Our Story


The magic of Umaluma started with the simple desire to create a super healthy, organic, non-dairy alternative to traditional Italian gelato — the yummy stuff that’s creamy, smooth and bursting with flavour.


We asked ourselves how do we find a new niche within the frozen dessert market? What we discovered was that most of the non-dairy ice-cream alternatives available prior to Umaluma, simply do not taste like ice cream (or gelato). The texture is grainy or icy and while these products serve customers who have a dairy allergy or who are vegan, they don’t address the needs of the wider conventional ice cream lover. So we set out to create a formula that would not only taste as creamy and smooth as our dairy-based competitors, but also be healthier and better for the planet.


We made the decision to select only the finest, mostly organic ingredients we could find and combine them in exactly the right way. After nearly eighteen months in product development, we believe that Umaluma Dairy-Free Gelato makes a world class product that redefines the frozen dessert category. 


People often ask what Umaluma means? The short answer: it just sounds nice. We wanted a name that would not be associated with anything, but allow your imagination to run wild. To us, Umaluma stands for passion, goodness and bringing real flavour from all over the world to our taste buds every day.

We take an artisanal approach to making our gelato. Each recipe is made from scratch and hand prepared to perfection; from making our own nut mylks, to fresh squeezing organic orange juice and pressing our own espresso, we go the limit to ensure the best flavour and the highest quality possible.

Ian Bruce  Owner & Founder

Ian Bruce Owner & Founder

We believe that a successful business should be more than just a way to sell a product and generate profit. Umaluma strives to make its staff, suppliers and customers feel great, knowing that every scoop is ethically sourced, of the highest standard and spoon-lickingly tasty.