Improve your food retail displays with concrete-look, food-safe melamine

What’s to love about antiseptic-looking, plain plastic bowls? While they meet food safety rules, they are about as attractive as a seagull stealing your chips. Luckily, there are other options.

If you’re in the food retail industry, you know that people eat with their eyes first. That couscous salad will sell better with a sprinkle of pomegranate seeds, and the meat display looks nicer adorned with parsley.
If you know this, then why use boring standard serving-ware?

Food safety is very important

In order to comply with food standards, your food needs to be stored and served in vessels that are practical. You don’t want anything with texture, as it’s easy for food and sauces to get stuck. You need it to be commercial-dishwasher safe, so that you know when it’s cleaned, it’s safe to use again.

In terms of functionality, you don’t want heavy bowls or platters, as they become difficult to move around. You also want an anti-slip base so that wherever it sits, it stays securely. And, you need it to take the knocks and rigours of a busy café, shop, restaurant or supermarket. Things get dropped, shoved and moved around a lot in the hustle and bustle.

This is where a product like melamine comes in. It’s lightweight enough for everyone to lift easily. It withstands rough treatment and the high temperatures of a dishwasher. And, a smooth surface means it’s easy to maintain.

Attractive serving dishes encourage sales

There are a range of ways that your food presentation helps to sell the food.

Have consistency: Decide on a theme, or ‘look’, and then be consistent across the entire cabinet/ store. The theme can be broad, whether it’s all the same colour, all a certain pattern, or all very formal. Whatever the theme is, be consistent across all the dishes.

Make the food the highlight: Studies have shown that the harder the food is to see, the less likely customers are to choose it. Also, studies have had varying outcomes in regards to food and colour: red shows ‘stop’, but at the same time apparently it makes you hungry. If in doubt, it’s far easier to choose neutral colours.

Present food attractively: Historically, elaborately presented food showed that you were wealthy and powerful. It shows that the more complex the dish, the more important you were. There still is an element of that in modern food presentation; the more complex it is, the more your customers will assume it’s expensive and refined.

White’s not always right: White is commonly used by food retailers due to the belief that food is best presented against a blank canvas. However, this is not always the case. Potato salad and sushi, for instance, are already white and look unappetising on a bland plate. For restaurants, most dishes can be served beautifully on white plates, and white plate supply is the easiest to source. This is why cafes and restaurants often serve on white plates; but that doesn’t mean it’s the best way to serve wholesale food, such as in café counters or supermarket delis.

Concrete melamine is the best of both worlds

If you need to find the balance between practical considerations and aesthetic ones, a perfect compromise is ‘concrete’ melamine.

You have sturdy, food-safe melamine plastic that is light, dishwasher safe and takes the knocks of any commercial kitchen or store. It is safe and functional from -30oC to 120oC, and is stain, chip and scratch resistant.

Then, you have a stylish finish in a neutral colour that makes everything look its best. It looks fantastic in any contemporary store or café, giving a modern update to the plain standard white.

Mills Display has two modern, functional items in concrete:

245mm x 105mm 2L bowl

325mm x 265mm x 20mm urban platter

The bowls are ideal for a deli counter or salad bowls in a café display. They show the food off perfectly, while having a consistent, clean modern feel.

The platters are great in delis, salad or buffet counter displays, as well as for caterers looking for a platter for nibbles or grazers.

Contact us for all your display needs

Mills has been in the industry for many years and our staff understand what you need. Whether it’s our beautiful concrete melamine bowls, a step riser to display them at their best, or imitation parsley to separate and highlight the food items, there are a range of amazing products.

We are NZ owned and operated, and have a showroom at 327A Neilson Street, Penrose, Auckland. Drop us a line or give us a call on 09 634 5962 to find out how we can help your store displays look amazing, be highly functional, and help to encourage sales.

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Hang Sell Displays Increase Impulse Purchases

Increase impulse purchases and use all your valuable retail space with hang sell fasteners and displays!

Hang sell displays create eye-catching displays that encourage impulse purchases

The best way to sell things is by making them highly visible to potential buyers. Hang sell displays brings the products to life.

For the most eye-catching, easy-to-use displays, hang sell options beat the competition. There are an array of different hang sell display options, from plastic clip strips through to canned good hang sell units. These are all highly portable, easy to set up, and are great for customers. They improve your store—and sales—in a variety of ways.

They create impulse buying

These hanging displays are directly at customer eye height, making them immediately easy to see (or, completely impossible to miss). The way they are displayed means the product is also easy to grab—a combination of eye-catching and accessible makes hang sell displays an impulse-buy bonanza. They are proven to stimulate sales, especially in the highly competitive FMCG market.

Maximise your retail space

Hang sell displays are great to utilise previously unused corners of a store. They can be hung on walls, on shelving uprights, on aisle-ends and even at the counter. Any small space, between shelving or awkward corners, can now be an extra product display.

