Australian cafés are paying the price of providing healthy options on their menus to meet the demands of health conscious customers, new research reveals.
In its annual Hospitality Industry Success Index (HISI) report, Silver Chef found that more than two thirds (67 per cent) of small business owners had introduced ‘healthier’ items to their existing menu in the past year, but a quarter (25 per cent) said they were unwilling to pass on the higher costs of buying these products for fear of losing customers to the competition. Read more
Veneziano Coffee Roasters’ Jade Jennings has taken home the gold tamper trophy in the Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) 2017 Southern Region Coffee Championship Barista competition for the second year in a row.
In what was a repeat of last year’s top three Southern Region barista finalists, Axil Coffee Roasters took out second and third place with Matt Lewin runner up, and Anthony Douglas in third place at at Maillard Atelier on 17 September. Read more
The volume of coffee exported globally plunged dramatically in July, with shipments totalling just 7.7 million bags, 22 per cent less than the same month last year, and the lowest monthly volume since October 2011, according to the International Coffee Organization (ICO). Read more
The United Nations Association has presented Vittoria Food & Beverage CEO, Mr Leslie Schirato, with the UNAA Lifework – Individual 2016 award for his contributions to the Australian coffee, food and beverage industry.
Les was also cited for his services to the community and philanthropic contributions to health, youth, rural areas, social welfare and those less fortunate, as well as investing time and mentoring of youth in business and talent development.