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Best jam brands in Australia

Here are the best jam brands based on taste, variety and consistency, as chosen by consumers.

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Best Rated Jam Brand: Bonne Maman

If jam is your jam, Bonne Maman is a must-have. Receiving the top score for variety and high scores for consistency and taste, Bonne Maman jam is recommended by 96% of Aussies.

The best jam brands in Australia

How did we choose the winners?

The 2020 Finder Retail Awards recognise brand sentiment from customer feedback on different retail product categories. Finder worked with leading data, insights and consulting company, Kantar, to conduct thousands of customer interviews around their product purchasing history and satisfaction with their purchased products.

Check out our full methodology.

Top-rated jam brand: Bonne Maman

Bonne Maman

  • Several jam options including strawberry, apricot, plum and fig
  • Gluten-free
  • No additives or preservatives

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Consumers chose Bonne Maman as the top-rated jam brand in Australia, scoring 8.45/10. It beat Beerenberg, Cottee's and St Dalfour, which have scores of 8.44/10, 8.12/10 and 8.11/10, respectively.

Bonne Maman offers a wide range of jam options including strawberry, apricot, plum, cherry, fig and redcurrant. The brand's products are gluten-free. Bonne Maman also doesn't use any peanuts, tree nuts or sesame nuts in its jams.

Known for its homemade feel, Bonne Maman was launched in the 1970s by Andros. Each jar has a handwritten-style label and gingham-patterned lid, capturing the whole ethos of the brand. According to Andros, the brand's jams have no additives or preservatives.


Best jam brand for value for money: Grandessa (ALDI)

Grandessa (ALDI)

  • Fat-free options available
  • No artificial colours, flavours or preservatives
  • Premium jam variety available from the signature range

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ALDI

When it comes to value for money, Aussies chose ALDI's Grandessa as the best jam brand. It has a 4.48/5 score. The runners-up were Bonne Maman, Cottee's and IXL, which all scored 4.35/5.

Grandessa has different types of jam, such as apricot, strawberry, raspberry, blueberry and mixed berries. The brand also offers fat-free options. Grandessa jams have no added artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. You can also get premium jam varieties from the brand's Signature range.

ALDI opened its doors in Australia in 2001. Since then, it has been committed in serving its customers with high-quality products at affordable prices. Most of ALDI's in-house brands are also made in Australia.


Best-tasting jam brand: Beerenberg

Beerenberg

  • Different types of jam options
  • Gluten-free products like sauce and dressings are available
  • Up to 24 months shelf life

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For the best-tasting jam brand, consumers chose Beerenberg, scoring 4.71/5. The runners-up were Bonne Maman, Dalfour and Rose's, which have ratings of 4.67/5, 4.52/5 and 4.49/5, respectively.

Beerenberg was established in 1971 when the brand started selling strawberry jam. Today, it offers over 80 products, including jams, sauces, chutneys and dressings. Beerenberg's jam range offers different options, such as satsuma plum, blackberry, apricot and caramelised fig. The brand also sells gluten-free products.

Beerenberg makes most of its products in its Hahndorf farm, 25km from Adelaide. Some of the fruits and veggies used by the brand are sourced from various Australian producers to ensure the highest quality.


Best jam brand for consistency: Beerenberg

Beerenberg

  • No artificial colours or preservatives
  • Jams suitable for vegans available
  • Comes in 300g jars and box of 14g single-serve tubs

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According to consumers, the best jam brand when it comes to consistency was Beerenberg. It scored 4.65/5, winning over Bonne Maman, Dalfour and Cottee's, which have scores of 4.59/5, 4.46/5 and 4.45/5, respectively.

Beerenberg jams are made from fruit and sugar. However, pectin is added if there is insufficient pectin in the fruit, helping set the product. The brand also uses food acid as an additive to balance each jam's acidity. The jam products have no artificial colours or preservatives. You can get Beerenberg jams in either a 300g glass jar or a 14g single-serve tub.


Best jam brand for variety and range: Bonne Maman

Bonne Maman

  • Made of high fruit content
  • No artificial colours or flavours
  • Jams in 30g jars available
  • Shelf life of up to 24 months

Where to buy

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Bonne Maman is Aussies' choice for the best jam brand when it comes to variety and range. It scored 4.51/5, while Cottee's scored 4.43/5 at second. The other runners-up were Beerenberg at 4.41/5 and IXL at 4.37/5.

The brand makes its jam products with high fruit content. The jams also have no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. Aside from jams, Bonne Maman offers tartlets, intense fruit spreads and jellies. The brand's Intense line offers spreads with higher fruit content but less sugar.

According to the brand, its products embody the tenderness and generosity of grandmothers. You can get Bonne Maman in regular 370g jars or mini 30g jars. The shelf life of each jar is up to 24 months.


Methodology

The 2020 Finder Retail Awards recognise brand sentiment from customer feedback on different retail product categories. Finder worked with leading data, insights and consulting company, Kantar, to conduct thousands of customer interviews around their product purchasing history and satisfaction with their purchased products.

Disclaimer: Please refer to our methodology for more information on how we scored and judged Finder Retail Awards candidates. While we endeavour to assess the majority of product providers in the market, this is not always possible and it may be that not every brand in the market was included for judging.

Best rated jam brand award breakdown

Total Score Overall rating Value for Money Taste Consistency Variety/Range
Bonne Maman 8.45 4.63 4.35 4.67 4.59 4.51
Beerenberg 8.44 4.69 4.14 4.71 4.65 4.41
Cottee’s 8.12 4.37 4.35 4.45 4.45 4.43
Dalfour 8.11 4.42 4 4.52 4.46 4.36
Barker’s 8.08 4.46 4.18 4.46 4.23 4.26
IXL 8.08 4.37 4.35 4.43 4.37 4.37
Rose’s 8.02 4.47 4.02 4.49 4.29 4
Other 7.92 4.36 4.34 4.44 4.32 3.74
Grandessa (ALDI) 7.84 4.24 4.48 4.4 4.36 3.76
Data: Finder Retail Brand Survey, 2020, Kantar. Metric out of 5 stars unless indicated. Methodology and more info. Kantar logo

How long does jam last?

The shelf life of jam depends on its "best by" date printed on the packaging. The shelf life also depends on how it is stored and the sugar content of the jam. When properly stored, jam products can last up to 24 months.

To make your jam last longer, make sure it's stored in a cool, dry environment. The storage shouldn't be prone to temperature changes, too. If the jam goes through temperature changes (from cool to warm or vice versa), mould can grow inside the packaging. This will then spoil the product.

You may also want to put your jam on the fridge, especially if it has been opened. Use clean utensils when serving jam to avoid cross-contamination. Check if there are any changes in flavour to see if it has gone bad. A tarter taste is the first sign that the jam is already spoilt. If there is a liquid forming on top, you may want to toss it out.

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