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Melbourne restaurants, food producers join online retail pantry concept

Melbourne restaurants, cafes and food producers have joined a new online retail platform called Co-Lab Pantry.

The concept allows consumers to access high-end pantry staples along with artisan food-and-beverage products from Victorian producers, including ready -to-heat-and-eat meals, restaurant-made condiments, and beverages for their liquor cabinet.

The concept was initiated during the Covid-19 pandemic and developed by Danielle Lebon, Natasha Buttigieg and Avin Chadee. With backgrounds in retail, hospitality and digital marketing, the three founders created a retail venue allowing consumers to access their favourite products and pantry staples during lockdowns.

“We realised there weren’t any online platforms which brought together a variety of perishable products and pantry staples from the venues and producers we most loved,” said Danielle Lebon.

Some Co-Lab Pantry favourites include Piccolina Gelateria, Breakfast Negroni Marmalade from Four Pillars, Entrecôte Secret Herb And Butter Sauce, Ginger Boy Korean BBQ Sauce and Ides Peanut Butter.

“Food and hospitality are very close to our hearts and we wanted to create a space that can continue to celebrate and support the relationships customers have with their favourite venues across Victoria,” said Lebon.

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