In the News

  1. New dressings!

    With Summer approaching and longer sunlight hours challenging us to get more out of our days……many of us don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen prepping from scratch, but still want full-flavour eating experiences to share with friends and family.Let Barker’s of Geraldine help you with two new versatile dressings which allow you toRead more

  2. Updates: Big Plans for Barker’s in 2019

    We are so excited to be able to share our news. We’ve been busily working away at the plans for months! A major renovation of a local Geraldine heritage building for boutique accommodation and the building of a new store and eatery to showcase Barker’s products, will soon be underway in Geraldine. There is so muchRead more

  3. NZ 2019 Food Awards Finalist

    We are delighted to have just been named a Finalist in the NZ Food Awards 2019! We’re thrilled that our home-grown Kiwi blackberries, boysenberries, blackcurrants and raspberries have impressed the judges with their vibrant flavour and beautiful colour.  Being gluten free, with no added preservative, what isn’t there to love about this iconic New Zealand Wildberry  flavour.Read more

  4. ONZFP awards 2019

    Award Winning Platter Partners!

    We are delighted to have been awarded two very special medals in the 2019 Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards!Barker’s of Geraldine Feijoa & Pear Fruit for Cheese – GOLD medal in the Earth categoryLight and fresh NZ Feijoa and NZ pear are the perfect accompaniment to creamy cheeses such as Brie and Camembert.Gluten freeNo artificialRead more

  5. Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards

    With 186 entries from 100 food producers, entrants in the 2018 Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards had fierce competition.  We are delighted to have two Barker’s products awarded Silver Medals!Barker’s Silver Award WinnersBarker’s Brewed Ginger Beer Judge’s Notes: A quality ginger beer, very refreshing with well-­‐balanced flavours. Floral, spicy ginger aromas. Delicious, judges rated this productRead more

  6. 2017 NZ Food Awards

    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!Barker’s of Geraldine took out the top spot in the 2017 Non-Alcoholic Beverages Award category, in association with sponsor Villa Maria, with Squeezed LemonsRead more

  7. 2017 nz food awards finalist

    2017 NZ Food Award Finalists

    We’ve made the finals!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 2017 NZ Food Award finalists. Celebrity Judge Geoff Scott: “One thing that I love about the New Zealand Food Awards is just the immense variety across all theRead more

  8. 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

  9. 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

  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. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. $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

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. 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