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super smoothie bowl

Sujon Smoothie bowl


2 tablespoons Sujon Blackcurrant powder

¾ cup Orange or apple juice

Fruit toppings –  Sujon’s blueberries and a kiwifruit!

Coconut flakes (add as a topping for an extra crunch!)

Chia seeds – for added topping


Blend the Sujon Blackcurrant powder and juice in a blender until smooth


Sujon Berryfruits Marketing Manager – Michelle Manson greets Prince Charles. The delicious blackcurrant and organic dark chocolate truffles shown on table ready to be served.

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall (also known as Charles and Camilla) visited the Mahana winery on  Saturday 7th November. They came to experience a wide range of local Nelson produce that’s been christened “From Source to Serve”. This included dishes prepared by local chefs from local produce matched with local wines, craft beers and cider.

The Duchess of Cornwall is President of The United Kingdom Vineyards Association, so a visit to one of New Zealand’s premier wine regions is very fitting. Mahana was chosen as the venue not only for its spectacular views across the Nelson region, taking in mountains, sea and grape vines, but also because it is an organic, gravity-fed winery, which is of particular interest to The Prince of Wales.

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Mouth watering truffles with Sujon NZ Blackcurrants made by Chef Tony Robson-Burrell & delicious wines Blackenbrook and Seifried Estate.

Mahana Estates Chef Tony Robson-Burrell made some to-die-for truffles – a nutrition packed powerhouse of delicious Sujon blackcurrant and organic dark chocolate, which was sourced from and .

Keep an eye out as we will be posting on our blog soon this A-mazing Truffle recipe for you all to try 🙂


Truffles made with Sujon NZ Blackcurrants, fit for Royalty 😉







Photo Credit: Neil Smith from Chocolate Dog.

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From Dr Mark Willems, Professor in Exercise Physiology at the University of Chichester – Presented at The Blackcurrants NZ Conference, August 2015.

Take Home Facts from Recent Trials – Blackcurrants & Sport

1. New Zealand Blackcurrants improved time by 2.4% in a 16.1 km cycling time-trial performance.

Accepted for publication June 2015 –Cook et al, European Journal of Applied Physiology

2. New Zealand Blackcurrants increased ‘fat oxidisation’ aka ‘burning fat’ by 27% at exercise intensity of 65% when cycling. (show cycling pic)

Accepted for publication June 2015 – Cook et al, European Journal of Applied Physiology

another article

Got some unwanted fat? Take Sujon New Zealand Blackcurrant Powder and get cycling!

3. Sujon New Zealand blackcurrant powder resulted in a complete shift of the lactate curve which you normally only get from months & months of endurance training. This complete shift was a 14% decrease in lactate, as shown in graph below.

Accepted for publication March 2015 – Willems et al., International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism.

 another article

4. In a repeated sprints study, New Zealand blackcurrants improved sprinting distance by 11%.

Accepted for publication March 2015, Perkins et al., International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolismanother article


New Zealand Blackcurrants were only taken for a 7 day period in all of Prof Willems trials. The dose was 6gm of Sujon Blackcurrant Sport powder.

The Question Professor Willems now wants to answer is what is the optimal dosing of New Zealand Blackcurrants in Sports performance?

“Endurance and team sport athletes may consider intake of New Zealand blackcurrant to beneficially enhance training practice, performance and recovery.”

– Dr Mark Willems, Professor in Exercise Physiology at the University of Chichester.

Research on Blackcurrants and Sport So Far
Before 1995 therhits.1jpge were virtually no scientific papers on anthocyanins that are also present in blackcurrants. From 1995 – 2015 we see an explosion of study with nearly 6748 scientific papers on anthocyanins alone, as shown below.
And the studies on ‘Anthocyanins’ and ‘Exercise’ were zero until sometime after 1995. We have still only a mere 23 scientific papers up to 2015, of which only a handful on the effects of blackcurrant.hits

Studies at the University of Chichester were the first on effects of New Zealand blackcurrant during exercise.

