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International Chefs Day

October 2021

International Chefs Day is celebrated on October 20th!

Are there any restaurants you've been looking forward to eating at after lockdown? 

 

 

 

 

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Managing Brands in Foodservice

September 2021

Join our next Foodservice Business Leaders Webinar for a discussion on managing brands in foodservice. Aimed mainly at suppliers to foodservice operators, this should be aninteresting session. Free registration at Eventbrite.

 

 

 

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Can robots help solve foodservice staff shortages?

August 2021

In Australia our industry has a major problem with attracting skilled staff. Why aren't we exploring more robotic solutions to offload menial tasks?

 

 

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Today is White Wine Day!

August 2021

The 4th of August is National White Wine Day in Australia!  Celebrate carefully!

 

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3d Printed Steaks from lab grown cells

August 2021

Now even a complete steak grown in a lab from stem cells by Israeli company MeaTech 3D Ltd. See how it is done in the video link.

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Karen Job from Food Frontier speaking at our next Webinar

March 2021

Karen Job is Head of Industry Engagement for Food Frontier, who have just released a new "2020 State of the Industry Report" covering Alternative Protein growth and insights in Australia.

 

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AFAB CEO to speak at Future in Foodservice 2021

March 2021

Tony Green is the CEO of the recently launched Australian Foodservice Advocacy Body (AFAB).

 

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New Foodservice Industry Association

March 2021

The Australian Foodservice Advocacy Body was launched today, March 23rd. CEO, Tony Green will lead this new association aimed at bringing the entire industry together.

 

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The Alternative Protein Wave

March 2021

What impact will the Alternative Protein Wave have on sales of normal meat? This is the biggest change in the food industry in human history!

 

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Foodservice Business Leaders Webinar Program 2021

February 2021

Our next Foodservice Business Leaders Webinar is on TUESDAY, 5th February, 2021. Hear the latest market insights, news and technology for foodservice. 

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NAFDA battles Woolworths PFD purchase

October 2020

The Australian Food & Grocery Council, NAFDA and other parties have made submissions to the ACCC about Woolworths purchase of PFD. The fight is hotting up.

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Singapore Airlines being "Covid Creative"

October 2020

If you are an airline right now what can you offer your customers? Why not a first class dining experience on the ground!

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PM includes Food & Beverage in $1.5B local manufacturing stimulus

October 2020

Prime Minister Scott Morrison haas included Food & Beverage in the $1.5 billion in new funding that will be invested over the next four years in the Modern Manufacturing Strategy to make Australian manufacturers more competitive, resilient and able to scale-up to take on the world

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Woolworths buys controlling stake in PFD Foodervices

August 2020

Woolworths purchase of a 65% stake in PFD is the biggest shake up in Australian Foodservice Distribution in living memory. What impact will this have on wholesale prices?

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4th Covid-19 Bulletin includes some surprises for suppliers

June 2020

Don't miss our 4th Covid-19 Foodservice Bulletin.
Some interesting surprises.........

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3rd Covid-19 Foodservice Bulletin available

May 2020

We estimate that around 90 to 95% of all QSR Independent outlets across the country have stayed open during the lockdown period which equates to around 8,500 outlets, and most of them being busier than ever!

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Covid-19 Foodservice Survey

April 2020

Support your industry
We are collecting data and insights from Foodservice Operators of all types in order to produce our Covid-19 Foodservice Bulletin. This information will be made avaialbe free of charge to the entire industry including suppliers, Government, Industry Associations

If you are Foodservice Business Owner or Manager or Chef, please take this 5 minute survey, so we can all have accurate information to help us manage through this situation and plan for the other side.

 

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Launch Statement - Covid-19 Foodservice Bulletin

March 2020

A letter from our Managing Director

Dear Foodservice Colleagues,

It is stating the obvious that we and the rest of the world are going through unchartered territory at the moment with COVID-19 rapidly spreading around the globe, seriously affecting country after country. It is also stating the obvious that foodservice markets here and around the world are fairly decimated at the moment.  Everyone is in shock – both at a personal level as well as from a business perspective.

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Did Winston Churchill predict Lab Grown Meats?

February 2020

Apparently so and it was way back in 1931 well before he became famous!