Hang sell displays are eye-catching and very attractive

In a world where a product literally has two seconds to catch a customer’s eye, hang sell displays do the job well. Packaging is presented attractively, and the slight extension outward from the shelf means these products are the ones they’ll see first. If your product needs a edge on the competition, this is it.

Great to encourage complementary sales

If you have two items that should be stored together but belong in separate sections of the store, hang sell displays allow this. In the canned section, next to the reduced cream, a hang sell display with onion soup mix. Next to a beach towel promotion, a display of sunscreen. The opportunities are endless.

Ideal for a range of products

Anything that’s small enough to hang from our hang sell stations are perfect items to sell. As well as confectionary and snacks, cosmetics are another popular item to hang. Lip balm, hair ties, anything small can be displayed attractively. Stationery such as pens, electronic items such as batteries, even small toys or garden accessories like gloves.

Cost effective retail display options

The price for the hang sell strip and the fasteners mean that this is an incredibly economical way to expand your marketing options. Make sure you utilise all available space; these 650mm long strips give great bang for your buck.

The Mills Display range of products

Our hooks have an adhesive on the back, so your staff simply peel and stick on the product for an immediately eye-catching display. Our range is durable, easy to install and simple to move when you need to.


Hang sell stations are 650mm long with 12 stations, with a 54mm x 80mm label plate. Comes in a standard blue, black, and white, or for a minimum order quantity can come in grey, red or yellow. These can take light items such as chips and confectionary bars.

To attach the hang sell stations, these 50mm metal s-hooks securely attach the station to the shelf/ installed hook. They take literally seconds to attach.

Contact us at Mills Display for more information

Our NZ owned and operated business has been providing NZ businesses with amazing retail display options for many years. Our breadth and depth of knowledge are unsurpassed—and we work hard to provide a great product that will increase sales in your store.

Give us a call to discuss what you need, and we are happy to sit and chat about the options available. We want to make sure you have the right product for your needs. We carry most items in stock. We also have a variety of options for personalisation, including colour options. So pop into our showroom in Penrose to see the products in action, or call to talk to us.

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Collapsible Crates

Collapsible Crates For Effortless Delivery And Storage

Collapsible crates are the solution for a range of delivery options

The pandemic has changed the way NZ businesses are operating. It’s expected the changes will last beyond the current crisis, as people expect delivery of household goods and higher standards of care from businesses.

To help you deliver your business goods easily, our collapsible crates are perfect. In a range of sizes, there’s one for every task.

Convenient and easy

Our crates are designed for optimal efficiency, with easy to hold handles so you can carry items easily. There is a space for labels, so you can store goods and easily access just what you need without having to unpack every crate. The collapsing mechanism is super simple, with no hooks or clips—just push the ends down and the sides automatically fold in flat.

Space efficient

These crates stack when full, which saves space when in transit or being used to store goods. This helps to reduce shipping costs, and also avoids product damage.

They collapse when empty, to save on storage space in a warehouse, in a kitchen, in the transit van- where-ever you use them.

Hard wearing and long-lasting

The plastic is made from food-grade polypropylene. This means these crates are safe for transporting of food and food products. The plastic itself is durable and hardwearing, able to deal with being stored outside in a yard. It also takes the knocks that happen during loading, unloading and transit.

These crates are better than timber crates in many ways. There are no nails, splinters or mould to worry about. They are lighter and therefore easier to carry and move and are compatible with forklifts and conveyor belts.

Keep your produce in immaculate condition

Finally, these crates keep your products safe. Whether it’s delicate fruit like strawberries or ripe avocadoes, crates ensure they aren’t damaged – unlike boxes, which can be dented, can collapse, or can get wet and disintegrate.

And when they get dirty, these crates are easy to clean; you can easily hose or wash them down. They can be treated with a number of different cleaning solutions, which help to keep your crates clean, compliant with health and safety laws, and keeps the quality of your produce high.

Our range of commercial grade collapsible crates

We have a range of sizes to suit almost any product and need. Our range of crates all easily stack with each other, regardless of size.

36L collapsible crate (600 x 400 x 200mm) is our smallest crate

40L collapsible crate (600 x 400 x 22mm)

Our 48L black crate (600 x 400 x 260mm) is our largest size. Perfect for bulky or lighter products.

What are collapsible crates used for?

These vented crates are used in a wide variety of industries and businesses. Fruit and vegetables are one common use, not only for transporting goods but also for storage and display when they are at the store or market. They are the perfect size and shape for almost every imaginable type of produce.

The dairy industry use vented crates because the plastic functions perfectly in fridges and freezers. Unlike timber, which swell and warp, the plastic retains its shape and form. The plastic can also be sanitised and washed easily, part of the strict food safety standards around dairy.

