The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-07-09T22:49:08Z Easy swap outs to kick-start your Plastic Free July 2020-07-09T22:49:08Z easy-swap-outs-to-kick-start-your-plastic-free-july Easy swap outs to kick-start your Plastic Free July  Tasmanian eco company SUSTOMi challenges Australians to clean up their plastic habits Four simple swap-out challenges to try at home Podcast Life Freshly Sorted offers guidance with food, environment and mindset   Use it up… Wear it out... Make it do, or do without.   During the Great Depression years, this New England proverb began circulating to encourage frugality in the community. Fast-forward to 2020 and the sentiment couldn’t be more topical. With Australian state borders closed and international travel at a stand-still due to the COVID-19 public health pandemic, Aussies are spending more time at home and importantly, more time in the kitchen. With the hospitality industry taking a serious knock, supermarket perishable goods spending has increased by 14.5% and non-perishables by 11.8% since last year (ABS, May 2020). With all this redirected supermarket spending and home cooking in 2020, Tasmanian eco enterprise, SUSTOMi, has launched its Swap Out Challenge to inspire low waste lifestyles in Australian homes.   “SUSTOMi’s Swap Out Challenge is our way of supporting the national Plastic Free July initiative,” said SUSTOMi founder and director, Bronwyn Kidd.   The Swap Out Challenge is approachable for all households: families, share-houses, couples and savvy singles. Each week in July, SUSTOMi will share inspiration on their social media platforms to encourage Australians to change their plastic consumption habits.   “We believe low waste is far more approachable than the zero waste movement. We want all Aussies to have a go, challenge themselves toward low waste lifestyles, which starts with bringing conscious awareness to your own habits at home, then maybe influencing your extended family and friends,” added Kidd.   SUSTOMi’s Plastic Free July Swap Out Challenge has already commenced. The first challenge? Swap out cling wrap for reusable beeswax wraps. SUSTOMi produces their own beeswax wraps from their studio in Hobart and have made it even easier to maintain the sustainability of these products by offering DIY re-waxing kits.   The remaining Plastic Free July Swap Out Challenges by SUSTOMi include replacing plastic zip-lock bags or containers with silicone food pouches, replacing plastic lunch boxes with metal tins or waxed canvas lunch bags and replacing plastic shopping bags with eco-friendly produce bags. Conveniently, SUSTOMi has sourced all of these swap-out items for review on their website.   So, the challenge is set. During July and beyond, can Australians do better at home to reduce single-use plastics?   Use it up… Wear it out... Make it do, or do without.   Learn more about adapting to a low waste lifestyle through SUSTOMi’s podcast, Life Freshly Sorted: https://sustomi.com.au/podcast/   For more information on SUSTOMI’s sustainable kitchen and home products, visit: https://sustomi.com.au/ #sustomi #lowwaste #plasticfreejuly #swapoutchallenge   About SUSTOMi SUSTOMi was established in 2016 by Bronwyn Kidd in Tasmania, Australia. The business mission is to encourage Australians to live healthier, low-waste lives through their philosophy, Your life: freshly sorted.   SUSTOMi hosts a podcast, Life freshly sorted, featuring special guests offering their wisdom on low-waste living. This podcast is available on a number of platforms including iTunes and Spotify.   Alongside its educational value, SUSTOMi also sells alternatives to household plastics to help shift consumption habits. These products include beeswax wraps, silicone fridge pouches and silicone lids.   IMAGES: https://www.dropbox.com/home/SUSTOMi/SUSTOMi%20PR%20IMAGES   Carat retains Tip Top Bakeries continuing a twelve-year relationship 2020-07-07T22:40:38Z carat-retains-tip-top-bakeries-continuing-a-twelve-year-relationship Following a relationship spanning twelve years, Carat has been re-appointed to the Tip Top Bakeries account – a division of George Weston Foods Limited.  Billings for the account are undisclosed.   Tip Top Bakeries bakes in excess of one million products a day for Aussies to enjoy fresh daily. Brands include Tip Top, one of Australia’s most iconic brands, as well as Abbott’s Village Bakery, Burgen and Golden.    Brett Grebert, Marketing & Innovation Director at Tip Top Bakeries said of the retention: “Tip Top Bakeries have had a highly successful partnership with Carat and we view them as an extension of our team. Their understanding of our business and our customers has enabled Tip Top Bakeries to connect with consumers in a highly effective, creative and efficient manner. We are proud and excited to be continuing this valuable partnership.”   Sue Squillace, CEO of Carat ANZ added: “It’s always a great feeling to retain a long-standing client. In fact, it’s probably the best ‘new business’ win knowing that the retention is an endorsement of our team’s passion and the strength of our partnership, understanding the business challenges and our ability to deliver.  It has been a great association and we will ensure we continue to provide integrated solutions to further strengthen its brand position in Australia.”   The account covers all media, excluding search (TV, Digital, Radio, OOH, Social, Influencers, etc)   Australian travel expert encourages operators to pivot and adapt amidst Covid-19 pandemic 2020-07-07T08:36:48Z australian-travel-expert-encourages-operators-to-pivot-and-adapt-amidst-covid-19-pandemic A leading Australian travel industry expert has encouraged operators to pivot and adapt in order to survive, and even thrive, in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.Marten Labo Pudun, managing director of Blue Ocean Travel, believes in order to survive, travel operators must commit to following new hygiene and safety protocols including temperature checking and physical social distancing protocol, as well as a focus on promoting domestic travel to Australia’s most iconic destinations“The tourism industry is one of resilience, having faced, and recovered, from many unexpected curve balls in the past, including terrorism, tsunamis, and extreme climate change,” said Mr Labo Pudun.Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, most tourism operators have been dealt with both the drying up of sales as well as the necessity to refund existing bookings due to the cancellation of travel from immigration border restrictions.Blue Ocean Travel has taken care of 500 consumers during this challenging time, including 300 business clients amd 200 Malaysian students who were stuck in Australia during the lock-down.The travel agency looked after booking air tickets, hotel accommodation, airport transfers, amongst other arrangements.Mr Labo Pudun credits his agency's efficient consultation regarding travel insurance policies for speeding up the refund process to clients.“This has been a really effective approach in maintaining client loyalty and safeguarding the business in the long term,” said Mr Labo Pudun.Mr Labo Pudun said there are a number of procedures that all travel industry operators will need to follow in order to restore consumer confidence and safeguard the public from a Covid-19 second wave or other unexpected breakout.“Most flights will remove all magazines and newspapers by introducing new ancillary products to emerging customer demand such as one-off lounge passes and extra fees to keep adjacent seats free,” said Mr Labo Pudun.“Hotels will modify their service procedures by closing buffets, gyms, indoor swimming pools and increasing distance between tables in restaurants.“Most tourist attractions such as theme parks are committed to reducing crowding up to 30 to 50 percent of previous levels by introducing pre-registration schemes.“This will lead to visitors providing health QR code issued by the Government based on previous travel histories and potential exposure to the virus.”Moving forward, Mr Labo Pudun strongly believes that all major Australian travel agencies will need to focus more on promoting domestic travel to our most iconic destinations including the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Forest, Gold Coast, Twelve Apostles, Uluru, Kangaroo Island and Tasmania, as the international travel industry will take longer to recover.“As Australia is enriched with a plethora of breathtakingly beautiful travel destinations, the domestic travel industry will recover more quickly than other countries lacking large domestic travel hot spots,” said Mr Labo Pudun. About Marten Labo PudunInherited with Lun Bawang indigenous Dayak tribes of Borneo, Marten Labo Pudun is a zealous proponent for the Australian-Malaysian community. He is the first Lun Bawang Malaysian. Marten migrated to Australia to obtain higher tertiary education and graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce & MBA in 1994 from Charles Sturt University. He has been working resiliently in the Australian tourism industry for two decades.During his journey as a managing director of Blue Ocean Travel Pty Ltd, Marten has accomplished remarkable experience in recognising the challenges facing international students and visitors from multicultural and diverse backgrounds during their travels and studies in Australia.Marten has made a remarkable contribution and display of support toward all of Blue Ocean Travel’s thousands of clients, by not only proving to be a loyal service provider but also by showing his solidarity as a philanthropic Australian-Malaysian.- ends -For more information or interview requests, please contact: Joanne RahnDirectorzanthii communicationsPhone: 0402 148 334Email: joanne@zanthii.comFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/zanthiiau Taiwan dubbed “the new Hawaii” as it becomes the hot new surfing destination 2020-07-06T23:20:40Z taiwan-dubbed-the-new-hawaii-as-it-becomes-the-hot-new-surfing-destination Taiwan has become one of the hot new surfing destinations in the world, with some surfing adventurers dubbing it “the new Hawaii”.   The water’s great temperature and the monstrous waves during the monsoon season ensure that for surfers it’s ‘always on’.  According to website magicseaweed.com US soldiers were the first to surf the beach on the north coast of Jin Shan in 1965, and local pioneers have continued their legacy.   The best spots are scattered along the east coast and the ideal surfing season is Winter, between October and March.  The typhoon season is the one that provides the largest waves, from June to September, however if there is a typhoon warning, surfing is not encouraged!   One small and unassuming fishing village in Taitung called Donghe is referred to as a surfing Mecca as it consistently picks up the best swell on the entire East Coast.  It is the most consistent throughout the year which is why, despite the lack of infrastructure, die hard surfers from across the world head here.   Just to the south of Donghe is Jinzun.  It is here that the biggest surfing event in Taiwan, the Taiwan Open of Surfing, takes place every November.  Jinzun itself used to be a small fishing community, but in recent years surfing has changed the vibe of the place.  While still developing, there are now more B&B’s, surf shops and cafes springing up, including an established surfing school.   It’s not just on the east coast where there are great waves to be found.  Jialehui in Kenting National Park is the place to head in the south of Taiwan.  The surf here is generally smaller and as a result is a good place for beginners and intermediates as well as more experienced surfers.  Its location is close to a river mouth creating long-lasting breaks which are ideal for those looking to practice manoeuvres.   