A view from abroad

The NRA show in the US shows the issues facing restaurateurs are the same everywhere. But we can help with solutions.

Well it’s that time of the year again, when restaurateurs from around the globe gather in Chicago for the International foodservice marketplace, The National Restaurant Association Show. As always, it was a true honour to represent Australia. At the meeting of the International Committee, the US, England, Ireland, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and (of course) Australia were present to discuss issues of concern in their part of the globe. The issues were very similar,
with the highest priority appearing to be the worldwide labour shortage.

Food prices also received some attention, with the basic conclusion being that the price of oil was more or less driving up the cost of most goods. Australia is clearly not competitive as far as profitability is concerned, however, from an industry management perspective we are being well served. The Association has many more strategies and initiatives on the go than most of the other nation’s representatives. In particular, Green Table and the Savour Australia campaign were of great interest to the other countries. Restaurant & Catering Australia has been offered an International Directorship with the National Restaurant Association. This is a great opportunity to deepen the relationship Australia has to demonstrate ‘bottom up’ global leadership!

Con Castrisos
President, Restaurant & Catering  Australia

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