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Starting a food business

Looking at starting a new food business? We've pulled together some information we think you'll find useful.

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

Additionally, 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:

You may also need to think about Food labelling and Shelf life validation.

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

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website 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.

Link to PDF

Otago's RBP advisors are:

Paul Allen

03 479 0181

Ross Grey

027 432 5469

John Rigby

027 478 5121


Kitchenlink is a free matchmaking service for commercial kitchens: available kitchens are linked to people who are starting a food business, testing menus or product ideas, or training staff off-site. If you have a commercial kitchen that is under-utilised, or you want to grow your food business but are hampered by a lack of space or equipment, contact Kitchenlink.

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.

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