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Hastings swaps ice cream for petrol

(by Tess Redgrave, Public Interest Journalism funded by NZ On Air | October 28, 2022)

Hawke’s Bay’s ‘national treasure’ Rush Munro’s ice cream parlour at 704 Heretaunga Street will be bowled for a petrol station after 90 years of trade.

The Hasting District Council on Thursday granted a resource consent for a Discretionary Activity for fuel company NPD Ltd to construct and maintain a 24 hour self-serve fuel facility and associated convenience store on the parcel of land that includes the Rush Munro’s former premises and adjacent car park.

The consent comes despite there being two petrol stations within 400m to the east and another station 900m to the west of the site, along Heretaunga St.

However, the land falls into a Commercial Service-Zone and there is no heritage listing for the Oriental style architecture of the original Rush Munro’s.

“It’s incredibly disappointing,” says Councillor Damon Harvey, “that such an iconic building and business will no longer be on that historic site. We need to make sure all the resource consent requirements for the petrol station are carefully followed, particularly for surrounding neighbours who are upset by the development.”

Like many in Hawke’s Bay, Harvey has memories of going to Rush Munro’s with his grandmother. “It was an experience … more than just buying ice-cream.”

He is concerned too that the new owners of the Rush Munro’s site may have no connection to Hastings and “could create something that is a blight on our community while not impacting on their lives.”

Read the full article at Bay Buzz

Much Moore Ice Cream triple scoops best in category awards

(Monday 5 September 2022)

Ice cream connoisseur Marcus Moore, founder of Auckland based ice cream firm Much Moore Ice Cream, talks winning the best in ice cream awards two years in a row, navigating inflationary pressures and why an ice cream bar is in the firm's future plans.

What does your business do?

Ice cream has been in my family for over 30 years, and it was around 20 years ago when I bought my family out and took over the business and I rebranded it and turned it into the Much Moore Ice Cream company. We sell ice cream, frozen yoghurt and ice blocks on a stick.

Our key markets are New Zealand through the supermarkets, and we have become a reasonably large exporter across Asia, Australia and throughout the South Pacific. In the last five years our export markets have grown significantly - particularly in the last two.

Read the full article at NZ Herald

Little 'Lato named NZ's favourite scoop store

(Thursday 11 March 2021)

Was it the award-winning flavours? The exciting diary-free options? Kiwis’ growing love of gelato or the warm, hospitable customer service? Maybe it was a combo of all which led to Little ‘Lato in Auckland’s Wynayrd Quarter bing voted the country’s favourite place to buy ice cream.

Bespoke gelato company Little ‘Lato was created in December 2017 by Chief Gelato Maker, Hannah Wood who, along with her team, aims to add a little more joy into every day - it seems Kiwis agree. As part of ‘New Zealand Ice Cream Month’ in February, Kiwis voted for the ice cream or gelato shop they loved the most in the Barker’s Favourite NZ Scoop Shop, choosing Little ‘Lato in the Wynyard Quarter.

Hannah explains the dream for Little ‘Lato was sparked after she received a scholarship to study at the Carpigiani Gelato University in Italy in 2015. “I’d always loved ice cream but in Italy I fell head over heels in love with gelato! Gelato still wasn’t that well known in New Zealand, especially compared to other countries around the world, so I was inspired to help Kiwis fall in love with gelato.

She says flavour creation is her favourite part of the job. Hannah loves the challenge of taking foods and putting them in gelato. Banana & Peanut Butter, Pina Colada, Hot Cross Bun, banana & bacon French toast as well as flavours not expected in gelato, such as Massaman Curry gelato which won the Open Creative Trophy at the New Zealand Ice Cream Awards in 2019.

Little Lato has been a regular winner at the NZ Ice Cream Awards. In 2020 it was awarded the Sensient Technologies Champion Gelato Award for Little ‘Lato, Speculoos Gelato. It collected two trophies in 2019; ‘Best of Nuts’ with Hazelnut Chocolate gelato and the aforementioned Massaman Curry gelato took the ‘Open Creative Trophy’.

Hannah says with several friends unable to have dairy, she goes out of her way to ensure they have delicious dairy-free treats, which is why Little ‘Lato has become known for its flavour-filled selection of dairy-free options.

Barker’s of Geraldine Marketing Manager, Jillian Stanton congratulated Hannah and Little ‘Lato, Wynyard Quarter on the win. “We’re proud to partner with New Zealand Ice Cream Month to present Barker’s Favourite NZ Scoop Shop. Barker’s of Geraldine is passionate about creating delicious food and supporting other local food makers, just like Little ‘Lato. As a New Zealand business which grew from our founding family’s innovative spirit, we recognise the hard work and passion which Hannah and the Little ‘Lato team have invested in their award-winning gelato creations.”

