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Saturday 21 May 2022

Hospitality & QSR

May means Eat, Drink, Love Ponsonby 2022.
19 May 2022   /

May means Eat, Drink, Love Ponsonby 2022.

For the month of May, participating Auckland restaurants and bars will be celebrating the Eat, Drink, Love Ponsonby 2022.


“You’re going to see a more focused business” Lion NZ’s Craig Baldie
18 May 2022  

“You’re going to see a more focused business” Lion NZ’s Craig Baldie

Lion is close to completing a reshaping of its NZ operations, allowing it to emerge from Covid concentrated on core.


New chair for Good Spirits Hospitality after Makeig resigns
18 May 2022   /

New chair for Good Spirits Hospitality after Makeig resigns

Good Spirits Hospitality has named director Matt Adams as chair designate after Duncan Makeig signalled his intention to resign the chair following the upcoming June board meeting.


Southland firm fined for poor seafood records
13 May 2022   /

Southland firm fined for poor seafood records

A Southland company has been fined $10,400 after failing to keep a fish sales record system for seafood it was moving between its Te Anau restaurants.


How has on-premise performed since Covid restrictions were lifted?
12 May 2022   /

How has on-premise performed since Covid restrictions were lifted?

Covid-19 concerns continue to dissipate, but venues and suppliers must now reckon with a reduction in disposable income.


Hospo welcomes temporary migrant worker changes
12 May 2022   /

Hospo welcomes temporary migrant worker changes

The hospitality industry says changes to migrant worker settings will be a welcome relief for businesses struggling to fill vacancies as the country’s border restrictions ease.


Card spending up in April, but down for hospo
11 May 2022   /

Card spending up in April, but down for hospo

Stats NZ said that in actual terms, monthly card spending on hospitality continued to decrease, down $56m or 4.9% compared with April 2021.


NZ Hospitality Conference is back
9 May 2022   /

NZ Hospitality Conference is back

The New Zealand Hospitality Conference is back in-person in July after a two-year hiatus and with a theme of “The Future of Hospitality”.


Foodprint goes live in the Waikato
6 May 2022   /

Foodprint goes live in the Waikato

Food rescue app Foodprint has gone live in the Waikato region officially launching in Hamilton, Cambridge, Te Awamutu and Raglan.


Lion’s Havana Coffee Works Roastery open in Auckland
3 May 2022   /

Lion’s Havana Coffee Works Roastery open in Auckland

Havana Coffee Works Roastery opened yesterday in Parnell, Auckland – its second location alongside Wellington.


Restaurant Brands Q1 sales squeak up
29 Apr 2022   /

Restaurant Brands Q1 sales squeak up

NZ sales were flat as Omicron disrupted store opening hours and the sales mix, particularly in Auckland.


Lion NZ expands hospo wellbeing programme
29 Apr 2022   /

Lion NZ expands hospo wellbeing programme

Lion New Zealand is expanding its Healthy Hospo health and wellbeing program to offer in-person events around New Zealand in 2022.


Good Spirits abandons $27m Nourish Group buy
28 Apr 2022   /

Good Spirits abandons $27m Nourish Group buy

The deal to acquire the 10-strong national portfolio falls over after failing to attract an equity backer.


Entries open for 2022 Hospitality Awards for Excellence
26 Apr 2022   /

Entries open for 2022 Hospitality Awards for Excellence

Entries are now open for Hospitality New Zealand’s 24th annual Hospitality Awards for Excellence, which will be held in person at a gala dinner on 27 July at the Grand Millennium Auckland.


Hospo spend tops $202m over Easter
21 Apr 2022   /

Hospo spend tops $202m over Easter

Consumer spending in hospitality over the week leading up to Easter Monday reached $202.8m, bucking a 23% downward trend over the last eight months following the Covid Delta outbreak, according to payment data from Worldline.


Two Thumb Brewing Co takes over Lion’s Fermentist
20 Apr 2022   /

Two Thumb Brewing Co takes over Lion’s Fermentist

Two Thumb Brewing Co is taking over the Christchurch site of the former Fermentist Brewery and Taproom, owned and operated by Lion.


