Chef Ben Bayly Joins Fight Against Younger Onset Dementia
Hospitality Business
by Kimberley Dixon
3d ago
Auckland Chef and TV personality Ben Bayly has partnered with a new charity established as a fundraising initiative to help New Zealanders diagnosed with Younger Onset Dementia. Season two volunteer, Innes Logan with Chef Ben Bayly. Younger Onset Dementia is used to describe any form of dementia that develops in people under the age of 65. Dementia has been diagnosed in people in their 50s, 40s and even in their 30s. It is sometimes called early onset dementia. Bayly, who is currently filming season two of A Restaurant That Makes Mistakes at his Auckland restaurant, Origine, was so ..read more
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New partnership unveils skill-boosting NZQA hospitality courses
Hospitality Business
by Kimberley Dixon
4d ago
Queenstown Resort College and Hospitality New Zealand have announced a range of NZQA approved ‘micro-credential’ courses for those in or just starting out, in the hospitality industry. The organisations have partnered to develop and provide courses designed to elevate hospitality skills, expertise and professionalism. These will be delivered through Grow Tourism, the professional development platform offering bite-sized blended learning for those in the tourism and hospitality industry. These courses will be delivered as part of the Grow Tourism Elevate – powered by the QRC & Hospitality ..read more
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RANZ data shows mixed sales across hospitality sector with costs continuing to rise
Hospitality Business
by Kimberley Dixon
1w ago
According to the Restaurant Association’s latest quarterly update, the hospitality industry experienced a 4.2% increase in sales over the fourth quarter of 2023, achieving a total of $4.12 billion in sales. This growth is tempered by significant inflationary costs, with restaurant and food to go prices seeing a rise of 6.7% over the period. Notably, the latest figures from March 2024 show that the cost of dining out has continued to rise, increasing by 7.2% year over last year. “Despite facing substantial inflationary pressures, the fourth quarter saw several regions performing notably well ..read more
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Fonterra’s $3.9 billion Foodservice brands up for sale
Hospitality Business
by Kimberley Dixon
1w ago
Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd has announced a major step-change in its strategic direction, as it commits to deepening its position as a world-leading provider of high-value, innovative dairy ingredients.   In FY23, Fonterra’s Foodservice business represented ~13 percent of the Co-op’s New Zealand milk solids sold and returned $3.9 billion in revenue, by selling products such as UHT cream, cream cheese and mozzarella to customers including restaurants, bakeries and hospitality businesses. In New Zealand, the portfolio of well-known brands includes Anchor, Anmum, De Winkel, Farm So ..read more
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Accor’s TRIBE hotel prepares for grand entrance in New Zealand
Hospitality Business
by Kimberley Dixon
1w ago
TRIBE, the design-led midscale brand by Accor, is counting down the days until its New Zealand launch. On track to open its doors this summer, TRIBE Auckland Fort Street will become the brand’s first address in the country, serving as a stylish destination where guests and locals can work, play, and relax with a like-minded community of entrepreneurs and adventurous travellers. Located on Fort Street, just a stone’s throw from central Britomart and the Commercial Bay precinct, the hotel will bring a bold design edit to Auckland’s hotel scene with 60 compact but ultra-comfy guestrooms featuri ..read more
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Auckland Transport U-turn on night parking charges
Hospitality Business
by Kimberley Dixon
1w ago
Auckland Transport has confirmed it will delay changes to overnight on-street parking charges in the city centre to 1 October.   Wynyard Quarter is exempt from any changes until the Wynyard Crossing pedestrian bridge resumes operating. Announcing the decision, Auckland Transport Chief Executive, Dean Kimpton said: “The proposal to delay overnight charges to 1 October allows for keeping the Mayor Wayne Brown and councillors sufficiently informed, and further discussion with key stakeholders and those most affected. It also enables us to consider mitigations for those impacted by the chang ..read more
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Lack of engagement undermines trust says Restaurant Association
Hospitality Business
by Kimberley Dixon
1w ago
The Restaurant Association has expressed deep concern and disappointment over recent revelations regarding Auckland Transport’s unilateral changes to parking charges within the Central City Parking Zone (CCPZ). “Despite claims by Auckland Transport of attempting to communicate these changes effectively, there has been a lack of direct engagement with impacted stakeholders, including businesses within the CCPZ and their employees which falls far short of acceptable standards,” said Marisa Bidois, CEO of the Restaurant Association. Hospitality Business approached Auckland Transport for comment ..read more
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Northland’s luxurious Eagles Nest gains Qualmark Gold status
Hospitality Business
by Kimberley Dixon
1w ago
Eagles Nest has been awarded Qualmark Gold under the Sustainable Tourism Business criteria. Eagles Nest is a world class villa retreat in New Zealand’s Bay of Islands. Designed and furnished in an eclectic international contemporary style, the estate’s 75-acre gardens and lodgings blend into the natural topography and foliage. Eagles Nest accommodates a maximum of 30 guests in five self-sufficient, luxuriously appointed villas, ensuring the utmost privacy, security and seclusion. Alongside Qualmark Gold status, Eagles Nest has been rated by Qualmark as a 5-star Boutique and Lodge experience ..read more
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Service Foods joins Deloitte 2023 Best Managed Companies list
Hospitality Business
by Kimberley Dixon
1w ago
Service Foods Limited has been named by Deloitte as one of New Zealand’s Best Managed Companies for 2023. The Best Managed Companies programme celebrates outstanding private businesses by evaluating them against global benchmarks for success. Backed by a 31-year history and a proven framework, Best Managed Companies has recognised excellence and connected over 1,400 of the best private companies in over 45 countries across the globe. Service Foods Ltd is one of New Zealand’s largest privately family owned and operated food service distribution businesses. It directly imports over 4000 product ..read more
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Honoka Kawashima’s origami inspired coffee blends simplicity with detail
Hospitality Business
by Kimberley Dixon
2w ago
Honoka Kawashima, the reigning Aotearoa NZ Barista Champion of 2023, has secured fourth place in the World Barista Championships held in Busan, South Korea. Outshining 60 competitors from nations worldwide, Honoka’s journey to the final day of the World Barista Championship,( hosted last weekend at the BEXCO Centre as part of the World of Coffee Asia event), has been a testament to her dedication and talent reports the New Zealand Specialty Coffee Association. “Her approach to coffee, akin to the art of origami, blends simplicity with intricacy, resulting in captivating presentations. Embraci ..read more
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