Golden North in Laura has been voted the best ice cream in Australia

NATIONAL WINNERS: Ricky Willis from Golden North with some of their ice cream voted the best in the country by Canstar Blue's 2019 ice cream customer satisfaction survey.

NATIONAL WINNERS: Ricky Willis from Golden North with some of their ice cream voted the best in the country by Canstar Blue's 2019 ice cream customer satisfaction survey.

South Australia's renowned ice cream Golden North has been judged as Australia's best ice cream for the second year in a row.

The popular ice cream came out on top in the categories of taste, consistency, variety and satisfaction following an independent customer survey conducted by Canstar Blue.

Over 1,300 consumers from across the country voted Golden North as the best ice cream, coming up against top competitors including Peters, Bulla, Aldi, Connoisseur, Ben and Jerry's and Blue Ribbon.

Operations manager at the Laura factory, Ricky Willis says that they are incredibly proud of their achievement, as they are the first ice cream company to win the award two years in a row.

"It is fantastic, it is something we are all very proud of. Certainly our products here, we hold a lot of pride in the job we do," Mr Willis said.

"We announced the win to the workers a couple of weeks ago when we found out, certainly there was a lot of pride and team knowing they had won. Everyone is just really proud of what we do and how we do it."

The company put their win down to the fact that they still use South Australia milk and cream as their main two ingredients.

"A lot of our competitors now are going to cheaper alternatives but we are still making ice cream the old traditional way. All of our milk is from South Australia, it comes out of the Barossa Valley and the Adelaide hills, as close as we can get it."

The back to back win for Golden North means that their expansion into the eastern seaboard may be more successful now that their nation-wide reputation is growing.

"Our consumer base in Victoria and New South Wales is quite low so we are looking to increase that. There would be more production here, which would keep the jobs we have here."

Golden North's presence in Laura is highly regarded, Ricky says that when you talk about Golden North, people think of Laura and vice versa and that is incredibly important.

"For us to be in Laura is huge, we employ 60 people all from within the local district. We have a huge part of this community and really look out for it," Mr Willis said.

This story Cream of the crop first appeared on The Flinders News.