Argus is proud to once again be sponsoring the Hellers Sharp Blacks! Argus is passionate about promoting the industry as a first class career choice for those entering the workforce or just looking for a change. Whether its working in a processing plant, boning room or retail butchers shop the World Butchers Challenge showcases that working in the meat industry is more than just a job its a rewarding career, enjoyable hobby and a community of great people who love what they do.
The Hellers Sharp Blacks are our national butchery side who compete every two years at the World Butchers’ Challenge (WBC). Over the past ten years, the Sharp Blacks have become an inspiration to so many across the retail meat trade and are well on their way to becoming a household name among wider New Zealand, thanks to an extensive amount of media spotlight. The World Butchers’ Challenge returns again in August 2021 and the team of seven, made up of the best butchers from around the country, will represent New Zealand in Sacramento, California, USA.
The Story So Far…
Back in 2011, a Trans-Tasman Butchers’ Challenge was established between New Zealand and Australia. In 2013, the competition transformed into the Tri-Nation’s Butchers’ Challenge as Britain joined the competition. In 2016 the challenge added another knife to it’s belt as it became the World Butchers’ Challenge as France attended the challenge for the first time on the Gold Coast, Australia and took out the winning title.
In 2018 the competition stepped up a level with teams from Brazil, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, South African and America joining existing teams. The twelve teams battled it out in what was the biggest butchery competition ever in Belfast, Northern Ireland. On their home soil, Team Ireland took out the first spot, with the Sharp Blacks in second and the Aussie Steelers in third.
Fast forward to now, and the butchers of the world are preparing for the biggest World Butchers’ Challenge yet – 16 teams competing at the home of the NBA Sacramento Kings basketball team, the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California.