South Island Clinics Support Start Up Success


While reviewing the FoodSouth territory plan, it was decided to start targeting SMEs and start ups so last year FoodSouth began a series of F&B Clinics up and down the South Island. With the help of the regional economic development agencies and the Regional Business Partner Network, clinics were held in the regions of the South Island. The primary aim of the clinics is to support the growth of local food and beverage start up’s and SMEs. Secondary, the clinics provide FoodSouth the opportunity to raise awareness of FoodSouth but also the wider NZ Food Innovation Network.

To date there have been five clinics held in North Canterbury in partnership with Enterprise North Canterbury, in the West Coast with the help of Development West Coast, in sunny Nelson with the support of Nelson Regional Development Agency, in Christchurch in conjunction with the Ministry of Awesome and in Dunedin with the Dunedin City Council. With clinics planned for Invercargill with Venture Southland and Central Otago with the Queenstown Lakes District Council and the Otago Chamber of Commence.

Each clinic is free to attend and allows the attendee is book a 40 minute slot where they can discuss their product on a range of topics such as food business development, food product development, technical troubleshooting such as recipe formulation, shelf life analysis, sensory and nutritional, how to get your product to market successfully, food trends and costing your product.

Feedback from the clinics is positive, both internally and externally. The attendees get the chance to discuss their food idea or product with FoodSouth staff who advise them on where to go for additional support and explain how the network can support them to develop and scale their products. Support from the regional economic development agencies has been essential to the success of each of the clinics and the agencies feedback is also a strongly positive one.