Our People

Sue Bertram: The Organiser

With her natural love of life and people, Sue is the bubbly hostess behind all of The Wild Walnut's operations. Committed to carrying on the business, following her Father's passing, Sue daily maintains the philosophy of the brand and is a much-loved figure in the local community.

Formerly a citizen of England and having lived in South Africa and travelled the high seas working on charter yachts, Sue has well and truly fallen in love with New Zealand and is proud now to call it 'home'.

Jim Merrill: The Artisan

Another ex-pat, Jim grew up in the United States before he took to the seas to travel. Once back on dry land, Jim learnt the art of preserving from Father-in-law, Peter and still to this day produces some of Peter's original recipes for The Wild Walnut, as well as developing plenty of his own.

Jim personally handcrafts all of The Wild Walnut preserves and his dedication to producing innovative flavor combinations, as well as his focus on making the best of seasonal produce, has earned the brand its well-deserved reputation.

The Team

Sue and Jim maintain that the people they work with play a huge role in the success of The Wild Walnut. Whether there for a short tenure or many years, staff become a part of The Wild Walnut family and are crucial to living and growing the brand, both within the local community and online.

Our Customers

Sue and Jim would also like to thank their loyal customer base, all of whom continually provide friendship, support and inspiration for the business.