The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-07-07T22:40:38Z 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)   Lockdown the slaughterhouses 2020-07-07T12:18:37Z lockdown-the-slaughterhouses Dear Editor, Victoria is again on stage-three lockdown, state borders are closed, and COVID-19 news is again accompanied by pictures of slaughterhouses. Two workers have tested positive at JBS abattoir in Brooklyn and Pacific Meats abattoir in Thomastown, while hundreds of others are being tested now. This follows the closure in April of Cedar Meats, which was the centre of a cluster of over one hundred cases of COVID-19. Slaughterhouses are toxic for the humans who work there and the animals who suffer and die there. But they are ideal for viruses, since people work in close proximity and social distancing is not possible. In Australia, the injury and illness rate for workers in the meat industry is four times the national average, since staff are often forced to work at reckless speeds to maximise production. Australian abattoirs and factory farms are every bit as filthy as the wet market in China where the coronavirus is believed to have originated. A colossal 75% of recently emerging infectious diseases affecting humans are transmitted from other animals. Going vegan is the best way to protect workers, prevent future pandemics, and spare animals from needless suffering. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416 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, is now available. TO INTERVIEW FOUNDER AND INVENTOR PETER PETROULAS, please email 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   MEL GIBSON WILLIAM SHATNER COSPENDIUM The ultimate Cosplay & Gaming convention. MELBOURNE January 30 & 31 2021   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   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: For further information, images or product samples please contact: Lisa Solomons @ 360 PR: 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! 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. For further information or to set up an interview, please contact: Lisa Solomons @ 360PR – 02 9571 4448 / 0416 175 518 or 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. 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: | 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: 22 Geddes Street Balcatta WA 6021 Website: 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 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:   For more information on SUSTOMI’s sustainable kitchen and home products, visit: #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   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: 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 --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: Website: Academy Services helping tourism and hospitality sector get back to business with specialised COVID-19 cleaning 2020-06-16T01:54:25Z academy-services-helping-tourism-and-hospitality-sector-get-back-to-business-with-specialised-covid-19-cleaning As restrictions on travel have been lifted in Queensland, one Sunshine Coast business is taking innovative measures to ensure the safety of customers and staff. Among measures taken by Sunreef Mooloolaba, the home of aquatic adventure, is a non-toxic and non-flammable infection-control solution that kills COVID19, along with other dangerous pathogens, in just 30 seconds. The product, Nanocyn, was recently approved by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) as killing SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 virus), making it the fastest all-natural, non-toxic disinfectant of its type. It is delivered by 40-year-old cleaning company Academy Services. Sunreef Mooloolaba owner Dan Hart said tourism was a vital part of the Queensland’s economy and as part of that industry, they were doing everything possible to look after the health and safety of their guests. “We have implemented a comprehensive COVID-19 infection-control plan and have included Nanocyn, as part of our response, on our vessels and at the Dive Centre,” Dan said. “Its non-toxicity means a newly cleaned area can be occupied immediately after fogging. “Sunreef has adjusted operations and reduced the number of guests on its tours and is looking forward to relaunching all diving as well as its Whale Watching season on 13th June, a fortnight after the normal start of the normal whale watching season. “Whale One is ready to go for another great season and we can’t wait to greet guests and take them out to the whale highway where more than 35,000 whales are expected to migrate through Sunshine Coast waters during this year’s season.” The Dock Mooloolaba, a dynamic 350m2 restaurant also at Mooloolaba is another business that has incorporated Nanocyn as part of their COVID-19 response. The Dock Mooloolaba general manager Jaime Badia said while they had closed the restaurant, they launched takeaway and Heat & Eat packages to assist customers and were delighted to now be welcoming limited numbers of guests back to dine in. “We are going over and above all the guidelines as part of our COVID-19 response and the Nanocyn fogging is part of that,” Jaime said. Academy Services Chief Executive Officer James Pollock said products such as the TGA-approved Nanocyn give peace of mind that business is safely managing life after lockdown. “Our business is on the frontline of the COVID19 battle using TGA-approved Nanocyn, including some sites where COVID19 was present, or was suspected of being present,” Mr Pollock said. “The world has entered a new age in infection control, where next-level cleanliness is the norm and business must put cleaning and infection control to the forefront of their safety plans, working with trusted and experienced partners for the benefit of their staff and clients.” For more information visit Mandy Sacher launches The Wholesome Child Academy to help Parents Nourish their Children and Set them up for a Healthy Life 2020-06-15T00:30:32Z mandy-sacher-launches-the-wholesome-child-academy-to-help-parents-nourish-their-children-and-set-them-up-for-a-healthy-life After launching the Nourish Program to revolutionise nutritional offerings in child care facilities, Sacher is fulfilling her vision to impact childhood nutrition in the key site where food preferences and eating behaviours are formed – the home. “It takes a village to feed children right – and this starts with parents, but extends to grandparents, child care facilities and friends. With some simple adjustments and by being better informed, we can make a big impact to our children’s long term health outcomes,” says Sacher. The Wholesome Child Academy courses are geared to help time-poor parents with key nutrition milestones and challenges including Starting Solids the Wholesome Way, Fussy Eating Strategies & Solutions, Boosting Immunity and Wholesome Shopping. While Starting Solids and Fussy Eating are Sacher’s sweet spots, she’s had overwhelming demand from her followers for support on how to shop better with weekly staples at the grocery store and how to boost health and immunity as we enter winter in the context of a pandemic. While Sacher focuses on the child, advice and recipes are relevant to the whole family. For the first time, parents can access Sacher’s expert guidance as a highly experienced Paediatric Nutritionist internationally, from the comfort of their homes.  