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MINOR DKL FOOD GROUP NAMED EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR AT NATIONAL AWARDS CEREMONY

Minor DKL Food Group, a leading Australian retail food brand franchisor, has been named Employer of the Year at the National Retail Association’s (NRA) Excellence Awards held in Sydney.

The Australian-based company beat an American corporation, online retailers and a multi-site quick service restaurant franchisor to take out the coveted title.

The Employer of the Year Award is given to a retail or quick service business that can demonstrate innovative employment practices that not only attract the right people, but develop engaged employees who contribute to the overall success of the business.

Minor DKL General Manager People, Tammy Ryder, was delighted to accept the award on behalf of Minor DKL Food Group at the Rewards for Excellence gala event held in Sydney earlier this month.

What started as a late night coffee shop in Brisbane’s CBD, has grown into an international concern with more than 8,000 employees working in a combined 450 stores in nine countries.

“To win an award in Australia’s largest retail awards program is an outstanding achievement of which I’m proud. Minor DKL Food Group offers a rich and rewarding workplace with industry-leading training programs to develop its employees and a learning and development framework that offers a clear career path within the hospitality industry,” Tammy said.

Sharing the limelight with me is a small and hardworking team who not only handle corporate HR issues, but also manage HR enquiries from franchisees who collectively are responsible for the successful running of more than 300 stores located from one Australian seaboard to the other. “In a very competitive field, this win demonstrates that Minor DKL Food Group is becoming more agile and has truly come of age.”

Since joining Minor DKL Food Group in 2014, Tammy has been responsible for implementing some of the most radical shifts in the group’s short history including developing and relaunching The Coffee Club’s Learning and Development program, signing a Proactive Compliance Deed with the Fair Work Ombudsmen and leading her team to win numerous HR and L&D awards.

Held annually, the NRA’s Rewards for Excellence acknowledge excellence in ambition, leadership and innovation and are recognised nationally as the highest accolade in retail. The awards also aim to promote the diversity of viable career opportunities in an ever-evolving industry.

Minor DKL Food Group is the franchisor and intellectual property owner of The Coffee Club, Ribs & Rumps Restaurants, The Groove Train and Coffee Hit franchise systems.


THE COFFEE CLUB STARTS SEARCH FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIAN ARTS STAR

South Australian residents are being encouraged to nominate a local artist, designer or performer in their local community to receive a 2017 South Australian Young Achiever Award – in The Coffee Club sponsored Fashion and Arts category.

The annual Young Achiever Awards acknowledge, encourage and most importantly promote the positive achievements of all young people up to and including 29 years of age.

The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion award celebrates the diversity, innovation and excellence of artists in the community and recognises that the artist’s way is not always an easy path to walk.

The Coffee Club Director, John Lazarou, said The Coffee Club was delighted to continue its long-standing sponsorship of the Awards and the Fashion and Arts category.

“With youth often leading the way in fashion, design, textiles, visual and dramatic art, and dance, it is important to applaud their achievements in what is often a fast-paced, stressful and success-driven environment,” he said.

“Through the Arts and Fashion Award, recognition is given to those who strive for excellence, creativity and success.”

The Arts and Fashion award highlights the importance of the Arts Industry and rewards the next generation of artists who are making an important contribution to their local community.

The winner of the Arts and Fashion category will receive $2,000 from Prize Patron Alliance and a magnificent trophy.

To submit a nomination, simply go online to www.bit.ly/sa and complete the form. Nominations close Tuesday, 24 January 2017.

Last year, Donovan Christie won the Arts and Fashion category in the South Australian Young Achiever Awards.

About last year’s winner, Donovan Christie
Donovan Christie, 26 of Goodwood is an established visual artist specialising in urban landscapes and streetscapes. He has had 13 solo exhibitions, been a part of over 100 group exhibitions, ran his own art gallery and curated over 30 exhibitions. Donovan works with HYPA to hold workshops for at risk teens in the community and has donated several art pieces to charity auctions, including painting live in front of 300 guests at the Sight for All charity fundraiser. Donovan has won many awards and prizes and was recently featured in the Wonderwalls Exhibition.


THE COFFEE CLUB STARTS SEARCH FOR NEW SOUTH WALES ARTS STAR

New South Wales residents are being encouraged to nominate a local artist, designer or performer in their local community to receive a 2017 New South Wales Young Achiever Award – in The Coffee Club sponsored Fashion and Arts category.

The annual Young Achiever Awards acknowledge, encourage and most importantly promote the positive achievements of all young people up to and including 29 years of age.

The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion award celebrates the diversity, innovation and excellence of artists in the community and recognises that the artist’s way is not always an easy path to walk.

The Coffee Club Director, John Lazarou, said The Coffee Club was delighted to continue its long-standing sponsorship of the Awards and the Fashion and Arts category.

“With youth often leading the way in fashion, design, textiles, visual and dramatic art, and dance, it is important to applaud their achievements in what is often a fast-paced, stressful and success-driven environment,” he said.

“Through the Arts and Fashion Award, recognition is given to those who strive for excellence, creativity and success.”

The Arts and Fashion award highlights the importance of the Arts Industry and rewards the next generation of artists who are making an important contribution to their local community.

The winner of the Arts and Fashion category will receive $2,500 from Masonicare and a magnificent trophy.

To submit a nomination, simply go online to www.bit.ly/nswyaa and complete the form. Nominations close Thursday, 15 December 2016.

Last year, James Farley and Genevieve Clay-Smith became joint winners of the Fashion and Arts category in the New South Wales/ACT Young Achiever Awards.