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Foodservice Business Leaders Webinar Program

Set your sights on new horizons. Look around your marketplace with the help of industry and subject matter experts in an intimate setting. Our new Foodservice Business Leaders Mentoring Program is a regular, informal group providing market insights, information. innovation concepts, idea exchange and networking.

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Is this the first Foodsevice Robot in Australia?

September 2019

NISKA, the ice cream robot has arrived in Melbourne. Aiming at enhancing the retail experience as much as serving great ice cream, NISKA is probably our very first robot in Foodservice in Australia.

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Data Modelling for the Foodservice Sector

August 2019

FIF has been working with BMA to ceate a powerful data model for the Australian Foodservice sector. Using IBM's TM1 Cognos platform, FIF can now analyse and aggregate data faster and more dynamically than previously.

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Foodservice Annual Trend report

May 2019

The inaugural Food Industry Foresight ANNUAL TREND REPORT is now available, providing an unparalleled insight into what's trending across Australia's foodservice market.

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Finger on the Pulse

May 2019

As Corporate Executive Chef for food distribution giant NAFDA, it’s imperative for Adam Moore to keep his finger on the pulse of the market.

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New FI FORESIGHT initiative to make data sharing easier

May 2019

At Food Industry Foresight we’re always exploring new and better ways to compile and share information of value to both foodservice suppliers and operators. Read about our new FS2 (Foodservice Too) Project.

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Quality Market Research is Essential

February 2019

“FI Foresight is at the forefront of Australia’s market research specialists and they really have their finger on the pulse of the foodservice market.”  So says Eugene Visione, ex-Head of Foodservice for Cerebos Australia and now Head of Sales and Marketing for Birch & Waite Foods.

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Questionaire Design is critical for success

February 2019

Questionnaire design is an essential element in the science of statistical data gathering and analysis and can make all the difference in delivering accurate and insightful market research.

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ASIAN QSR Conference exemplifies 'Can-do' attitude

February 2019

Asia’s QSR professionals came together in Singapore for the 2nd annual QSR Media Asia Conference and Awards held January 31,  and FI Foresight’s Director and resident futurist Rod Fowler was there to present at this well-attended industry event.

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Catching up with Guy Grossi

February 2019

Had a chance to meet the great Guy Grossi at the launch of the 2019 Gault & Millau Restaurant Guide.

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Interview by James Hill on 2SER FM Radio

January 2019

Live Radio interview. Rod Fowler being interviewed by James Hill on 2SER FM Radio: VEGANISM, MEAL KITS AND DRONES: A SNEAK PEAK AT FOOD TRENDS IN 2019.

Recorded 14th January 2019.  11 minutes.

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A Chefs view on our new Dining Out in Australia Report

January 2019

We were fortunate enough to get Corporate Executive Chef, Adam Moore, to write the introduction to our new Dining Out in Australia Report 2018 being released next week. Click through to read the intro.

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FI FORESIGHT’S Trend Data showcased at Fine Food 2018

December 2018

FI Foresight’s Trend Zone initiative at the industry’s premier trade event Fine Food 2018 generated a positive response from attendees who gained valuable insights and a chance to survey some of our latest data on the market.

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Is there really a science behind market research? You bet there is!

December 2018

Quality market research is backed up by the science of statistical analysis. That’s important in ensuring accurate results. Anyone can claim to offer information and insights based on ‘research’ – but if that research is superficial and not conducted according to scientific principles, the data obtained is more than likely going to be misleading and inaccurate.

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The robots are coming..... No, they are here!

December 2018

From burger-flipping robots to the applications of Artificial Intelligence and delivery by drone, the advances in synthetic biology and genetic engineering and how they’re likely to impact on the food industry – these were some of the key insights featured in FI Foresight’s latest ‘Future of Foodservice’ Seminar.

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Why drones are not taking off with our food

October 2018

Freelance Journalist Kristina Rosengren, writes about  Why Drones will never really take off delivering our food.

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NEW Annual Trend Report

August 2018

Announcing another first from FI Foresight - the inaugural Australian Food Industry Annual Trend Report will be released towards the end of this year. Providing a comprehensive overview of what's trending across the entire food industry, it's sure to become a 'must-have' document for suppliers and distributors. You can pre-order your copy today.

