Our Story

New Zealand owned and operated, the Cafe Depot™ chain is nationwide. We supply our specialist sales, service and products to the whole country from our depots in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch.

With 20 years experience we have a long list of clients that includes many of the country’s most successful cafes, bars and award-winning restaurants, as well as offices and commercial laundries – testament to our strong focus on customer service and 24/7 support.

We’re constantly researching the global hospitality sector for innovative approaches to hygiene management – and as a result we’re at the forefront of the industry here. For instance, we’re a pioneer in the removal of sodium hypochlorite (chlorine) based products from commercial kitchens in New Zealand, an important industry trend internationally for health and environmental reasons.

We’re very proud Kiwis, and choose to formulate and manufacture our industrial chemicals right here – allowing us to oversee ingredients and ensure the end-products meet our high standards for quality and performance.

And we’re experts in food safety law. Café Depot has been instrumental in founding a new national industry association in 2013 – the New Zealand Dishwasher Association. This network aims to clean up the commercial dishwasher industry with a quality benchmark of hygiene, service and knowledge.

The NZDA is a valuable knowledge base on all regulatory matters. New food safety regulations are coming that will govern the operation of commercial kitchens in the hospitality industry in New Zealand, and the NZDA will be providing leadership and professional guidance through the changes ahead.