Furlong Beach is better known for being a day-tripping destination from Taipei and the home of the famous sand-sculpting festival than for its surfing.  However, it offers a fantastic swell with big, long-lasting waves that are great for the more experienced surfers to practice their moves on.       The black sands of Waiao Beach in Yilan is quite close to Taipei, in fact only an hour and a half by car.  This is a destination that has gained popularity over the past few years and there are events now held on the once quiet beach.  However, if you decide to go in Winter you might find yourself with only a small handful of other resilient souls keen to brave any conditions just to surf.      NEW - RESBUTLER.COM COVID 19 COMPLIANT RESTAURANT BOOKING SYSTEM INVENTED BY PETER PETROULAS 2020-07-06T00:55:26Z new-resbutler-com-covid-19-compliant-restaurant-booking-system-invented-by-peter-petroulas NEW - COVID 19 COMPLIANT RESTAURANT BOOKING SYSTEM WOLD FIRST AUSTRALIAN INVENTION   PHYSICAL DISTANCING MANAGEMENT # AUTONOMOUSLY & DYNAMICALLY REORGANISES AND SOCIALLY DISTANCES TABLES # AUTONOMOUSLY & DYNAMICALLY ALLOCATES BOOKINGS TO TABLES AS THE TABLES ARE SOCIALLY DISTANCED # PERMITS COMPLETE EDITING OF ALL BOOKINGS ON-LINE AND ALL EDITS ARE AUTONOMOUSLY AND DYNAMICALLY SOCIALLY DISTANCED # COMPLETELY MANAGES ALL TABLES AND BOOKINGS (INCLUDING WALK-INS) DURING A SERVICE TO ALWAYS ENSURE COMPLETE SOCIAL DISTANCING COMPLIANCE     COMPLETE CONTACTLESS ORDERING # PRE-ORDERING, WHY WAIT TO GET TO THE RESTAURANT TO ORDER # PRE-ORDERING CONCIERGE SERVICE AVAILABLE, FOR EXAMPLE ORDER SOME FLOWERS FOR YOUR LOVED ONE TO AWAIT YOU ON THE TABLE FOR YOUR ARRIVAL # IN-SERVICE ORDERING, # CONTACTLESS PAYMENT ON YOUR PHONE   The world’s first and only COVID 19 table management system, ResButler.com is now available. TO INTERVIEW FOUNDER AND INVENTOR PETER PETROULAS, please email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson on 0412501601   Unlike any other online booking system, ResButler can manage a restaurant’s tables and booking allocations to achieve controlled and strategic optimisations while meeting government guidelines of social distancing. Res Butler is the FIRST and ONLY table management system that uses intelligent and dynamic technology and the FIRST and ONLY system that can offer a complete dynamic yield management system, including dynamically allocating VIP guests to their required table. It also offers a contactless experience to allow the customer to pre-order, in-service order and complete payment on their phone.     ResButler has been Invented and Founded by Sydney airline and hospitality executive Peter Petroulas. It will be available to restaurants, cafes and bars globally. Peter says “managing restaurant bookings is harder than managing airline bookings as restaurants have inventory (tables and chairs) that are flexible and move while an airlines seats are fixed and cannot move. Also, within a restaurant it is mandatory for all people within a booking to be seated together while this is not mandatory for bookings on an aircraft. Lastly a restaurant service is more challenging as people are given full a al carte experiences while on aircraft food is pre-made and choices are limited”. As a result of these complexities, no one has been able to develop and invent a “proper” restaurant table management system during the last 22 years that online restaurant booking systems have been available. Peter Petroulas and the ResButler team have been working on this solution for the last 4 years. While the ResButler system was not developed as a result of the current COVID 19 pandemic, due to the intelligence and flexibility built into the system, Petroulas says: “I am excited to have ResButler ready for launch just as the COVID-19 restrictions are beginning to relax here in Australia. The system will be able to provide not only customers, but also restaurant owners the reassurance of having people come through their doors where all guidelines will be autonomously followed and guaranteed due to the intelligence and creativity of ResButler which will hopefully restore some normality during these times as well as allow restaurants to plan for the future.”         Max Markson 0412 501 601   AN EVENING WITH MEL GIBSON Melbourne January 30 2021 www.melgibson.com.au   MEL GIBSON WILLIAM SHATNER COSPENDIUM The ultimate Cosplay & Gaming convention. MELBOURNE January 30 & 31 2021 www.cospendium.com.au   ON THE ROAD WITH BILL CLINTON Nelson Mandela, Kim Kardashian, Arnold Schwarzenegger,Tony Blair, Al Gore, Mike Tyson, Pele and more.By Max Markson. Book available now at www.booktopia.com.au   Markson Sparks! Suite 411 4th Floor 410 Elizabeth St Surry Hills Sydney NSW AUSTRALIA 2010   28 Black, Australia’s leading taurine free energy drink launches new Zero calorie variant 2020-07-02T05:01:53Z 28-black-australias-leading-taurine-free-energy-drink-launches-new-zero-calorie-variant Zero calories, Zero sugar, but 100% taste and energy - that's the credo of the newest product from 28 BLACK set to hit the shelves this June. With its new variety Absolute Zero Guava-Passion Fruit, 28 BLACK not only brings more variety of flavours to its range but also responds to the growing demand for flavoured sugar-free energy drinks. Chrish Graebner, General Manager of Level Beverages, the Australian distributor of 28 Black says, “After the continuous positive development for our Acaí flavoured 28 Black Sugar-Free, we took the lead from our German partners to expand further into the “Zero” segment. “In order to fully exploit the market’s shift towards low sugar and less synthetic products, it was important to us to expand our range with a product that meets the consumer demand for a calorie-free energy drink without sacrificing taste. With Absolute Zero Guava-Passion Fruit, we believe we have succeeded in every way: full energy, intense taste, and completely without sugar and calories," said Chrish. About 28 BLACK Absolute Zero Guava-Passion Fruit: 28 BLACK Absolute Zero Guava-Passion Fruit is