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  1. BLOG be in to win

    A little summer squeeze: be in to win

    As seen in Your Home & Garden magazine (Feb issue),  be in the draw to win something a little fancy with Barker’sLazy days, late lunches and long drinks are what summer is all about. We have 5 x refreshing summer gift boxes (valued at $45 each) to giveaway. Each box includes the new range ofRead more

  2. Ginger Beer

    Not all Ginger Beers are the same

    Ginger Beer is becoming a popular thirst quenching beverage and there are many new options hitting the marketThe average 200ml glass of ginger beer contains a whopping 38.5g of sugar, the equivalent of just over eight teaspoons, according to research.Ginger is one of Barker’s favourite flavours which is why we’ve launched our new Lite BrewedRead more

  3. BLOG sponsorship q4 2016

    What a year!

    Looking back through our busy schedule, it wasn’t surprising our  sponsorship tally topped 210+Here’s who we’ve been able help share the fundraising journey with throughout Oct-Dec:Age Concern – Central Hawkes BayAoraki Rugby LeagueArts and Plants FestivalBone Marrow TrustBridge to BridgeCanterbury Medical Research FoundationCashmere Primary Twilight FairClearview PrimaryElmgrove SchoolFairhaven School GalaFeilding PlaycentreFour Peak FitnessFSSI Charity GolfRead more

  4. HFG Winner 2016

    Healthy Food Guide names its top 2016 products

    Barker’s of Geraldine has won 2 out of the 13 product categories of the prestigious annual Healthy Food Guide magazine Awards 2016!We’ve been placed top for both best new product and best low sugar/no sugar category with NZ Unsweetened Blackadder Blackcurrant Juice, as well as commended for our newly launched Lite Brewed Ginger Beer.The 13Read more

  5. Blackcurrant Research

    Giving athletes the performance edge – naturally

    Research indicates New Zealand Blackcurrants give athletes the performance edge – naturallyWith athletes doing whatever it takes to be the fittest, fastest and strongest and beat the next record, groundbreaking research indicating that New Zealand blackcurrants could be the next big sports performance enhancer can only be exciting news for exercise professionals worldwide.For years, sportspeopleRead more

  6. How to make Ice Spheres

    Ice Spheres: entertainers’ delight

    The humble ice cube has come of age.One ice ‘cube’ making a resurgence is the Ice Sphere (aka Ice Ball) adding flair to summer entertaining.Some people like a splash of water in their whisky, while others like an ice cube or two to chill it (which inevitably melts and dilutes the whisky over time, muchRead more

  7. Dulce de Leche now in NZ

    Dulce de Leche reaches NZ shores

    Dulce de Leche, a traditional South American dessert enjoyed world-wide, is now in New Zealand!Literally translated as ‘sweet from milk’ in English Dulce de Leche is known as milk jam or caramel spread.  Gluten free, this traditional and authentic South American topping has now landed on New Zealand shores. History of Dulce de Leche TheRead more

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    Squeezing into something new and a little fancy

    Long days, long lunches and long drinks are just around the corner as summer starts to beckon.To celebrate in style, we’ve created a range of premium handcrafted cordials made from squeezed fruits with botanicals. Each flavour is housed in a bespoke new 500ml bottle – the perfect companion to drinks trolleys, beautiful glassware and summerRead more

  9. Jordon Luck & band Basement

    Jordan Luck back in his old home town of Geraldine

    Jordan Luck was back in his old home town of Geraldine on Tuesday night to reunite and practice with his schoolmates in their old school band “Basement”.They entertained an enthusiastic crowd in the Heritage Crown Hotel with a mix of songs from the early Basement days, a few well known hits from Jordan’s days withRead more

  10. New Yorker Mustard Relish win!

    Winning New Yorker Mustard Relish hits NZ shelves!

    We’re delighted to have just launched our delicious new New Yorker Mustard Relish.Following the popular, gourmet hot dog trend, we reckon it’s a lively addition to any shopping trolley. Off to a great start, New Yorker Mustard Relish is already a winner after taking out the dry awards category at New Zealand Food Awards 2016!TheRead more

  11. BLOG sponsorship q3 2016

    A bumper winter!

