The Heller family tradition of butcheries began when Gorg Heller emigrated from Germany to New Zealand during the gold rush of the 1880’s and started supplying the gold miners with smallgoods from a small shop in Arrowtown.
Todd Heller continued the long line of butchers by opening his first butchery in New Brighton, Christchurch, in 1985. Inspired by his travels and the cooking styles of different cultures, Todd began offering greater variety and new flavours – very little of which were available at the time. His customers responded well. Todd Heller Meats started supplying supermarkets, outgrew the old factory, moved to a new plant at Kaiapoi and began supplying throughout the South Island.
The company continued to flourish and after merging with Tasty Bacon became Heller Tasty Limited. The purchase of Vienna Sensational Foods gave the company national distribution and in 2002, Heller’s Sensational London Pride sausage was judged New Zealand’s best.
In 2008, Hellers won the Supreme Sausage award with Hellers Cheese Kransky and the 100% NZ Bacon of the year award with Hellers Middle Eye bacon. In May 2011 Hellers launched its Free Farmed Bacon and in the 100% NZ bacon awards of the same year won gold with its Middle Eye and silver with Middle and Ribeye Bacon.
Today over 400 staff can produce up to 350 tonnes of sausages in 80 different varieties a week along with bacon, ham and other service deli smallgoods.
Manufacturing and technical excellence
Our modern plants have kept pace with technology without compromising the traditional values and standards of quality upon which our reputation has been founded. The strictest health and quality guidelines are applied to all our processes and only the very best ingredients are acceptable.
Hellers is always ready to embrace new technology in order to keep ahead with product innovation and consumer appeal. Our research and development programmes continue to meet and exceed the requirements of our customers in supermarket and food service markets.
Hellers’ SAUSAGES FOR SCHOOLS has already helped New Zealand schools raise $1.5m over the last 4 years.
The good, old-fashioned Kiwi sausage sizzle has gained a whole new impetus that has seen primary and intermediate schools raise much-needed funds.
Hellers are firm believers in supporting community initiatives, and if our award-winning sausages can help, we’re here. So far, up to 200,000 sausages a year have gone to this important cause, and helped warm big and little tummies at the same time.
All we ask in return is some recognition by, wearing our aprons and of course telling your customers who made the delicious sausages that we have provided.The long-term goal of SAUSAGES FOR SCHOOLS is to make a difference in every New Zealand primary and intermediate school. And we want everyone to have a chance to benefit.
Currently, we provide sausages to 25 schools a month. Because a lot of schools want to take advantage of our offer, we recommend putting in your school’s application around four months before your planned fundraiser: That makes it fair for everyone.
Applications are then reviewed and schools are advised if we can meet their needs that month. If not, you’ll be included in our database for the future.
To find out how SAUSAGES FOR SCHOOL works, please click here.
If you have any enquiries, please go to our website contact form and we will respond you as soon as we possibly can.
If you have a query about one of our products, please be sure to include pack and store details.
Thanks and we look forward to hearing from you soon.
Address: 67 Main North Road, Kaiapoi 7644, Christchurch, NZ
Mon-Fri: 10am – 5pm
Sat & Sun: Closed
Fax: 03 327 6228
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