New Zealand’s obsession with fast food has hit record levels, even as publicity about the current obesity epidemic is at a high point. According to the latest state of the hospitality industry report produced by the Restaurant Association and the Auckland University of Technology, annual spending on fast food grew 9% in 2012 to $1.5 billion.
Competitors at the 2012 NZ Culinary Fare are set to be challenged and rewarded in new and revamped competitions.
The hunt is on to find the country’s newest hospitality stars, and the Restaurant Association is pulling out all stops in its nationwide search for the best up and coming business team – a new competition at this year’s New Zealand Culinary Fare.
2012 is already being called the ‘Year of the Hacker’. Many tens of thousands of computers/networks – including restaurant, hotel, and retail POS systems – are increasingly being invaded and raided of their confidential data daily.
It is Rugby World Cup time and we have problems with our wingers, without whom we cannot possibly win. Wingers were what we called waiters when I first went on a restaurant floor, especially if they were any good.
The latest Restaurant Association/Auckland University of Technology Annual Hospitality Report 2011 makes it clear that old fashioned hospitality operations such as takeaways and pubs continue to lose ground to restaurants and cafés as New Zealand’s hospitality culture changes.
If anybody has borne a cost from the financial crisis that has dusted New Zealand in recent years, it has been hospitality staff, according to the latest data provided in the Restaurant Association/Auckland University of Technology Hospitality Report 2011.
A major new trade show has been announced for the restaurant and bar sector, strategically timed to provide information, inspiration and product support in the build up to the Rugby World Cup 2011.
Finalist voting for the Lewisham Awards kicks off on the 19th April until 4pm 12th May with the winner being announced at the awards on the 29th May.
Restaurant Association members recently provided some very strong (and often opposing), views on public holidays and surcharges in a recent Restaurant Association snapshot survey.
Restaurant Association of New Zealand: Getting your sexual harassment policy in place will protect your business
Both the Human Rights Act 1993 and the Employment Relations Act 2000 make sexual harassment a form of unlawful discrimination. Anyone alleging sexual harassment may choose to complain to the Human Rights Commission or to lodge a personal grievance claim. So it is important that employers know and understand their statutory obligations.
The New Zealand Culinary Fare competition will be held over three days in August (from 22-24), in Hall 2 at the ASB Showgrounds, Auckland.