About us

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OUR PEOPLE

We employ more than 350 people, including our sales and marketing team based in Auckland. We are proud to still be working with many of the staff and their families who have been with us from the beginning, allowing us to maintain a highly experienced knowledge base.

Staff share our vision of supplying locally-grown, world-class meat.

Management

In the business of meat processing, we believe you must be led by good people with strong values and a passion for what they do. Our experienced management team all share that passion.

Senior Management

Jason O'Connell

Plant Manager

jason.oconnell@bluesky.co.nz

027 267 5499

Steve Paynter

General Manager - Operations

steve@bluesky.co.nz

03 231 3421 (ext 812)

Grant Mitchell

General Manager – Livestock

grant@bluesky.co.nz

027 261 4500

Chad Brown

General Manager – Sales

chad@bluesky.co.nz

021 623 097

09 366 6234 

Gary Smith

Interim CFO

gary@bluesky.co.nz

Livestock Representatives

Recruitment

General Enquiries

Governance

We are a public company supported by a board of six directors.

Like the management team it supports, our board is an experienced team with a history of delivering excellence.

With a future focus, the board drives Blue Sky Pastures forward, ensuring we provide our customers throughout the world with the products they want and that our farmers continue to receive a fair return.

The board is committed to best practice and fostering an environment of excellence.

Shareholders

Company Shares

With the recent takeover, there are approx. 70 shareholders in Blue Sky Meats. Given this small shareholding, the Company has delisted from the Unlisted exchange.

Where to buy and sell shares

Contact Greg Munro (Company Secretary) at McCulloch & Partners on 03 2186179 or email greg.munro@mcp.co.nz

There may be an opportunity to match buyers with sellers of shares.

Your shares

Blue Sky Meats has one class of share – ordinary shares.

Details of your shareholding can be accessed via contacting the Company Registrar at bsm@mcp.co.nz

Contact Details

Postal:

Blue Sky Meats Share Registrar

PO Box 844

Invercargill 9810

Physical:

McCulloch & Partners

Level 1, 20 Don St

Invercargill 9810

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OUR FARMERS

We are proud of the strong partnerships we’ve forged with southern farmers and their families, many of whom have been supplying to us since we began in 1987.

They share our vision of providing exceptional quality products to our customers and we reward our farmers for their loyalty and hard work. The scale and vastness of the environment they operate in never intimidates them. In a shared and hard-working spirit, they choose to work with their surroundings, not against them. We admire that.

Our Plant

In the heart of southern New Zealand sits our Morton Mains processing plant. Our location allows us to be close to our farmers who are committed to growing stock on our fertile land to peak condition and delivering them to our plant just a short journey away. We strive to be better instead of bigger, as such, our focus is on providing you with a range of boutique, specialist cuts. Our single chain, multi-shift plant uses modern technology to produce high-quality, market-leading sheep and lamb cuts with efficiencies that enable us to be competitive while providing a fair return to our farmers.

Our processing plant is capable of processing up to 30,000 stock units per week and includes specialised boning and cutting rooms that, during the peak season, operate 20 hours per day, seven days a week.



Our commitment to safety

FOOD SAFETY

Our customers expect the very best. At the core of our product quality lies best practice, which is reflected in our health and safety approach to food production.

It starts in the lush green pastures of southern New Zealand where our farmers meet stringent specifications to guarantee they are producing free-range, grass-fed stock in peak condition.

From independent on site veterinarians ensuring processed stock is in optimum health to post-processing independent inspections and grading (accelerated ageing and conditioning), we ensure our customers are getting the very best.

We follow a strict Quality Policy and stand by our products. We are HACCP accredited and hold the key European accreditation from the British Retail Consortium (BRC). The plant is EU and USDA approved and meets tight hygiene requirements. The plant’s New Zealand MPI number is ME80.

Our accreditations and programmes include:

  • HACCP
  • New Zealand Customs Secure Export Scheme partner
  • European Union accredited
  • USDA/FDA accredited
  • New Zealand MPI accredited
  • Other country listings including China, Russia, Japan plus others

HEALTH AND SAFETY

As part of our commitment to our suppliers and staff, we ensure that every person we engage with can expect the highest level of safety and care. Whether it’s someone checking in with our team on site or a staff member travelling to visit farmers, our goal is that everyone goes home safely at the end of the day. To achieve our health and safety goals, a collaborative approach is required involving everyone in our supply chain. We are conducting a full health and safety audit to identify further ways to enhance safety in the workplace and we’ve empowered our staff to contribute to this ongoing process.

View our Health and Safety Policy statement here.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Sustainability is at the core of our business. As part of our ground-up Strategic Review, we reviewed how we can better look after our environment and minimise waste across all our operations.