Food and beverage sector

Adding value to what comes naturally
New Zealand’s excellence, diversity and high quality standards in the food and beverage industry are well-known internationally. The country’s ideal growing conditions and clean, green environment provide the ideal foundation for food and beverage operations.

Auckland is the country’s main manufacturing and distribution hub. Two thirds of the top 50 food and beverage companies in New Zealand have their head office in the city, making it the logical location for investment. The industry in Auckland contributes around $3 billion a year to the local economy.

Infrastructure, innovation and talent

Auckland has the infrastructure to support this growing sector, with more than 1,000 companies based in south Auckland and within 15km of Auckland Airport or the downtown Ports of Auckland. The Auckland region is the centre of New Zealand’s transport and logistics network, involving air, rail, trucking and shipping.

Auckland has more than 1,000 hectares of industrial land available for development, and the region has a smooth supply chain from sourcing ingredients, skilled and experienced labour to smart processing and packaging, stringent quality control and sophisticated logistics.

Around 40,000 people work within the food and beverage sector, providing a large and skilled talent base with experience and expertise right across the sector.

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Auckland has easy access to all of New Zealand’s food and beverage ingredients, and processes and packages them into food & beverages (beer, wine and soft drinks) and nutraceutical products for consumers around the world.

Auckland’s state-of-the-art food innovation centre

The FoodBowl – Te Ipu Kai is a modern, export-certified pilot manufacturing plant open to all companies in the food and beverage sector. It provides businesses a low-cost, safe opportunity to develop, test and prove their initiatives through to commercial pre-production in state-of-the-art facilities. Find out more >

Food and beverage multinationals in Auckland

Most global food producers have a presence and manufacturing base in Auckland. One of the major advantages for these companies is the city’s proximity to Australia, China and the west coast of the United States.

Global leaders that have offices and manufacture in Auckland include:


Global food and beverage investors attracted to Auckland

Auckland has a critical mass of food and beverage capability and talent that has been established from the ground up or purchased by international investors.

Examples of successful international food investments in Auckland include Jack Link’s, Emerald Foods and Frucor.