like all 28 BLACK products without taurine and preservatives, lactose, and gluten-free and suitable for the vegan lifestyle. The premium and less synthetic energy drink is a better for you alternative. Key differences between 28 BLACK and other energy drinks on the market include: Taurine free Natural caffeine Zero sugar No preservatives No artificial colours Gluten-free Lactose-free Vegan friendly 28 BLACK Absolute Zero Guava-Passion Fruit will be available from July 2020 at an RRP of $3.95 at Caltex. For further information on 28 BLACK, please visit the Level Beverages website: http://www.levelbeverages.com/black-energy-drinks.php For further information, images or product samples please contact: Lisa Solomons @ 360 PR: lisa@360pr.com.au or 0416 175 518 Presenting BARSIDE: The World's Most Iconic Hotel Cocktails coffee-table book 2020-06-29T07:14:01Z presenting-barside-the-world-s-most-iconic-hotel-cocktails-coffee-table-book Sip, Sip, Hooray! Cheers to these amazing hotel signature cocktails which have become destinations in their own right. Some are seasonal, some are whimsical, all are concocted to inspire.  “Wherever your travel plans take you, we can bet that there’s a delicious, Instagrammable cocktail waiting for you.,” says RETREAT Magazine Editor in Chief, Molly Martin. “We have launched our first hardcover cocktail recipe book in appreciation of hotels that are taking signature cocktails to a new level. With easy-to-follow recipes, now cocktail enthusiasts can enjoy their favourite drinks from their favourite hotels in the luxury of their homes.”  One of the most pleasurable ways to immerse yourself in your travels is to take in your surroundings while sipping on something delicious. In the meantime, make one of these authentic cocktails at home while you finalize your itinerary. These cocktails are sure to help inspire your next vacation. BARSIDE showcases beautiful photographs and features over 150 extraordinary cocktails from Paris to Phuket. Get ready to shake, stir and concoct the world's most iconic hotel cocktails.  BARSIDE is now available on in bookstores, online retailers and retreatshops.com!   https://retreatshops.com/collections/coffee-table-books/products/barside-the-worlds-most-iconic-hotel-cocktails About the Book BARSIDE: The World's Most Iconic Hotel Cocktails   Presented by RETREAT Magazine 314 pages, 200+ colour photographs $65.00 hardcover Presented by Retreat Magazine Edited by Molly Martin, Editor in Chief  Cover Illustration by Kimberly Randall Available in bookstores, luxury hotels and resorts worldwide. Ayre Real Estate named Australia’s Best New Office in REB Awards 2020 2020-06-26T06:22:04Z ayre-real-estate-named-australias-best-new-office-in-reb-awards-2020 Adrian Wilson shares how to become an award-winning agency in your first year Real Estate entrepreneur Adrian Wilson, alongside business partners Craig Donohue and Kate Sommervelle, celebrated Ayre Real Estate’s first anniversary by taking out the New Office of The Year Award at REB 2020 Awards, held online last night. AYRE Real Estate launched in June 2020, located in Sydney’s Hyde Park precinct with a promise to deliver an apartment focused agency for the city and inner-city property market. Having been out of agency since 2014 following the sale of his first agency Wilson Property Agents, but still involved in the property industry, Adrian was keen to establish a market-dominating agency in Sydney City. Adrian says, “We are incredibly proud to have been awarded Best New Office of the Year in the country, supporting our vision as the leading agency for prestige apartments in Sydney. “The city and inner-city apartment market requires a unique approach to deliver the best results and this highly specific segment is unlike any other. Agents servicing this market need to have certain skills and attributes to deliver the right outcomes. This award confirms our commitment to delivering the highest quality service and expertise to apartment owners, which is why we have been able to achieve 20% market share of sold properties in Sydney City 2000 for the last quarter despite the pandemic,” said Adrian. The past 12 months have certainly been eventful. Starting from a zero base, the agency has exchanged 24 sales at a total value of over $50 million with an average sale price of $2,123,878, their highest sale being $6.4 million, with 13 record prices achieved while increasing their properties managed by 40%. Adrian’s top 10 tips to those launching an agency in a down market, as he did back in 2008, or to get through a global pandemic as they have done in 2020, include: Hiring the right people. Ensure they share the same vision, goals and dedication to provide premium service. Strong focus on lead generation with strategic email communication program and make sure you have a functional CRM that sorts and finds data in the way you want it to. Utilise the expertise of a professional Social Media Agency, providing quality content and market awareness. Have a dedicated external Public Relations Agency, promoting our client’s properties and brand. Marketing tools with unique approaches that reflect your location and demographic property marketing. Quality listing appraisal, agency promotional material and property marketing to stand out from the crowd. Location of office, including design, fit-out, presentation and window display for brand awareness and property promotion. Strong branding. Having the vision and values for the brand mapped out from the start, as well as a commitment to outstanding videos, photography and copywriting, sets the agency up for success from day one. Utilise review platforms to collate supportive 3rd party endorsements of your business. Ongoing training, coaching and education for every person team, not just the sales agents. About Ayre Real Estate: Ayre Real Estate has been founded by multi-award-winning Real Estate Agent, Adrian Wilson, a pioneer in the Sydney City apartment market with nearly 20 years’ experience and perhaps one of the most strategic thought leaders in the industry. The Sydney City apartment specialists deliver apartment focused services that are smarter and simpler, yet deliver beyond expectations for both owners and landlords while elevating the lives of the clients and communities they work in. ayre.com.au For further information or to set up an interview, please contact: Lisa Solomons @ 360PR – 02 9571 4448 / 0416 175 518 or lisa@360pr.com.au Helping Qantas and ABC Staff Impacted by Job Losses 2020-06-26T00:21:13Z helping-qantas-and-abc-staff-impacted-by-job-losses Sydney, 26 June 2020: As thousands of Qantas and ABC employees learned they would soon lose their jobs in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, one resourceful former Qantas employee has taken direct action by offering all of these workers free access to Project Displaced, a volunteer run online community offering confidential job seeker support and mental health first aid, 7 days a week. Sydney-based Anthony Cohen worked for Qantas for more than 16 years, his partner is an orchestral musician, and both have had their work contracts put on hold or cancelled. The COVID-19 crisis hit them and their extended network very personally, and this inspired Anthony to take direct action. “We set up Project Displaced in March to help our community through this terrible and very sudden crisis,” explains Anthony. “After both my partner and I lost our jobs, I couldn’t just sit there and do nothing, so I came up with the idea of Project Displaced.” Since March, Project Displaced has helped hundreds of job seekers from all across Australia and from every industry.  “Although we started this to specifically help employees in the airline, arts, tourism and hospitality industries we were flooded with requests from people who’ve lost their jobs in all sorts of industries. We don’t say no – we want to help as many people as we can”. Project Displaced is run entirely by volunteers and is not connected to any Government support program. There are now more than twenty qualified Career Coaches, Recruiters, HR Managers, Mindset Coaches and qualified Mental Health specialists who all volunteer their time for free to help job seekers in need. All consultations are private and conducted virtually via Zoom, Skype or phone call. Job seekers can choose from a confidential discussion about their current situation, goals, challenges, and skills. There are specialist services to help them write a resume and cover letter, or how to navigate leveraging their networks. And importantly there is also qualified mindset and mental health first aid. “This week’s news about my former colleagues from Qantas brings back all of the emotion I felt when I started this initiative. The heartbreak in the Qantas staff community right now is palpable. But they are an amazing and resilient group of people and I know that those who are impacted by this devastating news offer an amazing set of skills, training and dedication that any new employer will reap rewards from”. Project Displaced’ services are available 7 days a week. They’re open from 7:30am to 10pm every week day, and from 9am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday”  The team of volunteers who dedicate their time and expertise to helping job seekers in need are incredible. They give of themselves for no other benefit than seeing the renewed sense of self-confidence and optimism that job seekers walk away feeling after the session. All volunteers are qualified and leaders in their professions, and come from all over Australia. Project Displaced continually receives 5 star reviews from the job seekers that use their services and Anthony is determined to keep the free service going as long as he can. “Right now what we need are good news stories. These are incredibly uncertain times and people are facing unprecedented challenges. Although this costs me money personally to run, it’s absolutely the right thing to do! I’ve been through redundancy twice in my career so far so I know what everyone is feeling - and I wish I had access to the services we’re offering at Project Displaced” said Anthony. Job seekers who have been stood down or are facing losing their jobs can book a free support session instantly. https://projectdisplaced.simplybook.me https://facebook.com/ProjectDisplaced info@projectdisplaced.com Support via GoFundMe:  gf.me/u/x7utt4   ENDS – For further information or to arrange an interview please contact: BellyUp Introduces New Aussie Made Multi-Strain Probiotic Shots 2020-06-25T00:36:36Z bellyup-introduces-new-aussie-made-multi-strain-probiotic-shots-2 Introducing BellyUp Shotz, a convenient on-the-go daily dose for gut health and immune support, launched in Woolworths nationwide today as an extension of BellyUp effervescent probiotic drinks (RTDs). These tasty blends, available in Organic Ginger and Lychee Green Tea, have a triple-action approach to aid digestion with six raw probiotic strains and no nasties. Shotz are 100% vegan, 99.5% sugar, gluten, and dairy free and made in Australia. BellyUp General Manager, Tinku Grewal says, “With increasing popularity of a plant-based diet and the move away from sugary drinks, BellyUp Shotz target consumers looking for a non-dairy multi-strain probiotic shot with added functional benefits from superfoods like ginger and lychee.” The BellyUp Shotz range includes: Organic Ginger: Zingy and ideal for an AM immune boost. With 70% of the immune system located in the digestive tract, ginger extract combined with raw probiotics is the ultimate duo. Ginger is traditionally known to support digestion and help fight off colds and flu, while billions of beneficial bacteria nourish the gut and help build gut immunity. Lychee Green Tea: Aromatic, yet energising, this shot will give a cheeky boost of antioxidants to reduce the effects of free radical damage, while supporting gut and immune health. “Unlike