Little ‘Lato Wynyard Quarter is at Auckland Fish Markets, 22 Jellicoe Street, Freemans Bay, Auckland.

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New Zealand Ice Cream Month - February 2021

(Tuesday 2 February 2021) As we move into February’s month-long celebration of NZ-made ice cream, gelato and sorbet, Kiwis’ love of frozen treats shows no sign of slowing - with record sales.

New Zealand Ice Cream Manufacturers Association (NZICA) has dubbed February ‘New Zealand Ice Cream Month’ to encourage Kiwis to consciously choose locally made ice cream, gelato and sorbet.

Supermarket sales data from Nielsen Scantrack for the 4 weeks to 27 December 2020 showed $22,469,516 worth of ice cream was sold in New Zealand's supermarkets. This was an increase of 3.4% in dollar sales compared to the same period last year. Family pack sales grew by +4.2% and take home tubs were up by +2.2%.

A further analysis of the sales provides insights into two of the hottest NZ ice cream trends – single serves and dairy-free. Sales of singles grew by +9.3%, while dairy-free products, which make up a small proportion of total sales, grew by 37.9%.

Large and boutique producers are responding to changing consumer demands. Owner of Hamilton’s Duck Island Ice Cream, Cameron Farmilo said “We’re seeing a steady increase in demand for vegan and gluten free options. We’re stoked as we think vegan and gluten free ice cream can be just as delicious as dairy based. It’s super cool people are enjoying exciting vegan options!”

Tip Top Ice Cream Head of Marketing, Mel McKenzie confirmed the demand for single serves saying; “We’re seeing demand for on-the-go snacking formats and ice-cream sandwiches. While indulgent and premium flavours are still popular, ice-cream lovers are also seeking alternative formats, such as minis, that allow them to have a decadent treat more often.”

NZICA President Alex Gimenez said “buying local is more important than ever, so we’re encouraging everyone to do their bit for New Zealand and join us in celebration of the quality and diversity of New Zealand's amazing ice cream, gelato, sorbet and dairy-free frozen products. There’s no better time to try something new, with NZ Ice Cream Month running throughout February.”

New Zealand made ice cream gelato and sorbet uses locally produced ingredients such as milk and fresh fruit. Additionally manufacturing creates employment in New Zealand as does the recent move towards more gelato and ice cream scoop shops, selling locally made gourmet ice cream and gelato.

Alex Gimenez says there are plenty of ways people can show their love of locally made ice cream, gelato and sorbet. “Visit your favourite local scoop shop, enjoy their offering and vote for them in the Barker’s Favourite NZ Scoop Store.”

Illustrate your appreciation for your favourite scoop store by voting for them in the Barker’s Favourite NZ Scoop Store here. At the end of NZ Ice Cream Month one Kiwi scoop shop will be crowned Barker’s Favourite NZ Scoop Shop by popular vote and everyone who votes goes in the draw for one of five NZ Ice Cream Lovers Packs.

Throughout February there’s also a Taste of NZ Summer competition with ice cream lovers invited to share a photo of their best summer NZ ice cream, gelato or sorbet on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #nzicecreammonth or #nzicecream #nzgelato to win NZ Ice Cream Lovers Packs.

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NZ Ice Cream Awards medal winners announced

(Wednesday 4 November 2020) Supreme and Trophy Awards winners for the 2020 New Zealand Ice Cream Awards have been announced tonight.

In the first weekend of October, 17 judges assessed over 300 entries to find New Zealand’s best ice creams, gelatos, sorbets and dairy-free frozen products.
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New Chief Judge for New Zealand Ice Cream Awards

(Tuesday 21 July 2020)

Long serving NZ Ice Cream Manufacturers Association committee member, Jackie Matthews, has been appointed as the new Chief Judge for the New Zealand Ice Cream Awards.

Making the announcement, Association President Alex Gimenez said the NZ Ice Cream Manufacturers Association was delighted to announce Jackie Matthews two year appointment to oversee judging.

“Jackie has huge technical knowledge of ice cream and ice cream manufacturing. She is a former President and Vice President of the Association and she’s a long serving member of the Association’s Technical Committee. We’re delighted to have someone of Jackie’s calibre take up this important position, which helps improve the quality of locally made ice cream and celebrates the finest examples of New Zealand ice cream, gelato and sorbet.”

