Founded in 1976, Heyden Farms is a third generation family owned egg producing poultry farm in the South Waikato, serving the local community and employing local staff.
Originally owned by Peter & Rita Van der Heyden, the farm was leased to their son Paul in 1987. Between 1988 and 1990 two additional poultry farm businesses were acquired and merged with the existing Lichfield site, before Paul purchased Heyden Farms from his parents in 1990.
In 1994 at the Lichfield site, a modernisation project commenced to introduce automatic poultry systems.
Heyden Farms formally registered as a company in 2003 with purchases of a third poultry farm in 2005. A new shareholder, Sir Henry Van der Heyden joined the company in 2006, with a further production site being purchased in the Bay of Plenty that same year.
With the government introduction of colony farming in late 2012, an application for resource consent was made to the South Waikato District Council in mid 2013 for a large-scale expansion project. This project would see four new poultry barns erected at the Lichfield site over a four-year period in order to achieve code of compliance. Expansion commenced in February 2014.
From their Waikato and Bay of Plenty properties, Heyden Farms supply Auckland and Central North Island supermarkets, Pak ‘n Saves, New Worlds, Four Square and Super Value stores, egg and food distributors, fruit and vegetable shops and bakeries.
Heyden Farms is a sponsor of Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari. Mountain Maungatautari is a unique mainland island in the central North Island owned by the community and operated by the Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust.