand's "Queen of the Mods," 1960s popstar Dinah Lee. It is possible that the product and Gaytime name were under licence from Streets Ice Cream in Australia, who at that time were selling a biscuit crumb-coated, vanilla-and-toffee ice cream stick novelty called Golden Gaytime. By 1965, both Perfection and Eldora had been taken over by General Foods Corporation (Tip Top), who continued to produce the Gaytime Goldmine and later the Tip Top Gaytime (biscuit-coated, chocolate-enrobed ice cream on a stick). The Gaytime ice cream brand was kept alive by Tip Top until 1972. Gaytime survives as a brand of ice cream cone.

Glacier Ice Cream Ltd., 7 Willis St., Palmerston North
Glacier Ice Cream Ltd, Wanganui
1927? - 1967
"Super Cold Glacier Ice Cream" sold in Levin 1938-39. Manager L.S. Catterick. Took over E-Tan in 1944? Acquired by and became a subsidiary of Frozen Products Ltd, Wellington (Frosty Jack). Frozen Products sold their whole ice cream business to Vestey Group in 1965, then Vestey sold their ice cream business to Unilver (Walls brand) and this became Walls' Palmerston North factory.

Hart's Frozen Novelties Ltd / Hart's Delight Ice Cream Ltd / Hart's Ice Cream Ltd, 152 Greenlane Road, Auckland
1943 - 1966
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Ivory brothers. "The Havmor Shop, Milk Shake & Ice Cream Specialists" (photo in Nelson Provincial Museum). Taken over by Tip Top.

? - 196?

Innes Super-Cold Ice Cream Co. Ltd, New Plymouth
195? - 196?
L.G. Innes. Previously Egmont Frozen Products??

Jamieson Brothers Ltd

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

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

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

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.

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

Longs Ice Cream, Mahia, Hawke's Bay.
1920? - ?
Robert (Bob) Long, an Irishman who had emigrated to New Zealand after WWI.

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

                                                   Mac's Ice Cream sign, unknown date.
- Carole Prentice.

Mac's Ice Cream
W.L. McKinnon Ltd., Whangarei
1918 - 196?
"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. Taken over by Tip Top in the early 1960s.

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

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. Mays Ice Cream Ltd registered in 1949.

                 McDonald's Ice Cream delivery truck, late 1950s.
                 - Frostee Digest.

McDonald Ice Cream Manufacturing Co., Ltd., Alexandra St. / Bryce St., Hamilton / Kings Drive, Auckland / 10 Quay St., Auckland / Main Street West, Palmerston North / Wellington / Masterton / Hawera.
1922 - 1958
Angus Keith McDonald. Started making ice cream in 1922, Hamilton. Registered McDonald Ice Cream Manufacturing Company, Ltd. in February 1925 with capital of £5000. Palmerston North factory opened 1927 and Wellington branch 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 Super-Cold Ice Cream, Wellington, J. McDonald. A. K. McDonald (Auckland), Ltd. company registered 16 December 1929. Fro Joys. Invested in New Polar Ice Cream? The first Neapolitan Ice Cream? New Polar taken over by Peters in 1932. Taken over by Tip Top (Auckland) in (December?) 1958.
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Meadow Gold
Meadow Gold Ice Cream Company Ltd, Great South Road, Papatoetoe/40 Cook St, Auckland
1951 - 1967
Formed with the amalgamation of two smaller Auckland manufacturers, Snowflake Ice Cream Co., and Oasis Ice Cream Ltd and purchased by Frozen Products Ltd, Wellington. Meadow Gold Ice Cream Company Ltd commenced operations on 1 November 1951. Manager Alister Scott, Wellington. Frozen Products Ltd (a public company) owned Frosty Jack Ice Cream Ltd (Wellington and Palmerston North), Glacier (Wanganui), Meadow Gold Ice Cream Ltd (Papatoetoe), and Wise's (Gisborne). Frozen Products Ltd was sold to Fropax, part of the Vestey Group (meat processors, Blue Star Line shipping) in 1965. 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.

