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Parlour of the Year 2024 – Otter Valley Ice Cream & Field Kitchen – Winner

The Parlour of the Year Competition 2024, sponsored by RSS Hereford has now concluded for this year. We have been overwhelmed with the quality of exceptional entries this year and only one entrant avails as the winner. We congratulate Otter Valley Ice Cream & Field Kitchen as the winners and commend them as the best ice cream parlour in the UK and Ireland.

The Bond family have been making Gelato Ice Cream on their 4th generational dairy farm since 2009, using milk from their own cows. Based near the busy A30, it was a perfect opportunity for them to create a summer house to sell their delicious treats. Their popularity rapidly increased, entering numerous competitions all over the UK, winning many regional and national awards and have been featured on numerous radio shows and have even presented their award winning ice cream to the now King and Queen!

Supporting the community by running raffle prizes, collection boxes, fundraising and supporting local sports teams, they pride themselves in making everything themselves when it comes to making gelato and never cut corners when making their gelato. This year they celebrate 15 years of making Gelato Ice Cream.

Congratulations to Otter Valley Ice Cream & Field Kitchen for being the winner of the Parlour of The Year 2024!

Guido Morreli Rising Star Award 2024 – Winner

Zara Taylor from Stafford was awarded the Guido Morelli Rising Star 2024 accolade at the Ice Cream and Artisan Food Show, an award which marks 30 years since the 41-year-old started out selling ice creams as a teenager.

She joined Tony’s Ices, a family-run enterprise established in 1992, and has risen to the role of director, working to acquire new business opportunities and effectively managing the company’s financial aspects.

Ms Taylor said she was thrilled to come out on top as the great and the good from the country’s ice cream world came together in Harrogate in North Yorkshire to celebrate their 80th anniversary.

She said: “I am absolutely delighted to be recognised with this fantastic honour and in many ways it’s a dream come true.

“I started in ice cream as a 13-year-old doing a Saturday job and I’ve worked really hard over the years and now have four vans.

“Everyone wants to be recognised for doing something in life and doing well at something and this is my thing and I really couldn’t be happier.”

“Just being nominated was great and a real achievement so when I won, you can imagine I was absolutely thrilled but, frankly, I didn’t expect to win so when I went to pick up my award I just didn’t know what to say.”

“It was a brilliant event and I’m just so happy to be recognised in this way and now I can’t wait for the season to get underway.”

Makers and sellers of ice cream gathered at the Yorkshire Event Centre to showcase the best of the best with an award ceremony capping the three-day expo, organised by the Ice Cream Alliance, the trade body for the UK’s £1.4 billion per year ice cream industry.

The Ice Cream Alliance president Katy Alston, owner and founder of Pinks Vintage Ice Cream in Bognor Regis, West Sussex, said she was delighted with this year’s event and paid special tribute to Zara Taylor.

She said: “To win the Guido Morrelli Rising Star 2024 award is a fantastic achievement and Zara is a worthy winner.

“This year’s expo was a big one for us as it’s our 80th anniversary and we couldn’t be more delighted as we’ve had so many more visitors this year at the conference centre.

“It shows the ice cream industry is thriving in the UK and is very much the best in the world.

“It’s our biggest award ceremony ever and shows that ice cream is very much at the heart of Britain’s heritage.

“For me the biggest reward is seeing so many happy children tucking into their favourite treat and we’re committed to seeing it continue.”

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HARROGATE MAN WINS ICE CREAM VAN 2023

Harrogate man, John Taylor from ice cream van business C and M Ices in Harrogate has won one of the most prestigious awards in the ice cream sector – Ice Cream Van 2023.  The award was announced at the National Ice Cream Championships Gala Dinner, the ICA Award Night 2023 at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Harrogate last night.  The competition is run by the Ice Cream Alliance (ICA), the sector’s UK trade association.

Ice Cream Van 2023 (known as Mobiler of the Year in the trade) is sponsored by Ice Cream Direct in Doncaster.

“We are proud to sponsor the 2023 Mobiler of the Year competition, providing us with the opportunity to support and celebrate the Great British tradition of mobiling and the dedicated people within the industry”.

“Winning this award is the biggest honour of my life,” exclaimed John, Harrogate man.  “I am not often lost for words but the moment it was announced I was literally speechless.  As an ice cream van operator, you can’t get a much more prestigious award, and it proves to everyone we put our all into our business.”

C and M Ices was established in 1889 and remains a family business.  John is the 4th generation and has been working in ice cream vans since he left school (over 25 years ago).  John can be found in one of his vans pitched outside the Victoria Shopping Centre in Harrogate most days (April to September), weather permitting.  John and his team also cater for events and weddings.

“Congratulations to John,” added Zelica. “There was very stiff competition among the three finalists – so to win is a very big achievement.”

For more information on C and M Ices visit: www.harrogateicecream.co.uk

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ICE CREAM AWARD: HEXHAM WOMAN SCOOPS ICE CREAM INDUSTRY’S RISING STAR AWARD

Zoe Philipson, 30, of Tyne Valley Ices in Hexham, has scooped the national ‘Guido Morelli Rising Star’ award from the Ice Cream Alliance, the trade body for the UK’s £1.4 bn per year ice cream industry.

“This is utterly mind-blowing,” exclaimed Zoe.  “To be nominated by unknown individuals from within the industry for something I consider ‘the norm’ is unreal. It definitely has not sunk in yet but having people I look up to congratulate me will be something I will always remember.”

Tyne Valley Ices was established in 1974 and Zoe has been involved full-time since finishing her A levels about 12 years ago.  She spent her childhood summers watching her parents grow the business and relished helping out at events. “It was truly idyllic, a child’s dream,” added Zoe.

Tyne Valley Ices is a rural business based in Northumberland which ticks a lot of boxes when it comes to the ice cream industry. It is a manufacturer, wholesaler and ice cream van operator.  “We love seeing our products being enjoyed while out and about and sharing experiences with other local businesses. We manufacture our very own ice cream by retaining many original techniques and principles created at the start in 1974 along with a vast modern range of topping sauces which we ship out nationally and internationally.”

For more information on Tyne Valley Ices visit: www.facebook.com/tynevalleyices/ and @tynevalleyices  

The Guido Morelli Rising Star award is announced annually by the Ice Cream Alliance (ICA), the UK’s ice cream industry trade association. The Rising Star award was created in 2014 in memory of ICA’s Past President, Guido Morelli, a member of the family that runs the world-famous Irish ice cream company.  It recognises young talent, or someone new to the industry, who is going to make their mark.

“Zoe Philipson is a very worthy winner of one of the most prestigious awards in the ice cream industry,” commented Zelica Carr, ICA CEO.  “She has had some stunning successes already and we wait to see her career and business grow, develop and thrive into the future.”

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A Newcastle, Co. Down Business Scoops Prestigious Ice Cream Award

Lick Gelato of Newscastle, Co. Down has won a Gold Medal and Trophy at the National Ice Cream Championships 2021 run by the Ice Cream Alliance (ICA), the sector’s UK trade association. Their delicious toffee ice cream beat all comers in this, the most prestigious ice cream competition in the country which has been running for 76 years. 

“We are absolutely over the moon and back with our award,” exclaimed Lick Gelato co-founder Simon Welby. “When we were watching the presentation live it was a state of near disbelief and elation at the same time when we were announced as the winner. This award is a massive deal and achievement for us as a very young business in the ice cream world.”

Lick Gelato specialises in handcrafted artisan gelato and was founded by Simon, Jo-Ann and Seth just six years ago. They spent approximately a year developing their own, secret recipe at Loughrey College with the help of their technical team before opening their bricks and mortar shop on Central Promenade. Lick Gelato employs a total of eight hardworking and dedicated ice cream engineers who provide a memorable experience when people visit their store.

The championships are normally held at the Ice Cream and Artisan Food Show in Harrogate and hundreds of products are submitted across thirteen categories. Because of the pandemic this show was cancelled.

“The ICA decided that despite lockdowns and severe restrictions on trading we needed to show our sectors resilience by continuing with these annual awards,” commented Zelica Carr, ICA CEO. “I want to thank all those who entered and our dedicated panel of judges who tasted the entries and selected winners in a socially distanced and Covid secure procedure at our head office.”

“Congratulations to Simon and his team,” added Zelica. “There was very stiff competition in all the categories so to win gold is a big achievement.”

Ice cream parlours and ice cream vans have been hard hit in this pandemic losing a total of £289million in income in 2020*. That is just the tip of the iceberg when you add lost ice cream sales in cafes, restaurants and hotels and the economic impact to businesses along the supply chain – manufacturers, flavour houses, wholesalers and others. That is why the ICA has launched Great British Ice Cream Staycation campaign, in which Pinks Parlour is participating, to support ice cream sales in the hospitality sector.

