Who are we?
Blackcurrants have been grown commercially in New Zealand for over 40 years, predominantly in the sun drenched valleys and plains of Nelson and Canterbury.
The New Zealand Blackcurrant Co-operative Ltd (NZBC) was formed by growers to be the marketing arm of the industry. The role of NZBC is to source fruit from growers, process it to an intermediate form and sell these products. NZBC does not produce retail ready goods such as bottled juices or jams, but provides products that can be used as inputs to these, as well as specialised ingredients for more sophisticated foods and beverages and for the global nutraceutical market.
|The NZ Blackcurrant Co-operative Ltd is a member of the Cooperatives Association.|
Where are we located?
We are located in Nelson, at the top of the South Island of New Zealand.
Nelson - an irresistible blend of lifestyle and stunning landscape at the top northwest corner of the South Island. From the northern edge of the Southern Alps across the fertile plains and out to a great sweep of beaches, Nelson is beautifully laid out under a generous sun that delivers New Zealand's highest sunshine hours.
Where are our growers?
New Zealand's blackcurrants are grown in two main regions. The Upper Moutere area, which is located 30 minutes out of Nelson and is an idyllic set of valleys that enjoys exceptionally intense summer sunlight coupled with bracing frosts and winter chill. Even in summer, the high day temperature is offset by cool nights created by the fiercely rugged Southern Alps to the west and the Tasman Sea's Golden Bay to the north.
And in Canterbury the Blackcurrants are grown in a band of fertile plains encircling Banks Peninsula (Woodend to the north and Leeston to the south) Further south, blackcurrants grown in Ashburton and South Canterbury extend from the sea to the foothills. Again, the mighty Southern Alps shape the winter's cool nights along with the off-sea winds of the Pacific Ocean.