|Founder||Sir James Wattie|
|Parent||H.J. Heinz Company|
Founded in 1934 by Sir James Wattie, the company operated in New Zealand under the name of J. Wattie Canneries Limited (later J Wattie Foods Limited and its related companies) until the group was bought by American-based H. J. Heinz Company in 1992.
The company employs around 1,900 people, of which approximately 350 are temporary or casual. The company produces its own Wattie's products, some international brands of H. J. Heinz Company, as well as local products under brands like Craig's, Farex, Eta, Oak, Good Taste Company, Greenseas, Earth's Best, Complan, Chef and Champ.
The company has three production centres in New Zealand. Two are located in Hastings, New Zealand, where the company was founded, and over 1,200 product lines are produced there.
Wattie's has an extensive product line consisting of thousands of products.
Its baby food products are broken down into five main categories: birth - 4 months, 4 - 6 months, 6 - 7 months, 8 - 9 months and 12 months or older.
Watties tomato sauce sold is made in New Zealand, and products carry the label "NZ's Favourite". The television commercials throughout the 1990s used the line "You'll always be a Kiwi, if you love our Wattie's sauce".
- Heinz Wattie's Ltd homepage
- Wattie's Food In A Minute Recipe website
- Wattie's Foodservice website
- Wattie's For Baby website
- Champ Nutri+Plus Petfood website
- Chef Petfood website
- Heinz Nurture baby website
- Good Taste Co Soup website
- ETA Nutman website
|This article relies too much on references to primary sources. (January 2007)|