Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre keeps it local with latest partnerships


Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has partnered with two local companies as part of its commitment to sourcing the finest Victorian produce.

The partnership with Padre Coffee and Vanguard Luxury Brands will see MCEC serve Padre’s specialty grade coffee and Vanguard brands including Four Pillars Gin and The Gospel Whiskey.

Visitors to MCEC can now enjoy Padre Coffee at the venue’s onsite cafes and catered events. Vanguard liquors including Four Pillars and The Gospel are available at Goldfields Café & Bar as well as on the menu at corporate catered events.

Event organisers can even opt for a pop-up Four Pillars activation station or Padre coffee cart at their events to enhance the delegate experience.

“We have a strong philosophy of working with local Victorian and Melbourne suppliers here at MCEC and we’re proud to partner with two big names in beverages to further this commitment,” said Paul Kanaan, MCEC’s head of F&B .

Opening their doors in 2008. Padre has become a Melbourne institution with five locations around the city.

“We’re excited to be working closely with them to deliver a unique coffee experience to the broad demographic that MCEC hosts,” said Andrew Harris, national sales manager at Padre Coffee.

Locally distilled in the Yarra Valley, Four Pillars Gin has been named the world’s leading gin producer three years in a row and is Australia’s first carbon neutral gin distillery.

The Gospel Whiskey is crafted from 100 per cent Australian unmalted rye from South Australia and locally distilled in Brunswick. The Gospel has strong sustainability credentials, using 100 per cent recyclable packaging.

Vanguard also supplies MCEC with other premium local Melbourne liquor brands including Melbourne Cocktail Company and Aether Vodka.

Last financial year, 97 per cent of MCEC’s suppliers were Victorian based.

“By partnering with suppliers like Padre Coffee and Vanguard, that share our commitments to community and sustainability we can ensure fantastic quality, sustainable produce and we know our customers and visitors will love it,” said Kanaan.