    It’s been a busy winter of fundraising with Barker’s spreading the love to more than 60 clubs, groups and charitiesHere’s who we’ve proud to support through product sponsorship during July-Sep 2016:90th South Island National Daffodil ShowAdventure SchoolAlpine EnergyAoraki Migrant Centre and Timaru Newcomers NetworkBAL NZBuckland School Ag DayCanterbury Landrover Owners 50th BirthdayChess National FundraisingChurchill ParkRead more

  12. Supreme Winner - Unsweetened Blackadder Blackcurrant

    Neuro Berry in a Bottle for the Win

    We are delighted to have been announced the Supreme Winner (Small Manufacturer) at the New Zealand Beverage Awards 2016 at Wairakei Resort this week, for our Unsweetened Blackadder Blackcurrant Juice. This followed our win ‘Best Juice (Small Manufacturer)’ for the Unsweetened Blackadder Blackcurrant Juice too which recognises current consumer interest in no refined sugar productsRead more

  13. Barker's new sauces

    New sauces hit the shelves!

    Two new crowd-pleasing sauces have been added our range, ready for the summer season. Brewer’s Barbecue Beer Sauce is a rich, bold sauce containing 12% ale giving it a delicious flavour with mild heat – a great addition to any meal.  It has a tomato base sweetened by a brown sugar, molasses and raisin combo whichRead more

  14. Barker's on canvas - artwork by Harriet Millar

    Barker’s on Canvas

    Meet Harriet Millar, Christchurch artist. After studying art school in England, picking up a post grad in psychology along the way, and becoming a mum of five (in no particular order), she’s thrown herself back into painting.We are glad she did. That’s how we met Harriet!Harriet exhibited at the St Margaret’s School exhibition. A fundraiser forRead more

  15. blackcurrant stain

    How to remove a blackcurrant stain!

    Blackcurrants can leave a very vibrant, ingrained stain whether from fresh berries or its juice. If not tackled when fresh, these stains can be a nightmare to remove.In one form or another, we’ve tackled blackcurrants stains for decades and have some helpful advice. While our method may not be 100% fool-proof in every instance, itRead more

  16. BLOG sponsorship q2 2016

    Autumn Fundraising

    The weather may have been gloomy but fundraising efforts around New Zealand continued to be conducted with much vigor!We were delight to support, by way of product sponsorship, a number of charities, community groups, clubs and schools to help contribute towards their good work.Here are those we were able to assist in Apr-June 2016:10 –Read more

  17. Blackcurrants

    New Scientific Research: Blackadder Blackcurrants

    New Zealand blackcurrant research to support mental performance and brain healthIntroductionWith the growth in an ageing population comes a rising number of brain health conditions. And with over 50,000 Kiwis recorded as living with dementia – two thirds of those with Alzheimer’s, and approximately 1 in 500 New Zealanders with Parkinson’s – more research isRead more

  18. Hops and Hooves, Twizel

    Hops and Hooves at Twizel

    Queen’s Birthday weekend saw us enjoying a stunningly beautiful weekend in the Mackenzie country.We had been invited by Simon & Priscilla Cameron, from Ben Ohau station, to support the inaugural  “Hops & Hooves” which was an inaugural craft beer & food show at the Twizel Events Centre on the Saturday night. It was a realRead more

  19. winter wellness drinks

    Winter Wellness Drinks

    We’ve had great fun experimenting with a range of delicious winter tonics to enjoy this season.Each of our recipes include a blackcurrant fruit syrup (Squeezed NZ Blackcurrant or Lite Blackcurrant work wonderfully) or Lemon, Honey with Ginger along with a host of fresh herbs, spices and a few special ingredients too!  We dabble with soothingRead more

  20. Blackcurrants

    On a quest for Winter Wellness?

    Looks like a job for super blackcurrants!When it comes to fighting off an attack of the winter baddies such as colds and flus, you can call upon blackcurrants – a Superhero of Superfoods, to come to the rescue. These juicy little fruits really do wear the cape, mask and tights – not only are theyRead more

  21. Barker's Sponsorship Q1 2016

    An energetic start to 2016

    So many groups and so many fundraising activities!It is always delightful to receive photos from the charity and community groups we support through product sponsorship. From cycling to endurance runs, raffles to school camps, pipe bands to pink hikes!January-March 2016A Breast of Life FundraisingAffair of the HeartAll about ButterfliesAltrusa ClubBowel and Liver TrustCraighead Diocesan SchoolCSSIRead more

  22. Removing Labels from Glass

    The secret to removing labels from glass bottles

    We have many inquiries from customers wanting to know the secret to removing labels from glass jars and bottlesHere’s what we recommend There are many different paper stocks used for labels (including matt, glossy and textured paper) and you’ll soon discover that some will be harder to remove than others. What is common however isRead more

  23. New Barker's chutneys

    Arriba Arriba!

