Business support services are available to all businesses in Taranaki, including those involved in food production.
Any business either looking to enter, or already operating in, the food sector can tap into Venture Taranaki's business services including free business start-up clinics, general business support, access to an experienced business mentor, capability development voucher funding for eligible businesses to grow management and governance skillsets, research and development assistance, and a range of regional intelligence products.
The following initiatives are specific to the Food Production Industry in Taranaki:
Publications such as Taranaki on a Plate tell Taranaki’s ‘story’ of food production and its companies, including detailed provision of detailed statistical information.
Taranaki Food Network
An active Taranaki Food Network facilitated by Venture Taranaki build relationships and collaborative initiatives between Taranaki companies on common goals and projects.
Sub sector groups, such as Taranaki’s honey companies, also connect at times to focus on specific issues and areas of interest.
A regional booth for Taranaki food companies at NZ’s major food exhibitions to ensure the nation 'gets a taste' of Taranaki. The Auckland Food Show is a popular collaboration.
Research & Market Intelligence
Venture Taranaki’s partnership with Massey University provides Taranaki companies with help and guidance for developing new food products or food ventures, including easy access to Massey University’s Palmerston North-based Food Pilot Plant, the resources of the New Zealand Food Innovation Network and portals to national funding specific to the food production and processing sector.
One of our core activities is investigating market opportunities and sector investment opportunities, as well as growth prospects such as horticulture and farm improvements.
Venture Taranaki works with groups and initiatives focusing on rural land use, development and farming best practice and sustainability though groups such as Catchment Taranaki and special projects such as Branching Out.
Our library of published reports includes a wide variety of market intelligence.
Branching Out is a two-year initiative to encourages the region to consider diverse and complementary forms of land use, investment in innovative enterprises, and deliver consumer-focused products to market.
Grow your business
Being in business is tough. Practical advice and support can go a long way to sustain your success. Whatever sector, size or stage your business is at, Venture Taranaki’s team of Enterprise Advisors are here to help.
Our team meets with local enterprise owners every day to talk about their needs and the tools available to support them. We have access to knowledge, networks, coaching, funding and mentoring to support you and your next step for your enterprise.
Tapuae Roa and 'Future Foods'.
Taranaki’s Regional Development Strategy and Action Plan, Tapuae Roa, identified ‘future foods’ as a key area for regional growth.