15th June 2020 By Staff Reporter | firstname.lastname@example.org | @foodtickernz
A new hub for budding food businesses in the Nelson region has launched.
The Food Factory aimed to provide entrepreneurs with a collaborative environment to develop their products, under-secretary for regional economic development Fletcher Tabuteau said on Friday.
“Nelson, like a lot of our regions, has been hit hard by the economic fallout from Covid-19 and this Government is working hard to build the regions back up through job creation and economic activity,” he said.
“The factory was built with the help of a $778,000 Provincial Growth Fund investment announced in August 2019 towards this $2.1m project.”
More than 50 jobs were created in the construction of the Food Factory and three local businesses were using the facility: watermelon juice maker Mad Melon, dried fruit processor Little Beauties, and home delivery organic food supplier Fresh2U.
“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,” Tabuteau said.
“Advice and support will be on hand, along with market opportunities and exposure to a wide market.”
Tabuteau said a charitable trust had been formed from within the local business community to oversee the initiative.
“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.”
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