Winter brings out the ‘hardy’ in all those that go fishing in the colder months; whether it’s wading crotch high in an ice-cold river, turning your back to a wind sharper than your filleting knife as it cuts across the surf, or sitting it out on the back of a boat in the offshore Blue waters of the region.

Sue Gibb catches herself a Kingy!

Sue Gibb catches herself a Kingy!

No matter what you’re wearing some of your extremities get the blues: aka get bloody cold! But how’s this for some Top of the South lateral thinking: solve the “fisher blues extremis” with a dash of purple!

The Gibb family has been berryfruit farmers since the 80’s: John Gibb’s a coaster and his wife Sue a Southern girl but they settled in Nelson in the 1980’s and were pioneering boysenberry farmers in the area. They started freezing fruit for top chefs under their Sujon brand (“Sue and John”) and that lead to freezing blackcurrants for supply to Japan.

The Japanese did some research on this wonderful New Zealand icon berry and found that a magic molecule in it made a woman’s eyes more beautiful: TRUE! The Japanese scientifically proved that a teaspoon of special Blackcurrant purple powder takes away the dark rings under the eyes for half a day. But the Gibb’s looked at the Japanese research and saw something much more kiwi-centric! The Japanese did a trial where they gave a teaspoon of the purple powder to one half of a group of people and then plunged everyone’s hand in an ice bath for a time and then measured the time it took for the blood circulation to return to normal.

And the answer was amazing: the purple powder dramatically improved blood circulation in the extremities.


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Sujon Marketing Manager Michelle Gibb says it’s wonderfully convenient for active fishers: add half a teaspoon to a teaspoon per person to the thermos before you head off for the day and you’ve got a really thirst quenching, circulation-boosting hot tonic, or stir some into your cold water bottle and drink. If you want to know more about this lovely local food hero story have a look at and you can order on line.





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Anneke Jenkins, NZ Triathlete “Sujon powder is a perfect boost”

Anneke Jenkins, NZ Triathlete “Sujon powder is a perfect boost”

Lactic acid is the major villain limiting performance during exercise: this is the viewpoint now common to many athletes and coaches worldwide. One of the first to champion this “lactate theory” was one of the outstanding athletic coaches of all time, kiwi sporting icon: Sir Arthur Lydiard. The problem is that the role of lactic acid, consequent muscle acidosis, and physical performance is complex: the mechanisms can be contradictory: necessary but performance inhibiting.

Academics from the UK’s prestigious Department of Sport & Exercise Sciences at the University of Chichester have just completed a well-designed research study on triathletes during cycling, using Sujon Blackcurrant Powder.

The research showed a clear, unequivocal result: that taking the Sujon blackcurrant powder lowered lactate accumulation during the cycling trials for the triathletes. High performance happened with lower lactate, which means faster muscle recovery.

Research leader, Professor Mark Willems from the University of Chichester, summarised the results:
“The results were extremely exciting. I expect impact in the field of Sports Nutrition. We found that intake of the Sujon blackcurrant powder showed substantial reduction in lactate during cycling, and lower lactate accumulation at aerobic capacity. This suggests increased lactate clearance or altered substrate oxidation. Either way, the finds have positive implications for training practice and aerobic performance for endurance athletes,” says Professor Willems.

Professor Willems presented the research results to delegates at the International Society of Sports Nutrition Annual Conference in the USA this month (21 June 2014) and the results will be published in the Society’s Journal.

Mika Vukona, NZ Tall Black - “I recover faster and can train harder the next day with Sujon powder”.

Mika Vukona, NZ Tall Black – “I recover faster and can train harder the next day with Sujon powder”.

As part of the research, athletes were also checked for the effect of the Sujon powder – recovery supplement formulation on cardio-vascular function. “We found that the powder had no negative effect during performance but seems able to assist recovery when at rest. We saw this as another positive outcome sitting parallel to the lactate results,” says Professor Willems.