So we can see that while we now have good handle on blackcurrants and their health benefits; we are only beginning to fully understand, as scientists and sports-people, the true benefits of blackcurrants in sport.

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GOODAMIT MERV looks like I’m on blackcurrant powder for life.

—–Original Message—–

From: Hugh Roberts
Sent: Friday, March 06, 2015 1:49 PM
To: Merv Randle Email
Subject: Blackcurrant Powder


It looks like I’m on blackcurrant powder for life. BP has dropped and is now absolutely normal for someone with type 2 diabetes. Blood sugar levels have dropped 10 points. The doc asked what I have done to cause this, I said I take blackcurrant powder, he said, sorry, never heard of it. I said I was told that it would lower my blood pressure and blood sugar levels. He said who told you that, I said the bloke that sold it to me. Anyway he made a note of it to google later but the proof is in the results.
The practice nurse didn’t realise I had an appointment with the doc and rang Gwenda this morning all excited when she saw the test results.
Thank HL for the milk shake lollies, I hope they are sugar free…


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A Kiwi-Japanese science team starts to lay the foundation for developing solutions for some of the world’s major health issues!

New Zealand blackcurrants a global ‘stress solution’?  - Another article

A new research collaboration between New Zealand and Japan will investigate whether NZ blackcurrant-based foods can improve the ‘management’ of human carbohydrate metabolism. This could lead to an improvement in physical and cognitive performance. As a consequence this could combat the onset of diabetes, obesity, and cognitive decline associated with ageing.

The opportunity if the research is successful could be huge. Diabetes, one of the manifestations of metabolic syndrome currently affects more than 371 million people worldwide and is expected to affect 552 million by 2030. In New Zealand more than 350,000 are believed to have diabetes and in Japan more than 17 million people are believed to have diabetes or be glucose intolerant.

Over the last 5 years anecdotal evidence from a Sujon blackcurrant powder customer supplement suggested that a New Zealand blackcurrant sport supplement could provide benefit: taking the Nelson-based Sujon blackcurrant supplement had significantly improved their diabetes symptoms.

Sujon’s Managing Director, John Gibb, discussed the phenomenon with Japanese research scientists and scientists at Plant & Food Research who were already working with the Gibb’s. They agreed there could be a scientific rationale from the global scientific literature for the blackcurrant diabetes benefit. It was all to do with the potential regulation by blackcurrant polyphenols of different aspects of carbohydrate metabolism. The potential of the concept was further confirmed by other research discoveries by Plant & Food around the same issue of carbohydrate metabolism. Plant & Food then developed a research programme in discussion with Sujon’s Japanese advisors, the Japanese scientists and Massey University scientists, which was the basis of a grant application to the NZ Ministry for Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

This finding was of immediate interest to the Japanese researchers as it could be a key to the overriding global health issue of metabolic syndrome. Diabetes is just one of the manifestations of metabolic syndrome: a disorder of energy utilisation responsible for many major health issues, from obesity to cardiac health, stroke, and diabetes. The science could also be relevant to people interested in maintaining energy levels and cognitive performance during everyday activities, and sports-minded individuals and athletes looking to improved endurance over sustained physical activity.

The result is a $400,000 MBIE research grant for the project, with the science being a collaboration between Plant & Food Research’s Prof Roger Hurst and Associate Prof John Podd (School of Psychology, Massey University), and Japanese scientists Dr Hirohito Ishikawa (Research Fellow, Healthcare Systems Co., Ltd.), Prof Toshihiko Osawa (Dean, Dept. of Health & Nutrition, Aichi Gakuin University) and Prof Yoki Kato (Professor, School of Human Science & Environment, University of Hyogo).

The research will use Sujon New Zealand-grown blackcurrant formulations. A Sujon product had already been proven in pilot human clinical trials for related value in sport endurance and lactate stress. This new project also follows from a wealth of efficacy information and expertise that Plant & Food has created on the benefits of NZ-grown blackcurrants for managing oxidative stress and inflammation for improved recovery post exercise.