Bakeries use vented crates to ensure their goods don’t get squashed or damaged in transit. Also, because often breads etc are packed when still warm, the vents allow steam to be diffused and stop the product from getting soggy.

Commercial kitchen use vented crates for all the reasons above. To meet strict food safety standards, to allow fridge-freezer-transport with no warping or damage, and simply due to the ease of use.

Contact us to discuss what you need

Contact Mills Display today to talk to our team. We have been in business in NZ for many years, and our depth of knowledge and understanding of the market is unsurpassed. Talk to us about branding the crates, whether it’s stamping your logo or creating a custom colour run, we can make these suit your brand and stand out in the market.

Talk to us about our plastic recycling, as all our produce crates can be recycled when they reach the end of their lifespan. This creates a circular pattern of use, which is great for the environment, as well as your business environmental standards.

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Have you been thinking about how to draw attention to a particular product or revamping your Instore signage? Hopefully we can provide you with some ideas or inspiration! We have a large range of signage options for use in all types of retail environments including, supermarkets, clothing stores, hardware stores, department stores and more.

Our Snap frames are a great solution if you have an area where you are changing out products regularly and also need to change your marketing or price signage.

These frames have ‘snap open’ sides which make them ideal for ever changing signage material.They can be attached to a wall, retail fitting, pole or are even available on a stand and are available in a multitude of colours and sizes


For retailers looking for an economical or versatile product we have our Plastic Sign frames. These are great for use in areas where you need to hang a frame as they can be supplied with hanging clips or can be attached to hanging wire.

 Our Plastic Sign frames are also perfect for counter tops or serve over cabinets as they can be supplied with magnets and plastic feet. The Plastic Sign frames are available in a range of sizes and have a wide selection of accessories  available too.

Looking for a signage option that is a little more ‘Old school’? We have A-frame floor standing Blackboards that are just waiting for someone with an artistic edge to be let loose on!

These are great for displaying fun messages or even just to be used to say “welcome” to your business.
Because these are double sided you can communicate different messages on each side to draw attention to pricing or products.
We can also supply other types of blackboards on request.

There are many more types of signage available so please get in touch with us if we can help by calling us on 09 634 5962 or email us at



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Clip it, ticket it and pop it; the easiest food labelling options in NZ

From cafes to supermarkets, delis to bakeries, you need to label your food. There are plenty of ways to create attractive food displays, and Mills Display can help.

Whether it’s loaves of bread cooling on the rack, custard squares on a counter, or a row of salads behind glass in a deli, there needs to be labels. Your customers need to easily identify what they are looking for, see the origin and allergen information, and understand the pricing.

Because every type of display has different limitations, there are a huge range of food labelling options. And once you’ve printed the label, you need the best way to display it so it’s stable, secure, and easy to see. You could be losing sales without even knowing it—some people will simply walk off rather than asking for more information.

Table stands

For displaying food, these low table stands are perfect. They hold menu cards and price tickets in place without obscuring the food.

This 35mm D base style table stand is a popular option across NZ. Easy to clean, stable and perfect for café display cases or deli counters. Made from robust stainless steel, it can be put in the dishwasher to be cleaned as required.

This 80mm tall D base harp table stand helps your labels stand out from the crowd. Taller than the 30mm cousin, it’s better for use when there are rows of food containers that are staggered, and you need the extra height in the back rows. It can also be used to hold table numbers.

This ring-style stand is 50mm high, with a D style weighted base. Sturdy, easy to clean stainless steel, and low so the label doesn’t interfere with the food display. It can also be used to hold table numbers or display small DLE-sized menus on tables.

For pricing meat, cheese, baked goods and salads, these ticket pins are an economical and easy solution. These stainless steel 20mm ring cardholders have 25mm spikes which stick securely into food items. No knocking over stands or worrying about missing price tags.

If you need cardholders that clip onto a surface, these hinged ticket holders are ideal. Easy to clip onto horizontal and vertical surfaces, they will easily attach to trays, bowls and shelves. These are sturdy and keep your labels where they need to stay.

POP Clips

The range of P.O.P clips come in a range of colours, sizes, styles and adhesive methods. If you have a need to display labels or price tags, there is a POP clip that will work for your situation.

Mount your labels with clips that easily can be added or removed from shelves and containers easily. With no sticky foam or glue, you can remove and reattach in seconds. These are perfect for items that may occasionally move locations, or for free-standing bins. There are several sizes and types of clip-on label holders.

Magnetic-base clips are ideal for refrigerated containers, or anywhere with magnetic metal. Super easy to move around and remove as needed, these POP clips are the ultimate in versatility.

The double-ended 50mm clip has two clear plastic spring clips with a short 50mm rod. These clips attach to most bowls, trays and cardboard boxes. They are ideal for almost any retail situation, incredibly versatile and great to have in stock at all times.