other probiotic shots, our unique MultiplyPlusTM guarantees six strains of probiotics including, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Bifidobacterium lactis, Saccharomyces cerevisiae (boulardii),” says Grewal. BellyUp Shotz is formulated with the six strains of raw probiotics via a unique MultiplyPlusTM 5-stage fermentation process, creating a bio-available (easily absorbed) base for greater absorption of beneficial bacteria and essential nutrients that support healthy microflora and vibrant health and well-being. In a recent paper, results found that multi-strain probiotics in 12 out of 16 studies were more effective than their single strain counterpart and beneficial for a greater variety of health-related outcomes. Specific studies for MultiplyPlus®, along with one from Southern Cross University, have shown the benefits including: • Positive immune system modulation • Stimulation of white blood cells to combat pathogens • Ability to improve digestive health • Improvement of bloating and indigestion • High antioxidant activity • Production of a nutrient-rich, easily absorbed and highly bio-active substance BellyUp Shotz are now available in Woolworths nationally at an RRP $8.50 for a 6 pack, while the RTDs can be found in over 1,500 outlets, ranging from grocery, petrol & convenience, cafes and online. www.bellyup.com.au About BellyUp: BellyUp is an extension of Henry Blooms, provider of Australian natural health products and probiotic experts for over 80 years. BellyUp is a healthy drink that is 99% sugar free, gluten, dairy and alcohol free and good for your gut that doesn’t compromise on taste. For further information, hi-res images, product to trial and shoot or to speak with Tinku Grewal contact: Lisa Solomons | 360 PR | E: lisa@360pr.com.au | P: 0416 175 518 Brownes Dairy Innovates with the First Renewable, Sustainable Milk Cartons 2020-06-24T07:23:45Z brownes-dairy-innovates-with-the-first-renewable-sustainable-milk-cartons As Western Australia’s oldest dairy company, Brownes Dairy has been on the cutting edge of innovation for decades and has innovated to meet a variety of challenges. The dairy brought back home milk delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic and the company has also launched the first renewable milk cartons. Brownes Dairy is the first in Australia to utilize Tetra Pak’s milk cartons constructed from wood fibers and sugar cane, both of which are eco-friendly and renewable resources. The dairy will be transitioning 25 products to the sustainable packaging, representing approximately 17.8 million milk cartons. The bio-based material has been tested extensively and the dairy is satisfied that the packaging meets its exacting criteria to ensure quality, freshness and safety. Prior to the introduction of the new packaging, the emphasis and focus of companies around the world has been on recycling and reusing products, without addressing the continued use of plastic and fossil fuels needed in the production. The use of the new milk cartons is just one way that the dairy has innovated over its 130-year history. In response to a survey conducted by the dairy, milk and milk delivery was reinstituted. The company’s website was also transitioned to accept orders 24/7 and customers can choose the delivery date they desire. The dairy also partnered with The Wiggles for its line of yoghurt pouches created just for children. The yoghurt contains no artificial flavours, colors, preservatives, or added sugar for a tasty treat that provides healthy prebiotics and probiotics. It’s also lactose and gluten free. Customers can now order their favorite flavours of chilled ice coffees, cold brew coffees, and its award-winning Hunt and Brew beverage online 24/7. Individuals can also order orange juice, cream, and yoghurt online for home delivery, along with milk in the new eco-friendly and renewable cartons. About Brownes Dairy Established in 1886 by Edward Browne on land now known as Shenton Park, Brownes Dairy is Australia’s oldest dairy company. In 1949 it became the first company in WA to produce pasteurized milk in bottles and the first flavoured chocolate milk in 1950. The company began exporting its products in 1980. Brownes Dairy has been an iconic brand in WA and continues to evolve and innovate to meet the needs of customers. The company has won prestigious awards for its Extra Creamy Milk, Full Cream Milk, its “A Natural Silence” campaign, and as Most Innovative Company. Connect with Brownes Dairy on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Media Contact Brownes Dairy Email: customerservice@brownesdairy.com.au 22 Geddes Street Balcatta WA 6021 Website: www.brownesdairy.com.au Prolong fresh food at home: in conversation with Massimo Mele 2020-06-22T00:50:12Z prolong-fresh-food-at-home-in-conversation-with-massimo-mele Prolong fresh food at home: in conversation with Massimo Mele   Tasmanian eco entrepreneur adds youthful voice to low waste living Podcast Life Freshly Sorted offers guidance with food, environment and mindset Renowned Australia chef, Massimo Mele, uses beeswax wraps to keep vegetables fresher for longer   June 2020: Ask anyone about Tasmania’s appeal and they will reel off a list of must-see tourist locations, and undoubtedly make mention of the wine and the food, but ask renowned chef Massimo Mele, and he will offer a deeper insight. Massimo, being raised between Tasmania and Italy as a child, has developed an appreciation of the source (and the sauce!) through years of helping his family produce passata; a long-standing family tradition. The lessons learnt at home surrounded by his family carried his passion through to a flourishing cheffing career between Tasmania, Melbourne, Sydney and overseas.   