Our Story


Adriatic Food

Importers & Distributors of Speciality Foods, Wines & Catering Equipment

What We Believe

We believe in offering our clients the best Food, Wine and Catering Equipment Italy has to offer. We do this through importing from Italy and making the products directly available to the public. This way our customers can purchase their favourite Italian products at reduced prices.

Our Mission

Adriatic is on a mission to offer people who have a passion for Italian Food, Wine & Catering Equipment a one stop shop. Preparing Italian food and sharing a meal with good Italian wine is the very essence of what makes life good. Italian Food & Wine is the ideal reason to organise that long overdue get together with family or friends.  

Adriatic is a community offering you the best Italian Food, Wine & Catering equipment for both Home and Commercial use. Will you join us?


Adriatic Ship Supply & Trading Company was founded in 1970 by Renzo Reffo, who was later joined by his sons, Maurizio and Roberto Reffo.

The Reffo's

The principal activity of the company was to supply ship-store to the foreign vessels calling at the port of Durban. The company operated from its own business premises at 10/14 Davenport Avenue in Durban with a bonded warehouse; and was the exclusive supplier to many important shipping lines.

Due to the introduction of containerization and the decline of the number of passenger ships calling at the port of Durban, the company decided to diversify its activities by moving into the importation and distribution of Italian food and wine products to the South African market.

This met with great success.

The principal philosophy of only supplying high-quality products from leading Italian companies was established.

In 1983 the Reffo family decided to open a warehouse in Johannesburg to provide a more immediate service to what has become the most important market sector for the company. Adriatic now operates from its own premises at 88/89 Newton Street, Meadowdale. Visit us at any of our 3 branches.

Adriatic Catering’s first venture was the importation of the La San Marco coffee machine range, which was prompted by the relationship that Adriatic shared (and still shares) with Segafredo Zanetti — one of the leading producers of espresso coffee in the world. This endeavor proved to be very successful, and was consequently followed by the importation of IGF Pizza equipment. This was proceeded by the Sirman range, whose extensive series of restaurant, bar and butchery equipment concluded another significant milestone in the Adriatic history. The catering equipment offering has subsequently grown, and Adriatic now offers a wide range of these products.

Adriatic supplies professional catering equipment fully backed by its company principals and values. We offer specialised after-sales technical assistance from our trained technicians and a complete range of spare parts.

Adriatic also operates in the Western Cape and Durban with a distribution warehouse and sales force in each region.

Our Team

Having some fun at the Hostex 2014

Having Some Fun @ The Hostex