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.
Hellers Limited has two modern factories in Kaiapoi, Christchurch and Wiri, Auckland. Our head office is based in Kaiapoi, 20 minutes’ drive from Christchurch. Over 400 staff members work in Kaiapoi and around 150 in Wiri.
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.
We aim to attract and retain the best people and then create an environment where they are supported and encouraged to do their best. Here are just some ways we support our terrific team of people:
Induction - We make sure all new team members are given the best possible start in our business. We provide everyone with a comprehensive induction to their jobs at Hellers. This includes one to one sessions with our on-job trainers who will train you on how things work at Hellers Limited.
Careers - We pride ourselves on being able to create careers for our team members rather than simply jobs. Many of our team members who started out doing entry level jobs have now worked their way into satisfying long-term careers with us. Meet the team (link to “Our Employees”) to find out real opportunities at Hellers.
Training and Development Programs - We offer a wide range of training and development opportunities at Hellers Limited. In addition to each team member receiving a regular review from their manager to discuss development opportunities, we also offer the following:
- Literacy and Numeracy training
- National Certificate training in Smallgoods
- Team member development programs
- Leadership development programs
Future potential - Our talent identification programme looks at ways we can identify and continue to develop the great people within our teams. People identified as having high potential are invited onto accelerated development programmes which are designed to move them through the organisation more quickly.
Rewards - There are some great benefits and perks on offer for employees at Hellers. Find out more here.