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Locals freeze out the competition at national ice-cream awards

Locals freeze out the competition at national ice-cream awards

Arnaldo Morelli with his award-winning mango sorbet at the National Ice Cream competition.

Locals freeze out the competition at national ice-cream awards

Ryan and Karl Wilson, True Gelato.

Two local businesses, Morelli’s and True Gelato, have picked up awards at the recent National Ice Cream Competition, hosted by the Ice Cream Alliance at the Yorkshire Event Centre.

Coleraine-based Morelli’s won the Silver Challenge Cup for its Mango Sorbet at the event, which has been running for 75 years and was judged by 43 experts over two days at the Ice Cream and Artisan Food Show 2020.

“This is brilliant – we’ve never won for a sorbet before,” said Marino Morelli, who looks after new product development for the company. “It’s a first. It was great that celebrity chef Gennaro Contaldo was on the judging panel for this category.”

Morelli’s recently invested £330,000 in expanding its ice cream production centre in Coleraine which is now producing 800,000 litres of ice cream a year.

True Gelato in The Square in Ballyclare, meanwhile, won Best Newcomer Award for its vanilla gelato.

“We are both absolutely overwhelmed and delighted to have been awarded first place for our Vanilla gelato,” said Karl Wilson, who co-owns True Gelato with his brother Ryan. “We entered seven categories and have also received diplomas for these other entries. This achievement will be a great addition to our True Gelato portfolio which we strive to continuously improve.”

The Wilson brothers have been in the newsagent, card and gift industry for 20 years in Ballyclare, Co Antrim. The True Gelato venture was born in 2017 through their yearning for delicious, unique ice cream.

In addition to the parlour in The Square, True Gelato also has an events trailer and an Ice Cream Cart allowing the brothers to serve their gelato at parties and events.

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