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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.

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out of 113 countries for food safety

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New Zealand dairy exports for year ended March 2019

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people around the world consume New Zealand food

In more detail


An isolated island nation with a cool climate, New Zealand produces distinctive, ultra-high-quality wines that turn heads in international competitions and fetch premium prices on par with old-world European wine producers.

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.


New Zealand is renowned for high-quality dairy products, the backbone of our food and beverage industry. Our producers never stray too far from simple, natural processes – preserving the taste and nutrition that makes New Zealand dairy sought after around the world. New Zealand has a long and rich history of dairy production and innovation spanning nearly 150 years. Our dairy companies are trusted suppliers of a full range of dairy products, including high-value nutritional products, infant formula and specialised ingredients for food service.  New Zealand's first dairy processing factory was established around 1875 and the first export shipment of refrigerated butter left Dunedin in 1882. Today, New Zealand is the world’s top dairy exporter, accounting for one-third of international dairy trade. Our low cost, predominantly pasture-based dairy production system has high standards of food safety and animal welfare. A robust industry supply chain, enabled by world-leading food safety standards and practices, turns natural dairy nutrition into high-quality consumer products and ingredients for customers around the world.  New Zealand’s dairy industry offers more than 100 product categories, from gourmet ice-cream, specialty cheeses and flavoured beverages to innovations such as spray-dried milk proteins and goat milk-based nutritional formula – all enabled by significant investment in research and development.


New Zealand is building a global reputation for premium, free-range and grass-fed meat. Thanks to rigorous quality control and food safety regulations, our products are enjoyed in confidence by diners around the world. New Zealand’s low-cost, grass fed livestock production systems, combined with strong biosecurity systems and high standards of food safety and animal welfare, have resulted in a meat industry that is recognised and trusted globally for both natural quality and taste.  We’re the world’s leading exporter of sheep and lamb meat with more than a third of global trade, as well as the world’s sixth-largest beef exporter, with most animals purely grass-fed. We’re also highly regarded for goat meat, poultry and venison. Our producers were pioneers in deer farming and New Zealand is now the largest global exporter of venison, supported by proven farming systems and genetics. New Zealand’s animal welfare standards rank with the world’s best, and strict biosecurity and quality control processes and geographic isolation have resulted in an animal disease-free status recognised by the World Organisation for Animal Health. We know the importance of food traceability, and more of our farmers are now able to offer tracking for their products from farm to plate – so you can be sure of receiving New Zealand meat in its prime, ready to be enjoyed.


Fresh from our long coastlines and pure seas, New Zealand seafood delivers trusted quality and an intense focus on sustainability, along with stunning taste. Our seafood products are exported to over 80 countries, and are  prized for their high quality, with high demand  from chefs around the world. New Zealand’s expansive coastline and pristine waters produce an abundance of rock lobster, mussels, hoki, squid, paua (abalone), and tuna. We’ve become a world leader in high-quality, niche species such as king salmon, and high-value natural extracts from New Zealand seafood can also be found in premium healthcare and petcare products.  Our top-grade, delectable seafood is in demand globally, but we always treat the ocean with care and respect. New Zealand stands amongst the world’s leaders in sustainable fisheries management. According to the New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI), 97 percent of commercial seafood catch from New Zealand is from sustainable stock. 74 percent of our deep-water fisheries also have Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification. With the tenth-longest coastline of any country and ideal ocean temperatures, New Zealand’s aquaculture industry is one of the most efficient and sustainable forms of protein production on the planet. Its A+ environmental programme sets world-leading sustainable standards and publicly reports on the industry’s performance against them.

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