 

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No longer simply meat substitutes: the rise of plant-based proteins

July 2018

While plant-based proteins have been used to create meat substitutes for many years, these have until recently been marketed primarily to appeal to those following vegetarian diets.

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Digital Innovation at NRA 2018 in Chicago

July 2018

The unprecedented level of technological change on the horizon has huge potential benefits for foodservice suppliers and operators alike. So it’s not surprising the world’s largest foodservice event – the National Restaurant Association Show, held each year in Chicago at the end of May – includes a technical pavilion and ‘Innovation Hub’ devoted to showcasing the latest industry innovations and tech developments.

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Plant Based Meat Substitute

May 2018

Just had my first taste of one of the new plant based meat substitutes.
What a surprise! Much better than I expected.

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Corporate Brochure

October 2017

Find our more about whate we do.

Download our latest Corporate Brochure.

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Foodservice Online Magazines

January 2018

Check out our blogs on Robotics and Innovation in Foodservice. Stay informed about new technology and idease heading our way.

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Introduction to Blockchain

November 2017

Blockchain technology is being rolled out across the Food Industry in the USA and Europe. Do you know what it is? Do you need to know or plan for it? Are you interested in understanding what Blockchain is all about? Join our free Mentoring Program Monday 4th December to find out.

 

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Launch of new Mentoring Program for Foodservice Professionals

October 2017

In today’s busy Foodservice world, we often forget about developing and training our key staff to be better leaders for the future. With a fast changing market place and competitive pressures and high customer expectations of service levels, we can easily forget to make time to learn.

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Festival of Nonna

October 2017

We were lucky enough to be invited to the opening night of Festival of Nonna organised by Sandhurst Fine Foods. Fantastic Food and atmosphere in a pop-up restaurant. Classic Italian family dinner atmosphere.

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Robotics in Foodservice

September 2017

There are many new innovations on the way using Robotics in Foodservice. Which ones will really be useful? Follow our Foodservice Robotics Magazine to keep in touch.

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3D Food Printing and other strange stuff

March 2017

WHAT CAN WE EXPECT IN FOODSERVICE IN THE FUTURE? As we enter a new era of increased automation, with robotics, artificial intelligence, molecular sensors, the internet of things and much more, all set to become commonplace, there will be major impacts on industry, and foodservice will be no exception.

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New Foodservice Networking Opportunity

April 2018

FOODSERVICE BUSINESS LEADERS MENTORING GROUP PROVIDES IDEAL INFORMAL NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY AND CHANCE TO GLEAN VALUABLE INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

If you’re looking to stay abreast of the latest food market insights, analysis and information, there’s a way of doing so which is low-cost, informal, friendly and personal … and that’s by attending FI Foresight’s monthly Foodservice Business Leaders Mentoring Group.

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Visit from Italian Trade Minister

March 2017

Sissel Rosengren meeting Hon. Ivan Scalfarotto (R), Deputy Trade Minister leading a delegation from Italy.

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Event Preview

A preview of the up-coming "Future in Foodservice event happening at the Australian Museum in April.

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Future in Foodservice Seminar

February 2017

A new event from Food Industry Foresight looking into evolving technologies and digital disruption in the Foodservice Industry. Save the date: Monday, 3rd April, 2017 at the Australian Museum in Sydney.

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Future in Foodservice - Inaugural FI Foresight Seminar Set for 2017

If you’re in Sydney, mark the date of 3 April 2017 on your calendar right now – because that’s when the inaugural Future in Foodservice seminar is set to be held! The first in a planned series of regular annual events, the half-day event theme will be ‘Future in Foodservice’.

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What Makes Australia's Foodservice Market Special

“More than anywhere else, Australia embraces a vast number of cuisines and eating out options – but we identify all these as ours, rather than seeing them as offering foreign food,” points out FI Foresight Managing Director Sissel Rosengren. In fact Australians’ propensity to eat out is second highest in the world – only Singapore is higher among developed foodservice markets. And independent restaurants, cafés and eateries still make up the bulk of our volume dining – in contrast to the UK or US, where franchises and chains predominate across the café, QSR and middle range restaurant sectors.

