Frequently Asked Questions
To help answer your queries we’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions. If you’d like to know more you may like to read Our Story or email us directly.
Anthony Barker started making elderberry wine in a converted cowshed on his Geraldine farm. Neither the elderberry wine nor the strawberry and gooseberry wine that he made survived the test of time, but they were pioneering fruit products in every respect. 47 years later, Barker’s products are still made in Geraldine and still a champion of the New Zealand Grower, using local fruit and vegetables first and foremost.
In 2015, Barker Fruit Processors sold a majority stake to family-owned French company Andros, with Michael Barker (son of founder, Anthony Barker) retaining a significant shareholding and is chairman. Andros is the world’s leader in premium jam, maker of the famous Bonne Maman brand at its home factory in Biars, a small town of 2,000 people in the French countryside.
Still very much made in New Zealand, Barker’s factory, brands and products continues to be produced in Geraldine with the same staff and recipes as before.
Yes, we are the owner and producer of the popular Anathoth Farm brand of jams and pickles since 2007. Anathoth’s success has been based on traditional recipes using small-batch production and a strong focus on New Zealand fruit first. We still make Anathoth jams and pickles in this traditional way using New Zealand grown produce wherever possible. Just visit the Anathoth Farm website to see the full range of products.
We are still on a corner of the old Barker family farm, 8km from the picturesque town of Geraldine in South Canterbury. The Four Peaks mountain range looks down on us. The Geraldine district is where the Barker family has lived for 6 generations; our staff come from the district all around us, this is where we source our blackcurrants and where our factory and offices are located.
Barker’s is proud to be the largest employer in Geraldine, with approximately 170 employees.
We are strong supporters of New Zealand growers and New Zealand fruit is our first choice always: apricots and plums from Central Otago; boysenberries from Nelson; blackcurrants from Canterbury (meet one of our growers); blackberries from Levin, citrus fruits from Poverty Bay and strawberries from even further North. Our labels state where our fruit comes from NZ. We can’t always get all the fruit we need here in New Zealand. No-one grows Morello cherries here, so we source them from Europe. Likewise, the cranberries we use are grown in North America and the passionfruit from Ecuador or Thailand. You can rest assured that all our international fruit is purchased in a global marketplace under strict quality assurance criteria, and only through approved, reputable trading houses.
In New Zealand you'll find Barker’s products at your local supermarket. If there's something you can't find locally, you can buy our entire range directly from our Barker's online shop, open 24/7 from anywhere in the world.
Almost all of Barker’s retail products are gluten-free.
There are only a handful of exceptions as detailed below:
Spiced Eggplant Chutney, Nine Spice Barbecue Jerk Sauce and Chunky Salsa Tomato & Capsicum
Sauce are 'Nil Detected' although if you have an allergy or intolerance to gluten it's always a good idea to make your own informed decisions before consuming. Click here to read more about the differences between Gluten Free and Nil Detected.