Four major food projects, as well as three smaller projects, have been announced as part of the Major Regional Food Opportunities initiative.

The food sector is a significant industry in Taranaki with a burgeoning base of innovative companies.

The four successful projects are now confirmed as follows:
  1. Kaitahi: Next generation product development
  2. Egmont Honey: Value–add honey project
  3. NZ Quinoa: Value-added products
  4. Green Meadows Beef: Value-added Taranaki meat export project

There are also three smaller projects which will be supported and are listed below:
  1. Freeman Farms: Taranaki’s market garden
  2. Juno Gin: The Great NZ Juniper Hunt
  3. Maison Aotearoa Artisan Charcuterie: Transforming local produce into high-value meat products for the local, national and international market.

The Major Regional Food Opportunities is a priority initiative in the Future Food section of the Tapuae Roa Action Plan which seeks to accelerate this growth through identifying a long list of major regional food opportunities to four initiatives which offer significant regional development growth prospects.

To develop the long list, Venture Taranaki initiated a call for proposals late last year, and since that time they have been assessed by a panel against benchmark criteria.