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Food, Fibre and Agritech

Canterbury Is Leading The Way

As New Zealand’s largest agricultural region, Canterbury contributes one-fifth of the national agricultural GDP. From meat and dairy to plant-based products and wine, Canterbury has a diverse array of offerings and opportunities.

The region’s food, fibre and agritech sector has a depth of manufacturing experience and a strong commitment to sustainability, innovation, and creating new high-value products with a focus on regenerative processes and innovation solutions to help meet the challenges posed by climate change.

Uncover a vibrant ecosystem fostering breakthroughs in research, development, entrepreneurship, investment and commercialisation.

Food Fibre Tile

Welcome To Our Thriving Ecosystem

Navigate Canterbury’s food, fibre and agritech sector with our ecosystem map. From innovators to investors, find the organisations you need to connect with and map your pathway to success.  

See The Food, Fibre And Ecosystem Map

Discover Our Local Businesses

Leaft Foods Co Founders & CEO: L To R - Maury Leyland Penno, Ross Milne & John Penno

Leaft Foods

Leaft Foods exists to reduce the environmental impact of food production. Their technology extracts Rubisco, the most plentiful protein on the planet, from green leaves in a form that is highly digestible for people.
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Sean from Precision Chroma in safety gear holding a column.

Precision Chroma

Precision Chroma founder and CEO Sean Feast is looking to revolutionise the biotech industry with his 3D-printed chromatology columns.
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NZ Yarn Hemp Seed

NZ Yarn

Hemp grown on the Canterbury plains will soon be processed in a Christchurch factory to make everything from packaging to building materials. NZ Yarn, a producer of premium, bespoke wool yarn for use in high-end residential carpets and private jets, is set to become a major player in the burgeoning New Zealand hemp industry.
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Flip Grater Grater Goods

Grater Goods

Flip Grater credits a renewed Christchurch with the success of her life as a mum, a musician, an author, and a vegan butcher.
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Connect With Us

ChristchurchNZ’s business and investment team are a knowledgeable mix of professional, strategic thinkers with diverse skill sets. They love identifying opportunities and building relationships to make positive, impactful outcomes for both stakeholders and the city of Ōtautahi.

Hamish McGowan

Hamish McGowan

Hamish’s career has been focused on commercialisation and getting innovation, research, and development into the marketplace. At ChristchurchNZ he leads the Food Fibre and Agritech cluster connecting companies, people and teams to inspire focus and growth. Hamish brings strong communication skills to his role and especially enjoys working with market focussed professionals, technicians, engineers and scientists.

Hamish McGowan
Food, Fibre and Agritech Cluster Lead