AFFCO and the Meat Workers Union are set to continue their collective bargaining attempts under the watch of the Employment Relations Authority on Monday.
The authority accepted the union's request for facilitation last week.
The union and the company have been unable to negotiate a new employment agreement over the past 10 weeks, with hundreds of union members locked-out or on strike at AFFCO's eight North Island plants.
Facilitation is the highest form of mediation, but is non-binding.
Two further dates for facilitation are set down for this Friday and Monday week.