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. 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, Barker's have owned and produced the popular Anathoth Farm brand of jams and pickles since 2007. A small range of Anathoth Farm jams are available in Australia. Visit www.anathoth.com.au to see the 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, New Zealand. 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. 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, for example.
In Australia you'll find Barker’s fruit cordials in your local Coles (from November) or you can buy directly from our Barker's online shop, open 24/7 for Australia-wide delivery.