Blackcurrants

A berry superfood providing more vitamins and antioxidants than any other commonly available fruit

New Zealand blackcurrants are delicious and extremely nutritious.  The combination of our pristine environment, our climate, high ultraviolet light intensity, and specially bred varieties produce berries rich in colour and flavour and high in anthocyanins, antioxidants, and vitamin C.

Acknowledged as a ‘superfood’ there is solid scientific research showing that New Zealand blackcurrants provide a wide range of health and wellbeing benefits including:

  • Reduced cholesterol and increased circulation
  • Improved eye function and recovery
  • Improved mental performance
  • Improved kidney function
  • Exercise recovery, diet and immune responsiveness
  • Overall improved general health and wellbeing
     
WE WORK WITH THE LARGEST COMMERCIAL BLACKCURRANT GROWER IN NEW ZEALAND

As one of the leading blackcurrant exporters in New Zealand, we are integrated with the Tavendale Family, New Zealand’s largest commercial blackcurrant grower based in Ashburton, Mid Canterbury. The Tavendale’s grow 170 ha of blackcurrants, as well as redcurrants and organic blackcurrants.

We also have access to supply from a number of other growers / packers and work closely with the industry as a whole.

 

OUR EXPORT RANGE

We currently export Blackcurrants in the below product forms, however we are always willing to explore alternative sizes or forms should you have other specifications or a new concept.

Individually Quick Frozen (IQF)

  • Packaged in 450kg bins, 25kg bags and 15kg boxes
  • Predominantly Ben Ard and Ben Rua varieties
  • Used in a range of food service products where whole berries are required. The IQF process ensures the freshness and nutritional value of the fruit is locked in.

Block Frozen

  • Packaged in 450kg bins
  • Ben Ard and Ben Rua varieties
  • Can be used on their own or further processed into foods or supplements. Typically used when the high anthocyanin and high polyphenol content of blackcurrants are important for nutraceutical purposes.

Juice concentrate 65 Brix

  • Packaged in 200 litre drums
  • The fruit is pressed to produce a single strength juice and then concentrated to 65 Brix
  • Widely used in food and beverages, such as cordials or ready-to-drink juices and can be further processed for use in nutritional supplements

Pomace (Marc)

  • We can supply on request prior to the season starting as this is a by-product of the juicing process
  • We can pack this to customers’ specifications and pack size

Blackcurrant Extracts

  • We can offer a range of extracts packaged in various sizes
  • These include 60, 80, 100 mesh products all made to 35% HPLC

Blackcurrant Extract Powder

  • We can offer a range of extracts packaged in various grades.
  • These include 60, 80, 100 mesh products all made to 35% or 25% HPLC
  • We can offer packaging in various sizes, mainly in 20kg bags but can pack smaller on request
  • These are commonly used in nutritional supplements

100% Dried Blackcurrant Powder.

  • This is whole fruit, dried and powdered blackcurrants that have not been through an extract process.
  • We can pack this to customers specifications, usually 20-30kg bags.

For further information, photos or specifications, please contact russell@freshproducegroup.co.nz

Our Produce

Our Produce

We export a premium range of fresh New Zealand produce sourced from growers throughout the country.

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Meet the team

Meet the team

Our team has a combined experience of 48 years in the trading / export industry
 

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We export by sea and air to a comprehensive range of countries worldwide, but are continually looking to expand our global reach into new markets.

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