FOOD AND BEVERAGE
Unique products from
an extraordinary land
New Zealand's temperate climate, high rainfall, clean waters, fertile soil and low population density offer ideal conditions for premium food and beverage production.
When combined with the expertise of our producers, the result is some of the best-tasting dairy, meat, seafood, wine, fruit and vegetables the world has to offer.
We export more than half the food we produce, delivering high-quality food and beverage products to millions of people in more than 120 countries. We're a world leader in dairy-based products like butter, cheese, milk powder, processed dairy products and nutritional formula. We're also renowned for our premium lamb, beef, apples, kiwifruit, wine, honey, rock lobster, and processed foods.
As an island nation with strong biosecurity controls, New Zealand is free of a wide range of animal and plant diseases, giving us higher yields and excellent market access for our products. Our stringent food safety and biosecurity measures have earned us a global reputation as a trusted supplier of quality products and ingredients to many of the world’s major global food and beverage companies.
New Zealand has a highly transparent and rigorous food safety system, overseen by the New Zealand Government’s Ministry for Primary Industries. This includes clear food safety laws that apply across the food production supply chain, ensuring our food and beverage products can be enjoyed with confidence.
Built on the foundations of dairy, meat and seafood, New Zealand is increasingly gaining a reputation as creators of exciting and innovative food and beverage products. We have developed a wide range of systems to process food in a safe, cost-effective way, without compromising natural taste or nutrition. Our producers continue to look for areas to innovate, grow and diversify, backed by investment in R&D across the industry.
out of 113 countries for food safety
New Zealand dairy exports for year ended March 2019
people around the world consume New Zealand food
In more detail
No location in New Zealand is more than 130 kilometres (80 miles) from the sea, and our vineyards’ proximity to the ocean has a pronounced effect on the character of our wine. Mild, sunny summers and marked differences between day and night-time temperatures also slow the ripening of grapes and help them develop pure, intense varietal flavours – the foundation of New Zealand wine’s famed balance, structure and food-friendliness.
Our wine-growing regions extend from latitude 36° in the subtropical north to latitude 46° in the mountainous south, including the most southerly vineyards in the world. This results in dramatic regional diversity and a striking array of wine varieties and styles – from our world-famous Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir to Chardonnay, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and other niche varietals.
98 percent of New Zealand’s vineyard producing area is certified by Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand, a pioneering and internationally recognised certification programme. Along with sustainability leadership, New Zealand continues to innovate from the vineyard to the winery, embracing advances in canopy management, stainless steel fermentation techniques and screw-cap closures – all part of delivering unique wine at its very best.
For more information on New Zealand products, services and expertise, or to connect with New Zealand businesses, contact us for support from NZTE’s team in your region.
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