So how did RJ’s come about? Roger Halliwell was approached by the receivers of Granny’s Licorice Ltd in 1983 to help identify whether the company had a future. Roger thought that it did and as he got caught up in the excitement of making confectionery, he decided he would buy the assets of the company and set up business in Levin, New Zealand.

During the 5 years that followed, there was little change in the traditional licorice market. Roger went back to the drawing board and in 1994 he repurchased the former land and buildings of Granny’s Licorice and set about enticing his son Regan James, who was on his big OE, to return to New Zealand to embark on a mission, to take the traditional licorice market and turn it into a category highlighted by innovative products. This is the point where the RJ’s brand was born.

RJ’s is named after Regan James and from the outset, RJ’s was to be a family business – with 5 family members currently working in the company and with RJ’s maintaining a very clear culture of family values in the day to day running of the business, this has certainly been successfully achieved.

Since its outset, RJs Licorice is New Zealand's leading licorice provider and you can buy New Zealands best Licorice at The Cheese and Wine Shop for next day delivery.

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RJ Licorice Facts:
other names known by include.. Liquorice, Yashtimadhu, Mithi-lakdi, Mulathi, Sweetwood, Licorice root

Biological Name:

Glycyzrrhiza glabra

Known as the ‘Blue Flowering Snow Pea’ plant

Parts used:

Dried Root


  • Licorice is a traditional herbal remedy with an ancient history and world wide usage
  • Nearly two-thirds of all traditional formulas in Chinese Medicine contain Licorice
  • Hippocrates in the 4th century BC recommended licorice for the treatment of ulcers
  • Diosciodes a famous herbalist and surgeon who traveled with Nero’s armies in the 1st century AD, found that Licorice could be used to treat wounds and skin disease
  • Licorice roots have been found in the tombs of the Pharaohs attesting to the great respect for it’s healing abilities
  • One saying of an Arab Physician and philosopher, Avicenna is “the infused licorice purifies the voice and the trachea, and is useful in disorders and diets”

Remedies for:

  • The major active ingredient glycyrrhizin was isolated and shown to have a cortisone-like action which explains its remarkable ability to reduce inflammation and speed the healing of ulcerated tissue
  • Glycyrrhizin contains a similar chemical structure to that of human steroid hormones
  • Today, naturopaths prescribe licorice for external ulcerous conditions such as burns, eczema and urticaria (which is swelling induced by poisonous plants or allergic reactions) and for internal ulcerous conditions such as bronchitis, sore throat and upper respiratory and gastro-intestinal tract infections
  • Licorice is currently being used in the research and treatment of hepatitis and HIV
  • The use of Licorice for urinary tract irritations is helpful by reducing the irritation and to speed healing plus helping to prevent the recurrence of the infection
  • Licorice can be used to counteract the side effects of steroid treatments and to prevent joint degeneration


This herb is found in many countries. It is believed to give contentment and harmony.


Caution : There is a small possibility of effecting electrolyte balance with extended use of large doses of licorice. It has an ACTH like effect causing retention of sodium thus raising BP. The whole herb has constituents that counter this but it is best to avoid Licorice if the patient has hypertension, kidney disease or during pregnancy.

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