    We welcome two new additions to the Barker’s chutney range!Habanero Tomato RelishFirst off the block: a taste of Mexico and our hottest offering so far, Habanero Tomato Relish is a new addition to our Barker’s chutney range. Slathered on just about anything this is a perfect condiment for heat-lovers. Not only delicious slathered over sandwichesRead more

  24. Love Potion Cocktail

    History of Valentine’s Day, and more

    February 14th marks a special day across the world: candle lit dinners and chocolates are savoured; flowers and gifts are exchanged; romance is in the air – all in the name of St. Valentine. Who was he, or rather, who were they? Over centuries, it’s difficult to separate fact from fiction however several saints namedRead more

  25. BLOG sponsorship q4 2015

    Spreading the love in 2015

    The lead up to Christmas was a busy time for Barker’s and fundraising groups around the countryAs we do every quarter, we were delighted to be able to help support a large range of charities and fundraising groups through product sponsorship: from raising money for playground & sports equipment, medical research and supporting the communityRead more

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    What to do with left-over ham

    If serving ham on the bone, the odds are you’ll have plenty of ham left over. We look at creative ways to enjoy it for days to come! Ham and Poached Eggs Top slices of grilled or pan-fried ham with an egg and serve on an English muffin or toast, with Barker’s Blackcurrant & RedRead more

  27. BLOG how to glaze a ham

    How to prepare, cook and glaze a ham

    It’s that time of the year! If you are hosting or in charge of glazing the ham, here are a few handy tips on how to prepare, cook and glaze your ham.Preparing the HamRinse the ham under cool running water to remove any sticky residue. Pat dry with a paper towel and place on aRead more

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    Edible Flowers: blooming beautiful

    Edible flowers have delighted the senses for thousands of years. Not only do edible flowers smell and look great, numerous varieties can be easily grown spray-free in your backyard. We investigate how to grow, how to prepare and how to use.Our creative ancestors were curious, forging the use of flowers for medicinal benefits as wellRead more

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    Food obsessions: Sydney eating spots

    When in Australia on ‘food business’ one has to sample and enjoy a few Sydney eating and drinking spots! Danielle, Marketing Manager After masses of domestic NZ travel, it always feels generous and extravagant to enjoy a hot meal on an Australian domestic flight. Our treat on a Melbourne to Sydney Qantas flight was aRead more

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    A road trip to Golden Bay

    Ahhh the joys of a Spring road trip; Golden Bay awaits! We enjoyed a weekend in Golden Bay last weekend and a highlight for me was a visit to the Langford Store at Bainham, which is a 15 minute drive inland from Collingwood. This lonely store in the middle of nowhere brings back memories ofRead more

  31. Q3 2015 Barker's sponsorship

    Sponsorship lends a Helping Hand

    Another quarter gone and another busy few months for all those charity and fundraising groups looking for sponsorship support. Where possible we’ll lend a helping ‘sponsorship’ hand to charity and fundraising groups. Items may be used as raffle items, spinning wheel prizes, lucky dips, catering and even thank you presents to volunteers that work hardRead more

  32. Inspirational Wrap Ideas

    Inspirational Wrap Combinations

    Barker’s sauces are a perfect partner for a range of delicious, inspirational wrap combinations. The full range of sauces will give anyone the chance to create easy, impressive and tasty meals for all to enjoy. Use them on the side with meats, as a marinade, a dipping sauce, cook-in simmer sauce or in delicious lunchRead more

  33. NZ Food Awards

    Our Award Winning Team

    We are delighted to have won a number of awards over recent years and 2015 is no exception.To help celebrate our award winning team we’ve put together a list so we can share the joy with our loyal supporters (that’s you)!2015 NZ Food Awards Dry Category Award Winner – NZ Seedless Bramble Berries fruit preserveFinalistRead more

  34. Sticky Spare Ribs

    Dianne McDonald: Sauce satisfaction in the kitchen

    It may seem I’ve been quiet during the past few months but behind the scenes I’ve been busily working on some delicious recipes for Barker’s with the launch of their new sauce range. *Dianne McDonald, Barker’s crowned 2015 Recipe Developer/Foodie, shares her latest news: I can honestly say I’m loving the new range of savouryRead more

  35. Annual Tramping Pilgramage

    My annual tramping pilgrimage

    Embracing our beautiful country Annual tramps with a group of mates is a great excuse to leave the cell phones behind and forget about the day-to-day issues at work. On the long walks I reflect on where we have come from and our plans for the future but mostly I rejoice in our majestic mountainsRead more

