Introduction to food and beverage manufacturing

If you manufacture food or beverage products, you need to meet certain food safety requirements. Find out about what requirements apply to you.


Products covered

Find information on manufacturing products such as:

  • bakery and grain-based products
  • processed fruits, vegetables, nuts, herbs, and spices
  • beverages and distilled or fermented liquids
  • meals, condiments, and spreads
  • snacks, confectionary, and desserts
  • oils, sugars, and proteins
  • additives and nutrients.

Legislation

Depending on the type of food you manufacture, the food safety requirements you need to meet are set out in the following legislation:

  • the Food Act 2014
  • the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code
  • the Animal Products Act (APA) 1999
  • the Wine Act 2003.

Applying the legislation

Do you manufacture food or beverages (other than grape or other wine) intended for human consumption in New Zealand or Australia? If so, you must meet the requirements of the APA or the Food Act. To comply, you need to operate under one of the following:

  • a Risk Management Programme, if the food you manufacture contains animal product or material
  • a Food Control Plan.

If you make wine, you may need a Wine Standards Management Plan. 

Food sectors

If you make a range of food or beverage products that fit under more than one food sector, you need to look at each section that applies to your product.

Food and beverage manufacturing

If you make or process food, beverages, or food-related products intended for sale, you need to meet the requirements of the Food Act or Animal Products Act. Find out what you need to know about labelling, using imported food, and exporting:

Processing operations

Find out about unit operations that are common to many manufacturers, including requirements and guidance for commercial sterilisation, smoking, cooking, and drying.

Manufacturing for vulnerable populations

Manufacturing food for young or old people, pregnant women, and people with immune system problems requires special attention to hygiene and other procedures. Find out more:

Bakery foods

There are some specific requirements that apply to baked food, including those for additives such as iodine and folic acid. Find out more:

Related information

Along with specific requirements for manufacturing food and beverages, you may also need to comply with general food safety requirements. Find out more:

Operating under the Food Act

The Food Act 2014 came into force on 1 March 2016. The Act applies to all new food businesses that started from that date.

Existing businesses (registered under the Food Act 1981 or Food Hygiene Regulations 1974 before 29 February 2016) are making the transition between 2016 and 2019. Find out when your type of business has to start operating under the Act.

Keep up to date

It's important to keep up to date with any new or revised information related to manufacturing food and beverages. This includes requirements, consultations, strategies, and other content changes. 

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