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




DATES CHANGED FOR 2021 NEW ZEALAND ICE CREAM AWARDS


Celebrating 25 years


Tuesday 24 August 2021

Deciding to go ‘early’ the NZ Ice Cream Manufacturers Association (NZICMA) has moved the dates for the 2021 New Zealand Ice Cream Awards, shifting judging to the beginning of November.

Making the announcement NZICMA President Karl Tiefenbacher said while no-one can read the future and know exactly when the Covid lockdown will end, the Association thought it best to make an early decision to secure new dates.

Therefore, judging will be held at the FOODBOWL in Mangere on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 November 2021. Medal winners will be announced on Monday 22 November, before the Association hopes to hold its Gala Awards dinner at Mantell’s on Tamaki Drive on Wednesday 1 December.

Pushing the dates out means ice cream, gelato, sorbet and frozen yoghurt makers have until Friday 15 October 2021 to enter online at www.nzicecreamawards.co.nz

Karl said the Association hopes that by pushing out the dates they will be able celebrate 25 years promoting local ice cream gelato, sorbet, dairy-free and low-fat confectionery frozen products through the NZ Ice Cream Awards. .

The Awards, run by the NZ Ice Cream Manufacturers Association (NZICMA), have been held since 1997. The New Zealand Ice Cream Awards are the country’s only national ice cream, gelato, sorbet, dairy-free and low-fat frozen confectionery products competition, benchmarking Aotearoa’s best, celebrating the local industry and introducing consumers to delicious new products.

Aside from the change of date, all other details for the NZ Ice Cream Awards remain the same. For the second year Chief Judge Jackie Matthews will preside over a panel of up to 30 judges. ‘Best of Chocolate’ is the 2021 special category.

An update to rules for 2021 will allow all products judged to be eligible to win the Supreme Champion Awards. That means there’s a possibility that for the first time in the Awards 25-year history frozen confectionery products in addition to ice cream are eligible to win the top accolade.

To acknowledge and encourage industry creativity an ‘Innovation’ category will be awarded for the first time. Jackie says this category will consider many elements over and above the flavour combination. For example, judges may review packaging, production techniques and ingredient sourcing.

Entry is online www.nzicecreamawards.co.nz.





NZ ICE CREAM AWARDS 2021 TROPHIES

Supreme Champions
      • Americold Supreme Champion
      • Formula Foods Supreme Boutique Champion

Category Champions
      • Standard Vanilla Ice Cream Champion
      • IMCD / Givaudan Premium Vanilla Ice Cream Champion
      • PACT Packaging Standard Ice Cream Champion
      • Chelsea Sugar Premium Ice Cream Champion
      • GS Hall & Company Ltd Best of Chocolate
      • Sensient Technologies Gelato Champion
      • Sorbet Champion
      • Export Ice Cream Champion
      • Low Fat / Frozen Yoghurt Champion
      • Hawkins Watts Dairy-Free Champion
      • Open Creative Ice Cream, Gelato or Sorbet Champion
      • New to Market Champion
      • Innovation Champion
      • Pacific Flavours & Ingredients Kids’ Choice Champion

NZ ICE CREAM AWARDS KEY DATES

More than 300 ice creams, gelatos, sorbets, dairy-free and low-fat frozen products are expected to be entered in this year’s Awards. The timeline for the New Zealand Ice Cream Awards 2021 is:

       o Friday 15 October - Entries close
      o Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 Novtember - Judging samples to arrive at
          The FoodBowl, Auckland for judging
       o Saturday 6 September and Sunday 7 November - Judging at The FoodBowl
      o Monday 22 November - Gold and Silver Medal results announced
      o Wednesday 1 December, Conference at Remuera Golf Club and
          Gala Awards Dinner at Mantell’s Tamaki Drive, Auckland


ENDS

Photos from 2020 judging available for download here. For more information please contact Nicola McConnell, nicola@marvellousmarketing.co.nz
or 027 2188120.




2021 NZ ICE CREAM AWARDS


TIMELINE


Monday 2 August 2021
Entries Open
Entry is $125 + GST ($143.75) for members and $160 +GST ($184) per entry for non-members.

Friday 15 October
Entries close.

Monday 18 October
Late entries close.
Late payment entry fee is $150 + GST ($172.50) for members and $185 + GST ($212.75) per entry for non-members.

