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

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

Clusters

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

Trade shows

E.g. Auckland Food Show – A regional booth for Taranaki food companies at NZ’s major food exhibition.
 

Events

To 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

E.g. Horticulture Opportunities in Taranaki and Market Opportunities reports.
 

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.