Prof Roger Hurst says that the underlying phytochemical values of blackcurrants could also positively impact on the management of energy levels in sports minded individuals (both professional athletes and ‘weekend warriors’) as well as cognitive performance in the general population under certain situations. These hypotheses will be tested as part of the two-year project.

Sujon Berryfruits is a Nelson-based company owned by John and Sue Gibb and family. The Company was the first in the world to produce a 100% natural blackcurrant powder supplement marketed for use by athletes. The Superfood Powder supplement is used and anecdotally endorsed by many global athletes, including Olympians and World Champions for both sports performance and muscle recovery.
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SuperFood Snack Bar recipe - another article

Junk food is out. Superfood is in!

Instead of those junk filled sugary snacks, why put some goodness into your kids lunch boxes, or your pre/post training snacks?.. Below we have a wholesome, tasty and soooo satisfying Superfood bar Recipe. You can even add dark chocolate bits for a treat if you like!


250gm pitted prunes

2 cups ground almonds

½ cup coconut oil – melted

½ cup sunflower

½ cup pumpkin seeds

½ cup sesame seeds

½ cup coconut chips

2 tbsp spirulina powder

2 tbsp Sujon blackcurrant powder (buy online at

1/3 cup gogi Berries

Process prunes, ground almonds, spirulina, back current powder and coconut oil in a food processor until blended into a smooth firm paste that clumps together in the bowl.  Tip prune mixture into a wide bowl and using wet hands kneed the remaining ingredients through until well combined. Press mixture into a baking-paper-lined sponge roll tin and chill until firm. Remove from tin and peel baking paper from the back. Cut into squares and enjoy!

The blackcurrant powder in this bar is great for sports performance and muscle recovery.  You can purchase this superfood powder from

Recipe kindly supplied by Mana Natural Health 99 St Andrews Road Plimmerton Wellington.

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This is a superfood smoothie! Packed with the goodness of New Zealand Sujon Blackcurrant Powder, its great for muscle recovery and aiding sports performance. So you could whip one up before or after exercise and it also makes a great breakfast or even mid–afternoon snack, whichever takes your fancy!

Serves 3 / Time to make: 5 minutes


pink smoothie with blackcurrant - another article

YUMO! Enjoy this beautifully pink smoothie with Sujon’s Blackcurrant Powder, which contains 20 blackcurrants in just one teaspoon.

1 ½ cups of milk, coconut milk or almond milk

2 tsp Sujon Blackcurrant Powder

1 large ripe banana, peeled and chopped

1 kiwifruit, peeled and chopped

2 cups of spinach

½ cup yoghurt or ½ an avocado

2 teaspoons chia seeds

½ cup ice cubes


Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor until mixture is thick, smooth and creamy.  Divide smoothie between three glasses.  Serve immediately

Recipe kindly supplied by Mana Natural Health 99 St Andrews Road Plimmerton Wellington

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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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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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Sujon 500g mixed berries (3)

You can tuck into our Sujon Mixed berries all year round – YUM 😉


Berry Mix
2 Cups of Sujon Mixed Berries frozen (Blueberries, strawberries, Boysenberries, Raspberries, Blackberries)
5 T water
3 T Manuka Honey
Bring water and honey to the boil and add Sujon Berries and Simmer until Berries are warm

Cream Pat
1 1/4 cups (300 ml) milk 3 large egg yolks
3 T Honey
2 tablespoons (20 grams) all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons (20 grams) cornflour


Mix the sugar and egg yolks together.  Sift the flour and cornflour together and add to eggs mixing until you get a smooth paste. Bring the milk and add slowly to egg mixture, whisking constantly to prevent curdling. Pour the egg mixture into a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat until boiling, whisking constantly. When it boils, whisk mixture constantly for another 30 – 60 seconds until it becomes thick.  Cool to room temperature. If not using right away refrigerate until needed, up to 3 days. Whisk or stir before using to get rid of any lumps that may have formed.  Serve with Sujon Mixed Berries on top… A naughty but nice way to get your servings of fruit for the day 😉


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