We are a proud
kiwi food merchant.

Foodfirst Co-operative provides our local network of independent food distributors with greater access to exceptional quality, range, value and support. We help deliver fresh, delicious food to tables right across New Zealand, for 30 years now and counting.

Our range

Our commitment to exceptional quality is evident in our extensive, curated range of foods and products. At Foodfirst, we offer over 10,000 products across a range of categories, including iconic and well-loved New Zealand suppliers, internationally sourced products, and our own-brand kitchen staples.

Our product range is regularly updated and refreshed, to keep our food merchants and customers smiling, and kiwi tummies full.

Our customers

Whether big or small, broad or niche, your local Foodfirst merchant is the perfect food distribution and supply partner. With access to a huge range of quality food and products, our local merchants are able to cater to the specific needs of customers – from canteens to cafes, hospitals to hotels.


Food Courts
Food Bars

Fast Food/QSR

Quick service dine-in restaurants


Service Stations
Industrial Canteens
Theme Parks

Our supply partners

We understand the need for reliability, consistency and quality in the products and services we provide. Therefore, at Foodfirst, we only partner with trusted suppliers who consistently deliver to our high standards. Our extensive list of suppliers includes well-known kiwi brands and smaller independents, catering to all types of kitchens and cuisines.

Contact the team for a full list of our supply partners.

Local merchants

Our network of independent food distributors spans the breadth of New Zealand, from Kaitaia to Dunedin, and all the regions between. As Foodfirst Co-operative members, our local merchants enjoy the independence and autonomy of running their own business in their own way, but with the support and benefits of a larger collective group for the things that matter.

We are proud of every Foodfirst member and the communities they serve.

About us

Foodfirst was established in 1987 in Whangārei by a group of entrepreneurial kiwis who could see a better way together, within the food distribution landscape. Nine small business owners boldly banded together as a co-operative to challenge the status-quo; the independent little guys working together for a greater good.

Today, this spirit endures, alongside our commitment to quality service, quality food products and quality experiences.