Jackie Matthews said she was ‘honoured, delighted and excited’ to take up the role. “After having worked in the ice cream industry for more than 25 years I understand the value and prestige the Awards have in promoting the excellence of NZ ice cream. For manufacturers, validation by an independent judging panel which says you have got everything technically correct is very powerful. It’s great recognition for the whole team involved in the making - from creating the recipes through to the final ready-to-enjoy product.”

‘Ice cream is a wonderful treat, it’s universal and everyone from one to 101 loves it. However, it's a complex technical product and I’m pleased to have an opportunity working with the industry to help it continue to evolve and improve,” she said.

Jackie is planning to extend the pool of talented judges and hoped to draw upon the experience of food writers and their understanding of consumer tastes by adding them to the judging panel to assess products alongside technical judges. Additionally having more judges will allow the majority of assessment to be undertaken at The FoodBowl, Auckland, over one day. The second day will enable the final tasting to select category winners and supreme champions with the panel having fresh palates.

More than 300 ice creams, gelatos and sorbets are expected to be entered into this year’s Awards. Entries for the New Zealand Ice Cream Awards 2020 open in early August for six weeks. The timeline for the New Zealand Ice Cream Awards 2020 is:

    • Entries open – Monday 3 August 2020
    • Judging – Saturday 26 September at The FoodBowl in South Auckland
    • Conference and Gala Awards Dinner – Wednesday 4 November, Cordis Auckland

The announcement of Jackie’s role follows the appointment of Marvellous Marketing to run the New Zealand Ice Cream Awards 2020 and New Zealand Ice Cream Month in February 2021.

Mr Gimenez finished saying, “I’d like to formally acknowledge the work of former chief judge Kay McMath who oversaw the Awards for 15 years. On behalf of the Board we thank Kay for her dedication. ”


For more information please contact Nicola McConnell, or 027 2188120.

Photos for use from judging of the New Zealand Ice Cream Awards 2019 are here.

New era for New Zealand Ice Cream Awards

(Wednesday 8 July 2020) Following a review of the annual New Zealand Ice Cream Awards the New Zealand Ice Cream Manufacturers Association has appointed Marvellous Marketing to run the Awards.

Making the announcement, Association President Alex Gimenez said, “The NZ Ice Cream Manufacturers Association is delighted to announce the appointment of Marvellous Marketing to run the NZ Ice Cream Awards along with our annual conference in November.”

“ As well, Marvellous Marketing has been tasked with raising the profile of the quality of NZ-produced ice cream. This all coincides with a time when more than ever, consumers are wanting to support local producers” he said.

Entries for the New Zealand Ice Cream Awards 2020 open in early August.

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Owen Norton, ice cream legend

Owen Norton, whose family ran Snowflake Ice Cream for over 80 years.
Photo - NZ Food Technology News.

(February 2019) Owen Norton explains that his dad and uncle were the creators behind the famous Snowflake ice cream brand that was sold for more than 80 years throughout the West Coast.

Laurence Norton and his brother Wallace began dairy farming in Greymouth after World War One. Owen says that his his dad and uncle would take their horse and cart into town, stocked with milk from their farm to sell to Greymouth locals.

"They ended up with a surplus of milk and thought it'd be a good idea to make some ice cream."

More at NZ Food Technology News

2018 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 2018, 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

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From D-Day to the Wahine disaster, with a bit of Ice Cream along the way

Pen Moore with his card from the Queen.
- Photo Ross Giblin | Stuff.

(31 August 2020) Penwill Moore survived WW2 Russian convoys and a German bomb, was awarded France’s highest medal, the Legion of Honour, for his role in the D-Day landings, and spent the day of the Wahine disaster looking for people in the water.

Last Saturday, he celebrated his 100th Birthday.

Pen was also the Executive Secretary of the NZICA for 50 years, taking up the role in 1953 and retiring in June 2003.

Pen on his appointment as Dominion Secretary of the NZICA in 1953.
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2019 NZ Ice Cream Awards

(14 Nov 2019) The Annual NZ Ice Cream Awards, the "Ice Cream Oscars", have been announced – just in time for summer!

The 2019 Awards were announced at the Awards Dinner in Auckland last night, as part of New Zealand Ice Cream Week. This year's showcase Category was "Best of Nuts".

2019 NZ Ice Cream Awards winners

Behind the scenes: 2019 NZ Ice Cream Awards judging covered by the NZ Herald ...

2018 NZ Ice Cream Awards winners

The 2018 NZ Ice Cream Awards were announced at the Awards Dinner on the evening of Thursday, 31st of May.

2018 NZ Ice Cream Awards winners

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

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