More than 30 contracts have been awarded to WA companies to supply food and consumables to Optus Stadium.
Ahead of the stadium opening, over $150 million of contracts will have been awarded to support the first five years of operations. Some contract winners include CCI Members New West Foods and Gage Roads Brewing Co.
Annually, New West Foods will distribute over 200 tonnes of frozen potato chips to the stadium, 800,000 condiment portions and large volumes of West Australian seafood, including prawns from Exmouth, barramundi from Derby and crabs from Geraldton.
Gage Roads was selected in September to be the sole beer and cider supplier.
Alongside New West Foods and Gage Roads, other WA small businesses have secured stadium supply contracts including Food Packaging Australia (food packaging), Little Home Bakery (bread), Morley Growers (fruit and vegetables), Total Food Distributors (meat), Mahogany Creek Distributors (poultry and game), Mondo Meats (meat) and Oil 2 U (oil).
Each year FPA will supply the stadium food packaging with more than 500,000 hot chip containers, 200,000 burger boxes and 1.5 million beer cups.
In May, CCI hosted a Meet the Buyer event which gave WA businesses the opportunity to network with Optus Stadium CEO Mike McKenna and find out what kind of contracts would be available.
McKenna says the contracting of these businesses is testament to the quality of WA products and produce available.
“It’s fantastic to welcome these local businesses to Optus Stadium. They all submitted highly competitive bids, in many cases beating national competition,” he says.
“As a WA venue, I am delighted that we will be showcasing the products and services from so many local businesses.
“Ensuring that our produce is fresh and of the highest possible quality is integral to the success of this world-class venue, so fans enjoy the best possible experience whenever they visit Optus Stadium.”
CCIWA CEO Deidre Willmott congratulated all WA businesses, and in particular CCI Members New West Foods and Gage Roads Brewing Co, for their success.
She said she was delighted CCI had been able to promote WA businesses to Optus Stadium.
"The decision to award so many local contracts is a strong vote of confidence in WA industry's capability that will boost the local economy and create jobs," she says.
"Optus Stadium heralds a new era for Perth, ensuring we have the best opportunity to compete for major international entertainment and sporting events, while giving our local businesses the opportuity to tender for new contracts, from design and construction to product service delivery."
Small Business Minister Paul Papalia says these latest round of contracts will have a flow-on effect to dozens of WA small businesses involved in hospitality and primary production, which helps strengthen the economy and create jobs.
"I'm pleased that visitors to Optus Stadium will have access to the freshest and finest produce Western Australia has to offer," he says.
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