  36. Award winning Bramble Berries

    Award Winning Bramble Berries

    We were delighted to win the Dry Award at the 2015 NZ Food Awards, announced at a gala dinner in Auckland last night Michael, our Executive Director and son of founder Anthony Barker gratefully accepted the award (sponsored by Countdown) for Barker’s NZ Seedless Bramble Berries Preserve. photo L-R: Danielle Esplin (Sales & Marketing Manager),Read more

  37. BLOG blackcurrants

    Kiwi blackcurrants in the News

    Secret revealed : Which fruit may give a longer life?Not only are New Zealand blackcurrants packed with flavour, it seems that, regardless of how you consume them, they are also bursting with goodness. Research indicates that they may have many amazing nutritional and therapeutic benefits and that’s why Barker’s only use New Zealand blackcurrants inRead more

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    Learning to Live with Parkinson’s

    Gerald from New Zealand shares his personal journey on blackcurrants and managing Parkinson’s disease. In his words: When I read reports of new research into the potentially positive effects of Blackadder juice [Blackadder varietal of blackcurrants grown in New Zealand] on cognitive functions affected by Parkinson’s disease, I was intrigued. I have Parkinson’s and overRead more

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    Finalists in the 2015 Food Awards!

    Great news, hot off the press! The top performers in New Zealand’s food industry have been announced, and Barker’s of Geraldine are delighted to have 3 products revealed among the 2015 NZ Food Award finalists. Judges at this year’s NZ Food Awards have been impressed with the level of innovation in entries across the sectorRead more

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    Food obsessions: from across the ditch

    After a week in Australia; of living, watching, thinking and doing, it strikes me how different our two markets are. Danielle, Marketing Manager Australia is our closest neighbour and an environment we think we know because of our close proximity. But with around 1400kms between us, a population from different ethnic origins combined with aRead more

  41. Q2 2015 Barker's sponsorship

    Fundraising Efforts

    We appreciate the hard work that goes into fundraising efforts …endless hours of telephone calls, co-ordinating volunteers and seeking sponsorship partners in order to make the event a success! ‘Quarter 2’ 2015 has been another busy time for us at Barker’s. Here are the groups we’ve been delighted to support in their fundraising efforts: Anderson’sRead more

  42. Cooking over an open fire

    Dianne McDonald: Cooking up a Storm

    We’ve had my papa and sister visit from the Philippines so there’s been plenty of cooking over an open fire. *Dianne McDonald, Barker’s crowned 2015 Recipe Developer/Foodie, shares her latest news: Cooking over an open fire is a traditional Filipino way of life. My dad has been the source of my foodie inspiration since IRead more

  43. 2015 Food Magazine Awards Finalist

    2015 Food Magazine Award Finalists are revealed!

    Two Barker’s of Geraldine fruit syrups have been named as finalists in the Australian 2015 Food Magazine Awards!In its eleventh year, the Food Magazine Awards have generated a huge amount of interest, with nearly 200 entries across the 16 categories.We are excited to have two fruit syrups selected for this Australian award:Lite Squeezed New ZealandRead more

  44. Blackcurrants

    New Zealand blackcurrants good for the brain

    Berry good news! Research has shown that New Zealand blackcurrants are good for keeping us mentally young and agile; a finding that could have potential in managing the mental decline associated with aging populations, or helping people with brain disorders such as Parkinson’s disease or depression.The research, conducted by scientists at Plant & Food ResearchRead more

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    The power of antioxidants in blackcurrants

    Blackcurrants have been valued as one of nature’s super fruits and nutritious foods for centuries.For generations, mothers have regarded blackcurrants as a trusted natural source of nourishment for their families and traditional healers used them for a broad range of ailments and winter malady’s. But it’s only in recent decades that scientists have caught upRead more

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    June’s Snowy Blast

    Here’s a selection of photos gathered by the Barker’s team to celebrate the heaviest snow fall since 2008! It sure does get cold here in Geraldine. Yes it snows, most definitely. But this year, we’ve had a real winter wonderland display.First it started gently yesterday. Then it bucketed down! But any-which-way you look at it,Read more

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    First big snow since 2008!

    “A picture paints a thousand words” they say, so I will keep this brief. It started snowing late yesterday afternoon. More snow fell during the night…the first big snow since 2008! This morning at 6am I had to fly to Auckland. After putting chains on and clearing the driveway of fallen trees I just gotRead more

  48. Don and Di McFarlane

    Insights into Blackcurrants

    Growing Blackcurrants in New Zealand Don and Di McFarlane have been blackcurrant growers for decades. While semi-retired Don is still very much involved with blackcurrant research and development in New Zealand. We asked Don to share with us insights into the Blackcurrant industry in New Zealand. World Acclaimed There are 37 growers in New Zealand,Read more

  49. Roger Payne and Hamish McFarlane

    From Garden to Glass

    Meet the McFarlanes Don and Di McFarlane have been growing blackcurrants since the 1980s. Supplying Barker’s of Geraldine with locally grown fruit for many decades has lead to a long and fruitful relationship. Once supplying blackcurrants in 20kg cartons, supply and demand has meant logistics now requires delivery by the tonne. “As producers, it givesRead more

  50. Things Just Keep Getting Better

    Dianne McDonald: Things just keep getting better!

