Food and beverage

New Zealand is a haven for food as it should be – fresh from pastures, sea and land. We’re proud to be one of the world’s most trusted suppliers, delivering our best-tasting wine, dairy, meat, seafood and fresh produce to discerning consumers in your region. 

When you buy New Zealand’s premium food and beverages, you know exactly what you’re getting and how it’s made.

As a leader in food safety and traceability, we know how important it is for consumers to know the story of their food and its journey to the table.
With a global focus on health and wellness, we’re in an enviable position to supply foods that tick all the boxes for healthy living.

Take one look at the pristine beauty of our landscapes, and you’ll know the food we produce is good for you. Our natural environment gives us an added advantage when it comes to producing sustainable, seasonal foods with all their natural healthy benefits.

To name a few, we are the largest global exporter of dairy products, kiwifruit, lamb and venison, and a major exporter of beef, apples, seafood and wine.

We’re home to the diary company Fonterra, which is the world’s largest exporter of dairy, a world leader in dairy nutrition and a leading supplier of dairy to your region. Fonterra's farms in China produce over 300 million litres of milk each year. 

We export more than half of our total food production, and our high quality, good tasting food is sought after in more than 100 countries, including in Asia, our largest export market.

Our relationship with your region is important to us – we have a number of Free Trade Agreements in Asia that create more certainty and security for us to do business with each other.

  • Dairy

    We are the world’s top dairy exporter, with our exports accounting for one-third of all international dairy trade.

    New Zealand’s all-grass farming system and high standards for food safety and animal welfare ensure it remains a trusted global supplier of quality dairy products. Our diverse range of dairy exports spans more than 100 categories, from gourmet ice-cream and specialty cheeses to spray-dried milk proteins and infant formula produced from goat milk. New Zealand’s Dairy Goat Co-operative developed the world’s first commercialised infant formula from goat milk, and international revenue makes up the majority of its earnings.

    Our biggest dairy company Fonterra exports to 13 Asian and Middle Eastern countries.

  • Meat

    New Zealand has carved out a following around the world for its premium free-range, grass-fed meat.

    We’ve been exporting our meat to the world for over 130 years, and while beef and lamb are our most popular meat exports, we are also highly regarded for our veal, goat, poultry and venison. We have an almost exclusively free-range grass-fed production system, which produces tender, appetising and healthy meat for clients around the world.

    Our competitive advantages lie in the wealth of knowledge that we have built and used to improve our farming practices and meat processing. We know the importance of food traceability for consumers, and more of our farmers are now able to help us track our meat products from farm to plate. One of New Zealand’s largest exporters, ANZCO Foods, delivers meat to over 80 countries, including Asia where it has offices in Japan, Singapore and Taiwan. The company procures, processes and markets New Zealand beef and lamb, and ensures traceability from farmers' pastures to your plate. We’ve created new opportunities in this sector with the help of advances in chilling products to extend shelf life and transportability.

    We are also proudly recognised as disease free by the World Organisation for Animal Health. We have high standards for animal welfare and stringent biosecurity standards.

  • Fresh produce

    Our climate provides ideal growing conditions for beautiful tasting produce, and our expertise takes it to new levels of freshness and quality.

    New Zealand knows how to get the best out of its natural foods, and has brought new and delicious kiwifruit and apple varieties to world markets, through the dedication and pioneering spirit of our growers. New Zealand's Rockit Apples are sought after in Asia, where the smaller variety packed with minerals and vitamins is sold in supermarkets across key markets of China and Taiwan.

    China and Taiwan are also two of the largest markets for New Zealand kiwifruit. Although New Zealand’s apple and kiwifruit exports account for almost three-quarters of our fresh produce exports, we are also known for our avocados, blueberries and cherries.

    Our products are in high demand internationally, but we never forget the land and sea they come from. Sustainability is a focus across our food-related industries, and in some cases, New Zealand products will reach you with less total environmental impact than what you can source locally. Thanks to New Zealand’s stringent biosecurity regulations, our orchards and farms are free of major pests and diseases, making us a top source for spray-free produce. Our GAP quality assurance programme provides a traceable system all the way from crop to customer, reducing the risk of health, safety and environmental issues.

  • Wine

    New Zealand’s wine industry has shot from quiet beginnings to global recognition in a few short decades – thanks to wines that wow the world on a regular basis. Our wine industry may be one of the youngest in the world, but it’s also one of the fastest growing, with exports reaching a record high of $1.66 billion in the year to July 2017 – and expected to top $2 billion by 2020.

    Great wine stories start with the land. New Zealand offers young soils and a maritime climate with long sunshine hours – the essential elements for balanced, invigorating wines with a unique balance of acidity and flavour. Our wine industry blends tradition and innovation to perfection. It took a pioneer spirit for our winemakers to introduce sauvignon grapes to the Marlborough region’s stony soils, a masterstroke that’s since made New Zealand synonymous with premium Sauvignon Blanc. That same mix of traditional techniques and fresh thinking has also earnt us a worldwide following for our Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. And the results are turning heads internationally.

    Over 80 percent of New Zealand wines entered in the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards won a medal, including eleven Platinum medals and a coveted Platinum Best in Show award. New Zealand winegrowers tread lightly on the land, letting what’s good remain at its very best. 98 percent of our vineyard area is certified by Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ), a nationwide initiative for environmental responsibility in vineyards and wineries. Environmentally conscious, food-friendly wine with distinctive, great tasting fruit-driven flavours. We’ll drink to that.

  • Craft beer

    We’re unashamedly trading off our reputation for producing premium wine to offer consumers around the world our finest craft beer.

    These full-flavoured artisan brews, powered by unique local hop varieties and Kiwi brewing expertise, are finding their way to lovers of fine beer around the world. Our burgeoning craft beer industry (New Zealand boasts 194 craft breweries) exports to 45 destinations, with $1.5 million worth poured into China, our fourth largest export destination for the pale beverage.

  • Specialty food and beverage

    New Zealanders’ innovative spirit means we’re masters at getting the best out of natural foods, and turning them into the best-tasting chocolate, peanut butter and cereals – to name a few.

    We’re always bringing something fresh to the table – from entirely new categories and products, to creative twists on what we already offer. We use the best ingredients, combined with our expertise, to bring you products that tick the box for healthy living. We’re home to Pic’s Peanut butter, which sells on supermarket shelves across China.

    No doubt you’ve tried our honey – our manuka honey with its famous healing properties is highly sought after around the world. We’re harnessing the properties of bee pollen and propolis to satisfy demand for natural health supplements. New Zealand manuka honey maker Comvita’s largest export market is Asia, which accounts for $75 million of Comvita’s $231 million export revenue.