Tuesday 19 October
Last day for adhesive labels with product codes to be couriered to entrants

Wednesday 3 &Thursday 4 November; 8am - 4pm
Product Arrival at Food Bowl, Auckland

Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 November 2021
Judging




Photo: 2020 NZ Ice Cream Awards judging.


Tuesday 9 November 2021
Kids' Choice Judging

Monday 8 November to Wednesday 10 November 2021
Audit of results

Wednesday 17 to Friday 19 November 2021
Results with feedback shared with entrants via email

Monday 22 November 2021
Medal Winners Announced

Wednesday 1 December 2021
NZ Ice Cream Awards Gala Dinner at Mantell’s, Tamaki Drive, Auckland


ENDS

For more information please contact Nicola McConnell, nicola@marvellousmarketing.co.nz
or 027 2188120.







2020 NZ ICE CREAM AWARDS

NZ ICE CREAM AWARDS TROPHIES

(Wednesday 4 November 2020)

Fourteen of Aotearoa’s best ice creams and gelatos made from Queenstown to Auckland by a selection of boutique and large producers have been named Champions at tonight’s NZ Ice Cream Awards 2020.

In the first weekend of October, 17 judges assessed 316 products to find New Zealand’s best ice creams, gelatos, sorbets and dairy-free frozen products. Following announcement of gold and silver medal winners last week, two People’s Choice Winners, 14 Champions and two Supreme Champions were announced at the NZ Ice Cream Awards on Wednesday 4 November.

Top gongs are awarded to; NZ Ice Cream Manufacturers Association Supreme Champion, Much Moore Ice Cream Co, Much Moore Awesome Vanilla Ice Cream and Formula Foods Supreme Boutique Champion, Lewis Road Creamery, Double Mint and Dark Chocolate Ice Cream.

Announcing the 2020 Champions, Chief Judge Jackie Matthews said “Trophy winners have perfected all aspects of their product, including ingredients used, recipes, processing controls, packing, and freezing. It’s the attention to detail in every aspect and bringing it together with the right balance which achieves excellence.”



2020 NZ Ice Cream Awards judging.

Jackie said the Supreme Champion, Much Moore Awesome Vanilla Ice Cream was an excellent ice cream with fresh vanilla flavour which is superbly smooth and creamy. Much Moore Awesome Vanilla Ice Cream was also named Givaudan/IMCD Champion Premium Vanilla Ice Cream.

Much Moore is is a family-owned New Zealand ice cream company, which has been making award- winning ice cream and frozen treats for over 30 years. Marcus Moore heads the team of ice cream makers who believe the possibilities for making incredible tasting ice cream are endless.

Formula Foods - Supreme Boutique Champion, Lewis Road Creamery, Double Mint and Dark Chocolate Ice Cream was a superbly crafted delicious ice cream according to Jackie Matthews. “The flavour was fresh peppermint with a hint of spearmint, perfectly balanced with chocolate flakes. Rich and creamy, it had a lovely chocolate melt.”

Lewis Road Creamery, Double Mint and Dark Chocolate Ice Cream also received the Chelsea Sugar - Champion Premium Ice Cream Champion award. In addition Lewis Road Creamery was also named NZ Life & Leisure - Champion Open Creative Champion for its innovative Lemon & Gin Botanicals Ice Cream.

Recently wholly purchased by Southern Pastures, Lewis Road Creamery was started by Peter Cullinane in his kitchen in 2012. Lewis Road Creamery premium dairy products are stocked in major supermarkets and specialty food stores across New Zealand as well as in Whole Foods and other stores in the United States and Woolworths in Australia.



2020 NZ Ice Cream Awards judging.

Always a hotly contested award, Tip Top French Vanilla Ice Cream was named Fonterra New Zealand Champion for Standard Vanilla Ice Cream. The award was one of three for New Zealand’s biggest ice cream maker Tip Top. The other awards were: ALTO/Pact Group Champion Standard Ice Cream Award for Tip Top Crave Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream and Kiwi Labels Champion Low Fat or Frozen Yoghurt for Tip Top Mango Lassi Frozen Yoghurt.

