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Good Food for Business

Starting a food business

Looking at starting a new food business? We can help with anything from finding a kitchen to rent, to negotiating the Food Act. Additionally, the Dunedin City Council's business advisors are available to meet with you to offer free, impartial, and confidential business advice. To book a session please contact

The Food Act 2014 came into force on 1 March 2016. The Act takes a new approach to managing food safety; find out more about what it means for you here:

The Otago Chamber of Commerce offers a variety of courses to support local businesses

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website also contains some great information, advice and templates

The Regional Business Partner Network

The Regional Business Partner (RBP) Network helps New Zealand businesses innovate and grow by making it easier to access a wide range of business support services. Through the Network business owners in Otago can get assistance through mentoring, management capability development and through research and development support. Otago's RBP Network has experienced people available to provide you with support, referrals, information and connections to support your business.

The first step of engagement with the Otago RBP Network is to register your business, you can do register online at

Once your online registration is complete, an Otago RBP Advisor will contact you to arrange an initial meeting.

Alternatively, you can contact one of Otago's RBP Advisors directly; who can discuss support available through the RBP Network. With their combined expertise, understanding of business and local connections, their goal is to help your business grow.

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Otago's RBP advisors are:

Tara Druce (Central Otago)

021 216 6543

Cara Bradley (Dunedin)

027 253 8137

Otago OrganicsOtago Organics

Formed in 2011, Otago Organics is a society devoted to the promotion of organic food production in our community. It is the local body responsible for operating the Organic Farm NZ certification scheme in our region - a national programme for small-scale local organic producers. As well as Producer Members, Otago Organics have Associate Membership for people generally interested in organic gardening and who want to support the organic production of food locally. They also run an annual programme of field days, workshops and mentoring for members and within local community. Any enquiries about organic food production or membership can be made with Andy Barratt (Liaison) - or Rayna Dickson (Secretary) -

New Zealand Food Innovation Network

The New Zealand Food Innovation Network is an accessible, national network of science and technology resources created to support the growth and development of New Zealand food & beverage business of all sizes, or to provide facilities and the expertise needed to develop new products and process from idea to commercial success.

The most recent addition to the network is FoodSouth-Otago. Located at the University of Otago, this pilot scale research facility is reaching out to local businesses to develop and improve their food products using a combination of novel equipment and experienced food scientists. Accessing our facility has also become easier with the help of the Dunedin City Council who are offering funding to local businesses wishing to utilise our services.

For further information about the Dunedin hub and the specialist services we offer, visit the website or contact our Technical Client Manager Alex on (03) 479 7560.

Find out more here

Local Suppliers

If you wish to source locally produced or manufactured food for your business, but don’t know what's available, please contact