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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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