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About Us


About Us

Who we are

In 1931, Koch & Co was founded by Henry E. Koch, a German-born immigrant with a passion for trading and selling to florists. 

After Mr. Koch's passing, Karl Papas and his brother Fonda Papas purchased the business from the Koch family in 1996. Since then, the Papas family has searched the world for and developed products for the florist and professional designer market. The product ranges have expanded into other markets, such as weddings and events, candles, garden decor, soft toys, artificial flowers, ribbons, hamper packaging, and more.

Today, the Koch & Co brand is recognised throughout Australia for its wide selection of high-quality, affordable products and industry leading customer service.

What we do

At Koch & Co, we are leaders in the floral industry, delivering an unmatched array of products and services to professional florists, designers, and enthusiasts of floral artistry. 

With a commitment to excellence and innovation, we import from worldwide suppliers and distribute nationwide throughout Australia, ensuring our customers have access to a vast selection of high-quality floral supplies. Our aim is to serve as the ultimate destination for all florist and designer needs, responding with agility to the evolving landscape of floral decoration and event styling.

Recognising the diverse needs of our customers, we also cater to hobbyists and floral enthusiasts, offering everything necessary to enhance any space, from elegant front entries to inviting back patios. 


Koch & Co distributes florist sundries Australia-wide, to the Sydney Flower Market, Brisbane Flower Markets, Adelaide Flower Market and Perth's Leederville flower precinct. Koch also owns National Florist Supplies Pty Ltd which trades from the National Flower Centre for wholesale fresh flowers in the Melbourne Flower Market

With many of our products being exclusively sourced and developed by our specialised sourcing & product development team, we are proud to have kept pace with the trends & changes in the florist and event decoration industry over the years. Koch works closely with manufacturers of floral supplies to offer florists and event industry professionals the best quality at the lowest prices guaranteed.

Our main product categories include:

Our Brands

We have also created a wide selection of Brands, including:

  • Ceramique® and Bondi™ Ceramics
  • Fleur Flowers®
  • Floral Wool®
  • Get IT Fresh®
  • Image Glassware®
  • Kerri® Candles
  • National Florist Supplies NFS
  • Signature® Ribbons
  • Strass®
  • Teddytime®
  • Tinman® Tinware
  • Vivid Wraps®

Our Customers

Florist supplies have taken Koch on a journey into many new broad product areas, and we now supply many industries. Koch & Co supplies and distributes to:

  • Baby Gift Shops
  • Balloon & Party Shops 
  • Chemists
  • Florists Shops
  • Garden and Nurseries Stores
  • Gift Stores
  • Hamper and Gift Suppliers
  • Hospitality Venues
  • Hotels
  • News Agents
  • Patisserie & Cake Shops
  • Wedding & Event Coordinators


Our Vision, Goal, Mission and Values

At Koch & Co, our mission is to be a first class supplier of floral and event products for all occasions. We are dedicated to delivering the best customer service and products, efficiently and sustainably, that benefit our customers, staff, and the industries we support.  

We aim to continuously foster innovation within the floral and gift product industries and inspire our customers with a vast array of creative floral and gift products.  

Our success is our customer's satisfaction, and we are committed to bringing beauty, style, innovation, and functional products into their business and home. 

Our guiding principles of health and safety, environment, developing people and valuing diversity along with our beliefs of trust, integrity, passion, teamwork and can-do attitudes, guide our decisions and behaviours.

Ethical and Environmental Policies

At Koch & Co, we believe ethical sourcing and environmental issues are important standards to peruse, address, and uphold. Ethical sourcing requires Koch & Co to ensure the products we develop, and source are manufactured in such a way that is safe for employees and the environment.

  • Ethical sourcing
  • Labour Rights
  • Environmental and Social Responsibilities

Click HERE to find out more about our ethical and environmental policies.

Commitment to Sustainability

We are all about wanting to make a positive difference for the future of our planet. At Koch & Co, we’ve implemented real actions to help combat our environmental footprint, with the mindset that there is always room to improve and do better for our customers and communities.

Some of our initiatives include:

Recycling – we recycle over:

  • 100 cubic metres of cardboard per week
  • 12 cubic metres of soft plastic per week
  • Have separated office recycling bins for weekly recycling


  • We re-use second-hand cartons where possible
  • We utilise degradable and bio-degradable void fill packaging such as crushed Kraft paper
  • We don’t use plastic strapping machines
  • We use Kraft paper tape to seal our packaging boxes and have stopped using plastic tape
  • Reusable shopping bags are used in our Cash & Carry store
  • We send broken pallets for recycling rather than sending them to a landfill

Warehouse Processing

  • We have reduced the use of gas forklifts and replaced them with electric powered ones
  • We have steadily moved to a paperless warehouse pick-and-pack operation


  • We have refitted our facilities with energy-efficient LED lights saving over 35% in energy costs

Product Management & Development - Our product development team is continuously looking to source environmentally friendly products such as:

  • Natural jute fabrics 
  • Wooden products
  • Biodegradable kraft paper for flower wrapping
  • Plastic components and floral bowls made from recycled materials
  • Recycled glass vases
  • Paper shopping bags
  • Degradable floral wool

Florist Support & Industry Commitment

Koch & Co has continuously supported Florist Schools, Florist TAFE courses and private florist schools with interactive communication and sponsorship. Koch & Co have also been supporters of floral art classes and the Australian Floral Art Society. Koch is an associate member of Interflora Flowers online, as well as, Petals Florist Networks, Teleflora Flowers, and 1300flowers online.

Click HERE to view our Schools & Students information page.

Community Commitment

We have a strong commitment not only to our floral and event community but also to the broader community. We strongly believe in giving back and being engaged with our community citizens. We strive to embrace social responsibility and contribute positively toward improving the communities we coexist with by supporting floral & event associations as well as charity and not-for-profit communities. 

Click HERE to see our charity and sponsorship initiatives.