MEMORIES ... Jos had a school holiday job at Meadow Gold:

"I worked there for two or three years starting when I was 14 (nearly 15). I lied about my age as I think you needed to be 15. The job that most people hated was one called "sticks". This was placing the TT2 " sticks", wood handles in a mould and shutting a clamp ready for the operators to pour the ice block fluid into the mould. I made a competition with myself to keep ahead of the pourers. Also remember folding the little, 4pd, cardboard cartons to be filled by an older woman who was the expert at keeping up with the ice cream pumping out of the big machine. Incidentally, I found the address, on the corner of Great South Rd and Caspar Rd, Papatoetoe, just under 6kms away from our family home in Otahuhu. 6kms there, work 8hrs, 6kms home by push bike. Must have had more energy then."
- thanks to Jos Douglas (nee Stanaway)

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 Ice Cream Co., Sulphur Point, Tauranga
1930? - 195?
Factory later became the Tip Top agency depot.

Mooloo Products Ltd / Mooloo Products (2005) Ltd, 32 Grasslands Place, Hamilton
1969 - 2007
The van der Giessen family; father Henk, son Rob. Ice cream cakes a speciality. Sold to Chris Woodham in 2005. The cost of upgrading the factory to meet NZFSA standards became too high and the business was closed down in June 2007.

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

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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?
Christopher Montague Peck. The original New American Milk Bar was at 205 Broadway (cnr Teed St), Newmarket, with a very small factory behind the shop. 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. NZ Dairy Group took full ownership in 1993. Auckland plant and New American brand acquired by Tip Top in 1996-1998. New American was continued by Tip Top as a secondary brand for a few years after that.

New Polar
New Polar Ice Cream Company Ltd, Station St., Newmarket, Auckland.
1929 - 1932.
Registered 19 September 1929. "Objects: To acquire and carry on the business of the Polar Ice Cream Company, Ltd". A merger with Robinsons and Astrella ice cream companies was announced in July 1930 but this fell through. New Polar Ice Cream Company Ltd in liquidation 27 April 1931. Taken over by Peters Ice Cream Co. (NZ) Ltd in 1932. "Peter's New Polar Ice Cream" still being sold December 1932.

Newell's Ice Cream Ltd.

Newjoy Ice Cream Ltd, 381 Cumberland St., Dunedin
1939 - 1964
Max Simon. Sold to Crystal Ice Cream, Dunedin in 1961, which in turn was taken over by General Foods Corp (Tip Top) in 1964.
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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 Ice Cream Ltd.
1941 - ?
V. Astrella and M.J. Astrella. Registered November 1941.

Patton's Ice Cream, Grey St., Claudelands, Hamilton.
1927 - ?
Previously Zero brand?

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

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.

Oamaru Ice Cream Co., Oamaru
Gordon Bell.


Penguin Ice Cream Ltd., Auckland
194? - 1959
Taken over by Rosco Ice Cream (Ross Supercold) in 1959.

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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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. 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 in 1932. Purchased ice cream factories in Rotorua and Whakatane from the Arawa Dairy Company Ltd in 1933. Still selling Polar Bars in 1936. E. J. Rixon, Manager in 1938. H. R. Ayers, Secretary 1939. Acquired by Tip Top in 1952.

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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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.

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

Polar Ice Cream Co., Station St., Newmarket, Auckland
1924 - 1929
Manufactured Eskimo Pies. Polar Bar, Rainbow Blox. Dick Naylor. Taken over by New Polar Ice Cream Co. in September 1929.

Registered trademark 9 October 1925. John Elliott Winsloe of Invercargill. Winsloe, a Southland Land Agent and Secretary of the Southland League, had travelled to America in 1924 as part of a New Zealand government tourism publicity campaign.
1925? - 1930
I.C. Watkins & Sons, Otahuhu, Auckland.
1930 - 1932
Arctic Ice Cream Company Ltd., Pukeiti Rd., Otahuhu, Auckland. Arctic took over I.C. Watkins & Sons. Mr W.J. Logan. Exclusive NZ rights to the "Popsicle" brand.

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
J.S.V. Bott

Quality Inn
Westland Snowflake Ice Cream Co, Greymouth

Queen Anne
Adams Bruce Ltd, 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 Quin - three generations worked for the business, all called Eddie. Eddie (senior) had previously been Manager of Royal Ice Cream. No factory - in 1936, Quin 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 refrigeration equipment to get them started. This relationship lasted for over 30 years. "Realettes" (4d), "Esquimo Pies"(!), Ice Cream Bricks.

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

                                                                Rice's Ice Cream sign (re-drawn), 1950s?
                                                                - Darian Zam.

Rice Brothers / Rice's Ice Cream Co., Invercargill
Oswald Rice Snr had established a successful confectionery business in Dunedin, then moved to Timaru from where his sons established branches in Wanganui, Napier and Greymouth. Oswald moved to Invercargill in 1895. Rice's sweet shop in Wanganui was producing and selling ice cream in 1917. Three sons Ossie, Cyril and Percy Rice took over the running of the business in 1920 when Oswald Snr retired. 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. The ice cream business was 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.