Sujon Blackcurrant powder is produced by Nelson-based Gibb Holdings. Company Marketing Director Michelle Manson said that the UK lactate research results confirm what the company had found through its own NZ-based research. The company initiated athlete trials with the Nelson Giants basketball team in 2010 and as a result had built an international client base including five teams and individuals that are World Champions in their codes as well as a number of individual country and code champions.

“Many of our customers are supplied under confidentiality agreements and we haven’t been able to promote why they use our Sujon muscle recovery supplement and what the results are,” says Manson. “But this open research by the University of Chichester is wonderful and the results so clear. We expect significant global demand for what is quite a unique New Zealand ‘story’,” says Manson.

“Our formulation is derived from specially selected blackcurrant crops. We believe it’s a certain combination of polyphenol in the blackcurrant crops that produce the results, especially the compounds that produce that intense purple-red colour in blackcurrants: the anthocyanins. These polyphenolic combinations are effected by plant variety, UV intensity, diurnal temperature differences during berry ripening, and the actual processing system to produce the powder. The Sujon powder is truly natural and has no other ingredients in it: it’s a formulation unique to NZ-grown blackcurrants and our processing systems. And we’re thrilled the independent research says it works!” says Manson.

Ensure your best performance with this superfood powder, purchase your own Sujon Blackcurrant Powder Pack , with free delivery on all orders within New Zealand.

For more information on this research, including graphs click here.

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Think up market pancakes!  Bilinies are richer and tastier than pancakes and go well with SUJON boysenberries and a raspberry sauce.  The trick is to use the berries when they are defrosted but still firm so that they hold the weight.   Raspberry couli can be kept for up to 4 days.


125 g Flour
2 eggs
1 cup Milk
40 g Melted Butter
2 T Castor Sugar
2 t Baking Powder
200 g SUJON Boysenberries
100 g Thickened Yoghurt

Raspberry Couli
250 g SUJON frozen raspberries
50 g Castor Sugar
1 T Lemon Juice
BILINIES- Sift flour, sugar and baking powder into a bowl.  Make a well in the center, add eggs, milk and melted butter, stirring from the inside out to prevent lumps forming.  Pour mixture into a warm non stick pan and cook until golden brown turning once.  Cut into neat circles, dollop yoghurt into the middle, place SUJON Boysenberries around and garnish with Raspberry Couli

COULI – Bring Raspberries Berries, sugar and lemon juice to the simmer for 3-4 minutes.  Pass through a sieve to remove small pips and cool.

Regular exercise including walking is the best way to stay healthy and fit. However, if you are a sportsperson orathlete, you will no doubt, spend a lot more time than the average person doing this. You will very likely need some natural and healthy supplements or recovery supplements for better muscle recovery. In order to get the best and most natural one, you are best to look for stores or seek manufacturers directly. If you are also one of those people looking for the best natural supplements for muscle recovery, then you have come to the right place at Sujon Powder. The leading store is a one stop platform from where you will get qualitative superfood powder, recovery supplements and blackcurrant products for better health.

This top store in New Zealand offers you Sujon Blackcurrants powder and capsules that help you in improving your health, reducing inflammation, improvement in sports performance, muscle recovery,andmuscle fatigue. You just need to add the products to your regular diet and the results will be yours as you desired. The Blackcurrants have something unique and special includingthings like Anthocyanins – a compound that helps in increasing energy level circulation, improveming vision, better immunity system, reducing the effects of diabetes and various other health benefits.

Blackcurrant Superfood Powder available at Sujon Powder is amazing and full of natural power. As far as New Zealand Blackcurrants are concerned, they have been proven to contain the highest levels of flavonoids, anthocyanins and a variety of other 14 nutrients and minerals compared to any other cultivated food grown. Being a 100% natural food, it is an amazing superfood that has all the goodness of raw fruits.

You can place your order online or you can give Sujon a call on +6435464101 and the rest of the work will be done by professionals working at this acclaimed store.