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Breakfast and Brunch Trending Bigger on the Café Market Menu

The growth we’re now seeing in the breakfast sector – in excess of a three per cent share of total dining out – is a sign of increased consumer confidence as we come out of many years of a highly volatile market. “Breakfast is a good segment to track in terms of how the market is doing overall,” explains Sissel Rosengren. “When discretionary spending is tight, breakfast is typically the first meal segment to suffer. But right now cafés as well as restaurants to a lesser degree, which wouldn’t have opened for breakfast in the past are doing so, because the trade is too good to pass up. Particularly in places like Perth, eating out for breakfast is becoming part of the cultural fabric.”

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The Perils of Skewed Sampling

October 2016

THERE ARE plenty of market research reports floating around the internet, but it pays to check their source and sampling before you jump to any conclusions. Some organisations are providing superficial research and anecdotal data which purport to offer insights that aren’t really there. For example, a skewed survey sample size can lead to misleading results.

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Qualitative Vs Quantitative Data - The Need For Both

October 2016

WE BUILD up in-depth market research insights using a combination of qualitative and quantitative data. It’s important to use both methodologies, as the information you gain through the qualitative studies helps to verify the quantitative data. But for those new to market research, the similarity in these names can be confusing.

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The Australian Foodservice Market is Unique

October 2016

DID YOU KNOW Australia’s Foodservice market is distinctively different from that of other major western markets such as the UK or the US? While it may be tempting for some manufacturers and marketers – especially those with operations or head offices in those countries – to compare them with Australia, it’s more important to contrast them with our market. The Australian market has evolved over many decades and has its own particular demographics.

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Bob & Pete's 100% Yum Rely on FIF Market Research

June 2016

David Ferreira is Marketing Manager at Bob & Pete’s 100% Yum, which makes and distributes more than 400 varieties of fresh-baked pastries, bread, cakes, muffins, pastries and bakery goods for foodservice outlets in Sydney, the Blue Mountains, NSW Central Coast and rural areas.

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New Social Media in Foodservice Report

April 2016

We have released a new report covering the use of Social Media for Sales and Marketing in the Australian Foodservice Market. This report is available to all subscribers to our Australian Foodservice Continuous Information Service.

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FI Foresight Invests in New Data Modelling Platform

March 2016

FI FORESIGHT is making a major investment in a new data modelling platform, which gives us the capability to analyse and view data correlations faster than ever before. In practical terms this means we will be able to process larger volumes of more complex data.

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30% Decline in Away From Home consumption of all espresso based coffees

March 2016

Did you know there has been a 30% decline in the total consumption of all espresso based coffees in the 'Away from Home' market?

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Coffee & Beverage Annual Tracking Study

December 2015

The Food Industry Foresight Annual Tracking Study for Coffee & Beverages has been released and contains six separate volumes covering Coffee and Beverage consumption At Home, At Work and Away from Home.

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Economic Outlook for the Foodservice Market Released

November 2015

This week has seen the release of our Economic Outlook for the Australian Foodservice Market. This report exposes a continuous decline in net disposable income per head over the past 12 quarters. That is 3 years

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FIF in the Media

October 2015

ABC 7:30 Report visited our office to seek comment on changing aspects of the Fast Food Market in Australia.

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Why Utilise Market Research?

October 2015

VALUED AT AROUND AUD $45 billion at consumer prices, the Australian foodservice market is vibrant, sophisticated and growing. No wonder then that the many businesses which together comprise the foodservice supply chain are eager to capitalise upon the opportunities Australia’s market offers. But for these food and beverage suppliers, distributors, brand marketers, logistics and procurement businesses, not to mention the numerous commercial and institutional foodservice sector chains and independents, identifying these opportunities is far from a straightforward matter.

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Tip Top Playing to Win - With Research

October 2015

Tim Lucas oversees marketing for Tip Top Foodservice which is part of the bakeries division within George Weston Foods and makes up 20 per cent of its business.

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Going for coffee is the new cigarette break

July 2013

As smoking rates plummet across the country, Australian consumers have adopted caffeine as their new daily habit, now spending more than $9 billion a year for a fix of the world’s second-most popular drug.

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Australian Foodservice Market to Grow

July 2012

Consumers are now demanding red meat more often while swapping three courses for two; café chains are on the increase while independent cafés are falling; and retailers are now cooking from scratch more often to save on costs as 2011 again proved to be a difficult year for the foodservice industry.

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