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Food Franchises in NZ

People always need to eat and the food business is ideally suited to franchising. There’s a huge range of opportunities from mobile food and coffee franchises through fast food outlets, café franchises and restaurants. There are food retail franchises from bulk stores to specialist chocolate boutiques and food distribution. Some specialise in healthy eating options, and it's alway important to be aware of the latest trends.

Food & wineAs a result, the cost of food franchises can vary enormously from under $25,000 to over $500,000. There’s more to the costs than the franchise fee ­– ­ while mobile and distribution franchises tend to be low-investment, the bigger opportunities require premises, specialist equipment, more staff and longer hours. 

This means that when you’re looking for a food franchise, it’s important to do more than ask ‘How much does it cost?’ and ‘What experience do I need? Do your research – we recommend putting in an hour of research for every $1000 that you plan to invest. Apart from talking to the franchisor and asking them lots of questions, it’s also a good idea to talk to franchisees who are already running the business to get all the information you need before you open your own business. 

While there are many good food franchise opportunities for sale, they are all different. Before making your decision, you should consult a lawyer specialising in franchises. You’ll also want to know how much you can make from a food business so consult a financial advisor or accountant experienced in franchising. If you need finance, there are a number of banks which specialise in financing food franchises.

What you need to know when looking for a Food Franchise

to ask your franchisorArrow

What do you need to know before you buy a franchise? Here's a comprehensive list of over 250 vital questions to ask the franchisor that will help you make the right decision.

Could You Be A Franchisee?Arrow

Would you make a good franchisee? Margaret Wyn helps you answer the question for yourself


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Healthy Eating Franchises Offer Fresh OptionsArrow

People are thinking more about what they're eating - and food franchises are rising to meet the challenge. Simon Lord investigates how fast food is becoming healthy food.

Re-Inventing McDonald'sArrow

September 2009 - In the last 10 years McDonald's has changed from fast food fatty to green salad goody. Why was it necessary - and how were franchisees persuaded to make huge reinvestments in their businesses?

Subway overtakes McDonald’s

A sandwich company founded to fund a 17 year-old through college has become the largest food franchise in the world.

The changing face of foodArrow

McDonald’s are selling pies, school kids are buying sushi, you can eat like a caveman at your local café and Kiwis hold world sales records for two global burger chains. What’s happening in food franchising?

Featured Franchise Profiles

Cobb & Co.

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The Cheesecake Shop
Sweet DreamsArrow

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The Coffee Club
investing in themselvesArrow

The Coffee Club’s newest franchisees swapped family home for dream business

Food Franchises From Our Directory

Bakers DelightArrow

With over 30 years of experience, Bakers Delight is a successful Franchise business with a growing network of over 700 bakeries spanning across four countries. Bakers Delight has a proven business formula which provides comprehensive training and on-going support.

Burger WisconsinArrow

At Burger Wisconsin it's always been about the food. And now is an exciting time to join us, with new sites planned throughout New Zealand and an existing store refresh programme underway. It's a gourmet opportunity for operators with good taste.


BurgerFuel is a leader in the gourmet burger market, dedicated to serving high quality burgers in an atmosphere as charged as the food. Combined with fun and irreverent marketing campaigns BurgerFuel creates the perfect environment for franchisees to grow and enjoy their business.

Cobb & Co. Arrow

Welcome back to Cobb & Co., New Zealand's original restaurant chain. With unbeatable brand recognition, enviable buying power, proven profitability and on-going support from Cobb Group, it’s not hard to see why owning a Cobb & Co. is a special opportunity.

Columbus CoffeeArrow

NZ’s premium café franchise. A highly recognised and trusted brand offering customers exceptional coffee and chef-prepared food in a modern café environment. Awarded both Supreme Franchisee of the Year and Food and Beverage Franchise System of the Year 2015/16. NZ founded concept operating since 1995. NZQA certified operating manuals and training systems. Suit owners with passion for coffee, food and the value of customer relationships.

Cookright Kitchen ServicesArrow

Cookright, the kitchen hero, saving kitchens time and money. Deepfryer, overhead filter and hood cleaning. Cooking oil filtering. Oil and kitchen consumables product sales. Cookright has significant income potential with minimal competition for motivated, hard-working, practical operators who can sell and are well organised.

Domino's Arrow

Specialist quick service pizza franchise opportunity. You must have passion, commitment and a drive to succeed. Strong leadership skills, good people and administration skills, plus an entrepreneurial flair required. Have fun and work in a young, energetic and vibrant organisation.

