COVID-19 UPDATE - July 1st 2020 LEVEL 1 

We continue sending bread all over NZ on both Mondays and Wednesdays.

Due to ongoing courier delays orders to North Island and Rural addresses, deliveries will only be sent out on Mondays. 

Cut off for Ordering;

  • Fridays 11am for Monday dispatch - North and South Island deliveries, plus all rural 
  • Mondays 11am for Wednesday dispatch - South Island deliveries ONLY
  • Wednesdays 11am for Friday Bakery Pickup only - In Christchurch

The Bakery Shop is open on Fridays from 8am to 2pm, for the collection of pre paid orders.

Bread for pick up needs to be ordered and paid for via this website using the coupon code PICKUP2 whch allows a 13% discount.

We may have a few other breads left over from the preceeding weeks bake but these can not be guaranteed. If you want a specific bread, please order it.





Packaging during COVID-19 Emergency

From 24th March 2020 we will temporarily be packing all breads in our standard bags. There are 2 reasons for this;

  1. We do not currently have the resources to custom paper wrap for online sales which takes more time 
  2. We are mindful of heightened hygiene requirements for food 

This will not be a permanent arrangement and as soon as we have the resources we will revert to paper wrapping for online sales. 

Please make best use of the bread bags by using them for veggie and other chilled storage where their special perforated properties will allow longer life for fresh fruit and veg.

Can Packaging be recycled?

The recycling situation in New Zealand is rather dispiriting once you start to investigate it.

Here is an excellent overview of some of the challenges >

The soft plastic recycling initiative which was rolled out, withdrawn and then partially revived in NZ has had a bumpy ride and is now only operating in the Auckland area. Breadman bags are of course suitable for the scheme.

You can read about the wider Government approach to waste management here;

And here is another excellent overview of the wider challenges and issues (sit down with a stiff drink before reading, its depressing)


Our Bags

We need packaging that is;

  • hygienic - we take food safety very seriously
  • robust - no one wants to buy bread in a ripped bag
  • able to be composted or recycled 
  • reasonably priced - we want to keep our food as affordable as possible


As a small business we need to order in big numbers (for us) to get a good price, so we do not need to order very often. Before we re-ordered our latest supply we took the opportunity to talk to our good friends at Ristrom Packaging, who are a locally owned business who produce packaging themselves right here in our home town of Christchurch. There are many, many options for packaging products and distributors in NZ but few of them actually make their products here. Much of the packing used in NZ is made in China, sent here and then repackaged and sold as if it was made in NZ. Like a lot of things. 

The packaging we currently use is 

  1. Hygienic and protects bread for contamination yet is perforated to allow the bread to breathe
  2. Srong enough to withstand travel and life on a shop shelf 
  3. Can go in the soft plastics recyling bins. where they are available
  4. Has not been shipped here from China 
  5. Reasonably priced plus we love that it is a locally owned and staffed business so we have the added bonus of supporting a fellow Kiwi business who have sound employment terms and wages


We have been asked why we don't use a compostable option and we have looked at this very carefully. At this stage there is no product which meets our needs plus, and it's a big consideration - anything which has been printed or had a label stuck on to it has likely been treated with some sort of plastic coating to allow the dye/adhesive to stick to it, and therefore is not composable. The compostable bags which are currently available are still pretty fragile and not suitable for commercial food packaging - yet. But we look forward to when they are.

Our Paper Packaging Trial

In July 2018 we partnered with Commonsense Organics to try paper packaging and you can read what happened on our blog, linked here 

Are you Certified Organic?

No, the Bakery is not a certified organic site. The reason for this is that we need to have flexibility to use non organic ingredients in certain circumstances. For example, if there is no Organic Rye available; a situation which is more and more likely as droughts affect local crops in NZ and Australia. Farmers can run out, their crop may not be up to standard or any number of other things can happen which mean that we have to choose between ceasing production or sourcing alternative ingredints which may not be organic.

If this happens the products will be cleary marked to say that a non organic ingredient has been substituted.  

Under normal curcumstances the ingredients we use are all from certified organic producers.

How do I keep my bread fresh?