    “My world as the Barker’s 2015 Recipe Developer/Foodie just keeps getting better.” — Dianne McDonald Part of my win was a trip to Geraldine. It was amazing despite the rain! It was a busy day indeed but it wouldn’t be special without meeting the people behind the beautiful Barker’s products. It was such an honourRead more

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    The Honesty of Food Labelling

    We were disappointed to recently read in a news article that discussed the honesty of food labelling on New Zealand products…. … that the writer questioned some of the country of origin statements on Barker’s of Geraldine products. CLICK for full stuff.co.nz article Barker’s of Geraldine’s intention is not to mislead therefore on the frontRead more

  52. Gluten Free and Nil Detected

    Gluten Free vs ‘Nil Detected’

    We know how important it is to be clear whether gluten is, or is not, present in foods. What is gluten? It’s a combination of two proteins – glutenin and gliadin – found in wheat, rye, barley and oats. With a 0g gluten status clearly stated on the nutritional label, we happily call this aRead more

  53. 2015 Barker's sponsorship

    Fundraising Flurry

    It’s been a busy start to 2015 for fundraising groups around New Zealand. Barker’s of Geraldine are delighted to have been able to support many community groups, schools and charities to help with fundraising for, by providing product for spot prizes, hampers, raffles, catering and more. Here’s just a few so far this year: JanuaryRead more

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    Press Release: change in ownership

    Barker Fruit Processors joins forces with French family – exciting future unveiled PRESS RELEASE – 17/4/15 Barker Fruit Processors has reached agreement to sell a majority stake to family-owned French company Andros, with Michael Barker retaining a significant shareholding in the business. The transaction is subject to OIO approval. Andros is the world’s leader inRead more

  55. What a Week

    Dianne McDonald: What a week!

    The week has started with a whirl for our newly crowned Barker’s 2015 Recipe Developer/Foodie, Dianne McDonald. After flying to Auckland from her hometown Dunedin, to be at special announcement, she’s met some wonderful people including judges Annabelle White (food writer) and Tamara West (food photographer), the Barker’s team and Michael Barker himself. Exciting timesRead more

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    From Open Fires to Star Cook

    Despite growing up cooking over an open flame, Dianne McDonald’s culinary skills today earned her the title of Barker’s 2015 Recipe Developer/Foodie! In February, Barker’s set out to find an upcoming Recipe Developer/Foodie who, with their passion for food, would create some wonderful Barker’s inspired recipes to help us promote our products. The month-long searchRead more

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    Our finalists are revealed!

    We are delighted to announce our Recipe Developer Finalists Our search has narrowed down to four! We have selected four finalists from around the country who are competing to be the new Barker’s 2015 Recipe Developer/Foodie. Keen foodies Bex Savage from Rolleston, Jess Goodwin from Christchurch, Dianne McDonald from Dunedin and Farzana Rashid from AucklandRead more

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    Throw Back Thursday!

    Anthony Barker springs the bung out of a cask of elderberry wine using a hand-fashioned mallet – early 1970s There’s a popular thread on social media under the tag #ThrowBackThursday… …and we’ve been looking back in delight at some old Barker’s of Geraldine gems.We came across this, c1980s. It’s a little jingle called Battle ofRead more

  59. Recipe Developer Search Update

    Recipe Developer Search Update

    We’ve been very excited to see so many delicious recipes being submitted. Our search for a Recipe Developer/Food Blogger has set off with a hiss and a roar! Remember, our search closes on Friday 6 March, so if you have yet to submit your Barker’s inspired recipe creation, hurry! The usage ideas have left usRead more

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    Frozen Berry Assurance from Barker’s

    You may be aware of the recent cases of Hepatitis A linked to frozen berry productsYou may be aware of recent news articles in New Zealand indicating that imported berries could be a source of the virus Hepatitis A. A similar incident occurred in February this year in Australia and highlights the ongoing need forRead more

