With lush green fertile soils, regular rainfall, and a temperate climate, Taranaki comprises the perfect ingredients for the production of high-quality, natural food products.
Taranaki has long been a key contributor to New Zealand’s food sector, having helped position the country as a global dairy heavyweight, and driving the red meat, poultry, and plant food industries with production of value-added goods for domestic and international markets.
It is Taranaki’s food sector that has helped to minimise the effects of COVID-19 on the local economy, with exports of food products remaining strong.
Major names in food production have established production facilities in Taranaki, and an increasing number of agile, innovative companies have chosen the region to carve their mark in this sector.
Buoyant coffee, honey, craft alcohol, fresh produce and baked goods enterprises are on the regional menu – leveraging Taranaki’s unique story and good growing conditions to produce high-quality products that are capturing the attention of global markets and connecting with customers.
As Taranaki’s food story evolves, the region’s natural attributes, experience, knowledge and collaborative approach ensure it will continue to be the home of more new, exciting and creative food products and experiences.
Food Sector Support
Venture Taranaki provides a range of services to help grow the region's food production sector across the value chain and the businesses and people working within it.
Opportunities in the Food Sector
Honey: Opportunities in mānuka honey production, as well as product development.
Dairy: A wide range of specialty dairy products (including pharmaceuticals) and opportunities to innovate or develop new products for the high-end global market.
Product innovation: National and global artisan consumer market, from chocolates, to nuts, spices and smoothies.
Alcohol: Quality craft and distinctive drinks.
Horticulture: Ripe for growth, capitalising on the microclimates under Taranaki Maunga.
Red meat: Top-quality meats and value-added products, including patties, jerky and specialist broths.
Coffee: Locally roasted, award-winning coffee, nationally and internationally acclaimed.