Massimo  was at the top of his game leading Sydney restaurants and appearing as a regular guest on numerous national television shows when he felt the urge for a more wholesome and family orientated lifestyle. He has spent the last five years reconnecting with his local Tasmanian farming and producer networks to launch Grain of the Silos restaurant in Launceston, and is based in Hobart with his young family. Eager to return to Italian roots by growing his own food, Massimo was mentored by farming friends whilst creating his own flourishing home seasonal garden. “When you learn how to grow your own food, there’s no turning back. The motivation is to encourage my son who is now four years old to eat his vegetables! He appreciates them more, as we all do.”   Australian eco company, SUSTOMi, is hopeful this period of isolation will inspire the nation to be more mindful of reducing waste in the home. The Hobart-based company sells biodegradable beeswax wraps and silicone food pouches as easy swap-outs to plastics in the home. This low waste movement extends to food handling, inventive recipe ideas and composting hacks via their website, podcast and social media.   During the national health pandemic lockdown, Massimo created video series, Quarantine Kitchen, with his son Max, to inspire creative ways to bond with family and eat well during isolation. In a candid moment shared on SUSTOMi’s Life Freshly Sorted podcast, Massimo explained the video series was his therapy during the time of forced change and induced stress on the hospitality industry.   “I’ve appreciated getting back to basics during this time. Eating fresh, home grown food from the garden...it doesn’t get better than that. I’ve learnt as a novice gardener from Tasmanian farmers and now I’m more confident than when I first started out.”   Massimo’s five fast tips for prolonging the life of fresh fruit and vegetables: Start with a clean, compartmentalised fridge. Store your produce in clear containers so you can see everything - try SUSTOMi’s silicone food pouches. Reduce oxidisation by making products air tight - try SUSTOMi’s beeswax wraps as an alternative to cling wrap. Inspect your fridge often - what needs using up today? Make a healthy stock for any home made, soup perfect for winter. Grow your own or buy locally grown fruit and vegetables. Less food miles = longer lasting in your home. Listen into SUSTOMI’s full podcast with Massimo by visiting the Life Freshly Sorted podcast: https://sustomi.com.au/podcast/   For more information on SUSTOMI’s sustainable kitchen and home products, visit: https://sustomi.com.au/ #sustomi #lowwaste #growyourown #foodstorageideas   About SUSTOMi SUSTOMi was established in 2016 by Bronwyn Kidd in Tasmania, Australia. The business mission is to encourage Australians to live healthier, low-waste lives through their philosophy, Your life: freshly sorted.   SUSTOMi hosts a podcast, Life freshly sorted, featuring special guests offering their wisdom on low-waste living. This podcast is available on a number of platforms including iTunes and Spotify.   Alongside its educational value, SUSTOMi also sells alternatives to household plastics to help shift consumption habits. These products include beeswax wraps, silicone fridge pouches and silicone lids.  For images email Tracey@impressionsmc.com.au   Roar & Tonic Kombucha Yoghurt Elevates the Benefits for Gut Health 2020-06-19T03:10:30Z roar-amp-tonic-kombucha-yoghurt-elevates-the-benefits-for-gut-health Once used as a beauty product for hair and skin, yoghurt has moved into the realm of health and wellness while maintaining its reputation as a tasty treat. The introduction of the innovative new Kombucha Yoghurt by Roar & Tonic adds a new dimension and provides consumers with a snack that’s beneficial for gut health. The gut is the center of the immune system, assisting the body in fighting off infection from viruses and bacteria. Stress is rampant in today’s society and adversely affects the immune system. The company’s new yoghurt can be effective in reliving digestive upsets related to stress. Roar & Tonic’s Kombucha Yoghurt incorporates kombucha, a highly specialized probiotic culture that’s also known for its antioxidant properties. Normally used to make kombucha tea, Roar and Tonic utilizes the culture to create a yoghurt that tickles the tongue and works to promote gut health. The yoghurt is available in Ginger Lemon, Mango Hibiscus, Original Jasmine, and Raspberry Lime flavors. All of Roar & Tonic’s Kombucha Yoghurt is gluten-free, contains no GMOs or gelatin, and is manufactured at the company’s dairy in Perth. The yoghurt is a particularly healthy snack for work. There are a number of key differences in Roar & Tonic yoghurt. The company merges 15 strains of live probiotic cultures that include BB-12®. Jasmine extract is also added to the real milk and cream base and allowed to ferment into a cool and creamy food with a fizzy appearance, demonstrating that the cultures are working. It’s believed that humans have been eating yoghurt since it was accidently created around 5,000 B.C. and kombucha played a significant role in its discovery. Once known as “the food of the gods,” yoghurt is backed by science for its health benefits. Roar & Tonic has elevated those benefits for an extravagant indulgence that’s also beneficial for gut health. About Roar and Tonic Roar and Tonic products were created by a few passionate foodies who love living life to the full, staying healthy, and pushing the envelope. The many hats we wear each day are what drives us and we wanted a tonic to fuel the roaring adventure we call life. Our flavours are refreshing and punchy – just a little tonic can make the body roar. Connect with us on Facebook and Instagram. Media Contact Roar and Tonic 22 Geddes St., Balcatta, WA 6021 Website: www.roarandtonic.com.au Report explores COVID-19 impacts on fresh produce industry 2020-06-19T01:17:46Z report-explores-covid-19-impacts-on-fresh-produce-industry FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 19 June 2020 Melbourne, Victoria: The PMA A-NZ State of the Industry Report 2020 has been released to the fresh produce industry, identifying