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Our plant

In heart of Southern New Zealand is Blue Sky Meats processing plant.

Its location allows us to be close to our farmers who are committed to growing stock to peak condition and delivering them to our plant just a short journey away.

Blue Sky Meats has resisted the temptation to build additional plants, instead our single chain, multi-shift plant uses modern technology to produce high quality, market-led sheep and lamb cuts with efficiencies that enable us to be competitive while providing a fair return to our farmers.

The plant is capable of processing up to 30 thousand stock units a week and includes specialised boning and cutting rooms that during the peak season operate 20 hours a day, seven days a week.

We employ 350 people on the ground in Invercargill and in our marketing arm in Auckland, many who have been with us for years and are highly experienced in meat processing practices.

At Blue Sky Meats safety and hygiene are paramount with independent onsite veterinarians ensuring the stock processed are in optimum health and all the hygiene criteria are met.

The company stands by its products and operates using HACCP principles. It also holds key European accreditation from the British Retail Consortium (BRC).  The plant is EU and USDA approved and meets the tightest of hygiene requirements.  The plant is known by many in the trade by its Ministry of Primary Industries licence, ME80.

 After processing the products undergo independent inspections and the meat is then graded and subjected to an AC & A (Accelerated Aging and Conditioning) regime to ensure tenderness of the final product.

The plant is known by many in the trade by its Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries licence ME80.

Our accreditations and programmes include word

  • HACCP 
  • New Zealand Customs Secure Export Scheme partner
  • European Union Accredited
  • USDA/FDA Accredited
  • Other country listings including China, Russia, Japan plus others
  • New Zealand Food Safety Accredited
  • ACC Partnership programme

We follow a strict quality policy.  Click here for full details.