Two Providores is a family run business that is wholly Australian owned and managed. Our vision for the future is to help keep Australian producers producing. We want to hitch Australia’s small, sustainable producers with like-minded chefs by sharing their stories and produce. We place particular emphasis on customer service and education about the produce and producers we are working with, and we take our responsibility of supplying premium quality produce seriously.
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About the Assassa family
The Assassa family have been wholesalers of local produce and dry-store products for over 45 years. In 1970, Sam Assassa had a dream to start his own smallgoods business. He converted his garage into a storage area & rolled around the eastern suburbs in his faithful Kombi delivering to his customers. His boys grew up learning from him and enjoying rides in this awesome car.
Today Adam and Kaleel have taken the business well beyond the garage but have always stayed true to their father's guiding principles of integrity and quality. Previously operating under Sydney City Foods, they made a conscious decision in 2012 to change their business strategy and focus on supporting Australian producers. With their strong logistics platform and approach to customer satisfaction already set, it just made sense to make Australian produce 'more accessible to everyone'. We made an aquisition in 2012 in order to allow them to hitch Australia's best artisan producers with the chefs they knew. It is their vision to help keep Australia's producers producing.
A hands-on CEO, Adam started delivering out of the family Kombi just after leaving school almost 24 years ago. His first day was so memorable all he wanted was a larger truck to pick up fresh produce and deliver it without having to reload, out of the garage again. Straight from the producer to store was the starting inspiration to grow and build a reputable food service business, making good food accessible to everyone. He strives on building a passionate team to help support a developing business with the utmost integrity. He is committed to running a successful, sustainable business that aids both our artisan producers, suppliers and food service customers. The constant evolution of our services, catering to the needs of both our suppliers and customers, is testament to this.
As Operations Manager Kaleel's attention is squarely on ensuring product and service integrity. He is just as likely to be found tinkering with the forklift as he is to be forecasting a purchase order. Kaleel is stringent in his management of the warehouse and oversees our Food Safety procedures and HACCP certification. He has a keen interest in the way we manage our waste and our environmental footprint and is always working to implement best practice.
Rebecca is a passionate champion of Australian artisan produce. She has a diverse background which spans cooking professionally, retail food sales and investment banking. In her role as general manager at Two Providores she strives to build a robust platform of customer and supplier service that is centred on environmentally sustainable practices, honest and informative marketing and reliable logistics.
As operations manager, Neil believe's in team work and a can-do attitude. Neil bring over 10 years operational and logistics experience to the Two Providores team. Neil gained this working for a market leading international logistics business and more recently helped scale a local FMCG organic food brand across Sydney. His passion is ensuring our customer experience is seamless; providing both a great service and a great product.
Erica has over 25 years’ experience in the hospitality industry covering hotels, restaurants, bars and food retail. Erica is passionate about Australian produce and ensuring that quality Australian products are accessible for everyone. Outside of work Erica spends her time working in her kitchen garden and touring regional NSW meeting farmers and producers.
Customer Service Team Leader
With over 18 years’ experience in the food industry, Imilla has worked across many facets of the business. Her knowledge of artisan produce and her empathy and understanding of what occurs in the kitchen are two of the many reasons Imilla once lead our all-important customer service team. As a result of this experience it was a natural progression into an account management role.
Retail Account Manager
Even as a small child, Peter has been immersed in cooking, for family and friends, in share houses as a student and on into later life. He's always been the designated chef. A successful stint on a food-based reality tv show, combined with a weekly segment “The Vicar of Nibbly” on ABC 1233 Newcastle, has empowered his food career. He's excited to get stuck in and find the right products for his customers.
Vivita spent her childhood roaming the wild forests of Latvia, foraging for seasonal treats (wild berries, nuts & mushrooms) before taking up residence in the kitchen.
After developing her love of quality produce as a chef in Latvia and the UK she decided to indulge her other passion – people - and combined these two great loves with a role in one of London’s great providores. After arrival in Sydney in 2015, Vivita sought out the best purveyors of fine foods in town (we’re flattered!) and joined our team.
Food, glorious food, has always been a passion for Vanna. Eager to discover food that is prepared from the heart led to a post graduate Diploma in Nutrition. Vanna is excited about her recent promotion from our Customer Service team to looking after our customers on our South run.
Andrew comes from the bush and moved to Sydney to study Supply Chain Management and Logistics. A part time job in a pizza shop transformed into running operations for a large QSR franchise business in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the USA. Andrew has 7 years’ experience in operations and procurement in the QSR industry where he developed a passion for connecting product with people. He is committed to servicing our customers’ needs and requirements.
Amy has been a passionate marketer for the last 8 years, stretching her experience across the globe between Sydney and Edinburgh. This budding raconteur has a love of puns, creating engaging marketing material and meeting Australian producers.
Accounts Team Leader