Hell expands reading challenge campaign
20 Apr 2022   /

Hell expands reading challenge campaign

Pizza chain Hell has expanded its reading challenge – now in its eighth year – with the addition of The Great NZ Book trip.


Hell Pizza makes second run at Australia
19 Apr 2022   /

Hell Pizza makes second run at Australia

Queensland is initial focus for pizza franchise before a nationwide expansion is considered.


“Huge relief” for hospo with move to orange
14 Apr 2022   /

“Huge relief” for hospo with move to orange

The hospitality industry has welcomed the ditching of capacity limits in time for the important Easter, Anzac Day and school holidays.


Toastie Takeover judging under way
14 Apr 2022   /

Toastie Takeover judging under way

The Great New Zealand Toastie Takeover is back for a fifth year.


Hospo capacity limits to go after NZ moves to orange at midnight – Hipkins
13 Apr 2022  

Hospo capacity limits to go after NZ moves to orange at midnight – Hipkins

Bars, cafes, and restaurants will be able to fill up again with capacity and seating rules lifted, says Chris Hipkins.


Lone Star launches first hotel restaurant
12 Apr 2022   /

Lone Star launches first hotel restaurant

Lone Star has opened its first hotel restaurant within the Mercure Auckland Queen Street.


Cooks Coffee Company to rationalise shareholders
7 Apr 2022  

Cooks Coffee Company to rationalise shareholders

Auckland-headquartered international coffee chain franchise Cooks Coffee Company intends to exercise the power of sale of shares, following a significant repositioning which included a name change, $5.5m capital raise and share consolidation.


Subway taps former Kerry exec to lead NZ-Australia
5 Apr 2022   /

Subway taps former Kerry exec to lead NZ-Australia

Shane Bracken steps up to the top job following a turbulent period for the sandwich franchise, especially in Australia.


Hospo sees red over continued Covid restrictions
5 Apr 2022   /

Hospo sees red over continued Covid restrictions

Hospitality businesses will continue to struggle following the government’s decision to keep the country in the red setting of the Covid-19 Protection Framework, say industry groups.


Good Spirits delays $27m Nourish acquisition
31 Mar 2022   /

Good Spirits delays $27m Nourish acquisition

The completion of Auckland pub group Good Spirits Hospitality’s conditional takeover of restaurant owner Nourish Group has been delayed until Q2.


Burger Fuel warns of Omicron impacts
28 Mar 2022   /

Burger Fuel warns of Omicron impacts

Burger Fuel Group says it is experiencing some short-term, temporary store closures as a result of the Omicron outbreak.


Good Spirits Hospitality gets another interest waiver
28 Mar 2022   /

Good Spirits Hospitality gets another interest waiver

Good Spirits Hospitality has agreed a waiver with its lender Pacific Dawn in respect of the interest due and payable for the quarter ended 31 March 2022.


Hell launches Impossible Burger Pizza 2.0
28 Mar 2022   /

Hell launches Impossible Burger Pizza 2.0

Pizza chain Hell has launched an Impossible Burger Pizza 2.0 using plant-based food company Impossible Food’s beef product.


Council gives discount to hospitality businesses
25 Mar 2022   /

Council gives discount to hospitality businesses

Hamilton council has approved a 50% reduction in fees for food safety verifications that take place before the end of June this year.


Covid settings changes ‘waste of time, nonsensical’ – Hospitality NZ
24 Mar 2022   /

Covid settings changes ‘waste of time, nonsensical’ – Hospitality NZ

The changes do not go far enough to help struggling businesses, says industry groups.


Entries open for 2022 Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award
18 Mar 2022  

Entries open for 2022 Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award

Entries are now open for the 2022 Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award targeted at chefs aged 16-25.


Border reopening will save businesses – Hospitality NZ
17 Mar 2022  

Border reopening will save businesses – Hospitality NZ

The earlier border opening will save many businesses from collapse, says Hospitality New Zealand.