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

                 Rob Roy Ice Cream (Dunedin) fruited ice cream carton, 1 pint, 1960s.

Rob Roy
Rob Roy Ice Cream Co Ltd., 1 Stafford St., Dunedin
1960 - 1965
Stan Johnston, ex-Royal Ice Cream. In receivership September 1964.

Rob Roy
Tartan Ice Cream Company Limited, 14th Avenue, Tauranga.
1948 - 195?
The Tartan Ice Cream Company Limited was established by Charles Cameron, a refrigeration engineer and Fisher & Paykel appliance dealer, Rob (Bob) Smith, the proprietor of the Tauranga Milk Company, and Roy Gallagher an accountant and friend of the other two. The factory, operating an Emery Thompson batch churn, was in 14th Avenue, next door to the Tauranga Milk Company's pasteurizing and bottling plant. Not long after starting up, Auckland aereated water manufacturer Grey & Menzies advised them to stop using the "Tartan" brand which they had registered for all foodstuffs. Of course that meant changing packaging and signage (including the company's first van, a small refrigerated Ford), but Cameron and Smith's Scottish heritage was retained, and the ice cream was re-branded "Rob Roy". Choc Bombs, "Rob Roy" and "Kiltie Lick" bars. Jim Winstanley (ex-Frosty Jack, Wellington and Arctic Ice Cream, Hastings) joined the company as Manager in the early 50s. Taken over by Tip Top (late 1950s?), at which point production ceased and Tip Top moved its local depot to the Rob Roy site.

19?? - 196?
Taken over by Tip Top.

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. Manager P H Ferguson (1927). Robinson's obtained the sole license to manufacture and distribute Eskimo Pies for the Auckland province in 1929 and installed new equipment. In 1930, a merger with the Astrella Dominion and New Polar Ice Cream Co's was proposed, but this fell through. 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 Ice Cream Ltd. / Ross Supercold Ice Cream Ltd., Hamilton /Palmerston North
1940 - 1964
Ice Cream Slices. Jack Ross, Murray Ross, Bill van Rij, Ron Griffiths. Jack Ross was a milk vendor, then opened the Monte Carlo Milkbar in Hamilton around 1934. Began making ice cream in 1940. In 1959 Rosco took over Carbies Ice Cream and Penguin Ice Cream in Auckland and Burrell's Ice Cream, Palmerston North. 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.

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. Len Malaghan (co-founder of Tip Top) was ice cream maker from 1931 to 1935.
Royal was the first company in New Zealand to install the "Waltham" refrigeration system using triangular cartridges about 2ft. x 4ins., filled with a chemical, probably calcium chloride. Several would be placed in the shopkeeper's wooden cabinet and every day they would be replaced with freshly frozen ones, a great improvement on ice and salt.
The making of ice was a large part of the ice cream business. About 5 tons would be made daily. A certain amount would be crushed and used with salt for freezing ice cream. The rest would be sold to butchers, fish merchants, hotels and householders.
Royal also sold and delivered bottled cream and manufactured butter - the last proprietary company to be granted a licence for the manufacture of butter. They produced European -style lactic butter that was very popular.
"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. Controlling interest purchased by Tip Top (Auckland) in 1959, to take advantage of the company's distribution rights for Wattie's frozen foods. Taken over by Crystal Ice, which was in turn taken over by General Foods (Tip Top) in 1964.

? - 1950
Taken over by Tip Top in 1950.

Ruapehu Ice Cream Company Limited, Taumaranui.
? - 1968.
Ernie Manson. Mrs Martin.

Rudkin's Lolly Shop, Stratford.
1924? - 1926?

Rush Munro's / Rush Munro / Munro's
Karangahape Rd, Auckland /704 Heretaunga St West, Hastings
1917 - now.
New Zealand's oldest surviving ice cream brand. Englishman Frederick Charles Rush-Munro started selling ice cream in Auckland in 1917. He got into financial difficulties and moved to the Hawke's Bay in 1926, opening a new Rush Munro shop in central Hastings. After the premises were destroyed in the devastating 1931 earthquake, he and his wife Catherine moved the business to the current site at 704 Heretaunga Street West, the shop evolving into the famous Rush Munro's Ice Cream Gardens.
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                 Snowball Ice Cream truck, thought to be a Christmas Parade at Richmond Race Course,
 - Bob Jamieson.

