Innovation infrastructure

The FoodBowl – Te Ipu Kai

Food and beverage (F&B) companies large and small can get a taste for success at The FoodBowl, Auckland’s state-of-the-art development facility.

The FoodBowl is designed to help the F&B industry test or produce new products for local and export markets, and there’s nothing else like it in New Zealand.

You get a cost-effective and low-risk opportunity to develop, test and prove your food and beverage products before starting commercial production for trial sales and marketing.

Part of the New Zealand Food Innovation Network, The FoodBowl is funded by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) and Callaghan Innovation.

The export-certified facility is supported by highly skilled technologists, scientists, business and certification consultants, packaging and equipment suppliers, and funding experts. These professionals can be independently contracted by businesses using The FoodBowl.

Businesses can hire the facility by the half day or by the week. You’ll have exclusive use of one of the four processing halls and more than 200 different pieces of ancillary equipment.

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Learn how two Auckland companies used The FoodBowl to grow their business:


Smart spaces, entrepreneurial people and innovative ideas come together at GridAKL, Auckland’s technology district at Wynyard Quarter on Auckland’s waterfront.

Focused on the ICT (information and communications technology) and digital media sectors, GridAKL is about creating, attracting and building world-class research, talent and technology-based ventures.

If you’re in these fields or looking for an incubation space, GridAKL is where you want to be. Businesses share working space and rub shoulders with fellow entrepreneurs, swapping ideas, issues and solutions. The collaboration and collision of smart ideas creates innovation.

The GridAKL community of low-infrastructure technology companies operates across diverse industries such as marine, finance, creative (mobile, gaming, 3D, interactive), aviation, life sciences, clean technology and security.

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Here’s how one business settled easily into the co-working space of GridAKL: