Yaru Wins the Coles ‘Community Champion’ Supplier of The Year Award
Yaru Water is delighted to have been announced as the winner of the Community Champion category, at the 2018 Coles Supplier Awards.
At a gala dinner in Melbourne attended by around 1,100 Coles suppliers and team members, Yaru Water was awarded for the life-changing projects we have been able to implement with the support of our customers, in Indigenous communities throughout Australia.
Coles Store Commercial and Property Director and Indigenous steering committee lead Thinus Keeve said Yaru Water was a deserving recipient of the award.
“Yaru Water has made a fantastic contribution to Indigenous communities thanks to projects it has funded with proceeds from its bottled water,” he said.
Tessa Martin, Co-Founder of Yaru Water added;
“We feel extremely proud of this recognition. Yaru is fortunate to have a team of staff who are driven daily by our purpose as a social enterprise, and by the opportunity to work alongside Indigenous communities to help address the health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. But these community projects would not be possible without the support of our valued customers. We can’t thank them enough. This award is not just for our team, but it is also in recognition of each and every person who supports Yaru Water and the Yaru Foundation.”
The Community Champion Award was one of seven categories recognising suppliers’ excellence in providing merchandise and services across Coles.
Winners of the other six categories were:
- Melbourne bakery, Laurent, won the Product Innovation Award for its range of artisan sourdough bread produced in a state-of-the-art facility in Braeside.
- Australian wine maker, Treasury Wine Estates, won the Best Product Launch Award for its highly successful 19 Crimes range, which was launched in First Choice stores in April.
- Australian television broadcaster, Network Ten, won the Outstanding Service Award for a decade of collaboration with Coles to showcase great Aussie produce on MasterChef.
- Australian skincare manufacturer, Sukin Australia, won the Rising Star Award for its health and beauty range launched at Coles in a supermarket exclusive.
- Milne AgriGroup from Western Australia won the Supply Chain Excellence Award for its seamless and consistent delivery of free range pork to Coles each week.
- Melbourne packaging manufacturer, Plantic Technologies, won the Sustainable and Ethical Excellence Award for its ground-breaking work in developing sustainable meat packaging for Coles.
Congratulations to our fellow award winners and all of the suppliers who were nominated.
To find out more about the Yaru Foundation community projects click here.