Hawke's Bay Food & Beverage Sector

Hawke’s Bay may once have been branded as the ‘Fruit Bowl of New Zealand’, with our hot dry summers and fertile soil nurturing a huge and diverse horticulture sector in our region, but these days there’s certainly a lot more to our food and beverage industry than fruit.

We’re proud of that heritage, and the culture of innovation that has attracted great talent and created so many world-leading businesses right here in the Bay.

Our role is to support businesses on their journey from start-up through to scale up and beyond.  We work closely with all of the agencies and networks that are here to support business, with a focus on strategic regional projects and business development and growth. 

We support industry clients by creating opportunities to network, inform and educate, and we’re here to help your business to grow.  We can put you in touch with people who can help with capability building, technology, processing availability, research and development and business advice.

We manage food and beverage projects of benefit to the entire region and encourage strategic collaboration between businesses.

If you would like some support developing your food & beverage business or your new idea, or if you’d like information on whether Hawke's Bay is right base for your business, please click here to email Nicky.

Jumpstart Webinar Series - All the essentials for launching a successful Food and Beverage business

Jumpstart is a brand new series of online webinars designed specifically to give entrepreneurs the essential knowledge needed to start a successful food or beverage business. Held over 6 months, the series consists of ten individual two-hour modules.

The series will be hosted by The FoodBowl and presented by John Evans and Sam Borgfeldt who are principals of Beverage and Food Gurus (BFGs) and have extensive experience in the food and beverage industry in both start-ups and corporates. Additional specialist subject matter experts will also be brought in to provide content throughout the series.

​​​​​​Special discounted tickets: Register for all 10 webinars in the series for a discounted price of $1500+GST and booking fee (save $850). We have only 10 tickets available at this price, book now to avoid missing out! Click here to register.