the trends and drivers that will affect the industry in a post-pandemic world. Changing consumer purchasing habits, redefining occupational health and safety and consumer interest in food safety have been flagged as the major drivers of change across the fresh produce supply chain in the “new normal”. “COVID-19 has driven change at a rapid pace, affecting the way we work, live, eat, move and use technology,” said Darren Keating, CEO at the Produce Marketing Association Australia-New Zealand (PMA A-NZ). During the COVID-19 lockdown, consumers purchasing habits have changed, shifting away from the convenience trend that had been gaining momentum in the industry. “Consumers are tending to have one major grocery shop during the week, rather than the 3-4 visits prior to the pandemic. The general public is cooking at home more, experimenting with new fruits and vegetables, and nothing suggests that trend will stop when restaurants and foodservice return to normal,” Keating said. With widespread concerns about public health, food safety has now become a major focus for consumers and the buying public. “Consumers want assurances about the origin and integrity of produce, plus evidence that food production, handling and preparation practises meet acceptable hygiene standards,” Keating said. “In addition to this, the way workplaces operate will change. OH&S requirements are no longer just about physical safety, but also the health-related safety of employees. This will necessitate significant reviews and redesign of facilities, equipment and amenities along the entire fresh produce supply chain.” The drivers of change as a result of COVID-19 reflect the mega trends that PMA A-NZ highlighted and explored in the State of the Industry Report 2019. “The trends and drivers identified as a result of COVID-19 are the same as we have been living for a number of years, but what COVID-19 has done is accelerate and re-prioritise them.” “Trends that we had seen as slow burners that were to be prominent in shaping our future are here now. We’ve seen the rapid adoption of communication technology and online shopping, but have also had a reset in the way we view food safety and OH&S.” PMA A-NZ, the leading fresh produce industry association, launched the State of the Industry Report 2020 on 17 June. The report is available at www.pma-anz.com. --ENDS-- About PMA A-NZ: PMA Australia & New Zealand is Australia’s largest industry association for fresh produce. Based in Melbourne, Victoria, PMA A-NZ serves members in both countries by connecting members with the ideas and people that make their problems smaller and opportunities bigger, through industry events, networking, research and resources. P. Princi Food Services Makes Meals Easy with Online Meat Delivery 2020-06-18T02:47:47Z p-princi-food-services-makes-meals-easy-with-online-meat-delivery While technology hasn’t advanced to the point where meat can be delivered over the Internet, P. Princi Food Services is offering the next best thing – meat delivery that’s as simple as placing an online order. It’s an ideal solution for the elderly, disabled, and those that appreciate the ultimate in convenience. P. Princi Food Services delivers directly to customers’ door utilizing safe and secure methods. Individuals can also stop in at the butcher shop’s well-stocked physical location to select their favorite cuts of meat. Customers within 10k of the store pay a flat $10 delivery fee. Locations more distant only pay a $30 delivery fee for orders of any size. The Perth online butcher offers a full range of beef, goat, lamb, pork, poultry, and veal to tempt the taste buds of any meat lover. Meat and poultry products provide proteins needed for the production of essential amino acids that are used to repair the body. It’s an essential building block for blood, bones, cartilage, muscles, and skin. The delivery service is an easy way to obtain meat-based protein for health and wellness. The COVID-19 pandemic created problems for many people during stay-at-home orders and the butcher’s online services provided essential food delivery during that time. Perth meat delivery is equally beneficial throughout the year for individuals that may have difficulty shopping due to health-related issues. Online meat delivery Perth provides enhanced convenience for busy families and those planning gatherings for family and friends. The butcher offers BBQ packs for full-fledged backyard celebrations, chicken wings for viewing the big game, and kebabs that adds a fun factor to any meal. The butcher also offers a rewards program in which customers can earn points toward vouchers on their future purchases. The award-winning P. Princi Food Services offers an extensive selection of meat and poultry that can be purchased plain or pre-seasoned. Products are gluten free, with no chemicals or nitrates for gate-to-plate freshness, and the online delivery service is available 24/7. About P. Princi Food Services The Princi family has been working in the butchering industry for seven generations – both in Italy and in Perth. The tradition began when Pasquale Princi immigrated to Australia in the early 1950s. He immediately obtained a butcher’s job and opened his first store in the early 1960s. The company has won dozens of awards in numerous categories across Australia, earning his son Joe, who is currently in charge of the business, a reputation as a pioneer among his peers. The company was the Outright Gold Winner of the 2015 Pork Steak Your Claim Competition; won the Gold in the 2015 Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards; the Gold in the 2014 Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards; the Silver in the 2015 Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards; and the Silver in the 2014 Royal Melbourne Fine Foods Awards. Media Contact P. Princi Food Service Phone: (08) 9314 2494 Email: butchershop@princicodservices.com.au Website: https://princifoodservices.com