For a more permanent solution, the POP Clip with an adhesive base is a good option. It uses foam tape to adhere strongly to almost any surface, including glass, metal and counter-tops. It’s adjustable to swivel in any direction.

For another easy-care solution, plastic stands have wide bases for added stability. They come in a range of sizes and the added height places the price tickets at an easily visible height so your customers have all the information they need to make a purchase. Ideal for bins of clothing.

Look professional and increase sales

Every retail outlet can take advantage of the versatile range of label clips. Butchers, hair dressers, delis and food counters, art galleries or restaurants can all use these.

Mills Display are NZ owned and operated. We’ve been around for years, and our staff have an in depth understanding of the industry. As a result, our selection of products is broad—we know that not one size fits all.

Contact us to find out how we can help you. Our range is ever-changing, and if you have specific needs, we are happy to discuss them and see if we can accommodate you.

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Personalised Price Tickets

Print personalised price tickets in-store at pace, no problems.

Create a professional, attractive look for your products by having in-store label printing. Customised tags give you a flexible answer to any tricky labelling problems

Edikio have the answer to all your labelling issues. Whether you need 100 full double-sided labels or a one-off label for the cheese selection, their labels are professional, easy to read, endlessly creative and look fantastic. Print on-the-spot and as you need them.

Why personalised price tags?

Aside from making your customer’s shopping experience far easier, there are four main reasons that personalised price tags are a must-do for any supermarket or food store.

You save time: You’re only printing your labels as and when you need them. There’s no need to wait for a minimum order quantity from your printer or wholesaler. There’s no lead time- minutes from design to printed.

Hygienic and durable: Printing on PVC plastic it’s highly durable. No paper to fall apart, the PVC is completely moisture and cold resistant. It’s easy to wipe clean if it drops in a salad or sauce.

Compliance with food regulations: There are a range of regulations around food labelling. Your customers need to be able to easily identify:

  • Allergens
  • Origins of products
  • For fish, detailing the method of fishing and latin name of the animal
  • Price and measurement unit
  • Religious guidelines; is this kosher, halal or does it contain beef?

A strong brand image: A coherent, consistent label across the store is professional and looks fantastic. The white ‘chalkboard’ finish on these black labels is smart, easy to read and clear. You can also print your logo or other distinguishing mark on the price tag.

Why Edikio for label printing?

In one word; Flexibility. Edikio offer a range of personalisation options that allow your labelling to be uniquely yours. It doesn’t matter what you’re selling, Edikio will work for you. Some customers include:

  • Fish markets
  • Bakeries
  • Grocery stores
  • Delis
  • Speciality cheese stores
  • Butchers
  • Takeaway restaurants
  • Cafés

Using the duplex function, you can print double sided, perfect for deli situations. One side of the label contains all the relevant customer information. This includes allergen or religious diet information, sourcing details, any food safety notes and prices. The back side has everything your retail employees need- a barcode and internal reference details.

The dedicated software is simple to use and gives lots of functionality. You can import data from Excel and sort as you wish. You can edit the information on the tag and preview it before printing- no errors or wasted materials. Choose the font you prefer and add images from a library of over 350 relevant symbols and pictures.

The printer is easy to use and only takes 15 seconds to print each price tag. It’s small enough to be discreetly tucked away on the back wall or alongside your POS. The plastic tags and printing ribbon are easy to install- no fiddling or adjustments trying to line things up or make them feed properly.

Price card options to suit what you want

There are card holders available if needed, which can be stand-alone, magnetic, or on spikes. It depends on your needs.

The credit-card sized labels also make excellent name tags. If a new staff member arrives, you don’t have to send away for their name tag; print it then and there, letting them choose how their name is displayed.

Choose what works for you

There are three possible solutions: The entry-level ‘Access’, the adaptable ‘Flex’, and the advanced ‘Duplex’.

Access is the most affordable option. It offers the basic single-sided printing of credit-card sized labels. It connects to one computer, and can print up to 25 labels in a batch.

Flex offers more options, including product category management, auto-updates from Excel files, and the ability to print from two computers. It can print in long format as well as credit card, and can print up to 50 labels at a time.

Duplex option gives you the full suite of services- double-sided printing, silent mode printing, it can print from a network of five computers, and it has an easy-to-operate LCD touchscreen

Mills Display, suppliers for New Zealand

If your store needs on-the-spot, professional food tag printing. Edikio is a fantastic option. Give Mills Display a call on 09 634 5062 with any questions you have, or pop into the showroom at 327A Neilson Street to see it in action. Our friendly and experienced team can help guide you on the best decision for your business, so you have the perfect printer for your needs. Let’s make your life easier by letting you print personalised labels in-store.

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