1947- 1969

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.

1980 - 1999

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. 

2000 - 2019

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. In 2018 the acquisition of James Fruit and Veg in Penrith was made to further enhance our fresh offering with CaterPrep being developed the following year at the same Penrith site. In 2019 Caterite acquired Highgate Meats of Troutbeck and relocated the business into a custom built fresh meat facility at our site in Embleton. 

Caterite Today

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 fast, friendly and efficient service in which extra is standard. It means our customers trust Caterite because they know they can rely on us.

Strong on tradition, we’re also a forward-thinking innovative company. 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. 

"The business has changed dramatically over the last 50 years from mobile shop to cash-and-carry and from supermarket to delivery wholesaler. What has not changed 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."