Caterite was formed in 1969 but its roots go back to 1947 when Chairman Keith Graham’s father established a mobile grocery shop in the Keswick area. Keith took it over when his father retired in 1964 and five years later he bought the old West Cumberland Farmers warehouse in Shorley Lane, Keswick, - and Caterite was born. Delivering wholesale supplies on a cash-and-carry basis to the local catering industry, Caterite grew throughout the 1970s and the Drill Hall in Keswick was acquired to act as an additional distribution base.
The 1980s saw Caterite develop a purpose-built warehouse at Southey Hill in Keswick and by 1991, a new wholesale distribution centre and retail superstore was built on the site of the old bus station at Tithebarn Street in Keswick. Still expanding, Caterite relocated the wholesale business to the current site at Embleton, Cockermouth, in 1999. Three years later, the retail business was sold to Booths. The development of the Embleton site has been pivotal to the company’s on-going success. In 2014 Caterite expanded the operation further when local Fruit & Vegetable Specialists Four Seasons Foods of Threlkeld was acquired. The business has changed dramatically over the last 40 years from mobile shop to cash-and-carry and from supermarket to delivery wholesaler. What has not changed though is Caterite’s ambition. We have - and always will - strive to be the very best in terms of the quality and commitment we offer our customers.
For more than 40 years, Caterite has been successfully providing hotels, restaurants, bars, pubs, guest houses and other catering establishments across Cumbria with the very best produce from our home county, the UK and abroad. We’ve worked hard to establish an enviable reputation for supplying our customers with top-quality goods exactly to order, all delivered at competitive prices as part of an unrivalled fast, friendly and efficient service in which extra is standard. It means our customers trust Caterite because they know they can rely on us. As always, we remain fiercely proud of our Cumbrian roots and much of our vast stock comes from local suppliers. Strong on tradition, we’re also a forward-thinking innovative company, with an ever expanding fleet of high-tech refrigerated delivery vehicles and state-of-the-art facilities at our headquarters at Embleton in the Lake District National Park. We’re market leaders and the changes we are constantly introducing to improve our service are aimed at keeping us – and our customers – ahead of the competition. We really are the complete solution for all your catering supply requirements.
Over 100 people are employed by Caterite with more than a quarter of the workforce having been employed by the company for more than ten years. We are based at our headquarters at Embleton near Cockermouth in Cumbria, with most of us living fairly locally. All of us are totally committed to delivering your goods at competitive prices as part of a fast, friendly and efficient service.