Cater Care is committed to building strong, commercial joint ventures with Indigenous industries in order to build capability within their local businesses and communities and to ready them for larger opportunities which may become available.
A chance phone call by Dr Blaze Kwaymullina, a Palyku Traditional Owner from the Pilbara region of Western Australia to Cater Care’s purchasing department is one such example, which has resulted in the development of a business called Ngurra Coffee.
“I originally called Cater Care to sell bin liners to their procurement team, after an hour’s conversation, I didn’t sell any bin liners but helped create a coffee company instead.” said Blaze.
Together with coffee roaster ‘European Foods’; Cater Care, Blaze and his brother Ezekiel Kwaymullina set about developing the concept, the company brand and coffee blends. Cater Care’s client Atlas Iron were also invited to assist in the setup, as they have a strong commitment and focus for Indigenous engagement.
By bringing together an Indigenous supplier, a caterer and a consumer, Ngurra Coffee is testament for what can be achieved when like-minded stakeholders work together. The result is great coffee and also a great partnership between Ngurra, Atlas Iron and Cater Care.
Cater Care is proud of its ‘buy local’ strategy. In this case, not only supporting European Foods, an established Western Australian business, but also assisting to establish a fresh new business – Ngurra Coffee.
“We are deeply appreciative of the time, effort and goodwill demonstrated by Cater Care in supporting us to create this business opportunity. Meaningful engagement is about taking the time to develop a relationship and work together to achieve a sustainable outcome. We feel very fortunate that we have been lucky enough to develop this kind of engagement with Cater Care.” said Ezekiel.
Ngurra Coffee has grown significantly over the past twelve months and is now a thriving Indigenous business supplying a home-grown coffee solution to companies across Australia.