Food initiatives proving fruitful

News that affordable premium infant formula can be stocked in remote stores is a win for small retailers and the communities they operate in.

Island & Cape operates seven stores across Cape York and the Torres Strait with the strategy of keeping healthy food prices as low as we can.

Our parent company, the Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation, has announced a partnership with Wattle Health Australia Ltd to stock their GoldCare+ formula for the same price it will retail online and in urban areas.

Supplying affordable goods in remote areas is not easy and in this instance meant the manufacturer, wholesalers and stores are all operating at a reduced margin to sell GoldCare+ for $29.95.

Island & Cape promotes breast milk as best for babies and is committed to ensuring fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy, meat, water and essentials like baby formula are sold at the lowest possible price.

We are continually reviewing our supply chain to improve quality and prices.

Access to fresh healthy food is critical to close the gap in health for indigenous Australians and is a challenge in remote areas where low volumes with high freight and operating costs push up retail prices.

Our not-for-profit stores are doing their best to make a difference in their communities by giving back through support and sponsorships.

This year we launched the Aurukun Community Fund to deliver $30,000 worth of benevolent activities during the shire’s 40th anniversary year.

Island & Cape is a Registered Training Organisation and we have just appointed Jacquie Below to oversee our in-store retail training program which involves going to the communities to deliver Certificates 2, 3 and 4 in Retail.

This has allowed us to promote local people such as Sineva Ahmat who was recently appointed duty manager at the Badu Island store after completing her Certificate 3.

Our stores also have access to the ALPA nutritionist to assess takeaway menus for healthier options, displaying water and fresh fruit and vegetables prominently and providing dietary help for chronic diseases like diabetes.

Queensland-based Island & Cape is a not-for-profit business owned by the Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation as part of its mission to deliver services, jobs, and training to remote indigenous communities.

ALPA operates 27 stores in the Northern Territory and FNQ and is Australia’s largest indigenous corporation.

The Boards of ALPA and Island & Cape share a vision of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders coming together across the far north of Australia in business.

As seen in Cairns Post 21st February 2018