Snowball Ice Cream Ltd., Parere St., / Carlton Hygienic Dairy Co., Bridge St., Nelson.
192? - 194?
"A Food not a Fad". "Often licked but never beaten". Business under liquidation and purchased by a Mr W.H. Fish (Fisk?) in September 1931. Parere St, phone 1168. By 1937 Snowball was being produced by accountant Walter Heaps "under Power of Attorney from the Proprietor, who is absent from New Zealand" from the Carlton Hygienic Dairy Co. factory in Bridge St. "“CARLTON” BUTTER now made by a holder of the South Island Championship, and “SNOWBALL” ICE CREAM are also manufactured in the same Factory, which, due to having the contract for supplying milk to the School Children, is under the strictest Government supervision daily."



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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Taylor's Snowdrop Ice Cream Factory, 4 Devonport Lane, Christchurch.
1924 - 192?
Charles Herman Dohrman, John Cecil Taylor, James William Taylor.

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 Ice Cream Ltd, corner Great South Road and Puhinui Rd, Papatoetoe
1938? - 1951
W.G. Lunn during the 1940s. Rita and George Aagard took over the business in 1949, selling it to Meadow Gold in 1951.

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

Phipps, Westport

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 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.

Timaru Ice Cream Co. Ltd
1950? - ?

                 Supreme Ice Cream fruited ice cream carton, 1 pint, circa 1960.

Le Grand Lounge Co. / Supreme Ice Cream Company / Supreme Dairies Ltd. / Supreme Frozen Products, Cannon St. / Sophia St. / King St., Timaru
1929 - 1963
The original Supreme Ice Cream brand was launched in November 1929 by Mr F H Saunders, owner of the Le Grand Lounge at 320 Stafford St, Timaru, manufacturing from a factory in Cannon St, just around the corner. The ice cream operation was purchased about 18 months later by H T (Tom) Dunn, a Clandeboye dairy farmer who also operated a local fresh milk delivery business, and the Supreme Ice Cream Company was registered on 1 August 1931. All of Dunn's five sons (Tom Jr, Harold, Lloyd, Murray and Max) were involved in the business at different times. Tendered for and won the South Canterbury contract for the supply of the new Labour government's Milk in Schools scheme in 1937 and changed the company name to Supreme Dairies on 1 May that year. In 1941 Supreme Dairies was advertising Ice Cream Sandwich, Ice Cream Bomb as well as 6d and 1/- Blocks. In 1950 a new Supreme Frozen Products operation was established, pioneering frozen freeflow peas in New Zealand. Supreme brand frozen vegetables and berries were sold nationally. The ice cream operation opened branches in Dunedin and Invercargill. The frozen foods business was taken over by Fropax (N.Z.) Ltd in 1957. The ice cream business was taken over by General Foods (Tip Top) in February 1963.
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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 Ice Cream Company Limited, 14th Avenue, Tauranga.
Established by Charles Cameron, a refrigeration engineer and Fisher & Paykel appliance dealer, Rob (Bob) Smith, the proprietor of the Tauranga Milk Company, and Roy Gallagher an accountant. The factory was in 14th Avenue, next door to the Tauranga Milk Company's pasteurizing and bottling plant. Not long after starting up, Auckland aereated water manufacturer Grey & Menzies advised them to stop using the "Tartan" brand which they had registered for all foodstuffs. Of course that meant changing packaging and signage, but the Scottish flavour was retained, and the ice cream was re-branded "Rob Roy".

Tiritea Milk Supply Co., 6 Fitzherbert Ave., Palmerston North.
1927? - 1930?

                Cinema advertisement (glass slide) for Top Notch Ice Cream, circa 1950.
                - David Peterson.

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.

? - 196?

Van Kist

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

1966 - 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.
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Wanganui Aerated Water Ice Cream Company
? - 1938?

