The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-03-26T01:05:53Z Leading ready-to-eat meal pack supplier re-brands 2019-03-26T01:05:53Z leading-ready-to-eat-meal-pack-supplier-re-brands Melbourne-based food wholesaler, Travel Essentials, has re-branded to Select*d. The new brand name Select*d conveys the singular expertise of the business: to design, select and deliver food & beverage components in a ready-to-eat, portioned pack format. Select*d packs have added benefits of long shelf life and ambient storage, providing key advantages over traditional catering systems in industries such as hospitality, events, and in institutional, corporate, off-site and other settings. Select*d procures, assembles and delivers market-proven Breakfast, Snack and Lunch Packs, which are distributed nationally. Select*d designs its packs so consumers feel right at home, wherever they happen to be. Clients of Select*d gain more control and versatility with F & B operations. Clients include national hotel groups such as Quest, Accor, IHG, as well as airlines, universities and not-for-profit organisations like Red Cross Victoria. Coinciding with re-branding, Select*d is releasing a fully revised range of its premium Rise & Shine breakfasts.  Director of Sales, Leanne Jurgelait, explains how Rise & Shine showcases the distinct approach Select*d takes to designing meal packs, “We’ve brought award-winning Brookfarm Granolas, bespoke bakehouse muffins and slices and organic juice together into a premium Breakfast Pack range with real consumer appeal. Ms Jurgelait adds, “And in a market first, Select*d clients can now create their own Breakfast Pack combinations – it’s a truly selectable range.” Select*d has the expertise and experience to design ready-to-eat, long-life, ambient meal packs to meet a vast range of objectives, whether operational, retail-driven, event-based, regulatory or other. Drawing on more than 10 years’ experience in foodservice and multiple markets Select*d uses ‘thinking outside the box’ to give its clients exciting new options from inside the box. TURON GATES NSW LAUNCHES NEW GLAMPING STYLE BUSH RETREAT EVENT SPACE 2019-03-26T00:37:12Z turon-gates-nsw-launches-new-glamping-style-bush-retreat-event-space March 2019: Leading NSW eco-bush retreat, Turon Gates, now has The Pavilion – a large 150 square metre glamping tent that accommodates up to 100 seated or 120 standing guests. Just 3 hours’ drive from Sydney, in an idyllic bush location with an expansive deck overlooking the trout stream that runs through Turon Gates’ 6000-acre property, it is a unique venue for offsite corporate meetings, leadership workshops and wellness/yoga/artistic retreats.   The Pavilion has a cool neutral-toned teak and canvas interior, wood floors and is fully insulated with window coverings that roll up to make the most of the views and Blue Mountains breeze. With gas heating for the cooler months, it can be booked all year round.   At night, the magical lighting creates a glow over the surrounding bushland - just perfect for a party, buffet or luxurious sit-down dinner. Get the party going with a local band or DJ, or for a more relaxed vibe, gather around a campfire under a million stars.   Small event groups can stay in the six luxurious riverside glamping tents (each with its own king-sized bed and lounge area, contemporary bathroom, kitchenette with Nespresso coffee machine and Danish wood burner stove) or larger groups in cosy log cabins, which sleep up to eight and are particularly good value with prices starting from just $89 per head per night for share accommodation and include use of the event space for groups. There is total flexibility with sleep over numbers, from intimate to expansive. Up to 36 guests can be accommodated in private sleeping arrangements with shared or private bathroom and 93 beds are available total if guests are happy to share a room. There is also plenty of space to make a lot or a little noise. Turon Gates sleeps a total of 123 guests for weddings & party groups. Turon Gates is self-catering and a wide range of local caterers are available to prepare a feast of your choice and budget.   The Turon Team are full of great ideas of how to create a magical and memorable occasion and have an exquisite back drop to work with.   A beautiful place in the in the wild for grown-ups.   Kirsten Lunoe says the unique venue will appeal to innovators and creatives as well as corporates wanting a complete team rejuvenation and team building experience.   “Getting out into the bush is a fantastic way to clear your mind, recharge and encourage creative thinking. We hope that start-ups and corporates, as well as those looking for a peaceful space to host a wellness, yoga or artistic retreat, will love our new glamping Pavilion. It’s a great place for people to gather, connect and share ideas, and our range of accommodation and activities including bush trail walking and horse riding. We can now offer larger groups the opportunity to get together for a true time out experience that’s within easy reach of Sydney. Corporates will enjoy the advantages of educational and experience activities on offer including nutrition, meditation, fitness, yoga and pilates sessions as well as bush tucker and bush survival.   Turon Gates is also available as a location for film, video and photographic shoots.   Wi-Fi is available at the Pavilion tent and around the glamping site. Groups seeking more of an unplugged experience will enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Turon Gates log cabins.   For more information about group stays at Turon Gates including availability, accommodation options and prices: https://www.turongates.com/functions-weddings-locationservices   For further information – Please contact Tracey Leitch – Impressions PR – +61 415 290023 tracey@impressionsmc.com.au   South Coast set to party at Narooma Oyster Festival 2019-03-25T22:44:29Z south-coast-set-to-party-at-narooma-oyster-festival This year’s Narooma Oyster Festival is shaping up to be a huge celebration. Festival spokesperson Cath Peachey said nine live music acts are locked in as well as award winning chefs, and organisers have been overwhelmed by the response from gourmet food vendors, boutique winemakers and craft brewers. This year’s event builds on the success of recent Oyster Festivals in putting Narooma and the far south coast on the national gourmet map. “Narooma Chamber of Commerce instigated the Oyster Festival 12 years ago as the town’s key marketing event to showcase Narooma as both a destination and as a place to live,” she said. “It’s since expanded into a significant regional event. “It attracts fine foodies and families from the ACT, Sydney, the Hunter, the Illawarra and Shoalhaven; last year 60% of Festival visitors lived outside Eurobodalla Shire and over 20% came from the Moruya and Batemans Bay areas. “We hold it in May to boost the local economy at a traditionally quiet time of year and when the oysters are in good condition; last year, the Festival put an estimated $750,000 directly into the local economy. “The widespread marketing of the Festival and of Narooma, endorsements by media and food industry leaders, and the publicity the Festival generates is absolutely huge, reaching millions of people. “The value of that exposure last year was calculated to be over a million dollars; our media coverage even extended to the United Kingdom and Ireland.” The Festival kicks off on Friday evening (3rd May) with free entertainment as a warm up to Saturday’s main event. “There’s live music until 