Marmalada was founded by Sally Duckworth and Alisdair Ross 18 months ago. Duckworth owns a research firm in Wellington, and researches and creates the marmalade recipes with the help of a marmalade tasting panel. Ross is a barrister and divides his time between the courtroom and marmalade production and sales.

Marmalada uses the open pan method of preserving fresh and hand cut fruit chips. All marmalades have a high proportion of fruit and low sugar content, compared with commercial marmalades.

Seven marmalades are made, which span the citrus range and are paired with quality and interesting additions, including thread coconut, dark chocolate and vanilla. The Tangelo and Star Anise Marmalade was used by My Food Bag at Christmas to glaze ham, and the Kumquat and Vanilla Marmalade has found its way into a signature cocktail in the capital. Duckworth and Ross are keen for people to experiment with their marmalades, rather than only spreading them on toast.

For three years in a row, Marmalada has won Gold Roundels in the artisan category of the esteemed Dalemain World Marmalade Awards in the United Kingdom, judged by a panel of prestigious food industry experts. The 2016 awards attracted just under 3000 entries from across the globe.

In March, Marmalada won Gold Roundels for their Mandarin, Kirsch, and Vanilla Marmalade and Lemon and Vodka Marmalade.

Made at the historic Langdale Homestead, 40 kilometres from Masterton, the property has a fantastic microclimate for citrus, and Ross has planted over 300 Seville orange, tangelo, kumquat, lime and lemon trees.

Plans now are to build Marmalada’s distribution network in New Zealand, explore exporting to Australia and further afield, and continue to design more flavours and world award winning marmalades. To date, Marmalada has received expressions of interest to export their marmalades to Australia, Asia and the UK.

Marmalada is available online, as well as Moore Wilson, Nosh and Farro Fresh, and other speciality stores and farmers markets.

For more information contact Sally Duckworth on 021 473 883 or email