Ward's Ice Cream, Queen St., Waimate / Factory Road, Washdyke, Timaru
1926 - 1983?
Mrs H. Ward, whose husband had a dairy farm, began hand-churning ice cream for her El Paso Milk Bar in Waimate in 1922. In 1926, her son Mel went into partnership and concentrated on ice cream production. He took over the ice cream making and progressed to having walk-in freezers at the back of the shop. By the 1950s, sales were being made to Timaru and Oamaru, the ice cream being road-freighted in insulated canvas bags. Grandson Graeme joined the business in 1960, around which time they acquired a 100 gallon capacity churn, and began distributing to Dunedin. Waimate Super Cold. 'A Product of Distinction'. Outgrowing the Waimate factory, and being 'off the beaten track', they decided to move production in 1966, setting up a new operation in Factory Road, Washdyke, just north of Timaru. Graeme took over the business when his father retired. Mel's granddaughter Leanne has fond memories of visiting the factory and the chocolate bombs that Ward's Ice Cream was known for. The factory was eventually sold to Cloverlea (in 1983?).
- Ward's ice cream pack graphic above copyright and courtesy of longwhitekid.
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Ward's Ice Cream, Ponsonby
? - 1966?

                                 Wise's Ice Cream advertisement, Poverty Bay Herald, 16 December 1936.
                 - PapersPast

Wise's Ice Cream Ltd, 30 Derby St. / Palmerston Rd., Gisborne.
1932 - 1960
Frank H. Wise. Previously Freesia Ice Cream, company name and brand changed to Wise's in 1932. Presumably after their Eskimo Pie license ended, Wise's produced "Alaska Pies" (1936-38). "Victory" Ice Cream Bombs (1941). 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 brand) in July 1960. Frozen Products Ltd was taken over by Vestey Group in 1965, then Vestey sold the ice cream business to Unilever (Walls brand ) in 1967. Wise's Ice Cream Ltd company liquidated in 1968.

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) Squadron 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.

Zero Ice Cream, Grey St., Claudelands, Hamilton.
1924 - 1926 ?
Brand name may have been changed to Patton's in 1927?

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:

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

Thanks also to David Peterson for permission to reproduce the Top Notch glass slide cinema advertisement.

References, credits and related sites:

Andre Taber, food historian.

Archives New Zealand:

Auckland Libraries

Robyn O'Leary - personal correspondence.

Carole Prentice - personal correspondence.

Chris Cameron - personal correspondence.

Hawke's Bay Today

Leanne Taylor-Rose - personal correspondence.

Bob Jamieson - personal correspondence.

Longwhitekid - history of Peter Pan, Tip Top, Meadow Gold, Wall's, Hokey Pokey ice cream, and much more:

National Library

NZ Ice Cream Manufacturers Assn. archives.

OUR Heritage (Otago University Research Heritage)

Papers Past (National Library of New Zealand digitised newspapers database):

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

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

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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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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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Model T Ford ice cream delivery van.
 - NZICA archives, Frostee Digest.

1922 - 1958

Angus Keith McDonald established the Waikato's first ice cream manufacturing business in 1922 and then went on to build factories and branches in Palmerston North, Wellington, Hawera, Masterton and Auckland. McDonald's ice cream was a household name around most of the North Island, long before its American name-sake appeared on the scene.
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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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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, over 100 years old!
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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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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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1929 - 1963.

Originally produced for the Le Grand Lounge, Bar and Tea Rooms, Stafford Street, Timaru, the Supreme ice cream business was purchased by Tom and Dorothy Dunn, and the Supreme Ice Cream Company was registered in 1931.

In 1937, on the back of growth in its milk bottling and delivery operations, the company was re-named Supreme Dairies.

In 1950 Supreme expanded into frozen vegetable processing and changed its name to Supreme Frozen Products.

Photo: Supreme Frozen Products truck, early 1950s
- Dunn family

At the height of its ice cream business, Supreme operated branches in Timaru, Dunedin and Invercargill.

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                         Tip Top

1935 - now.

From a small milk bar in Manners Street, Wellington to New Zealand's largest manufacturer and now oldest surviving ice cream brand.

- Tip Top archives.

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From the late 1950s we had an old holiday house at Kuaotunu in the Coromandel where as children we spent many long hot summer holidays. Across the road was the local boarding house and dairy farm where we got fresh milk each morning. They also ran a tiny shop which had a kerosene powered freezer forming part of the counter – before power going through to the district in 1961.

Our Christmas present from grandmother was a credit at the shop for an ice block each day while were there. The shop sold Meadowgold, with a small range (from memory) of orange, lemon, ginger beer, lime and possibly peppermint. Wrapped in an open bottom paper sleeve, the ice blocks betrayed their manufacture by having two distinct sides that often split apart when halfway through. The ice was quite hard and splintery and we would end up with a bleeding tongue from the splinters when we’d finished eating the ice block. Worse, they smelled distinctly of kerosene as it permeated all the freezer contents.

Still a real treat. Thank you grandma!

- John Ringer.

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