10pm, including nine-piece party band Big Boss Groove, and a fantastic fireworks display over the water,” she said. “There’ll be market stalls and kids’ rides. “For those who can’t wait for the gourmet experience, Friday has the new separately ticketed ‘long table dinner’.” Saturday features cooking demonstrations by some of the country’s finest chefs, Oyster Alley with oysters from up to eight Oyster Coast estuaries, fire pit cooking of traditional bush tucker by local Yuin people, market stalls highlighting the best of south coast produce, and a full day of live music headlined by popular band 19-Twenty. The popular Ultimate Oyster Experience has been expanded and tickets are selling fast online. Saturday gate tickets are $20 with kids under 16 free, with free rides within the Festival precinct for younger kids. “This year Australian National Events is organising site infrastructure and entertainment which takes an enormous load off the volunteer Festival committee,” she said. More details www.naroomaoysterfestival.com. Media Contact: Juliet Anderson, Public Relations Manager Juliet@andersonknight.com.au | 0414 966 005     Getting Out of the Ordinary in Berry 2019-03-25T04:09:08Z getting-out-of-the-ordinary-in-berry From the moment you drive through the gate you are aware that Bundara Farm is something special, with accommodation for 30 people in three beautiful residences on 14 acres of totally accessible land. The Homestead is grand in presence and proportions making it the focal point for gatherings, Waverley Cottage has a coastal feel while Bellevue Cottage has a country theme, each with individual character and style.   Whether it’s The Stables for a rustic gathering, The Long Table for dinner under the stars, The Verandah for canapés and cocktails overlooking the property, an elegant dinner in The Dining Room, a picnic in The Grounds, a party in The Games Room or sports on The Arena, the property has multiple spaces to gather, retreat, relax or play in any season or weather, and is meticulously equipped to cater for a memorable gathering.   The Homestead and Cottages are well positioned throughout beautiful lawns and lovingly maintained gardens, nestled against a wooded paddock ideal for strolls any time of the day to visit the adorable miniature cattle.   The property can be configured to accommodate a variety of events such as family gatherings, small weddings, corporate off-sites, special interest workshops and retreats. Dogs are welcome at Bundara Farm and there is also the option to rent just one of the cottages for a quiet getaway.    Bundara Farm sits halfway between Berry township and the stunning Seven Mile Beach, less than a 5 minute drive to either, making it the ideal location to experience all that this special destination has to offer. Berry's famous town centre boasts boutique shopping and is a foodies’ haven with truly authentic paddock to plate experiences.  Local wineries and boutique distilleries are within easy reach, as are some of the most beautiful beaches in Australia.    Bundara Farm, 18 Wire Lane, Berry NSW 2535 Bookings: www.bundarafarm.com.au Instagram: @bundarafarm Facebook: Bundara Farm  NEW DELI-COME-BODEGA OFFERS A MELBOURNE TWIST ON SOME SPANISH CLASSICS 2019-03-21T01:00:41Z new-deli-come-bodega-offers-a-melbourne-twist-on-some-spanish-classics-1 Conceived by Spanish-born Alberto Andres and Rufino Ramos - formerly of Chez Phat and The European Group - La Central is both a market deli and a bodega, where customers can sample much of what they can see on the shelves of this unique market space.   In Spain, a bodega is a local cellar or wine bar where you can stop by for a drink with friends or pick up a bottle of wine to take home. Because La Central is also a deli, Market goers can also sit in and sample a selection of tapas, as well as Jamon Iberico, Spanish cheese and olives straight from the deli.   While La Central specialises in delicious Spanish produce, beer and wine, it also stocks a vast selection of local produce, made from a range of traditional and contemporary Spanish processes – think cured hams and chorizo.   Owners, Alberto and Rufino like to describe the Market’s newest offering as “a Melbourne twist on Spanish classics.”   “Almost all our cured smallgoods are made in Victoria and more widely in Australia, while many of our olives, as well as our olive oil, is grown and made in Victoria from Spanish olive varietals,” says Alberto, who has dreamed of opening La Central since moving to Melbourne from Barcelona ten years ago, where he was involved in running a bar in one of the city’s most iconic markets.   Rufino, meanwhile, has been involved in hospitality for much of his life. His family owned several restaurants and bars in Madrid and Melbourne and he is the former owner of popular city eatery, Chez Phat, and the former General Manager of the European Group, which runs several Melbourne dining institutions, including The European, The Supper Club, City Wine Shop and Siglo, among others.   “We felt the idea of doing your shopping in a market place and taking the time to meet up with friends over a bite to eat and a quick drink would really resonate with Melburnians,” says Alberto.   “We both love food and wine, but by far the best thing about hospitality is sharing in people’s moments of celebration and time with family and friends,” agrees Rufino.   “La Central has been thoughtfully designed so our customers can experience the combination of a gourmet deli, Spanish-style bodega, a place to learn more about Spanish products and a great location to sit down and have a break between shopping at the Market,” Rufino adds.   Some of La Central’s renowned Spanish suppliers include Carrasco (Iberian ham), Don Juan (cheeses), Campotoro (dressed olives), Olasagasti (anchovies) and Savour-and-Grace and La Boqueria (smallgoods).   The Market’s contemporary new space features a mural painted by renowned Melbourne artist Ghostpatrol, whose artwork also features on the walls of several high-profile buildings, including inside the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Australia’s first community-owned wind farm, Hepburn Wind.   La Central is at: Stall 45, South Melbourne Market, Coventry Street, South Melbourne   Visit: https://www.lacentral.com.au or find them on Facebook and Instagram: @lacentraldeli VIVID SYDNEY 2019 ENTERS A NEW DECADE OF INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY 2019-03-19T03:34:52Z vivid-sydney-2019-enters-a-new-decade-of-innovation-and-creativity MEDIA RELEASE: 11.30am, Tuesday 19 March, 2019 VIVID SYDNEY 2019 ENTERS A NEW DECADE OF INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY ARGYLE CUT IN THE ROCKS RETURNS WITH PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS, CAMPBELLS COVE AND HICKSON ROAD RESERVE REJOIN LIGHT WALK, GAME CHANGERS SPIKE LEE AND ESTHER PEREL HEADLINE VIVID IDEAS PLUS THE CURE, RÜFÜS DU SOL, FKA TWIGS & UNDERWORLD ROCK VIVID MUSIC. 2019 PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT VIDEO CONTENT AND IMAGES ARE AVAILABLE AT:www.vividsydney.com/media-centre Vivid Sydney, the largest festival of light, music and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere, will ignite the Harbour City this winter from Friday 24 May to Saturday 15 June 2019 as it enters a new decade of innovation and creativity with an inspiring and star-studded program of events. Destination NSW CEO and Executive Producer - Vivid Sydney, Sandra Chipchase said, “Australia’s most loved and awarded festival, now in its eleventh year, will bring together light artists, music makers and brilliant minds to showcase Sydney as the creative industries hub of the Asia-Pacific. “This year’s Vivid Sydney program is bold, exciting and diverse, offering something for everyone so I encourage those who want to experience this unmissable event to start planning their trip now.” Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, and in 2018 attracted 2.25 million attendees, delivering $172.9 million in visitor expenditure into the NSW economy. “I am proud to say our marketing activities saw a record 185,887 travel packages sold to domestic and international visitors for Vivid 2018 - an increase of 37 per cent over the previous year. Vivid Sydney is a must-attend event for travellers and motivates people to visit Sydney and beyond,” Ms Chipchase said. “It doesn’t matter your age or interests, whether it is your first time to Sydney or if you are a local - Vivid Sydney has universal appeal. The Vivid Sydney 2019 program offers inclusive and accessible installations, events and experiences that you can enjoy for one evening or over 23 nights.” Ms Chipchase also announced the inaugural Vivid School for High School students in years 9-12 to assist students to learn more about the creative processes involved in imagining, designing and delivering light-based artworks for this huge global event. “This initiative will enable students and their teachers to meet the professionals behind Vivid Sydney’s iconic building projections and light walk installations, and to hear from artists, designers and technicians about their career paths and how they harnessed opportunities to build their skills for future projects and employment,” Ms Chipchase said. VIVID LIGHT This year’s Light Walk sees over 50 radiant works curated into the largest outdoor gallery of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, stretching for more than three kilometres. In a partnership first, Academy-Award winning Pixar Animation Studios will illuminate Sydney’s heritage-listed Argyle Cut in The Rocks with a creative light projection that will delight visitors of all ages as they are transported through a visual feast of behind-the- scenes artwork and the evolution of iconic animation. The return of the Argyle Cut to the Vivid Light program will be a huge drawcard for festival goers featuring the captivating characters of Pixar films, including the beloved duo of Woody and Buzz Lightyear. For this year’s eagerly anticipated Lighting of the Sails, Los Angeles-based Chinese American artist-filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang presents Austral Flora Ballet. This hypnotic tribute to Australia’s exquisite native plants and flowers incorporates a dancer’s movements in response to the sensuous arcs of the Sydney Opera House’s silhouette. Visitors can once again weave their way through the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney for close encounters with illuminated artworks that reflect and refract both light and nature. Glowing, darting, hovering above the ground, Firefly Field is a mesmerising installation of 500 flying light points that simulate the aerial ballet of these tiny nocturnal lampyridae. Viewers are encouraged to look beyond the night sky and wonder what secrets lie beyond the stars throughKA3323, a retro-futuristic satellite dish overgrown with alien plant matter that has mysteriously landed in the Botanic Garden. While at I Hear You (But Do You Hear Me?), an array of LED light poles generates a space between two people with their voices starting a conversation of light and sound, questioning inequality in the digital era. Across the Quay, the imposing art-deco façade of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia will be transformed by award-winning Australian-Columbian artist Claudia Nicholson who, together with light veterans Spinifex Group, reimagine her vibrant artworks into Let Me Down, an animated cycle of creation, destruction and regeneration underscored by the cool and contemporary sounds of Lonelyspeck. Next door, in addition to an incredible experience at Foundation Hall, Samsung Electronics Australia will create a once in a lifetime experience at First Fleet Park using some of the most exciting features of the Galaxy S10 to reimagine how you see Vivid Sydney. Watch your chips! in The Rocks examines the collective behaviour of birds, mimicking the way gulls sometimes harass humans for food scraps while Nostalgia Above connects the romance of nature to data-driven climate technology, creating a virtual barometer that forecasts rain and thunderstorms, clear or gloomy skies. Campbells Cove is back with Ballerina, an eternal dance solo that shimmers along the harbour’s edge as if in a dream, while Let it Snow makes it seem that giant snowflakes have landed at Hickson Road Reserve offering great views from the water. Celebrating the International Year of Indigenous Languages, the southern pylon of Sydney Harbour Bridge is set to come to life with Eora: Broken Spear curated by Rhoda Roberts AO with projection design by The Electric Canvas. This powerful work reminds us to reflect, to call country, to read country and listen to country. The façade of Customs House is once again transformed to become an aquatic wonderland in Under the Harbour by Spinifex Group, sure to delight children and adults alike. The watery world with neon sea creatures, botanical wonderlands, and unclassified oddities will provide a playful and exquisite escape into an extraordinary underwater fantasy certain to inspire audiences and deepen the appreciation of Sydney’s aquatic haven. VIVID SYDNEY PRECINCTS Popular precincts Taronga Zoo, Darling Harbour, Chatswood, Barangaroo and Luna Park also light up in 2019. On the north shore, festival favourite Taronga Zoo’s Lights for the Wild adds to its illuminated trail of interactive lanterns featuring endangered species. Joining the star-spangled Asian Elephant, a family of glowing Silverback Gorillas, the iridescent Marine Turtle and the Weedy Sea Dragon, is the Sumatran Tiger Cubs marking the birth of three new tiger cubs and highlighting the Zoo’s commitment to conservation. In its second year, the ever-grinning Luna Park Sydney dazzles again after dark. This year adrenaline seekers can get airborne in the new family thriller Volaré studded with thousands of LED lights which perfectly complements the light-laced iconic Ferris Wheel. Vivid Sydney at Chatswood, a family favourite, is set to radiate with peace and harmony. The Concourse will shine with Co-existence, a large-scale projection work by Hungarian artist collective Limelight while music fans can catch shows by Vince Jones and Lisa Fischer as well as performances by the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra. Vivid Ideas weighs in with a festival/conference for girl gamers and free sessions on clean beauty, fit- tech and wellness. Barangaroo offers a feast for the senses with Exchange Place set to become a wondrous Winter Camp each night with the glowing six-metre tall spirit Marri Dyin (Great Woman) visiting Thursdays to Sundays. Visitors are invited to join her to hunt and gather through illuminated bushlands and enjoy light-inspired fare at all price-points from over 40 restaurants, bars and cafes. At Darling Harbour, Robot SPACELand imagines a not-too-distant future where a new civilisation rises from our post-industrial debris. This is where you will get to meet mind- boggling electro-automotive super-bots that have been sent to sow the seeds of a brighter, greener tomorrow. Vivid Sydney’s inclusive playground Tumbalong Lights is back