Pita Pit brands going from virtual to reality
16 Mar 2022   /

Pita Pit brands going from virtual to reality

The QSR franchise has used the pandemic to validate new food concepts, and is now working up a plan for a bricks and mortar rollout.


Dunedin cafe wins $10k in hospitality relief campaign
16 Mar 2022   /

Dunedin cafe wins $10k in hospitality relief campaign

Dunedin’s Alto Cafe has won $10,000 cash, as well as $5000 towards a new website, as part of a hospitality relief campaign.


Hospo, accom prices on the rise despite fuel, transport cuts
15 Mar 2022   /

Hospo, accom prices on the rise despite fuel, transport cuts

Hospitality and accommodation operators may still have to put up prices despite the fuel and transport cost cuts announced by the government, says Hospitality New Zealand.


Spending dips for hospitality, groceries
11 Mar 2022   /

Spending dips for hospitality, groceries

Hospitality venues continue to feel the pressure of Omicron with a 10% drop in card spending last month.


Unclear guidelines leading to hospo business fines
8 Mar 2022   /

Unclear guidelines leading to hospo business fines

Government guidelines on wage subsidies need to be clearer to protect small business owners including hospitality operators who are being fined for misinterpreting the rules.


Feb hospo spend in the doldrums
4 Mar 2022   /

Feb hospo spend in the doldrums

Consumer spending at hospitality businesses remains down nearly a quarter on pre-Covid levels, according to data from payment services provider Worldline.


Small businesses suffering under phase 3 – Buy NZ Made
4 Mar 2022   /

Small businesses suffering under phase 3 – Buy NZ Made

Small businesses are continuing to suffer under the pressure of Omicron and phase three restrictions.


Will Domino’s really be delivering pizza by drone?
3 Mar 2022   /

Will Domino’s really be delivering pizza by drone?

NZ GM Cameron Toomey says finding people to deliver goods will get harder as the volume of delivery products increases.


Percasky backs ghost kitchen startup building NZ portfolio
2 Mar 2022   /

Percasky backs ghost kitchen startup building NZ portfolio

The new venture is being backed by the Christchurch investor with at least $12m ploughed into it to date.


Hospitality welcomes end of self-iso
1 Mar 2022   /

Hospitality welcomes end of self-iso

Business and hospitality groups are pleased the government is ditching self-isolation requirements for returning New Zealanders.


Restaurant Brands delivers growth despite Covid challenges
28 Feb 2022   /

Restaurant Brands delivers growth despite Covid challenges

Rising costs saw some margin erosion, particularly in Australia and New Zealand.


Interims: MWE overseas sales surge, Good Spirits suffers lockdown hit
28 Feb 2022   /

Interims: MWE overseas sales surge, Good Spirits suffers lockdown hit

The listed companies brush off Covid-19 chills as they look to grow via distribution deals and acquisitions.


Hospo welcomes phase 3, support package changes
25 Feb 2022   /

Hospo welcomes phase 3, support package changes

t to phase 3 of the Omicron response and an adjustment to conditions in the government’s financial support package announced on Monday.


“Major problem” with new govt support – Hospitality NZ
23 Feb 2022   /

“Major problem” with new govt support – Hospitality NZ

Hospitality New Zealand is warning many of the hardest-hit businesses in the sector may be ineligible for the government’s new support package.


Relief at new Covid support, but fears not enough to prevent closures
22 Feb 2022   /

Relief at new Covid support, but fears not enough to prevent closures

It will help but many in hospitality may still have to shut, say industry groups.


Govt stumps up support for Omicron-impacted businesses
22 Feb 2022   /

Govt stumps up support for Omicron-impacted businesses

Three payments capped at $24k each will be available for hard-hit businesses.


Hospo jobs dip in record January – SEEK NZ
21 Feb 2022   /

Hospo jobs dip in record January – SEEK NZ

Job ads posted on website Seek reached a record in January, however hospitality and tourism ads were down 4% from December.


Lion’s message to govt: Act now to avert “major catastrophe”
18 Feb 2022   /

Lion’s message to govt: Act now to avert “major catastrophe”

The beverage giant urges Finance Minister Grant Robertson to “act swiftly, decisively and meaningfully”.


