[18 April/NBR]

Auckland had the hallmarks of a business cluster for F&B manufacturing according to a government report. The report identified Auckland as having one-third of New Zealand’s food and beverage manufacturing firms, 23 percent of the country’s F&B manufacturing employees and half of the head offices of the largest F&B firms. The report said these were the hallmarks of an internationally significant cluster and noted its access to international and domestic air and shipping links. The report added that governments could have a role in fostering the development of existing clusters where industry cluster leaders and stakeholders had an appetite for this. Employers and Manufacturers Association Chief Executive, Kim Campbell, said his organisation wanted investment into organising a food cluster for Auckland but added there also had to be infrastructure. ATEED’s General Manager for Economic Growth, Patrick McVeigh, said the report was useful but Auckland should be promoting itself in all sectors.