The Damson Story
The Damson Collection was founded in 2007 by Tom and Margie Chambers the Damson orchard owners. They had developed a beautiful artisan range of condiments that were popular with a passionate group of Damson lovers.
When they decided to turn their attention to other business ventures in 2017 I was fortunate enough to purchase the business. I’d noticed an overseas trend towards flavoured gins and low alcohol beverages and eagerly immersed myself in bringing our Damson Gin Liqueur through NPD (new product development) and to the market.
Damson was a finalist in the Best Emerging Business category of the 2018 NZ Export Awards and our artisan condiments and liqueur continue to win awards locally and internationally. In 2020 we were awarded the title "World's Best Fruit Liqueur" in the UK based competition and shortly thereafter we won Gold at the US Spirit Awards and NZ Spirit Awards.
My son Rogie joined the Damson team in 2019 when he finished his B.Com. He bought a fresh perspective to the business. His forte is sales and marketing which has allowed me more time to spend creating new products, export markets and to also work on achieving our sustainability goals.