Food & beverage manufacturing

Every day, nearly 30,000 people head to work in the food manufacturing industry preparing the foods that nourish us and contribute over $22 billion to New Zealand’s exports.

Careers information


What do they do?

Food and beverage manufacturing workers make flour products (miller), beer products (brewery worker) or food products. They typically work in factories or on large production lines and with more experience can become production managers in their area of expertise.

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Typical day

Typically, an 8 hour or shift work. Food manufacturing workers work on different parts of the production line, learning specific skills for each role. You may also undertake training on specialist equipment and may learn to make minor repairs and maintain the equipment you use.


How to become a food manufacturer worker?

You learn to be a food manufacturing worker on-the-job and gain qualifications to support your skills and experience.

   Sound like you?

Study areas
Helpful experience
Preferred work environments
  • English 
  • Economics 
  • Food or Nutrition
  • Physical Education or Health
  • Confident communicator
  • Good literacy and numeracy
  • Good iniative/'cando' attitude
  • Good work habits/time management
  • Customer service or helping people
  • Working with machinery
  • Working with computers
  • Inside (retail or shop)
  • One place every day

Career pathway

SchoolEntry level jobsAdvancing jobsSenior jobs
  • There are no minimum entry requirements
  • Food processing
  • Safety and health
  • Process Worker
  • Miller
  • Brewery Worker
  • Team Leader
  • Specialist Technical Advisor
  • Plant Supervisor
  • Production Manager
  • Teacher/Tutor
  • Business Manager
  • Business Owner
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