About us

In 1991, Lindsay and his mother Coral Kaan moved the business from Port Chalmers into our current 29 Willis Street Dunedin buildings with generous support by the Dunedin food service industry. Our business has grown from being a small fruit and vegetable family business into a successful food distribution company by hardworking Kaan’s family members and their dedicated staff. We are now one of Otago’s largest wholesale food distributors and we also now have a branch in Christchurch. We carry over 3,000 different quality product lines with fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood, meat, dry goods, containers, condiments and other items to meet your food service industry requirements.

We know fresh is best; therefore, we have our own Dunedin based in-house prepared vegetables and butchery facilities to help reduce your prep-time. We prepare a wide range of fruits and vegetables on request and the butchery department can provide the best cut and pack fresh meat to your specific requirements. We also stock wild venison sourced locally by Red Tussock Wild venison exclusively to Kaans. We have our own compliance officer in charge of food and work safety to ensure the highest quality and to meet OSH requirements.

At Kaan’s, we value cultural differences and our ethnic department offers services in Cantonese, Mandarin and Thai to help our customers meet their requirements.

To give back to our supportive community, Kaan’s Catering Supplies proudly supports The Hospice and FoodShare. We have been a part of Special Rigs for Special Kids for more than 10 years as well as many other charities. Our business is now employing more than 120 staff within the South Island and we are continuing to expand. We are proudly a member of CDNZ (Country wide Distributor New Zealand), which is a network of New Zealand owned food distribution companies.