At Hazelz, we are committed to establishing ourselves as the leading supplier of premium hazelnut products. Our aim is to not only meet but exceed the expectations of our customers in both the local New Zealand market and in export markets around the globe.
To achieve this goal, we constantly strive to maintain the highest standards of quality throughout our operations. From sourcing the finest hazelnuts to using advanced processing methods, we ensure that every step of our production process is meticulously carried out.
As we continue to grow and expand our operations, we remain committed to our vision of being the foremost provider of premium hazelnut products. We are confident that with our passion for excellence, dedication to quality, and unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction, we will achieve this goal and continue to lead the industry for years to come.
Our commitment to maintaining the highest level of product quality is at the forefront of our operations. We understand that our customers have high expectations when it comes to the products they purchase, and we strive to exceed these expectations at every turn.
To achieve this goal, we have implemented rigorous quality control measures throughout our production process. From the selection of the finest hazelnuts to the use of advanced processing techniques, we ensure that every step of our operations is carried out with precision and care.
Overall, our focus on maintaining the optimum level of product quality, adding value to our products, and sharing resources amongst growers is a reflection of our commitment to excellence and our dedication to delivering the best possible outcomes for our customers and partners.
In 1998 enthusiastic hazelnut growers developed a proposition to create a co-operative business that would serve its grower shareholders with a vision that would see it as the leading supplier of premier hazelnut products in New Zealand.
The company was registered in February 1999 and now has over 100 growers, spread throughout the South Island and Lower North Island of New Zealand, supplying it.
The majority of growers have planted the New Zealand developed “Whiteheart” cultivar tree which grows well in our climate and is free of major pests and diseases. The Whiteheart produces a creamy white coloured nut with a delicious flavour. Larger nut varieties, including those from polliniser trees are used for table nuts and will form part of the overall development for value added products, including pressing for hazelnut oil.
Testing in 2001 led to the development of a prototype commercial nut cracker. This cracker, using modern “roller” technology, tested out very positively both for efficiency and quality kernel extraction (viz-a-viz imported machinery).
Capable of cracking up to 400kg per hour, the full scale machinery and factory is a major factor in enhancing the viability of the New Zealand hazelnut industry.
The company’s processing /marketing facilities at 5 Penn Place, Christchurch were officially opened on the 28th of June 2003. It moved in 2007 to 764 Courtenay Rd., Aylesbury, in the Selwyn District near Kirwee and Darfield, to the West of Christchurch City.
All of the company’s cracking equipment has been sourced and manufactured here in New Zealand.
The bulk of hazelnuts currently being used in New Zealand are imported (about 250 tonnes annually) and it is a company objective to eventually see these imports totally replaced.