  61. Sarau Blackcurrant Festival

    Sarau Blackcurrant Festival 2015

    Come rain or shine, Blackcurrants are to be celebrated! We survived a very rainy Sarau Blackcurrant Festival in Upper Moutere earlier this month but were in fine company with blackcurrant-lovers from far and wide who came to celebrate the end of the season. Blackcurrants, hailed as a superfruit for all its rich health qualities, areRead more

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    Meet Noel Jones

    Noel has been a big part of Barker’s for some 10 years. His role? “Everything but the lawn” he chuckles. In a nutshell that includes garden maintenance of up to 500 plants and trees around the farm, clearing and levelling, and being the ‘go to’ general handyman. He’s a real character here on the farmRead more

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    5 Truths about Sugar in Jam

    The debate around sugar has heated up and we are reminded by many customers and media about how sugar is the new killer in society. At Barker’s we recognise that sugar has, and continues to play, a controversial role in our diet, however we also recognise that many New Zealander’s choose to continue enjoying sugar…Read more

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    Upskilling staff part of company values

    Sausages and certificates were on offer as Barker’s of Geraldine celebrated the upskilling of more than 130 staff. TIMARU HERALD The company worked with skills-building company Competenz to train staff in national certificates of Occupational Health and Safety. A graduation ceremony was held on the factory grounds yesterday with 134 staff receiving certificates. Training startedRead more

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    2014 Sponsorship Round Up

    We are delighted have been able to support local charities and fundraising events for great causes throughout the 2014 year. Here are the groups we’ve been delighted sponsored in some way or form in recent months: October-December 2014 Ahipara School Christ The King School Dalmation Club Show Duntroon School Fashion in The Field – GeraldineRead more

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    Upton Cellars: The Converted Cowshed

    The Upton Farm cowshed and piggery were converted into the winery where the first wines were made entirely from old-fashioned elderberries. Elderberry trees flourished around the riverbeds of Canterbury and North Otago, some growing to great heights. It is said these were brought in by early settlers as hedge plants and, maybe, with the thoughtRead more

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    Farming to Elderberry Wine

    Diversification was in the minds of some farmers as long ago as the 1960’s. In the space of 30 years Upton Farm at Pleasant Valley in South Canterbury, became Upton Cellars, Barker’s Wines and finally the prodigious Barker Fruit Processors Ltd with a reputation for producing nothing but the best. Anthony Barker, founder of theRead more

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    The Barker’s Story

    We share a series of snippets from Barker Family 1969-1999 and beyond; stories and anecdotes collated over the years. It is a story of how a dream can come true and how unassuming hard work and a belief in other people can be rewarded by the collective harnessing of a village of industry. Barker’s isRead more

  69. Michael Barker

    Annual alpine fishing weekend

    Every year I look forward to a fishing weekend with three mates. The destination varies, but always somewhere remote, alpine and beautiful, ideally with lots of fish! This year we bunked down in a hut at “Paradise” beyond Glenorchy at the head of Lake Whakatipu. No electricity, just a smoky old Shacklock stove and anRead more

  70. Wrap and Relish combinations

    Wrapped with Relish

    Relishes and chutneys go deliciously with almost everything, and we’re particularly wrapped with the wrap combo too! Our friends at Farrah’s sent us their amazing array of wraps and we took it to task to think of easy ways to enjoy both wrap and relish together. Here are our tasty creations: Super-easy dip and crispsRead more

  71. Ginger Negus

    Ginger Negus flash back

    Ginger Negus – flash back to the 1970s!After Dad had perfected his elderberry table wine he decided to make a port. This meant we had to have a licensed customs bond store where we stored the drums of spirit, 96% alcohol, under lock and key, and the Timaru customs officer had to come out toRead more

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    2014 off to a great start

    It’s been a busy year so far. We’ve been spreading the love all over New Zealand. Here are the groups we’ve been delighted sponsored in some way or form so far in 2014: Andersons Bay Community Kindy Ashburton Fanciers Society Annual Show Ashhurst School Atene Marae Arthritis New Zealand Blue Mountain College Brightwater School BucklandRead more

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    Happy 45th Birthday to Barker’s of Geraldine

    Celebrating 45 yearsDuring a crisp, cool evening in the gardens of Stonebridge in Geraldine, members of the Barker’s team, the Barker family and invited guests were greeted with a warming serve of Mountain Moonshine to celebrate 45 years of innovation, hard work and success within the Australasian food industry.It is something special when Michael Barker,Read more

