Ben & Jerry’s ‘Mooving’ to New Zealand

Kiwis will be able to taste the iconic ice cream in December, when the company opens its first New Zealand store. Photo: commons.wikimedia .org

American ice cream chain Ben & Jerry’s is coming to New Zealand.

Kiwis will be able to taste the iconic ice cream in December when the company opens its first New Zealand store.

Ben & Jerry’s Facebook said: “The rumours are true! We’re moooving on into New Zealand. We’ve packed a scoop shop and delicious pints, and we’ll be there in December.”

The company, which sells ice cream, frozen yoghurt and sorbet, confirmed the first store will be located at 160 Ponsonby Rd, just a few doors along from Italian restaurant SPQR, where Video Ezy was previously based.

Reports say the store’s opening hours will be from 11 am-11 pm and 11 am -12 am on Friday and Saturday.

It’s reported there will be 18 classic Ben & Jerry’s flavours available, including Strawberry Cheesecake, Choc Chip and Cookie Dough. There will also be delicious top sellers: Chunky Monkey – banana ice cream with fudge chunks and walnuts and Phish Food – chocolate ice cream with gooey marshmallow swirls, caramel swirls and fudge fish.

Kylie Le-May, Marketing Guru at Ben & Jerry’s said: “We know Kiwis love to travel and they’ve enjoyed Ben & Jerry’s all over the world. We’ve literally had tons of requests to bring our delicious ice cream to New Zealand – so we thought, yeah let’s do it!

“We can’t wait to welcome Kiwis into our new Scoop Store to get stuck in and enjoy the gooey chunks of chocolate fudge, huge helpings of cookie dough and flowing flavour swirls that our unique flavours are famous for.”

Fans are excited as the company is known for its unique store fit outs, claiming that no two shops were alike.

Tubs of the ice cream will also go on sale in a number of retail outlets.

Food scientist Kay McMath, who has been the chief judge of the New Zealand Ice Cream Awards for the past 12 years, said: “With so many high-quality local ice cream brands already available, Ben & Jerry’s would find stiff competition in the Auckland market.

“Ben & Jerry’s have also announced that they are set to deliver an Openair Cinema to their ice-cream hungry fans in Auckland – calling it their “Sundae Session.”

The company was established in 1978 by childhood friends Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield in Vermont, United States. While they occasionally disagreed on the size of the chunks going into the ice cream, one thing they did agree on was having fun. As Jerry put it, “If it’s not fun, why do it?”

Ben & Jerry’s is now a household name all over the world. The duo sold the business to British-Dutch conglomerate Unilever for $325 million in 2000.

With a continued focus on sourcing the finest ingredients to create euphoric chunks & swirls, Ben & Jerry’s now operates in more than 30 countries.

Emily Patrick