with the support of Access and Inclusion partner Cushman & Wakefield. Inspired by the next frontier, playSPACE will bring together super-scale installations that give intrepid explorers an opportunity to walk Under the Milky Sky, play with Spaceballs, and share different perspectives with See What I See. Low-sensory sessions will be catered for too. VIVID IDEAS Vivid Ideas brings to Sydney 23 days and nights of talks, hands-on workshops and industry- shaping forums delving into the meaning of love, loneliness and belonging in our fast-paced, ever-connected lives. This year’s Game Changers challenge assumptions on race and relationships. Hollywood trailblazer Spike Lee opens up about his personal politics, story-craft and tips for making movies that matter, while iconic psychotherapist and creator of the wildly popular podcast Where Should We Begin? Esther Perel investigates modern love in the digital age and looks at the ways relationships are being affected by technology. The New Horizons series tunes into signals from the future. Highlights include Future of Sex researcher and podcast creator Bryony Cole charting the frontiers of sextech, Marc Fennell exploring loneliness and how and why many people in Japan feel overworked and undersexed, and Eileen Ormsby shines a chilling light into the dark underbelly of the web. Scientists and researchers from UTS, the ABC and CSIRO will also shed light on what’s coming next in AI and ethics, space exploration and more. In The Mark Colvin Conversation: Net Worth, Pulitzer prize winner author Sebastian Smee, psychologistJocelyn Brewer and artist and author Holly Throsby look at the value of an ‘inner life’ and ask what price we’ll pay for our constant digital distraction. Vivid Art After Hours returns to the Art Galley of NSW for free Wednesday evenings that combine art activities, live music and talks by creative thinkers addressing issues of belonging - including comedian and ‘bad Buddhist’ Meshel Laurie, rapper, poet and author Omar Musa and artist Abdul Abdullah in conversation about cultural identity, and the team behind the hit ABC TV show You Can’t Say That celebrating social diversity. Citizens of the World workshops and other how-to sessions will unlock essential skills for living a more creative, better informed and fulfilled life and Semi Permanent returns with a jam-packed program of design goodness featuring vice president of design for Uber, Michael Gough and other luminaries. The Vivid Ideas Exchange will once again reside on Level 6 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia with 23 days of stimulating talks and skill sharpening workshops including future-facing industry forums, deep-dive conferences, panels and showcases where we brighten up your perspectives and challenge your ideas. VIVID MUSIC Vivid Sydney spotlights the city’s live music culture by both bringing in influential overseas acts and placing a firm focus on local talent, this year’s line-up is set to impress. Dynamic electronic act RÜFÜS DU SOL and genre-bending popstar FKA Twigs headline this year’sCarriageworks program while the warehouse party of the year, Curve Ball curated by Fuzzy Events returns featuring Hayden James, Touch Sensitive and Mallrat. The City Recital Hall presents four musically diverse highlights including Australian music legend Paul Kelly and leading Australian composer James Ledger performing thirteen new songs and soundscapes inspired by birds, pop-darling Kate Miller-Heidke, internationally acclaimed pianists ZOFO and Concertos on Fire. Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House celebrates artists at the cutting edge of their genre and visionaries who create on their own terms. British alternative rock pioneers The Cure mark the 30th anniversary of their landmark album Disintegration with four sold-out Australian exclusive performances. Their compatriots, UK electronic titans Underworld are set to transform the Concert Hall into a euphoric dance floor with four exclusive shows, while rising American synth-pop star Maggie Rogers makes her Sydney Opera House debut bringing her singular fusion of melodic folk and percussive beats to showcase her incredible new record, Heard It in a Past Life. Acclaimed singer songwriter Sharon Van Etten also sails in for an electrifying one-night-only performance and legendary jazz ground-breaker Herbie Hancock’s only Sydney show will be unmissable. 2019 marks X|Celerate’s third big year and partnership between the City of Sydney and Destination NSW supporting the ongoing growth of Sydney’s thriving music scene. 23 inner city venues including a hair salon, church and brewery showcase emerging grassroots acts across every imaginable genre, with acts like The Catholics, Set Mo, Carlotta and I Know Leopard, while Heaps Gay returns for the Qweens Ball at the Sydney Town Hall. Vivid Art After Hours returns to the Art Gallery of NSW with the fused Vivid Ideas and Music program on Wednesday evenings. Catch Andrew Bukenya’s Do the Spike Thing, OKENYO taking a sonic deep dive into the human condition andJZ Lunar Capsule presenting an Astronaut’s Playlist celebrating the music of space travellers as imagined by the Apollo 11 astronauts 50 years ago. VIVID SYDNEY SPONSORS Vivid Sydney thanks its sponsors for their support of Vivid Sydney 2019. American Express returns as partner for the third consecutive year with the American Express Lounge at Cruise Bar as well as supporting the Vivid Sydney Volunteer Program. Samsung Electronics Australia and official energy partner TransGrid also return as partners with Pixar Animation Studios joining as partner for the first time. Supporters include City of Sydney, Sydney Opera House, Technical Direction Company and 32 Hundred Lighting and ICC Sydney. For the third year, Vivid Sydney’s Access and Inclusion Partner is Cushman & Wakefield and the festival continues its sustainability partnership with the Banksia Foundation and Informed 365. Vivid Sydney’s collaborators include Art Gallery of NSW, Australian Museum, BEMO, Carriageworks, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Event Engineering, Kennards Hire, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service, PropMill, Spinifex Group, State Library NSW. The official charity party is the Royal Flying Doctor Service, South Eastern Section. The full 2019 Vivid Sydney media kit, program announcement and high-res imagery including 2019 Vivid Sydney light renders and broadcast quality video footage of 2018 festival highlights, are available to download at www.vividsydney.com/media-centre Media Enquiries Nathan McIlroy, The Mint Partners 0421 668 440 Jo Hocking, Destination NSW 0429 507 328 Redcat announces Australian first POS integration with Deliveroo 2019-03-14T02:54:49Z redcat-announces-australian-first-pos-integration-with-deliveroo Redcat today announced its Deliveroo integration module – the first of its kind in the POS market and the latest addition to its Polygon suite of software applications for hospitality.  The phenomenon of the Deliveroo home delivery service has generated enormous revenue opportunity for cafes, restaurants and QSRs. But without integration, it can cause a logistical headache. Redcat CEO Jeff Lamb said: “Until now, a venue would have Deliveroo orders coming in through a dedicated, stand-alone terminal, then would have to enter them manually into their point of sale system. This double handling tied up staff and POS, delayed receiving the Deliveroo orders and was open to human error.” With the Redcat integration module, Deliveroo orders are received directly into the POS, with no double handling, and are processed as soon as they are received. Biggie Smalls has been an early adopter of Redcat’s integrated Deliveroo option. “Having our Deliveroo orders going straight into the POS is great”, said Nick Imanisani Operations Manager & Partner from Biggie Smalls. “It saves staff the time and hassle of manually entering orders, reduces errors and best of all, we can process orders faster, get our great food out there to our customers sooner and provide better service.”  “Biggie Smalls is a great example of what a business can achieve by having seamless integration with delivery partners”, says Jeff. “Redcat is constantly looking for integration with every part of the business and its supply chain to drive customer benefit. Today’s announcement is a great example of the success of this approach.” To find out more about the Deliveroo and other integrations go to www.redcat.com.au About Redcat Redcat is a specialist IT platform provider to the hospitality industry. Its Polygon suite of software application options and smartphone apps integrate with each other to offer a complete hospitality IT platform.   About Biggie Smalls Biggie Smalls is a casual food offering inspired by 90’s Hip Hop subculture. North, south or mobile; we’re everywhere you want us.      US expert presents evidence for innovative drug-free pain management device, ActiPatch® 2019-03-13T23:39:19Z us-expert-presents-evidence-for-innovative-drug-free-pain-management-device-actipatch-r Mundipharma was pleased to welcome Biomedical Engineer Dr Sree Koneru to Australia to give a presentation on the innovative pain management device, ActiPatch®, which he helped develop. ActiPatch® uses electromagnetic pulse therapy to provide long-lasting pain relief. Dr Koneru is the Vice President of Product Development for Bioelectronics and visited Australia to present the clinical evidence behind ActiPatch® at the Australian Pharmacy Conference on the Gold Coast. You can watch Dr Koneru discussing ActiPatch® on Chanel Seven’s Weekend Sunrise here. “The new understanding of chronic pain is that nerves ‘memorise’ the initial pain from injury and over time, become hyperreactive,” Dr Koneru said. “When used over a painful area, ActiPatch’s pulsed signal is absorbed by tissue and disrupts hyperactivity of the nerves, resulting in lasting relief.” Electromagnetic pulse therapy helps to relieve pain from mild osteoarthritis and general musculoskeletal pain in the back, knee, heel and other muscle joints. It is also ideal for strains, sprains and other painful conditions. The therapy is completely sensation free, with no heat, tingling sensations or vibration. ActiPatch® is drug-free and can be safely used with any other medications. A registry studyi of more than 5,000 chronic pain sufferers using ActiPatch® indicated that: • More than 65% per cent reported a clinically meaningful reduction in pain from a wide variety of causes and locations of pain • The average pain reduction reported in these individuals was 57% • The 3-month follow-up showed sustained pain relief, decreased oral analgesic medication use and quality of life improvement. “ActiPatch® uses low-level therapy to allow 24/7 use and, as it doesn’t require skin contact, can be used over bandages and clothing,” said Dr Koneru. “Can also be used by people with metallic implants and when not placed directly over them, electronic devices such as pacemakers/defibrillators.” Mundipharma recently acquired the exclusive Australian and New Zealand distribution rights for ActiPatch®, reinforcing its commitment to the multimodal approach to pain management. This multimodal approach includes cognitive behavioural therapies, physical therapies and pharmacological therapies. “Mundipharma has worked collaboratively with healthcare professionals to provide appropriate access to pain relief over the past 20 years,” said Jane Orr, Managing Director of Mundipharma Australia and New Zealand. “Our work with leading clinicians and reputation as a trusted medical advisor will enable us to help more patients benefit from this therapy.” The results of clinical trials involving ActiPatch® can be found here. Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. If symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional. Further information is available from Mundipharma Pty Limited, 88 Phillip Street, Sydney, NSW 2000. Phone 1800 188 009 or email medinfo@mundipharma.com.au. For media enquiries, please contact: Rob Bates Communications Manager +61 422 196 238 Rob.Bates@mundipharma.com.au About Mundipharma Mundipharma is a member of a global network of independent associated companies which are engaged in research, development, production and marketing of prescription medicines and consumer healthcare products. Established as a leader in the development and provision of medicines for pain, we have expanded our portfolio to include treatments for cancer, glaucoma, asthma, burns, wounds, skin irritations and the common cold. For more information, please visit: www.mundipharma.com.au. ® ACTIPATCH is a registered trademark. References i Rawe et al. Pain Manag. 5(6):413-423 (2015) Travel from the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane in less than 30 Minutes 2019-03-13T02:54:02Z travel-from-the-sunshine-coast-to-brisbane-in-less-than-30-minutes A new Sunshine Coast based luxury air fleet is providing passengers with a new way to beat the Bruce Highway traffic congestion blues.  Passengers can now travel between the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane in a luxury helicopter in as little as 30 minutes, while enjoying a bird’s eye view of the stunning Sunshine Coast and surrounds. Ghost Air’s newly launched Sunshine Coast service offers a Eurocopter AS350 helicopter with four or five-seater configurations as an alternative way to travel to and from Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. Passengers can be picked up or dropped off in the heart of Noosa or at Sunshine Coast Airport and fly direct to or from Brisbane Airport.  A second Eurocopter will soon be added to the fleet with Sydney and Melbourne services planned in the future. Ghost Air’s Business Operations Manager, Ms Knox, said as well operating high-speed commuter air services, Ghost Air offers VIP transfers within the Sunshine Coast, scenic flight experiences, fly-dine packages as well as bespoke charter services.  “Ghost Air offers a revolutionary service that enables people to fly directly to, from and around the world-famous tourist mecca and lifestyle destinations of Noosa and the Sunshine Coast all in the capable hands of our Head Pilot Ms Johanna Osborne ,” Ms Knox said.   “On a good run, the 160km journey from Brisbane to Noosa takes two hours by road but with the frequent delays on the Bruce Highway, often much longer. Our Noosa services takes off from the Noosa Tigers AFL club ground on Weyba Road, Noosaville, and flies passengers in stylish comfort direct to Brisbane Airport in approximately 45 minutes.   “We currently have one helicopter operating with a second soon to commence service. Ghost Air also has plans for an executive jet service with weekly commuter flights to Sydney and Melbourne in the future.”   Ms Knox said Ghost Air’s flights are available 7 days a week (day flights only) with commuter flights from Noosa to Brisbane available from Monday – Friday at scheduled times.  Flights are $550 per person (return) from Noosa to Brisbane with 15 minute scenic flights available for $150 per person from Sunshine Coast Airport. Bespoke charters are also available.   “Ghost Air has a commitment to luxury, safety and service, and creating memorable experiences for our passengers,” she said.   “Our helicopter has features such as leather interiors, noise cancelling headsets and air-conditioning. Any trip, whether it be a scenic flight, commuter travel, VIP transfer or fly-dine adventure is done in complete comfort and style.  “Ghost Air’s pilots have 35 years of combined experience and are well educated on our helicopters’ safety features, including live satellite flight tracking, computerised engine monitoring system and anti-collision technology. “Being based on the east of coast of Australia, we have relationships with many dining establishments and suitable clearings for touch-downs and departures. “We have already seen a high demand for our services.” Ghost Air is a sister company to Ghost Elite Charters Super Yachts GHOST 1 and GH, which operates luxury yacht services in Sydney Harbour. https://ghostair.com.au Bookings can be made by phone or email: info@ghostair.com.au or 0402 268 867 TURON GATES PITCHES SIX NEW RIVERSIDE GLAMPING TENTS 2019-03-12T23:38:13Z turon-gates-pitches-six-new-riverside-glamping-tents Leading NSW bush retreat Turon Gates has added six new riverside, self-catering glamping tents to its 6000-acre Blue Mountains property.   The spacious new 50 sqm tents feature sophisticated neutral-toned teak and canvas interiors and combine rustic quality and functionality to stunning effect. It’s a beautiful place in the wild for grownups.   Adventure in style.   Furnishings include a sumptuous four-poster bed plus daybed and lounge area, elegant contemporary bathroom (with a tempting bath for two), kitchenette with Nespresso coffee machine and a Danish wood burner stove for cosy nights.   Turn on or turn off at Turon   A welcome gift of local wine and honey, complimentary toiletries, and an in-tent selection of magazines, books and board games, create an instantly chillaxed vibe.   All Turon’s glamping tents have a large outdoor deck with comfy day loungers and overlook the clear trout stream running through the property. The tents are fully insulated and have window coverings that unroll for extra breeze and views - the perfect recipe for a romantic night under the Turon stars.   Kirsten Lunoe of Turon Gates says, “We are excited to bring couples’ glamping to the Blue Mountains and believe it will appeal to those looking for a unique experience within easy reach of Sydney.   “Our new glamping tents offer urban escapees a unique outdoor experience in an authentic bush setting. A scenic road trip of about three hours from Sydney immerses you in the great outdoors, where you’ll be sharing the ‘hood with kangaroos, wombats, platypus and echidnas.   “Our guests love that they can choose to go bush horse riding or have an in-tent massage. Bush walks, canoeing or just chilling out are also popular at Turon. If guests then want to venture out and explore local happenings, Katoomba, Mudgee, Bathurst and Lithgow are within easy reach, but the magic of Turon tends to stop the urge to venture elsewhere,” adds Kirsten.   The new offering at Turon Gates includes The Pavilion, a unique event glamping tent accommodating up to 100 seated or 150 standing guests for special gatherings, corporate & wellness retreats.   In keeping with its commitment to all things sustainable, Turon Gates is solar powered. If you’d rather not do a digital detox, Wi-Fi is available around the glamping site to keep you connected and able to share your Turon experience.   For more information about Turon Gates including accommodation options, prices and availability visit: https://www.turongates.com/   A few facts… Glamping prices are from $231 per night. Dogs are welcome in the cabins at Turon but sadly not in these flash tents! The tents are self-catering. [End] Image link: https://turongates-my.sharepoint.com/:f:/p/marketing/EqA-KlIEVkxJjfeXAraSos8Ba7cA4-jN2R1cfA4oQC1GSA?e=cZpb9h   For further information or to book a review stay – Please contact Tracey Leitch – Impressions PR – +61 415 290023 tracey@impressionsmc.com.au     VostroNet’s Advanced Software Redefines Hotel Property Management 2019-03-11T06:19:32Z vostronet-s-advanced-software-redefines-hotel-property-management <> VostroNet has built an advanced property management platform to meet the needs of hotel operators. After hearing many frustrated clients, VostroNet has designed its hotel network to provide an all-in-one solution to hotel operators and developers. VostroNet’s advanced software platform provides management with visibility over its user base and provides the tools to easily administer users on the network. The platform also generates sophisticated analytics on user behaviour to aid management in optimising its offering for its users. VostroNet offers operators a customised hotel branded log-in page to promote their brand. Its software analytics are then used to learn about guest/resident demographics to further improve hotel marketing and function. Hotel operators and developers also have to purchase the PMS separate to the other infrastructure. Currently, a hotelier has to purchase the link into the building, find an electrical contractor to do cabling, find a Wi-Fi installation specialist, source a PMS to administer users to the network and find external contractors for upgrades to the system. VostroNet acts as an end-to-end provider, providing a direct 10 Gbps fibre link to buildings, network installation, hotel property management software that peers to most PMS systems and expense free maintenance and upgrades to the network. <> 5 Questions To Help You Decide If Being An Airbnb Host Is Right For You (And How Airbnb Management Can Help!) 2019-03-08T11:00:07Z 5-questions-to-help-you-decide-if-being-an-airbnb-host-is-right-for-you-and-how-airbnb-management-can-help Whether you have a guest bedroom, a vacation rental or a chateau by the sea, renting it out on Airbnb can be lucrative. Conversely, however, becoming an Airbnb host can be time consuming, not to mention a good deal of work. The good news is, you don't have to host any more frequently than you would like to. For instance, if you only want to rent your guest cottage on weekends or during the summer, you have that option. The nice thing about being an Airbnb host is that it can be either a full time or part time source of income. When deciding whether or not to become and Airbnb host, here are 5 questions to ask yourself.   1. Do you have the time?   Being an Airbnb host can be quite time consuming in some instances. Of course you can alway hire an airbnb management company to manage your property for you, but whether that is feasible or not will depend on the type of property you have to rent. If you have a vacation home, apartment, or separate living space to rent out, then a management company can keep everything running for you. If you are renting out a room in the home, apartment or space that you occupy, however, then a management company might actually be intrusive. Renting out a separate Airbnb property doesn't have to infringe on your time in any way, but if the room is in your home, you will need to clean up after every guest and prepare for the next one. That doesn't mean just changing the sheets on the bed, either. You'll need to clean the bathroom and make sure any and all common areas are cleaned as well. That can consume a great deal of time and you will need to schedule your life around the comings and goings of your guests.   2. Do you genuinely enjoy having company?   This is again dependent on where the property you are renting is located, but it is an important one to ask yourself if you will have direct contact with guests. Some people would have house guests every single weekend if they could, while others deeply value their personal space. It's easy to look simply at the income that being an Airbnb host can bring in without looking at the very real demands it makes as well. Even if you have an apartment or guest house on your property that is separate from your own living space, you will likely have guests that will expect to have more interaction with you than others. If you don't really genuinely enjoy having constant company, being an Airbnb host might not be right for you, unless you have a property that is completely distant from your living space. Then someone else can manage it for you.   3. Are you sensitive to people's needs?   The same way some hosts don't always want to interact with people, so do some guests. Some guests are eager to get to know their hosts and spend time with them, while others are literally just looking to get away from it all and want to be left alone. The important thing is to acknowledge whether you are the type of person that can be sensitive to people's needs or not. Being an Airbnb host demands more than just the ability to change sheets and clean up between guests. You also have to have some sensitivity to their needs as well.   4. Are you able to have your schedule interrupted?   Unlike running a hotel, being an Airbnb host is not a full-time job for most people. While many, if not most, Airbnb guests do their best to be polite, not all guests will be the most well-behaved guests. After all, they are paying guests. While few guests are likely to be destructive, they can be messy and loud, sometimes in the middle of the night. Maybe not even wake-the-neighbors up loud, but loud enough to keep you up at night. They may come in late at night (or early in the morning) and not be super quiet doing it. Unfortunately, they are in fact paying guests and that is their prerogative. Before becoming an Airbnb host, you might consider how well you can handle disruption to your life and sleep schedule.   5. Are you ready to manage conflict and drama?   While the majority of your guests will most likely be quiet and polite, they won't all be - and those are the ones you need to make sure you are prepared for. When people go on vacation, they can often shed a great deal of the decorum they might demonstrate in their everyday life. They might not be drinkers regularly, but can become sloppy drunks on vacation. They might pick up additional guests in a bar or even get in fights with each other. This is again where having a manager can come in handy if you have a separate property. If you do not, however, then dealing with any incidents or altercations becomes your responsibility. This can be particularly problematic if you live in an apartment or share walls with your neighbors. Some people are highly skilled and adept at managing conflict or dealing with the messes humans can create. If you are one of those people, you will most likely make an excellent Airbnb host.   Being an Airbnb host is not right for everyone. There are those that genuinely love meeting new people from around the world and are skilled at dealing with people in general. Then there are those that don't really enjoy having guests but see it as an opportunity to make some extra money from their spare bedroom or extra space. If you don't genuinely enjoy having guests, then being an Airbnb host might not be right for you. Unless you have a completely separate space and can hire a management company to run it for you. Then being an Airbnb host might perfect for you after all. Toucan Country Guides Earns Early Appreciation From Travel Agents 2019-03-06T07:00:52Z toucan-country-guides-earns-early-appreciation-from-travel-agents It has been less than a month since its launch, and Toucan Country Guides - a dedicated travel guide publishing portal - is already making waves. It has already notched up impressive registration figures, and the response from professional travel agents is unanimously positive. Toucan - a product from Teksmobile Australia - has 80+ fully white-labeled country guides for agents, that can be branded, customised and shared by the latter. Speaking about the portal, the Teks CEO said that the guides were information-rich, and were intended to be used on a post-sales basis. Put in another way, travel companies can use the Toucan guides as a value-added service for their customers. And clearly, the companies are loving this proposition. The fact that these country guides are not promotional in any way has helped to bolster their popularity, feels a senior executive from the Toucan family. As she correctly pointed out, the guides are all about curated, relevant and updated content - information that travelers would find handy at every stage. The guides are updated on a weekly basis (apart from information like exchange rates, which are updated real-time), ensuring that only the latest information is shared through them. The user-friendly nature of the Toucan Country Guides portal has also received the thumbs-up from travel agents. From the dashboard, agents can actually select the information they wish to display on each of the guides (from over 30 subcategories). Since the guides are white-labeled, adding branding elements like company name, logo and theme colours are also easy. There are multiple templates available as well, making things that much more flexible for users. With a product like Toucan Country Guides, understanding the business paradigms and being patient are key, explained the CEO of Teks. Instead of making the folly of having a sales-first approach, the team has made a sincere effort to understand the precise B2B needs of travel companies, and design the country guides accordingly. “We understand and respect the fact that travel companies are busy”, said the CEO, “and we are happy to get back to them at their convenience.” Speaking of convenience, the pricing of these country guides for agents has been another masterstroke. Agents can access all the guides by paying as low an amount as $5/month (billable annually). According to reliable sources from Toucan, the 7-day free trial feature has also received a lot of love from travel agents worldwide. The overall registration process is quick and simple, ensuring that companies can get onboard in a matter of seconds. Given that Teksmobile is a worldwide leader in software and mobile app development, it’s hardly surprising that Toucan has high-end technical features as well. In particular, the option of using APIs to access the country guides’ information has come in for quite a bit of praise. With the Toucan APIs, travel companies can share/display the information on their own systems and/or official mobile apps. Since Toucan has been positioned as a value-added service that agents can deliver to their customers, the guides need to be easily shareable. The developers have made sure that registered agents would face no difficulties in this regard. Agents can customise and email the guides to their customers, send direct links, download as PDF files and print, and of course, access via APIs. After signing up, the preferences of the travel agents take centerstage. The start has been encouraging, but the Toucan team is not taking anything for granted. The competition is big, and reaching out to professional travel agents - without coming across as overly promotional - is tricky. That’s precisely why the