No Preservatives - No Additives! How to keep your bread fresh

All our breads are packaged in perforated bags which allow them to breathe. As living breads it is important that they do not get too hot so the perforations allow air to circulate, keeps bread fresh, allows the bread to mature as well as minimising the chance of mould developing.

Once your bread is at home it will be quite happy in its own bag, wrapped in a clean tea towel, a cotton bag or even a sheet of paper. 

In warmer weather breads need to be kept in a cool airy place out of direct sunlight. Humid conditions will provide a great enviroment for mould to develop so make sure that you are not keeping it in a bread bin on the bench in the sunlight!

Gluten Free breads and those with Nuts and Seeds in are particularly suceptible to mould in wam and humid climates, so will last better in the 'warmest' part of the fridge.


Many customers buy bread in bulk for freezing. To make sure your bread stays in perfect condition follow these simple tips;

  • If you are the only one in the the house hold eating it, slice the loaf in half, or even individual slices, before freezing so that you can defrost small amounts at a time

  • Firmly DOUBLE WRAP bread before freezing in a frost proof bag and seal it as tightly as possible. Perforated bags are good for keeping fresh bread fresh, but not good for keeping frost out in the freezer. Plastic supermarket bags are perfectly adequate. Now that we will all be running out of plastic supermarket bags, a compostable bag firmly secured on the outside of our perforated bag has worked well for us, as will a thick wrapping of news or other paper if well secured. If you're clearing out old tshirts and the like they can easily be used as wrapping. The point is to stop moisture getting in and forming ice.

  • Mark outer bag with the date it was put in the freezer so you can keep track and use the oldest first without having to unwrap it.

  • Whilst bread freezes very well, like most things, the sooner you use it the better it will be. We recommend that frozen bread is used within 4 months of freezing for optimum quality retention. 

  • Defrost naturally, unwrapped at cool room temperature, out of the sun   

  • Once defrosted, treat as for fresh bread

  • Do not refreeze previously frozen bread

Extra Tips for keeping your bread mould free in hot weather - applies especially to the Gluten Free, Four Seed and Hazel & Walnut breads;

  • Remove the bread from the bag ASAP as the area under the label is susceptible to becoming humid and it is there that mould often first forms
  • Store it in the warmest part of the fridge either in a brown paper bag, cooking paper or something similar which does not become 'clammy' or damp. Old fabric cloths from tshirts and the like work really well.
  • Slice and freeze either in individual slices or just in halves - be sure to wrap well in the freezer, our perforated bags do not work!
  • Pre order from your lovely local retailers so that they get it as fresh as possible or order in bulk online and freeze as soon as it arrives.

Is Everything Gluten Free?

NO!!!!! We are not a dedicated gluten free bakery. We make a range of products which ARE gluten free as well as those which are not.

The gluten free products are;

  • Buckwheat and Corn Breads
  • Cassava and Cassava fruit Breads
  • Crunchy Corn Crackers

The Bakers take extreme care to ensure separation between gluten and non gluten products by using dedicated equipment and manufacturing in a  specific way to avoid any cross contamination. We have a regular testing regime to check that the gluten freeproducts do not contain gluten.

However, we are a bakery and not a laboratory. We use bread bags which are perforated and not airtight sealed because our bread is alive and needs to breathe. 

For those with extreme gluten intolerance / Coeliacs Disease general advice is to avoid any product which is not made in a dedicated gluten free plant. 

We are not a dedicated plant.

What about sugar?

We don't have any sugar in the bakery. The muesli is sweetened with date paste which we make ourselves.

The sugar content of the bread and crackers is simply that which is in the grains themselves.


Vegan v Vegetarian

From January 2017 everything in our bakery is Vegan. No animals are harmed in the production of our bread and the only ones 'tested' on are the feathered friends we feed any leftovers to. 

Previously, the starter which we used for the backferment breads - Four Seed and Hazel & Walnut - contained a minute amount of honey in their starter, which was itself a small part of the overall bread. We also used to toast the muesli with honey.

Now we use dates to sweeten the muesli and the bakers are making their starters without honey.

And of course there are no eggs or dairy in any of our products.

From the 1 November 2018 we have Vegan Certification for all our products which has been awared by the NZ Vegetarian Society. You can read about the accreditation programme here >>>>