Roasted Chicken Breast wrapped in Bacon, Green beans and SUJON Cranberry butter - Another recipeServes: 4 persons

4 Chicken Breasts

4 Spinach/Silverbeet leaves

4 Rashers Bacon mid Loin Cut

1 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil

200 g Green Beans, Sliced long ways

1 cup chicken stock

125 g Butter

1 cup Sujon Cranberries




In a Food Processor blend room temp butter and frozen cranberries until well combined. Wrap in cling film and refrigerate. Keep extra in the freezer for next time.

Remove skin from Chicken Breasts and make a pocket with a small sharp knife. Place Spinach/Silver beet leaves inside pocket with 4 Sujon Cranberries. Wrap bacon around to close pocket and then seal in a hot frying pan. Season with Salt and pepper and place into an oven 180 degrees for 5-8 mins until cooked. Remove Chicken from pan, and leave to rest before serving.

Tip out chicken fat and then add stock to the pan to deglaze. Boil rapidly for 4 mins until reduced by two thirds and then remove from heat. Whisk in small amounts of butter slowly until the sauce thickens. Blanch sliced beans in salted boiling water for 3 mins until cooked and then toss in olive oil and season. Serve beans on a plate with chicken sliced and sauce drizzled around.

This recipe will make approx 12 rusks, depending on how big you make each one. You don’t have to use just mixed berries, you could substitute for apples, bananas or what ever mix you think will taste good! It’s also natural and healthy for your little one.

1 cup Rice Flour

1 cup Sujon Frozen Mixed Berries

A little water (only if needed)

– Mix all together to a stiff dough and add water if needed.
– Roll up into little rusks and place onto over tray.
– Bake at 150 C for 25 minutes.

TIP: you can use as a dipper for yogurt, hummus, advacado…


This is what the rusks look like after being cooked.

DID YOU KNOW… that blueberries are still a superfood after baking?

Blueberries are rich in health-giving polyphenols, and the best way to eat them is when they are fresh or frozen. However some don’t like the taste of this fruit, and so cook them, put them in the juicer or eat them in a muffin.

But what happens to the level of polyphenols when you do? Juicing or canning the berries reduce their polyphenol levels by 20 per cent, but only around 10 per cent is lost when you bake them or eat them in a muffin. Researchers aren’t sure why, but they think the yeast acts as a stabilizing agent that protects the polyphenols.

So there you go, still a healthy berry fruit with loads of nutritional value even once its been baked into a tasty muffin :-)

Blueberries - Still a superfood even after baking! - Another articleSource: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 2013; 131025155800004).

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Top UK Prize-fighter boxes with a Nelson-based sports powder water-bottle in his corner. - Another article

Source: George Vs Prince Arron.

When England’s George Hillyard takes a swig of water between rounds in his professional bouts he’s sipping water containing a unique Sujon Blackcurrant Powder from Nelson.

Known as ‘Hithard’, George Hillyard the former British Masters lightweight Champion and has his eye set on becoming one of the greatest boxers in modern history. Since going professional in 2005 his record stands at 10-5-1 and future goals are the Commonwealth title bouts.

George now trains and fights with the Sujon powder at his side. “I take it throughout the day and between rounds during fights, when it definitely helps my energy levels – I felt incredibly strong during my IBA fight in April and couldn’t believe how much better I felt physically during and after the 12 rounds. My nutritionist loves it and he, as well as my trainer, have noticed big changes with my weight loss, endurance, recovery and even mental concentration during training and competition,” says Hillyard.

The Sujon sports recovery powder is the result of 5 years development and research by the Nelson-based company. Research in NZ and Japan showed the potential for Nelson-Tasman grown blackcurrants to be great for health, helping combat the negative effects of physical stress, especially in contact sport, as well as improve mental acuity during stressful situations.

“As a result of the research we weren’t surprised at the positive effects noted by boxing champion George Hillyard,” says Sujon Sales Manager, Colin Stuart. “Our powder is also being used by endurance athletes in such sports codes such as Triathlon, ironman, cycling and with some leading ball sport teams both here in New Zealand and in the UK.”

