Just like Tip Top icecream, the Chelsea Sugar Factory, the Cadbury Factory and beer breweries show, good food (and beer) can be a tourist attraction in itself.
People flock to food and beverage factories to see how things are made. It's exciting to see the process and where the magic happens.
In the Bay of Plenty, while people don't exactly flock there, Maketu Pies is an asset just like the Tip Top Factory.
It's an asset to the roughly 40 locals employed at the factory and to the thousands around the region who enjoy the pies.
The pies are stocked