Family owned and operated company founded by Dick and Mavis Hazeldene in 1957 which has developed into a fully vertically integrated poultry processor (located in the Bendigo region). Supplies chicken to all major supermarkets.
|Hazeldene's Chicken Farm Pty Ltd||AUS||website|
|Hazeldene's Chicken Farm Pty Ltd|
This company produces factory farmed chicken meat. Broiler chickens can legally be confined at a density that gives each bird less space than an single A4 sheet of paper. Every year in Australia 550 million chickens endure short and unnatural lives inside factory farms. This approach is fundamentally at odds with chicken welfare.
Source: Voiceless (2019)
In June 2015 this company, which is already under investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman, gave evidence at a Senate inquiry into temporary work VISAs in the labour market in Melbourne over concerns that some contracted staff are being overworked and underpaid. Hazeldene's says the claims are unfounded and that it has a good working culture.
Source: news article (2015)
This company's free range chicken is certified by Free Range Egg and Poultry Australia (FREPA). However this only represents a small percentage of this company's total chicken meat production.
Source: FREPA (2020)
Hazeldene's has provided RSPCA-accredited chicken meat to Coles supermarkets since 2011. Bird density in an RSPCA shed is 15 birds per square metre, while in other sheds it's 21.5 birds per square metre. RSPCA-accredited chicken makes up about 25 per cent of Hazeldene's overall production.
Source: news article (2013)
Hazeldene's use chicken from Australian RSPCA Approved farms for their range of RSPCA Approved chicken products. These farms raise their birds in an enriched barn environment. Chickens enjoy space to move, good lighting and can perch, dustbathe and forage.
Source: RSPCA Australia (2020)
|Type||Family-owned private company|
|Employees||770 in 2018|
|Address||74 Hazeldene's Rd, Lockwood, VIC, 3551, Australia|
|Phone||03 5431 1300|