On Trays started out in early 1998.  Based out of a bakery in Brooklyn, we had a sandwich trolley with deserts and meals. The sandwiches were gourmet, ahead of their time, and there was a uniform, printed serviettes, wrapped mints and even one of the first mobile Eftpos machines. This became two trolleys, and we sold a substantial number of sandwiches, but the business was very dependant on the weather. At the same time we acquired a cheese agency, and shortly thereafter another. Our first invoice was to Logan Brown, still a valued customer.

In mid 1999 we moved to Jackson Street in Petone and included a small retail shop, open for a few hours daily. This grew, and our stock and customers increased to the point where we had to have larger premises. We moved to our current site in April of 2002.

Kelly and Valda, with an 86 kilogram wheel of French Emmental

Kelly and Valda, with an 86 kilogram wheel of French Emmental

Over the years we have grown to import a number of lines, and cover Foodservice as well as other retail outlets  all over New Zealand. Our philosophy remains the same – Best possible products at reasonable prices. This, coupled with the backing of good knowledge and fantastic suppliers, together with great customers. Our knowledge base extends to Kosher, Halal and Vegan. Valda has a vast array of books in her library, and is always ready to discuss recipes or ingredients. We carry what we believe to be the widest range of cheese, both local and imported, as well as smallgoods including the world’s finest. We have great ranges of olives, as well as extra virgin olive oils. Our range of wine goes from the humble (but very good) to some of the finest from New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, Australia and Israel.

Our shop is open 5 days a week winter hours, 6 days October and November, and every day in December, except for Christmas/Boxing Day. We are closed on public holidays to allow our hardworking staff a well deserved rest. We use bio-degradable packaging where possible, and recycle as much packaging as we are able.

 Please enjoy our website, which will give a snapshot of us. We do not sell via the website, or take credit cards over the phone. We process payments by direct credit or Paypal. We are more than happy however to discuss your requirements, and ship as far as you may be within New Zealand.