Taranaki’s plant-based creamery, Little Liberty, creator of premium plant-based frozen desserts and nut milk blends won two awards. Little Liberty Creamery, Almond Mocca was named Hawkins Watts Dairy-Free Champions as well as Tetra Pak New to Market Champion.

A perennial favourite is the Pacific Flavours & Ingredients Kids’ Choice Champion. This year it was judged by 10 pupils from Auckland Normal Intermediate. The year 7 pupils won a school essay competition to judge 10 entries and the winner is entirley their choice. The group choose Talley’s Blueberry Ice Cream as the Pacific Flavours & Ingredients Kids’ Choice Champion.



2020 NZ Ice Cream Awards Kids Choice judging.

For the first time the NZ Ice Cream Awards included two People’s Choice categories – both won emphatically by Hamilton’s Duck Island Ice Cream. Popular vote awarded Duck Island the NZ Ice Cream Manufacturers Association People’s Choice Favourite NZ Ice Cream for its Duck Island Fairy Bread and its Grey Street, Hamilton East scoop shop was named DKSH People’s Choice Favourite NZ Scoop Store.

The Awards, owned and run by the NZ Ice Cream Manufacturers Association, have been held since 1997 and are the country’s only national ice cream, gelato, sorbet and dairy-free frozen products competition.

Full list of 2020 New Zealand Ice Cream Awards Trophy winners.

New Zealand Ice Cream Awards.


ENDS

For more information please contact Nicola McConnell, nicola@marvellousmarketing.co.nz or 027 2188120.




NZ ICE CREAM AWARDS MEDALS ANNOUNCED

(Tuesday 27 October 2020)

Gold and Silver Medal winners for the 2020 New Zealand Ice Cream Awards have been announced today.

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. The top gold medal winners announced today are in the running to be among 13 Champions and two Supreme Champions which will announced at the NZ Ice Cream Awards on Wednesday 4 November.



Photo: The 2020 NZ Ice Cream Awards judges.

Announcing the medal winners, Chief Judge Jackie Matthews made special mention of the exceptional quality of this year’s Gold Medals. “One of the objectives of the Awards is to raise the overall industry standard and New Zealand made ice cream has been of world-class quality for many years. This year the gelato and sorbet were excellent, and also truly world-class.”

“Another trend was the increase in savoury flavours this year. Recently TV’s MasterChef has been incorporating ice creams and gelatos in main course dishes and some of those entered in the NZ Ice Cream Awards this year would fit well in there, showing ice cream can be enjoyed any time. Also noticeable was an increase in plant-based and low-fat options over last year’s entries.”



The Awards, owned and run by the NZ Ice Cream Manufacturers Association, have been held since 1997 and are the country’s only national ice cream, gelato, sorbet and dairy-free frozen products competition.

Winners will be announced at the 2020 NZ Ice Cream Awards Gala Awards Dinner in Auckland on Wednesday 4 November.

Medal winners are listed here.


ENDS

For more information please contact Nicola McConnell, nicola@marvellousmarketing.co.nz or 027 2188120.




NZ ICE CREAM AWARDS 2020 TROPHIES

Supreme Champions
     o Supreme Champion
     o Formula Foods Supreme Boutique Champion

Category Champions
     o Best of Fruit Champion
     o Fonterra NZ Standard Vanilla Ice Cream Champion
     o IMCD Givaudan Premium Vanilla Ice Cream Champion
     o ALTO/Pact Group Standard Ice Cream Champion
     o Chelsea Sugar Premium Ice Cream Champion
     o Open Creative Ice Cream and Open Creative Gelato/Sorbet Champions
     o Sensient Technologies Gelato Champion
     o In-Fruit Sorbet Champion
     o Hawkins Watts Low Fat/Frozen Yoghurt Champion
     o Dairy-Free Champion
     o New Zealand Food Safety Export Champion
     o New to Market Champion
     o Pacific Flavours & Ingredients Kids’ Choice

People's Choice Awards
     o People's Choice – Favourite NZ Ice Cream
     o AXIEO People's Choice – Favourite NZ Ice Cream or Gelato Store





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.

“The Association acknowledges the tremendous work of Jenny de Lisle and her team organising the Awards over recent years. We’re delighted that Jenny remains Executive Secretary for the Association and will be working closely with Marvellous Marketing to ensure we are doing the very best job for members, sponsors, trade partners and consumers.”

