Food Factory opens in Nelson
Published: Jun 15, 2020
- News and announcements
- Top of the South/Te Tau Ihu
The Nelson Food Factory opened its doors today to give food and beverage entrepreneurs in the region a collaborative and supportive environment to grow their business supporting the local economy with new jobs, and export opportunities.
The economy is now opening up and it is crucial to find new ways to stimulate our economic recovery, including supporting our innovators and entrepreneurs.
Over 50 jobs were created during construction of the Food Factory and three local businesses have already signed up to use the facility.
The new Food Factory tenants are:
- Mad Melon – processing and bottling watermelon juice
- Little Beauties – processing and packing dried feijoa, kiwifruit and boysenberries
- Fresh2U – an online home delivery organic fruit and vegetable supplier
The factory was built with a $778,000 Provincial Growth Fund investment announced in August 2019 towards this $2.1 million project.
It offers entrepreneurs access to fully equipped, commercial kitchens so they can test their product concept, potential scalability and marketing options in a fully certified food-grade environment.
Advice and support will be on hand, along with market opportunities and exposure to a wide market.
Pic Picot, whose well-known peanut butter factory is nearby, has spearheaded the project. A charitable trust had been formed from within the local business community to oversee the initiative.
The Top of the South region is known for its high-value horticulture products, as well as artisan products such as cider, cheeses, olive oil and baked goods. The Food Factory is an enabler for business development for those entrepreneurs with a vision for their products and a penchant for small business success.
No doubt those who make use of these facilities will be the food entrepreneurs of tomorrow and help to create new jobs for the region as their businesses flourish, and deliver flow-on benefits such as attracting more foodie tourists to the region.