Golden North ice cream came out on top in the categories of taste, consistency, variety and overall satisfaction following an independent customer survey by Canstar Blue of more than 1300 consumers nationally.
It also ranked highly for value for money and packaging to clinch back-to-back titles for the first time as Australia’s number one ice cream.
Made 200km north of Adelaide in the state’s Mid North, Golden North creamed much larger producers including Peters, Bulla, Connoisseur, Blue Ribbon, Aldi and Ben & Jerry’s to defend the Canstar Blue title it won last year.
“For a relatively small producer like Golden North to mix it with the biggest brands on the national stage and win is fantastic. To do it two years running is absolutely incredible,” said Golden North Marketing Director Trevor Pomery.
“We’re ecstatic and see the award as wonderful recognition for Golden North and for South Australia more broadly as a world-class producer.”
The privately owned and operated ice cream manufacturer was established in 1923 at Laura in South Australia’s upper Mid North where it still produces a range of ice cream flavours that are palm oil, nut and gluten free.
Its growing sales are approaching 14 million litres of ice cream a year with vanilla its most popular flavour followed by honey and boysenberry.
Golden North products are now available in selected IGA and Supa IGA stores in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia. They can also still be bought in all South Australian and NT supermarkets.
Pomery said the award was an endorsement of the company’s commitment to using fresh milk and cream from local South Australian dairy farmers to make its products.
He said he would love to gain national distribution with the big supermarket chains such as Woolworths and Coles “but they are a bit harder to crack”.
“It’s growing every year because we are getting more distribution outside of South Australia,” Pomery said.
“Every supermarket owner has to look at what the public wants and the Canstar award is voted by the public so surely the supermarkets have to take note of that.
“While South Australians have known and loved Golden North ice cream for almost 100 years, we’re still a reasonably new brand elsewhere, so to have interstate consumers rate our ice cream so highly is a real thrill and enormously satisfying for the entire Golden North team.”
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