The food adviser hub

This is a place for people who provide advice or support to new food businesses when starting up. Find information to help your customers or clients make educated decisions before they start a food business.

When people have a food business idea

Has someone come to you with an idea for making and selling food? We've developed pamphlets with some high-level overview information to help people:

  • make an educated decision before setting up
  • before they start importing or exporting products.

Information pamphlets

Wanting to make and sell food? [PDF, 346 KB]

Send food overseas as a business [PDF, 284 KB]

Thinking of starting to import food as a business? [PDF, 280 KB]

Translated versions of 'Send food overseas as a business'

Hindi [PDF, 385 KB]

Simplified Chinese [PDF, 256 KB]

When they're ready to get started

We've prepared some resources to help food businesses find out what they need to do.

Information booklet for new food businesses

Our publication, The notebook, provides help on starting a food business and meeting food safety rules. It will tell you how to find out the rules, how to put together a food control plan or programme, and about verification.

The notebook – for businesses making and selling food [PDF, 894 KB]

Video: steps to starting a food business (1:06)

[Video begins. During the video, the narrator speaks while shots of food being prepared in a commercial kitchen are shown.]

Narrator: "Starting a new food business is exciting. MPI have some steps for starting your business and making food in a safe and suitable way."

"Step 1: Rules

"There are certain rules you must follow depending on the food you make and sell. We have these rules to stop people getting sick or even dying.

"Step 2: Plan

"You then need to create a plan for how you will make food safely. Depending on the type of food you make, you will need to work under either a Food Control Plan or a National Programme.

"Step 3: Engage your expert

"Once you’re up and running, you will need to get checked. Find or choose your expert. You need to have confirmed who will check your business before you register.

"Step 4: Register

"Your food business needs to be registered before you start selling food. You will need to register with MPI or your local council.

"For more info visit our website."

[The following text appears of the screen: . The logo appears for: 'New Zealand Food Safety – Ministry for Primary Industries – Manatū Ahu Matua']

[Video ends]

[End of transcript]

Do you have suggestions for new topics?

Our team is keen to hear from you if you:

  • want a new topic added
  • want more information about an existing topic
  • have some insights on gaps in our information.

Email details of your suggestions to

We'll work on it and add it to the hub when released.

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