Quality and Safety

Quality and safety are ensured by clear traceability from the farm to the final product

The New Zealand Blackcurrant Co-operative has developed a traceability system that ensures their customers receive quality New Zealand Blackcurrants each and every time.

Each of the New Zealand Blackcurrant Co-operatives growers is responsible for tracking every bin of blackcurrants harvested (350 to 500kg).

The grower’s name

The field block where the fruit grew

The harvest date

The variety of Blackcurrants


Bin number

All subsequent processes – from fruit acceptance by the Co-operative of only the best fruit to processing – is recorded. This makes it possible to trace where the fruit from each grower goes and to easily learn where the ingredients for each product originate.  This means that any manufacturer in the world can know from what field in New Zealand their Blackcurrants came, when it was harvested, and how it has been processed.

Growers must also record and submit accurate records of any pesticides or fertilizers that may be used during the complete growing cycle of the berries. This information can also be determined by the manufacturer.

Quality and Safety are the Highest Priority and the Commitment of the New Zealand Blackcurrant Co-operative

All of the growers that supply Blackcurrants to the New Zealand Blackcurrant Co-operative follow the traceability guidelines established by the Co-operative. For the New Zealand Blackcurrant Co-operative, quality and peace of mind for their customers are the highest priorities. The Co-operative is fully committed to:

  • using only New Zealand Blackcurrants – The King of the Berries
  • products containing no allergens
  • using no genetically modified substances
  • using no additives, such as sugar, colouring, or preservatives

The clean growing conditions, pure air and water, and high levels of sunshine in New Zealand give New Zealand Blackcurrants the highest levels of health-giving features.

From time to time the New Zealand Blackcurrant Co-operative produces a report on the New Zealand Blackcurrant farming conditions, trending products and lifestyle tips from the growers in New Zealand to you.

*Click each title to see the report in a PDF format.