For more information on Lick Gelato visit: www.lickgelato.com /  @LickGelatoNI

For more information on the ICA visit:  www.ice-cream.org

*The ICA surveyed members in March 2021

Fochabers Ice Cream Parlour – Chocolate Champions Again

Fochabers Ice Cream Parlour in the High Street has been crowned chocolate champion at the National Ice Cream Championships 2021 run by the Ice Cream Alliance (ICA), the sector’s UK trade association. This is the most prestigious ice cream competition in the country and has been running for 76 years. 

“We are so excited to have won – especially during these tough times,” exclaimed Sheila Gray, owner of Fochabers Ice Cream Parlour. “We’ve been closed for four months this year and we were shut for four months last year too. But this gives us a massive boost and its good for the staff – I have a great team – and good for the village.”

This award-winning ice cream establishment has been going for 11 years and employs eight people. It is renowned for its multi-award winning Chocolate Ice Cream (they have won this Gold Medal four times!). Sheila added: “I’ve never made this much chocolate ice cream ever before!”

The championships are normally held at the Ice Cream and Artisan Food Show in Harrogate and hundreds of products are submitted across thirteen categories. Because of the pandemic this show was cancelled.

“The ICA decided that despite lockdowns and severe restrictions on trading we needed to show our sectors resilience by continuing with these annual awards,” commented Zelica Carr, ICA CEO. “I want to thank all those who entered and our dedicated panel of judges who tasted the entries and selected winners in a socially distanced and Covid secure procedure at our head office.”

“Congratulations to Sheila and her team,” added Zelica. “There was very stiff competition in this category so to win Gold is a big achievement – and to have won this award four times is unheard of.”

Ice cream parlours and ice cream vans have been hard hit in this pandemic losing a total of £289million in income in 2020*. That is just the tip of the iceberg when you add lost ice cream sales in cafes, restaurants and hotels and the economic impact to businesses along the supply chain – manufacturers, flavour houses, wholesalers and others. That is why the ICA has launched Great British Ice Cream Staycation campaign, in which Pinks Parlour is participating, to support ice cream sales in the hospitality sector.

For more information on Fochabers Ice Cream Parlour: www.fochabersicecream.co.uk

For more information on the ICA visit:  www.ice-cream.org

*The ICA surveyed members in March 2021

Scottish Company Scoops Best Ice Cream in UK Award

Mancini’s of Ayr has been voted the best ice cream manufacturer in the UK at the National Ice Cream Championships 2021 run by the Ice Cream Alliance, the sector’s UK trade association. Mancini’s vanilla ice cream was voted ‘best of the best’ in this, the most prestigious ice cream competition in the country which has been running for 76 years. 

“It’s a wonderful thing to win this championship. Winning the lottery can’t feel better than this,” exclaimed managing director Filippo Mancini. “We are always trying to improve our products and keep our standards the highest we can. The competition is judged by a panel of experts drawn from the industry who taste product from the best ice cream makers in the business. That makes winning even more special.”

For 106 years four generations of the Mancini family have been making and selling award winning ice-cream from the Royal Cafe in Ayr. The company also supplies events – including their famous ice cream weddings – and has just opened a new parlour, Mancini’s @ the beach on Prestwick seafront.

The championships are normally held at the Ice Cream and Artisan Food Show in Harrogate and hundreds of products are submitted across thirteen categories. Because of the pandemic this show was cancelled.

“The ICA decided that despite lockdowns and severe restrictions on trading we needed to show our sectors resilience by continuing with these annual awards,” commented Zelica Carr, ICA CEO. “I want to thank all those who entered and our dedicated panel of judges who tasted the entries and selected winners in a socially distanced and Covid secure procedure at our head office.”

“Congratulations to Filippo and his team at Mancini’s,” added Zelica. “There was very stiff competition, but Mancini’s manages to combine the very best of ingredients, with skill and tried and tested recipes – and the results speak for themselves.”

Ice cream parlours and ice cream vans have been hard hit in this pandemic losing a total of £289million in income in 2020*. That is just the tip of the iceberg when you add lost ice cream sales in cafes, restaurants and hotels and the economic impact to businesses along the supply chain – manufacturers, flavour houses, wholesalers and others. That is why the ICA has launched Great British Ice Cream Staycation campaign, in which Mancini’s of Ayr is participating, to support ice cream sales in the hospitality sector.

For more information on Mancini’s of Ayr visit: www.mancinisicecream.co.uk

For more information on the ICA visit:  www.ice-cream.org

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