As well as new organisers, the Association will soon confirm the appointment of a new Chief Judge, who will oversee assessment and judging of the more than 300 entries expected for 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 Food Bowl in South Auckland

        • Conference and Gala Awards Dinner – Wednesday 4 November, Cordis Auckland

To connect New Zealand ice cream makers with Kiwi ice cream lovers Marvellous Marketing has established a social media presence for the Association with ‘NZ Ice Cream Lovers’ Facebook and Instagram pages. Additionally, they are working with retailers, ice cream and gelato makers to develop NZ Ice Cream Month which will be held in February 2021, along with a nationwide search for the country’s favourite ice cream maker as well as its favourite ice cream store/parlour.

Since establishing Marvellous Marketing in late 2016 to run the Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards, Directors Kathie Bartley and Nicola McConnell have become food awards specialists. In addition to owning and organising the annual Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards and the biannual New Zealand Chocolate Awards, the pair are engaged to run the NZ Champions of Cheese Awards and from this month the New Zealand Ice Cream Awards.


ENDS

For more information please contact Nicola McConnell, nicola@marvellousmarketing.co.nz or 027 2188120.





ABOUT THE NEW ZEALAND ICE CREAM AWARDS

The New Zealand Ice Cream Awards were introduced in 1997 by The New Zealand Ice Cream Manufacturers' Association (Inc.) to promote and publicise the high standard of New Zealand ice cream.

Judging is held in October (originally at the Massey University Institute of Food, Nutrition and Human Health (IFNHH), Albany campus; now at The FOODBOWL, Mangere, Auckland), 3 weeks prior to the Association's Annual Conference.




Awards judging, 2017


Judging involves awarding points for a number of key attributes in different properties. Appearance is worth 10 points, Body and Texture - 30 points, Flavour - 50 points and Melting properties - 10 points. Gold Awards are given to entries with more than 95 points, Silver Awards to those between 90 and 95 points.

Over its history there have been various categories for Standard and Premium ice creams, Gelato, Sorbet and Low Fat.

A popular category has been Open Creative which was established to promote creativity in ice cream and frozen confectionery. Examples of entries in this category would be products made and served on the premises of restaurants, hotels and cafés, or produced by polytechnics, or R&D departments of manufacturers and suppliers. This category is now judged in two sections; Ice Cream and Gelato & Sorbet.

The Export category was introduced for products designed specifically for export and a Packaging category was also added to cater for Packaging only, to encourage innovation and creativity in packaging, as well as complying with the New Zealand Packaging Accord.

The New to Market Award recognises the top scoring ice cream, gelato, sorbet, low fat or non dairy product that has been newly introduced by a NZICMA Member in the past 18 months.

Local schoolchildren are invited to be guest judges for the Kids Choice category.

The children are briefed by the Chief Awards Judge, and judge each entry according to the following criteria:

Appearance
Body and Texture
Flavour
Overall liking

Then it comes down to rating each entry on a scale of "Really yukky" to "Really yummy" and choosing their overall favourite. There is a need for gender split between the guest judges as boys often have definite preferences from girls!




Kids Choice judging, 2017


Entries have the chance to win Silver, Gold, 'Best in Category' and Supreme Awards.

Since 2011, two Supreme Awards have been on offer - one for Large Manufacturers, and a separate Supreme Award for Boutique Manufacturers. To qualify as a Boutique manufacturer, the manufacturer must produce less than 500,000 litres per annum.

The New Zealand Ice Cream Awards are announced and presented at the NZICMA Conference Awards Dinner, usually held on the Friday evening of the Association's annual Conference.

Historical information on the New Zealand Ice Cream Awards for the years 2000 through to 2018 is also available here on the Association's website:




Any further information is available from:

Mrs Jenny de Lisle
NZICMA Secretary
Office: 04 385 1410
 


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NZ Ice Cream Manufacturers Association
- Supreme Champion



Much Moore Ice Cream Co,
Much Moore Awesome Vanilla Ice Cream


Formula Foods
- Supreme Boutique Champion




Lewis Road Creamery,
Double Mint and Dark Chocolate Ice Cream



Full list of 2020 New Zealand Ice Cream Awards Trophy winners.



Full list of 2020 New Zealand Ice Cream Awards medal winners.

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