Underpinned by the 8 step methodology first shared in Sacher’s debut Wholesome Child Nutrition Guide and Cookbook, the courses provide succinct insights with practical step-by-step advice, sharing tried and tested strategies and recipes that have brought success to the thousands of families she’s touched through her clinic, workshops and book.  In addition to a series of detailed lessons which you can navigate at your own pace, each course includes supporting resources such as customisable meal plans, a smart recipe tool where you can swap ingredients and scale serving sizes as well as an automated shopping list to save time.  “As families have a renewed focus on health and wellness, and more opportunities for family meals at home with reduced commute times and in some cases more days working from home, the time to invest in how we feed our families and establish preference for healthy, immune boosting foods and recipes is now.” according to Sacher. *Australian Government – Australian Institute of Health and Welfare First Reusable Coffee Pod for Espressotoria Coffee Machines 2020-06-11T08:15:09Z first-reusable-coffee-pod-for-espressotoria-coffee-machines Already known for their stainless steel pods for Nespresso, Aldi and Caffitaly machines, this is good news for many Espressotoria users, who’ve been waiting for the opportunity to use different coffee in their machine and eliminate their coffee pod waste. The new pod has been through months of design and testing, to perfect the pour. The result is a fully stainless steel, reusable coffee pod with no single-use parts – a zero waste product that gives coffee lovers choice. Currently, the only coffee pods available for Espressotoria machine users are plastic, single-use pods with Vittoria coffee. These pods contribute to over 50 billion pods ending up in landfill each year taking 200 - 500 years to break down. People are aware of the damage plastic creates, and many are looking for better options.  Espressotoria machines have a uniquely shaped pod, and all pre-filled disposable pods contain Vittoria coffee. Pod Star’s stainless steel pods use any coffee ground to ‘stovetop grind’. “Baristas will grind this for you or it can be bought off the shelf pre-ground,” Kirsten Williams, co-founder of Star Eco Products, the makers of Pod Star says. “Pod Star was the first stainless steel coffee pod on the market for Aldi K-Fee machines, and it will be the first stainless steel coffee pod for the Espressotoria.” Along with all the Pod Star range, the highest grade stainless steel (food grade 316L) has been used, which sets them apart from competition. Unlike reusable alternatives, which have reusable pods but still require single-use or silicone lids, Pod Star’s lids are also made of 316L stainless steel, making the Pod Star pods fully reusable and waste-free. “We made the choice early in the business to only offer products we believe are best for our customers and the environment.” It’s a double win for eco-conscious coffee drinkers. Reusable pods allow for a greater choice of freshly roasted coffee and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill. You can be your own barista, avoid restrictive pre-filled pods and do something with more environmental care every day. “Stainless steel is the ultimate reusable material. We were encouraged by many Australians requesting a reusable pod for Espressotoria machines, so we invested time and money into further developing our stainless steel range.” “We spent six months designing, tooling and testing the new pods to get them right. Each pod is individually milled and run through a drilling machine to create fine holes on the lid and base. Precision is essential to allow the correct amount of water through the pod and to eliminate the possibility of coffee grinds escaping into the cup.” - Kirsten Williams, co-founder of Star Eco Products. Pod Star also ensure attention to detail and sustainable thinking in the packaging. Their new range is parcelled in an uncoated, unbleached kraft board - an environmentally-friendly alternative to plastic.   “Our goal is for minimal packaging - we won’t put a small product in a big box. We deliver via a carbon neutral delivery service and we don't include any plastic in our products or their parts. Our office and packing centre reduces and recycles and we are conscious of our purchases and the supply chain of our coffee and all our office requirements. We stay true to our mission - to reduce waste and plastic by providing sustainable alternatives.” Australians consume well over 3 million coffee pods a day; a growing environmental problem that’s clogging up landfill. It begs the question, how green is your coffee? Despite there being some single-use coffee pods on the market that can be recycled, the environmental impact is reliant on consumers remembering to properly dispose of them and on communities having the recycling facilities available. Many areas don’t. The plastic pods used in Espressotoria machines specifically, do not get recycled.  Pod Star’s new range of stainless steel coffee pods for Espressotoria retail from $39.95 and are available to purchase around Australia.  Along with the Espressotoria, Pod Star have recently introduced stainless steel retractable straws and washing line pegs. [END] Product Highlights First reusable coffee pod for Espressotoria machines Stainless steel pod and lid Zero waste invention  Retailing from $39.95 Designed for longevity  Pinpoint holes for optimal filtration  Australian designed by Sydney-based family business Lid screws off for easy filling Espressotoria users now have freedom of coffee choice More Information: Pod Star website About The Pod Star brand was created by husband and wife team, Kirsten Williams and Mark Denning.  Kirsten and Mark started the business to align their values of sustainable living and environmental care with their skills and experience in design, marketing and customer service. Mark has over 30 years experience as a designer, including the 90’s ARIA music award and many album covers. Kirsten is passionate about the environment and our human impact, and with a degree in Counselling and Human Change along with years of business management, she complements Mark to increase environmental awareness and provide solutions. Both love coffee. But the waste problem caused by coffee pods led them on a mission to get more single-use pod replacements.  “There are still more coffee pod machines out there with different designs taking plastic pods. We want to design a stainless steel alternative for them all and are thrilled to now provide this for Espressotoria users.”  Together, they live a life of no meat, daily meditation and nature walks. Their reusable coffee pods are currently sold by select retailers around the country, including Biome Eco stores, and via their website Stopping the waste from coffee pods doesn’t end with Espressotoria pods - the couple aims to provide customers of all pod coffee machines the choice of better, freshly roasted coffee, at the price they choose without the waste.