The old Grand Father Butcher from the 1930's

Robert Booker of FH Steel Butchery Colombo Street circa 1930

About IML

IML (Independent Meats Limited) are a Christchurch based Meat Provider with a specialty in supply to Grocery, Retail, Wholesale, Pet-Food, Manufacturing and Food Service sectors throughout the country.


Formed by Roger Cox in 1985 as IMB (Independent Meat Brokers) the company had its roots firmly planted on Canterbury soil servicing Butcheries, Hotels & Supermarkets in the local area. Roger had butchery in his blood with his Grandfather working at FH Steel Butchers in Colombo Street in the 1930s. Fast forward to 1997 Roger’s son Dave joined the company from a background in the Hospitality industry with the intention of bringing the company into the new millennium.

IMB became IML & recruited Phil Turnock from the Alliance group to expand the direction of the company. IML now specialise in supply of programmed business to Grocery, Retail, Wholesale, Pet-Food, Manufacturing and Food service sectors throughout New Zealand. We are a HACCP (Hazard analysis and critical control points ) approved operator with a recent growth focus to the New Zealand Asian & Halal markets. We maintain various cold storage hubs throughout the country enabling us to specifically consolidate for our clients requirements. Our product range covers all species and specifications from our close network of procurement brands throughout both NZ & further afield.

We pride ourselves in the strength and breadth of our relationships across our mix of markets with both our customers and suppliers. Our results have been underpinned by a focus on open and honest communication that focuses on giving our customers and suppliers the confidence they will continually achieve the best outcomes for their business when they deal with us.