team is currently focused on building a strong brand presence, through various channels. Plans for adding more countries in the portal are also already in the pipeline. The CEO of Teks is quietly confident that, once more and more companies understand the concept of the Toucan guides and the advantages they deliver, the number of signups will pick up further. To know more about these white-labeled travel guides, visit www.countryguides.io. If you have any query, send along an email to ss@countryguides.io. Toucan Country Guides is an ambitious endeavour on the part of Teksmobile - and early signs indicate that it’s going to be a big success. This product truly takes travel business to the next level. NEW GRUFFALO AUGMENTED REALITY EXPERIENCE TAKES UP RESIDENCE AT CURRUMBIN WILDLIFE SANCTUARY 2019-02-28T23:03:13Z new-gruffalo-augmented-reality-experience-takes-up-residence-at-currumbin-wildlife-sanctuary Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary General Manager Michael Kelly said this iconic character will bring joy to thousands of kids at the Sanctuary, in an Aussie-first, that utilises augmented reality (AR) technology in a natural environment. “We have been working with Magic Light Pictures to create our brand-new outdoor experience; one that will give kids the chance to see much-loved characters come to life in a new way. “This initiative sees us combining state-of-the art technology with nature, keeping the kids active and entertained at the same time.” The Gruffalo Trail is free with entry and families can download the complimentary Gruffalo Spotters app and follow clues through an interactive trail. For those wanting to step away from technology, there are heaps of fun interactive experiences along the trail to enjoy. “The self-led trail will be packed with fun facts about the characters from the book. Once you have spotted the characters, the app will bring them to life in 3D animation.” The app allows you to take photos next to the characters which are then automatically added to your gallery. This makes it easy to share your favourite pictures via social media using the hashtag #GruffaloSpotter. The Gruffalo picture book has sold more than 13.5 million copies worldwide, and has been portrayed on stage, in an Oscar nominated film and now in augmented reality. The much-loved children’s book celebrates 20 years this year. “We hope that families with young children will enjoy visiting the Sanctuary for an exciting adventure like no other, and one that they can only experience here on the Gold Coast,” Michael said. The Gruffalo licensing deal with Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary was brokered by Australia’s Merchantwise Licensing on behalf of Magic Light Pictures. The Gruffalo Trail and The Gruffalo Spotters app launches at National Trust Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on 5 April 2019. The Gruffalo Spotters app is free to download. For more information visit www.currumbinsanctuary.com.au/The-Gruffalo-Trail <ENDS> About The Gruffalo The Gruffalo was initially published in 1999 by Macmillan Children’s Books and this year celebrates its 20th Anniversary. The book was written by writer and playwright Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, and tells the story of a mouse, the protagonist of the book, taking a walk in a European forest. The book has sold over 13.5 million copies, has won several prizes for children's literature, and has been developed into plays on both the West End and Broadway and even an Oscar nominated animated film by Magic Light Pictures. The Gruffalo is distributed in Australia by Macmillan. The Gruffalo Stage Show is also touring nationally with shows scheduled at HOTA Home of The Arts on March 7 & 8. About Magic Light Pictures. Founded in 2003 by producers Martin Pope and Michael Rose, Magic Light Pictures makes imaginative entertainment for audiences, families and children worldwide. The company creates high quality films and products and has built the wonderful Gruffalo brand based on the best-selling books by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. The company directly manages production, licensing, global distribution and marketing and runs an international merchandising programme with over 40 licensees and 350 products. Recent productions include Oscar nominated and BAFTA winning animated specials ‘The Gruffalo’, ‘Room on the Broom’ and ‘Revolting Rhymes’. ‘Zog’ premiered on BBC1 at Christmas 2018. Magic Light is currently developing it’s first two animated series for pre-school, together with a slate of live action family dramas. All interview and photo opportunity enquiries: Karen Smith, M10 Collective | Ph: 0407 527 366 | email: karen@m10.com.au Amy Stalinescu, M10 Collective | Ph: 0411 789 195 | email: amy@m10.com.au Fasta Pasta wins Roy Morgan Quick Service Restaurant Of The Year 2018 2019-02-24T23:12:04Z fasta-pasta-wins-roy-morgan-quick-service-restaurant-of-the-year-2018 For the third time in eight years, Fasta Pasta has won the Roy Morgan Customer Satisfaction Award in the category of Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) of the Year. It is the only QSR group to win this award more than once. Previous winners have only one win each since the awards began in 2011. Adelaide’s own Fasta Pasta has come out on top of a national ratings survey to win the Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) of the Year 2018 in the prestigious Roy Morgan Customer Satisfaction Awards held in Melbourne on Wednesday evening. This year’s win for Fasta Pasta has great merit for several reasons. Firstly, there is the extremely competitive nature of a very crowded marketplace. Mr. Frank Taddeo, Chief Executive Officer, Fasta Pasta, commented, “Winning this award for the third time is a great result for Fasta Pasta. It is particularly pleasing to do this in 2018 at a time when there is such a highly competitive environment in the QSR category, or casual dining segment.” Secondly, the credibility of the research and its methodology. Roy Morgan Research has over 75 years experience collecting objective, independent information from consumers. Their Customer Satisfaction ratings are collected from Roy Morgan’s Single Source survey of around 50,000 Australians conducted face to face in their homes each year. This ensures an accurate and detailed level of feedback. It also confirms that through their commitment to providing excellent service and satisfying customers, - as judged by these customers, Fasta Pasta consistently outperformed others in the QSR category. Mr. Frank Taddeo, Chief Executive Officer, Fasta Pasta, says: “What is most reassuring is that these Roy Morgan Customer Satisfaction ratings are collected from a Single Source survey conducted face to face in Australian homes each year. So in essence, this is a vote of confidence in Fasta Pasta from customers. I would like to thank them for that.” “ I would also like to recognise and thank all our franchisees and staff for the role they have played in Fasta Pasta winning this award. It is a tribute to their ongoing commitment, energy, effort and hard work. They truly share a passion for great customer service.” “Fasta Pasta is Adelaide born and bred. To win this national award in the year of our 35th anniversary proves we are offering a level of service to our customers that is up there with the best in the country.” “When we first founded Fasta Pasta in Adelaide 35 years ago, great customer service was one of the key values of the business. I am proud we continue to deliver this level of service today”.