Demand for the Sujon sport-recovery product has meant that a new sport-dose calibrated capsule is being released in November. Research combined with anecdotal support by our sports customer-base (including 5 world champion athletes) has shown what dose is most effective and how and when it should be taken, says Stuart.

Importantly for international sportspeople, despite its positive effects, the Sujon product is made from 100% pure and natural NZ-grown and processed blackcurrant berry fruit. It’s totally safe and drug-free, says Stuart.

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This was originally published in metropol, Christchurch October 2013

Packed with antioxidant punch - Another articleThe diets of our forebears were filled with fruits, berries, vegetables and meats. While our knowledge and understanding of our health has certainly come a long way, our cave-dwelling compatriots were right about one thing – berries.

Long established folklore dating back many centuries records that berries were used for their claimed medicinal benefits in alleviating a wide variety of health conditions from sore throats, to cardiovascular conditions, relief of eye strain, cancers, benefits in the onset of ageing conditions and even in the treatment of urinary infections.

While such claims are being increasingly subjected to careful on-going scientific investigation and scrutiny, there are increasing reports to suggest very real health benefits can arise from consuming berryfruit. Better yet, there is a little super berry grown in our own little corner of the South Pacific which is making big waves in health circles.

New independent research suggests that Nelsons very own Sujon blackcurrants could be the number one Superfruit in the world, as the cultivated berry with the highest antioxidant count. This is due to the high intensity of natural UV light, a pristine environment, perfect growing conditions and unique varieties to New Zealand.

Packed with antioxidant punch, the nutrients in blackcurrants are said to flush out toxins and encourage oxygen into the blood, which increases energy levels, improves recovery time and gives you a general feeling of wellbeing. As one of the richest sources of blackcurrant polyphenols available, Sujon Blackcurrants outperform bilberry, acai, goji, pomegranate, grape seed, pine bark and blueberry in antioxidant potency.

On the back of this reBlackcurrants upclose with endssearch Sujon developed their blackcurrant fruit into a concentrated form that’s 100% natural and still contains the goodness of real fruit. Packed with essential minerals and nutrients a teaspoon of the Sujon Blackcurrant powder is the equivalent to a massive ¾ cup of berries.

Users have reported benefits from increased energy, greater muscle performance, faster recovery from physical exertion and training, improved vision, blood circulation, blood pressure and cholesterol, and a reduction of muscle and joint aches.

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This post was originally published on The Globe and Mail.

  • lemon and blueberry loaf recipe - another articlePreparation time: 20 minutes
  • Servings: 2 loaves


Ingredients for Fruit Loaf

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • zest from two lemons
  • 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups Sujon frozen Blueberries


Ingredients for the Glaze

  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 2 ¼ to 2 ½ cups icing sugar



- Loaf

Preheat the oven to 1600c. Grease and flour 2 x 8 cup loaf pans (23 x 13 x 8 cm).

Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Stir in the lemon zest. Set aside.

In the bowl of your mixer, cream the butter on medium high, then scrape down the bowl with a spatula. Add the sugar a ½ cup at a time, and cream until fully incorporated. Add the eggs, one by one, making sure that they are fully mixed in before adding the next. Once all the eggs are incorporated, turn up the speed on your mixer and beat until fluffy (about 10 seconds). Return to medium speed and beat in the lemon juice and vanilla extract. Turn the mixer back up for a few seconds to fluff it up again.

With the mixer on low speed, or with a large spoon, stir in ⅓ of the flour mixture, followed by ½ cup of the buttermilk. Then stir in another ⅓ of the flour mixture and the remaining ½ cup of buttermilk. Add the final ⅓ of flour and gently mix until just incorporated. Fold in the blueberries.

Split the batter between two greased loaf pans. Place in the preheated oven and bake for 85 to 95 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan for 15 minutes before turning it out on to a wire rack. Drizzle liberally with the glaze while still warm. Let cool before slicing.

- Glaze

Mix the lemon juice and buttermilk together. Gradually whisk in icing sugar until the glaze is sweetened to your liking (it should be a little bit tangy to compliment the sweet cake).

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