Lone Star calls for govt lifeline
18 Feb 2022   /

Lone Star calls for govt lifeline

The prominent hospitality brand has called on the government to throw a lifeline to the sector.


Watch: Hospitality under Omicron
17 Feb 2022  

Watch: Hospitality under Omicron

A sobering film showing the impact the red traffic light setting is having on hospitality operators across the country, courtesy of Hospitality New Zealand.


Frucor Suntory wins ‘multi-year, multi-million dollar’ Pita Pit contract
16 Feb 2022   /

Frucor Suntory wins ‘multi-year, multi-million dollar’ Pita Pit contract

The beverage maker expands into Pita Pit’s 87 outlets in a push into NZ foodservice.


58% of hospo owners preparing for insolvency – survey
15 Feb 2022   /

58% of hospo owners preparing for insolvency – survey

Half the industry has seen revenue plummet by more than 40% since NZ shifted to red, says Hospitality NZ.


FSANZ calls for food code feedback
15 Feb 2022  

FSANZ calls for food code feedback

Food Standards Australia New Zealand wants feedback on new safety and management standards for food service and retail businesses.


Queenstown hospo shutdown heralds Omicron “inferno”
14 Feb 2022   /

Queenstown hospo shutdown heralds Omicron “inferno”

Hospitality operators are battling to stay open – and afloat – after Covid cases force widespread closures at the resort.


Hospo revenues plummet 60% on pre-Covid levels – RA
11 Feb 2022   /

Hospo revenues plummet 60% on pre-Covid levels – RA

Restaurants are reporting a near 60% overall decline in revenues since the Covid-19 pandemic began.


CGF reports strong 2021 recovery for coffee chains
10 Feb 2022   /

CGF reports strong 2021 recovery for coffee chains

Cooks Global Foods says sales at its UK-based cafe franchises recovered from Covid-19 ahead of the wider UK coffee market in 2021.


Amisfield shines in national food awards
9 Feb 2022   /

Amisfield shines in national food awards

Central Otago’s Amisfield has scooped a couple of key prizes at the prestigious Cuisine Good Food Awards.


Domino’s to raise $20k+ for charity on World Pizza Day
9 Feb 2022   /

Domino’s to raise $20k+ for charity on World Pizza Day

World Pizza Day has a charitable feel for fast-food chain Domino’s.


$70m arts, culture package should be extended –  Hospitality NZ
3 Feb 2022  

$70m arts, culture package should be extended – Hospitality NZ

Hospitality New Zealand says the sector also deserves financial assistance to cushion the blow from the Covid-19 pandemic.


Red setting drives hopso down 25% – Hospitality NZ
2 Feb 2022  

Red setting drives hopso down 25% – Hospitality NZ

Hospitality New Zealand says New Zealand’s move into the red traffic light setting has scared people into a “voluntary lockdown”.


40% of members faced “rude, aggressive” customers – RA
6 Dec 2021   /

40% of members faced “rude, aggressive” customers – RA

The Restaurant Association says 40% of its members reported having to deal with rude or aggressive customers due to the transition on Friday to the traffic light Covid-19 Protection Framework.


Hospitality contributes 137k direct jobs, $6.8b in GDP – report
2 Dec 2021  

Hospitality contributes 137k direct jobs, $6.8b in GDP – report

More than 232,000 jobs are dependent on New Zealand’s hospitality sector, 137,000 of them directly, according to a new report.


Karma Drinks donates $12k to hospo after Black Friday initiative
2 Dec 2021   /

Karma Drinks donates $12k to hospo after Black Friday initiative

Karma Drinks will donate $12,070 to the #HandsUp4Hospo initiative after its recent ‘Hospo Friday’ initiative – a take on the popular Black Friday.


Hospo “crushed” after being left off govt’s $38m Auckland stimulus
1 Dec 2021  

Hospo “crushed” after being left off govt’s $38m Auckland stimulus

Exclusion from the government’s $37.5m summer reactivation scheme fro Auckland “another kick in the guts” for struggling hospo morale.