Venture Taranaki provides a range of services to help grow the region's food production sector and the businesses and people working within it.

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:

Industry promotion

Taranaki On A Plate – A high quality publication telling Taranaki’s ‘story’ of food production and its companies, including detailed provision of detailed statistical information.


Taranaki Honey Company Collective and Taranaki Food Producers Network - build relationships and collaborative initiatives between Taranaki companies on common goals and projects.

Trade shows

A regional booth for Taranaki food companies at NZ’s major food exhibitions to ensure the nation 'get a taste' of Taranaki e.g. Auckland Food Show (see image below).


Assist capability development and sharing of research and market intelligence on food trends and the latest developments e.g. Food Futures events organised in partnership with Massey University.

Research reports

Investigating market opportunities and sector investment and growth prospects e.g. Horticulture opportunities in Taranaki.

Food-related Research & Development

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.

Taranaki’s Regional Development Strategy and Action Plan, Tapuae Roa, identified ‘future foods’ as a key area for regional growth - Click here to read more about these Tapuae Roa initiatives.

Taranaki on a Plate (2017)

Publication with stories of food and food production in the region like no other.

The Potential for Horticultural Development in Taranaki

Publication with horticultural progress and opportunities for Taranaki (2014).

Food industry overview

Read further about Taranaki's food industry.