2017 NZ Food Award win – a delicious recognition

We are delighted, to say the least, to have won at the 2017 NZ Food Awards. Three consecutive years, three award winning recognitions – thank you for all your support New Zealand!

Squeezed Lemon with Lime, Cucumber and Mint fruit syrupBeverages Award 2017 NZ Food AwardsBarker’s of Geraldine took out the top spot in the 2017 Non-Alcoholic Beverages Award category, in association with sponsor Villa Maria, with Squeezed Lemons with Lime, Cucumber & Mint syrup from the 500ml fruit botanical range.

With pride, our award will stand alongside our 2016 Dry Category Award with our New Yorker Mustard Relish and our 2015 award in the same category for our NZ Seedless Bramble Berries fruit preserve.

Anthony Barker started the business 48 years ago on the family farm. Innovation is in our DNA, starting with Anthony’s cask aged Dry Elderberry table wine made from locally picked, wild berries.

Every day we challenge ourselves to be nimble and innovative and are delighted to continue to bring excitement and flavour to food.

“We were trying to make a really, sophisticated beverage and we think we’ve nailed it. We’ve used squeezed juice, not from concentrate. We actually squeezed the cucumbers – we brought five tonne of cucumbers, threw them in the press and hoped like hell, and it worked brilliantly.” says Michael Barker.

We love to innovate in the food and beverage arena and will continue to do this with much pride and enthusiasm.

The NZ Food Awards are an annual celebration of food innovation brought to us by Massey University.

NZ Food Awards 2017

The Barker’s of Geraldine team are, from left, Michael Barker, Bill Pridham, Kim Bulling, Danielle Esplin with sponsor Mandy Tompkins from Villa Maria Wines.

And the selfie of the night:
Award Winning selfie