Epiphany CaféArrow

Epiphany Café are seeking people who are committed to excellence. Our point of difference is unique products such as homemade artisan donuts. This is more than just a business venture, we work hard, enjoy what we’re doing, but know how to have fun while achieving our goals.


A brand with attitude that cannot be missed. Our damned fine gourmet menu, coupled with sophisticated systems and support, make this a wicked opportunity. HELL is looking for new franchisees with a passion for our brand and a willingness to learn. Opportunities available nationwide.

La PorchettaArrow

Join the largest Italian restaurant chain in Australia and New Zealand. You will love taking part in serving our guests quality Italian food, to order, using fresh ingredients. We are looking for passionate individuals with a strong work ethic and drive to join our family.

Mexicali FreshArrow

Mexicali Fresh has led the Mexican evolution in NZ since 2005. With giant American-style burritos and Mexican beer in a colourful, casual atmosphere. We are recruiting energetic, enthusiastic franchisees with a passion for great food and excellent customer service for our turnkey restaurants.

Mr WhippyArrow

Mr Whippy is looking for new owner/operators nationwide. With a highly successful brand, Mr Whippy is a New Zealand icon. Franchisees have flexible hours, a fun working environment and earn great financial returns. Suitable for any age or background. Join our team today.

Sierra Boutique CaféArrow

Network of premium cafés specialising in gourmet coffee and freshly prepared food. Sierra still roasts every coffee bean with care, in their Newmarket roastery.

The Cheesecake ShopArrow

The Cheesecake Shop has been one of New Zealand’s favourite cake retailers since 1995 and now operates from 23 stores across the nation. One of the great strengths of The Cheesecake Shop franchise system is its ability to train people from all walks of life to make The Cheesecake Shop’s core range of cakes. You don’t need to be a baker or a pastry chef to own a franchise, our excellent training course teaches you how to make our wonderful desserts in just 3 weeks.

The Coffee ClubArrow

One of NZ’s largest café and restaurant franchises, The Coffee Club have a comprehensive menu and offer relaxed dining experience. Take advantage of a proven track record, great training and ongoing support. Ideal if you are passionate about people and building customer loyalty.

Anchor FranchiseArrow

Market leader in the sales and distribution of milk products and beverages throughout New Zealand including Anchor, Primo, Zing, Mammoth Supply Co, Fresh N Fruity, De Winkel, Country Goodness, Mainland, Kapiti, CalciYum and Eon. National franchise structure operating since 1992 offering exclusive territories.

Fritz’s WienersArrow

Exclusive bratwurst sausages, roller grilled and served in a fresh baguette bun with sauerkraut, onions and condiments. Excellent return on investment.

Hollywood Bakery EspressoArrow

With more than 40 outlets throughout the Auckland region, Hollywood Bakery Espresso is by far the largest and still the fastest growing café chain. For more than 16 years, Hollywood Bakery has been providing great service, great food, great coffee and great prices.

Jesters PiesArrow

Jesters New Zealand is set to follow on from the success in Australia. This is your chance to get in on the ground floor of an exciting growth area in the New Zealand market with a well proven system

Muffin BreakArrow

Muffin Break is a unique specialty bakery/café retail system that operates throughout Australasia and is growing rapidly in the UK. Muffin Break has developed numerous product recipes since its introduction and continues to innovate with products

Oporto New ZealandArrow

Oporto chicken and burgers are big on taste and even bigger on value. With 20+ years in Australia and close to 15 years in New Zealand we have a proven franchise model. Seeking committed, energetic, entrepreneurs wanting to establish a long-term business with a strong brand.

Robert Harris Coffee RoastersArrow

Robert Harris Coffee Roasters operates New Zealand's best-known and largest chain of retail café franchises. Proven success in cities and provincial centres nationwide.We look for team players with high standards in presentation who have customer service experience plus the ability to work with people.

Simply SqueezedArrow

Simply Squeezed is proud to boast a portfolio second to none in non-alcoholic beverages. Selling our award-winning products is fun and rewarding. Product aside, our real secret to success is driven owner operators selling and servicing over 3000 customers throughout New Zealand weekly.

Super LiquorArrow

With 130+ branded stores throughout the country, we are represented in many local communities, delivering to them real value and true convenience. We are New Zealand’s most trusted liquor brand offering market leading terms of trade and innovative national advertising and marketing programmes.

Wholly Bagels & PizzaArrow

Turn-key opportunities available nationwide with this iconic bagel and pizza franchise.



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