  74. Nadia Lim Visits Geraldine

    Nadia Lim visits the farm in Geraldine

    Nadia Lim came to visit us in Geraldine whilst filming ‘New Zealand with Nadia Lim’ series. Nadia caught up with Michael Barker on the front lawn where he entertained her in true Geraldine style, talked about New Zealand’s world-class blackcurrants and sampled our delicious fruit syrups. She’s been on a gastronomic journey around New ZealandRead more

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    Barker’s toasts its success with hat trick

    PRESS RELEASE —- 3 September [photo: above Nicky Donkers, Justin Riley, Jeff Richardson and Michael Barker] As it celebrates 45 years on the farm, jam maker Barker’s of Geraldine is toasting its success with a trio of top business awards. Barker’s was delighted to win three awards, including the Supreme title at the South CanterburyRead more

  76. Granny Barker's Trifle

    The very best – Granny Barker’s Trifle

    My sisters reminded me recently about the very special trifle that we used to make on Christmas day. The whole day seemed to be spent preparing for a huge, very late lunch and after devouring a large turkey with all the trimmings we would then confront Granny Barker’s Trifle. Mind you, at that stage weRead more

  77. Glass Upcycling

    Upcycling Glass

    From flower arranging, to handy workshop storage, gifting and serving vessels – we are delighted to be able to share some recycled and upcycled glass ideas with you. We set a challenge last month and loved how you’ve told us so many ways you reuse our Barker’s jars and bottles. Here are just a few!IfRead more

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    Father’s Day

    Father’s Day is always a great excuse for enjoying a bit of a lie-in with a nice cup of tea followed by breakfast in bed. Well I’m hoping one of my daughters reads this so they know what I’ll be hoping for! Mother’s Day and Father’s Day have never been big occasions in our house,Read more

  79. Fibre on the farm

    Our mission to bring fibre to the farm!

    Working on the farm here beneath the Southern Alps has many upsides — the view, the fresh alpine air, the people. Internet speed? Well, we are on a mission!We’re on a mission to bring ‘fibre to the farm’!See the picture above? Well, this is currently how we are currently connected!Justin, our CEO, shot a shortRead more

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    Big Changes for Barker’s jams – FAQs

    Sugar is an important issue and many of our customers have asked whether we could make a jam with less sugar. After listening and tinkering in our farm kitchen we have changed our jam recipe which now boasts more fruit and less sugar. We know you’ll have lots of questions so we’ve tried to answerRead more

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    Naturally Sweet

    As more and more of us are becoming aware that our sugar intake needs to be moderated many of us are gravitating towards Lite or low calorie substitutes.And because of this Barker’s of Geraldine has created Lite fruit syrups and no refined sugar fruit syrups using all natural sweeteners. Read more to find out whatRead more

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    Drink Up – Modern Home Magazine

    Australia, we hope you’re drinking Barker’s fruit syrups this winter! Delicious served ‘hot when it’s cold’ simply dilute with hot water for a perfect tea/coffee alternative. Lemon, Honey, Ginger particularly is renown for soothing sore throats and winter chills. Check out these hot recipes! Blackcurrant Hot Toddy Fruit Tea Warmer *Spotted in Modern Home Magazine,Read more

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    Congratulations Valmai on 28 years with Barker’s

    Our CEO, Justin Riley, congratulates Valmai on her 28 years service at Barker’s. Valmai who recently retired, will be one of nine employees being recognised for 25 years of service working at Barker’s of Geraldine, at our 45th Birthday celebration in September. “As a business we rarely stop to celebrate our successes, but celebrating 45Read more

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    Sweet taste of Success

    Barker’s enjoys the sweet taste of success after 45 years on the family farm. MINDFOOD MAGAZINE The story of Barker’s of Geraldine is a tale about making dreams come true and how unassuming hard work and a belief in other people can be rewarded. In March 1969, Anthony and Gillian Barker made 1200 cases ofRead more

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    Blackcurrants role in recovery of athletes

    According to New Zealand research, blackcurrants may help athletes recover from the impact of exercise.A preliminary study by the New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research found signs that an extract derived from New Zealand-grown blackcurrants, taken before and after exercise, could minimise muscle damage and inflammation, and support a healthy immune system.New ZealandRead more

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    Do blackcurrants have a role supporting a healthy immune system?

    Plenty of research substantiates blackcurrants potential role in strengthening and supporting a healthy immune system…including a study that identified a compound in these wee power punched berries that stimulates macrophages – cells which play a dual role in our body immune defence system.The Japanese research found that the fruit juice of blackcurrant contained a substance,Read more

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    If this Camry could talk!

    My old company car, a Toyota Camry, takes its last ride out the gate with 340kms on the clock. Hidden under the touched up paint are the proud signatures of my daughter Libby and her friend, who, at the tender age of 3 years, used a stone to show off their advanced handwriting skills. ObviouslyRead more

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    Crab Apple Jelly

    When the ski fields are closed and you have time on your hands, what else do you do in Wanaka with your expanded family on a ski holiday? Bake fresh scones and make Crab Apple Jelly of course! Let me set the scene: Esther Mabin (nee Barker) looked out the window at the rain andRead more

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    Mocktails and Cocktails

    Create some delicious, easy-to-prepare mocktails and cocktails to welcome your guests. Help celebrate with your friends with a tasty twist on a classic; enjoy bubbles with a splash of vitamin C;  and flavours collide for a tangy yet smooth cocktail.We’ve tried and tested these for you. Each can be easily adapted with or without alcohol.

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    Paying Homage to the old truck

    After decades of service at Barker’s of Geraldine, the old truck has finally been retired. Used since the late 1980’s, it was originally used to move all goods to and from the winery on the farm, which is 10km from Geraldine town. Old it might be, but it wasn’t the first truck! The first truck,Read more

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    Meet 3 generations of the White Family

    Meet three generations of the White family who have worked for, or are still working at Barker’s. Anna, her mother Allie, and grandmother Nora! Nora worked on the original bottling line for Gillian & Anthony Barker, bottling Elderberry & Strawberry Wine before representing the Geraldine district on the local District Council! Daughter Allie, a nurse,Read more

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    Money for Jam – Kia Ora Magazine

    The old ways are sometimes the best ways – or at least that’s what the continued success of Barker’s of Geraldine seems to say. KIA ORA MAGAZINE It’s a great time to be old fashioned, or so you’d have to think given the success of Barker’s of Geraldine. Launched 44 years ago as a cottageRead more

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    Old boilers go as Barker’s grow

    Barker’s of Geraldine has unveiled a new multi-fuel boiler as part of a $4 million investment to double steam capacity and increase export markets. TIMARU HERALD The food and beverage company has partnered with Energy For Industry (EFI) to replace two old diesel boilers and give the plant multi-fuel options. The new operation has aRead more

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    New Energy Centre grand opening

    A great celebration of community, staff and friends at the formal opening of Barker’s new energy centre today. We celebrated with a BBQ in the garden, and Geraldine turned on the sun and fabulous mountain views for the media and our guests. We’re continuing its push towards green manufacturing and in partnership with Energy ForRead more

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    $4m plant upgrade to help move into Aussie

    Alan Wood investigates what it takes to break into the Australian supermarket market. THE PRESS Barker’s of Geraldine has invested $4 million in its manufacturing plant near Geraldine as it launches syrups into Australian supermarkets for the first time. Australian supermarket chain Coles would start selling the Barker’s fruit syrups from late September; director andRead more

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    Fruits of their labours

    It began in a disused cowshed on a corner of the family farm and today is the biggest employer in town. One of new Zealand’s finest family businesses is 40 years old and still going strong. LIFE & LEISURE MAGAZINE 2011 GERALDINE IS A SMALL and picturesque South Canterbury town with an English feel toRead more

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    Money for Jam

    You would have to travel a long way from Barker’s rural doorstep in Geraldine to find a sweeter success story. PEAK MAGAZINE From humble beginnings as a 1960s-era hobby farm specializing in elderberry wine, the country-kitchen has gone on to produce a range of 400 products making Barker’s a staple in the nation’s cupboards andRead more

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    Jam Packed

    The Barker family crams a lot of living into their days on their Geraldine farm. Michael Barker looks back at his childhood and forward to the sweet life … REAL MAGAZINE It’s 40 years since Anthony Barker had the idea to make elderberry wine from the glut of wild berries scoured from riverbeds and gulliesRead more

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    Breathe Easy: Blackcurrant’s potential role in respiratory health

    Eating blackcurrants may help allergy-induces asthma sufferers breathe more easily by working with the body’s immune system to reduce inflammation in the lungs, claim New Zealand scientists.Research from New Zealand’s Plant and Food Research laboratories has shown evidence that chemicals in the berry may work with the bodies’ natural defences to attack the causes ofRead more

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    Blackcurrants – the answer to endurance sports muscle cramp and fatigue?

    A Canterbury blackcurrant farmer cum practicing science consultant, Jane Lancaster, might have uncovered a way…to reduce lactic acid build up leading to muscle cramp and hence assist endurance athletes to improve performance.The NZ Blackcurrant Cooperative asked Lancaster to review international scientific evidence from clinical trials using blackcurrants in order to understand how an extract ofRead more

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