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Written by Greg Hart
on November 11, 2020

New Zealand food businesses of all shapes and sizes are looking for new ways to improve their business operation through a combination of growth and efficiency. The use of technology is one way to get that edge - by streamlining operations, increasing sales, reducing operating costs, and of course managing their food safety.

We have compiled a list of technology solutions that cater to the NZ market, and also where possible are also designed and developed in Aotearoa.


NZ Made - At Eftco they do things differently. They are 100% focused on service and delivering intelligent solutions that work for their clients. Who you choose to be your EFTPOS provider is a decision that will affect you for a long time. There is so much more to choosing a supplier than just the price of the terminal. More important is how they will support and service that terminal - Eftco have proven themselves to be industry leaders in these important areas.

To learn more visit: eftco.co.nz


Inspiration for First Table sparked when founder, Mat Weir, discovered a new approach to dining that he’d never come across before. Tucked away in Queenstown, New Zealand, was a small French restaurant offering 50% off their first table of the night. Excited to try a new restaurant at half the cost, Mat booked the ‘first table’ for him and his family.
The experience seemed too good to be true – they ordered entrées, mains and desserts, sampled daring local delicacies and enjoyed a good bottle of wine, without breaking the bank.
Curious to understand the model, Mat asked the waiter how the restaurant benefited from the promotion. It was simple – the ‘first table’ helped build an atmosphere from the start of service to attract more customers. It was a win-win for restaurants and diners alike. Mat saw an opportunity to build an online marketplace, solving the problem of slow starts to evenings, at scale.

To learn more visit: firsttable.co.nz



The best tool to help connect you with potential staff. Why would you pay for access to jobseekers who don’t suit your job? you wouldn’t! that’s why with helping hands, you can search our network, for free

To learn more visit: helpinghands.co.nz



Designed and developed here in NZ, HospoConnect is a digital platform that connects hospitality outlets with wholesale suppliers. Almost every day thye talk with chefs, bar staff and suppliers to hear what their frustrations and challenges are. COVID-19 alert level 4 did not stop them speaking to chefs and suppliers.
HospoConnect provides chefs, bar staff and suppliers the tools they need so they can spend more time on the important stuff.

To learn more visit: hospoconnect.com



Loaded is a cloud based hospitality management system. They connect to your point of sale to give you real time sales information which you and your team can access from all of your devices 24 hours a day. They have also created some of the simplest budgeting, cash reconciliation, time clock, rostering and inventory management systems available.

To learn more visit: loadedreports.co.nz



On the Go is proudly NZ. Right from the beginning, they set out to create an online ordering experience that was simple for both you and your customers. They continue to work hard providing a range of technology options that serve retail food and coffee operations across the country.

To learn more visit: onthegoapp.co.nz



Restaurant Hub is dedicated to making dining out easier for New Zealanders by offering free, instantly guaranteed reservations at hundreds of restaurants right across New Zealand. As the country’s largest booking network, their goal is for you to be able to find the perfect table to book for your friends or family, in one place.
As a result, Restaurant Hub is the only place where you can see exactly what tables are free, in real time, for hundreds of restaurants. You see exactly what the restaurants have to offer without having to call to ask because they show you the same table availability that the restaurant staff see in their booking system.

To learn more visit: restauranthub.co.nz


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Safe Food Pro is an easy to use food safety management app designed and built for all New Zealand food businesses.

Take the guesswork out of your food safety tasks, get full visibility of what is happening in your business and say hello to seamless verifications. Safe Food Pro is designed from the ground up for NZ food businesses just like yours. From large multi-site food businesses to local cafés, our customers love how Safe Food Pro helps take control of their Food Control Plan (FCP).

To learn more visit: safefoodpro.co.nz



Vend is designed to be so intuitive, anyone — from owners to managers to cashiers — can get the hang of it in minutes. You and your team can stop worrying about the tech side of things, and focus more on running and growing your business.
From promotions and customer loyalty features to clever reports and sales targets, Vend can help you grow in every direction.

To learn more visit: vendhq.com



Xero’s online accounting software means you can automate everyday business tasks, get up-to-date financials and run your business - from wherever you are. Spend less time on the finances and more time delighting your customers with simple accounting software. Running a hospitality business is demanding. Whether you run a restaurant, café or food truck, let Xero take some of the admin off your plate and streamline your business.

To learn more visit: xero.com


Something extra…


Social Media

Social media is still one of the best ways to build brand awareness and get your message out to potential customers. Be where your customers are with the right message, to the right person, at the right time. Each platform has it's own unique characteristics and formats, making this one of the most interesting and cost effective marketing channels.


Google My Business

Google My Business

Stand out on Google with a free business profile which lets you easily connect with customers and manage how your business appears across Google Search and Maps. If you have new food imagery, business hours or menu items - connect with people that are looking for more than just a local listing that are in your area. When you make it easy to do business, your business grows.

To learn more visit: Google My Business

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