Best-Rated Fruit Spreads & Jams

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Most Satisfied Customers | St. Dalfour

Aussie shoppers rated St. Dalfour best in Canstar Blue’s fruit spread & jam review, scoring the brand five stars for taste, texture & consistency, variety & range, and overall satisfaction.

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How we rate fruit spreads & jams

There are few tastier treats than jam, especially when it comes to foods that are considered ‘acceptable’ for breakfast! From those mini condiments you get in hotels to the big jars you buy from your local supermarket, jams and fruit spreads add a delicious edge to a wide range of foods, whether it’s your morning toast, afternoon scone, or weekend baked cakes. Canstar Blue compared the top jam brands on the market, so you can find out which ones are worth getting your fingers sticky for.

Canstar Blue surveyed 760 Australians for their feedback on the fruit spread and jam brand(s) they’ve purchased from a supermarket or grocer in the last three months. Note: This does not include homemade jam or jam purchased from a market.

  • The outcomes reported in these ratings are measured via accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics.

Respondents rate their satisfaction with their fruit spread/jam brand(s) from zero to ten, where zero is extremely dissatisfied and ten is extremely satisfied. Brand satisfaction was rated by respondents on the following criteria:

  • Overall satisfaction: measures consumer satisfaction with a fruit spread/jam brand as an individual score NOT a combined total of all criteria.
  • Taste: the fruit spread/jam tasted authentic and as expected given the flavour description on the jar (i.e. strawberry, plum, marmalade, etc.).
  • Texture & consistency: the fruit spread/jam had a smooth texture or was as expected for the type (i.e. fruit preserve included fruit pieces, chutney was thick, etc.).
  • Variety & range: the fruit spread/jam brand offered a variety of product options (i.e. multiple flavours, sizes, consistencies, etc.).
  • Value for money: the price of the fruit spread/jam was reasonable given the quality and quantity of the product.
  • Packaging convenience: the fruit/spread jam packaging made it easy to dispense and store (i.e. it came in a resealable jar, the size and shape made it easy to store in the fridge, etc.).

The winning brand is the one that receives the highest Overall satisfaction rating once all the scores from the Overall satisfaction criteria are combined and averaged.

  • Overall satisfaction is asked as a specific question and represents an individual measure, not a combined total of all criteria.
  • When we cannot determine a clear winner from the criteria for the Overall satisfaction rating, we will then look at the other criteria measured in the rating.
    • The brand with the highest number of five-star ratings within the supporting criteria will become the five-star recipient in overall satisfaction, and thus win the award. If a clear leader still cannot be determined from the supporting criteria, joint winners will be declared.

Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included, so not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The brands rated in this survey are listed below in order of best overall satisfaction.

1. St. Dalfour
2. Cottee’s
3. IXL
4. Grandessa (ALDI)
5. Bonne Maman
6. Beerenberg
7. Woolworths
8. Coles

St. Dalfour rated five stars for taste, texture and consistency, variety and range, and overall satisfaction. Runner-up Cottee’s rated well for packaging convenience, while former winner Grandessa (ALDI) also earned top marks for value for money and packaging convenience.

Find more detailed information on our ratings methodology.

Top Fruit Spread & Jam Brand – St. Dalfour

Hailing from the Marmande regions of France, St. Dalfour produces a line of jams with a focus on ethically sourced local fruit and small batch processing to ensure the superior quality of each jar of jam. St. Dalfour uses grape ‘must’ ─ a sweet by-product of winemaking ─ as a natural alternative to artificial additives and cane sugars. The brand also says no preservatives are ever used. St. Dalfour has a range of up to 20 jams on offer, some of which include:

  • St. Dalfour Strawberry & Rhubarb
  • St. Dalfour Blueberry
  • St. Dalfour Fig Royale
  • St. Dalfour Heritage Peach
  • St. Dalfour Marmalade

You can purchase St. Dalfour products from most major supermarkets and grocers for around $5.70.

  • St. Dalfour scored a sweet victory with five stars for taste, texture and consistency, variety and range, and overall satisfaction. It got four stars for packaging convenience, and three stars for value for money.

Other fruit spread & jam brands

Not all jam brands in the market qualify for our ratings (based on minimum survey sample size), but that doesn’t mean they’re not worth considering. Here are several more brands to check out before making a purchase decision.

  • Yarra Valley Hilltop
  • Jim Jam Foods

  • Drunken Sailor Canning Co.
  • Barker’s

What is jam?

Jam is made by mixing crushed whole fruit with heated water and sugar (and sometimes pectin and an acid) to create a jelly-like spreadable consistency. Jam is usually made using small fruits, including various berries and grapes, plus larger stone fruits such as apricots, peaches and plums.

While sugar is a common ingredient in jam and other fruit spreads, there are also slight differences between the different types of spread:

  • Jam: contains whole or pureed fruit.
  • Jelly: is made with fruit juice, rather than whole fruit, which has been squeezed from crushed or cooked fruit.
  • Marmalade: preserves made with citrus, including the rind, pulp and inner fruit.
  • Compote: is a simple fruit sauce made with fruit chunks and cooked, to be eaten as a dessert or sauce.

Our latest survey shows strawberry is the most popular flavour of jam among Aussies (43%), followed by raspberry (23%), apricot (11%), plum (7%), blackcurrant (5%) and blueberry (4%). Either way ─ most Aussies aren’t too fussy, with 38% having tried multiple brands of jam, although 45% stick to the same brand. As for the reason for picking a particular jam brand, well, no surprises there – 54% like their jam because it tastes the best!

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Meet our consumer experts

Megan Birot: Home & Lifestyle Editor

Megan Birot Canstar Blue Home & Lifestyle Editor

Megan is Canstar Blue’s Home & Lifestyle Editor, leading the team that focuses on consumer products and services, ranging from supermarkets and groceries to home and personal appliances and retail stores. She interprets Canstar Blue’s bespoke research on the thousands of brands that we compare, rate and review, to help shoppers make better purchasing decisions.

Meet the Editorial Team

Samantha Howse: Consumer Research Specialist

Sam Howse Research Specialist

Samantha Howse is Canstar Blue’s Consumer Research Specialist, coordinating the consumer research program behind our customer satisfaction awards across Canstar and Canstar Blue in Australia and New Zealand. Sam has earned a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from Griffith University and, with seven years in market research and 2 years in marketing, she is experienced in survey design, implementation and analysis, coupled with an understanding of marketing principles and best practice.

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Past ratings

Here are the past winners from Canstar Blue’s fruit spread & jam ratings:

  • 2022: Grandessa (ALDI)
  • 2021: Beerenberg
  • 2020: Bonne Maman
  • 2019: St. Dalfour
  • 2018: Bonne Maman
  • 2017: St. Dalfour
  • 2015: Dick Smith Foods

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