About last year’s winners, Genevieve Clay-Smith and James Farley
James Farley, 25 of WAGGA WAGGA is a passionate young photographic artist. His PhD research is exploring experimental arts practice in the environment. An exhibiting artist both nationally and internationally, James work has received accolades from Arts NSW, The Contemporary Centre of Photography and the Sony World Photography Organization. James works as a sessional academic tutor in art history, art theory and photo media practice. He was commissioned by Wagga Wagga Hospital and the Council to create an interactive all-ages installation and was also featured in the program of the Fusion Festival.

Genevieve Clay-Smith, 27 of ALEXANDRIA is an award-winning writer and director and is CEO of Bus Stop Films. Bus Stop Films is a voluntarily run, not-for-profit company dedicated to building the confidence, English skills and life ready skills of people with an intellectual disability or those from marginalised communities. Bus Stop Films has won over 50 awards, screened at over 90 international film festivals and can be seen on Qantas in-flight entertainment.


THE COFFEE CLUB STARTS SEARCH FOR TASMANIAN ARTS STAR

Tasmanian residents are being encouraged to nominate a local artist, designer or performer in their local community to receive a 2017 Tasmanian Young Achiever Award – in The Coffee Club sponsored Fashion and Arts category.

The annual Young Achiever Awards acknowledge, encourage and most importantly promote the positive achievements of all young people up to and including 29 years of age.

The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion award celebrates the diversity, innovation and excellence of artists in the community and recognises that the artist’s way is not always an easy path to walk.

The Coffee Club Director, John Lazarou, said The Coffee Club was delighted to continue its long-standing sponsorship of the Awards and the Fashion and Arts category.

“With youth often leading the way in fashion, design, textiles, visual and dramatic art, and dance, it is important to applaud their achievements in what is often a fast-paced, stressful and success-driven environment,” he said.

“Through the Arts and Fashion Award, recognition is given to those who strive for excellence, creativity and success.”

The Arts and Fashion award highlights the importance of the Arts Industry and rewards the next generation of artists who are making an important contribution to their local community.

The winner of the Arts and Fashion category will receive $1,000 from Axys and a magnificent trophy.

To submit a nomination, simply go online to www.bit.ly/tasyaa and select ‘Nominate Now.’ Nominations close Thursday, 8 December 2016.

Last year, Lenah Valley resident, Halina Kaufman, won the Fashion and Arts category in the Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards.

About last year’s winner, Halina
Halina Kaufman, 28 of Lenah Valley has had a successful career in jewellery manufacturing, winning two regional and a national gold medal in the Worldskills jewellery competition. She trained with master engravers in Florence and Louisiana and a specialist diamond setter in The Netherlands. Halina is currently a Worldskills judge and project designer. Halina has been a finalist five times in the Australian Design Awards.


THE COFFEE CLUB STARTS SEARCH FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIAN ARTS STAR

Western Australia residents are being encouraged to nominate a local artist, designer or performer in their local community to receive a 2017 Queensland Young Achiever Award – in The Coffee Club sponsored Fashion and Arts category.

The annual Young Achiever Awards acknowledge, encourage and most importantly promote the positive achievements of all young people up to and including 29 years of age.

The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion award celebrates the diversity, innovation and excellence of artists in the community and recognises that the artist’s way is not always an easy path to walk.

The Coffee Club Director, John Lazarou, said The Coffee Club was delighted to continue its long-standing sponsorship of the Awards and the Fashion and Arts category.

“With youth often leading the way in fashion, design, textiles, visual and dramatic art, and dance, it is important to applaud their achievements in what is often a fast-paced, stressful and success-driven environment,” he said.

“Through the Arts and Fashion Award, recognition is given to those who strive for excellence, creativity and success.”

The Arts and Fashion award highlights the importance of the Arts Industry and rewards the next generation of artists who are making an important contribution to their local community.

The winner of the Arts and Fashion category will receive $2,000 and a trophy.

To submit a nomination, simply go online to www.bit.ly/wayaa and select ‘Nominate Now.’ Nominations close Wednesday, 1 February 2017.

Last year, Mount Lawley resident, Kathryn Osborne, won the Fashion and Arts category in the West Australian Young Achiever Awards.

About last year’s winner, Kathryn
Kathryn Osborne, 28 of Mount Lawley is a director, producer and theatre maker. She co-founded The Duck House, an ensemble of five theatre makers that have presented nine professional and original productions over the past five years.
As General Manager of The Last Great Hunt, Kathryn has produced nine new works, launched ten international tours and secured state funding worth $600,000. She is now the artistic director for the Riptide Youth Theatre Company and a producer at CircuitWest. Kathryn was awarded Best New Play at the 2015 Performing Arts WA Awards.


The Coffee Club Starts Search for Queensland Arts Star

Queensland residents are being encouraged to nominate a local artist, designer or performer in their local community to receive a 2017 Queensland Young Achiever Award – in The Coffee Club sponsored Fashion and Arts category.

The annual Young Achiever Awards acknowledge, encourage and most importantly promote the positive achievements of all young people up to and including 29 years of age.

The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion award celebrates the diversity, innovation and excellence of artists in the community and recognises that the artist’s way is not always an easy path to walk.

The Coffee Club Director, John Lazarou, said The Coffee Club was delighted to continue its long-standing sponsorship of the Awards and the Fashion and Arts category.

“With youth often leading the way in fashion, design, textiles, visual and dramatic art, and dance, it is important to applaud their achievements in what is often a fast-paced, stressful and success-driven environment,” he said.

“Through the Arts and Fashion Award, recognition is given to those who strive for excellence, creativity and success.”

The Arts and Fashion award highlights the importance of the Arts Industry and rewards the next generation of artists who are making an important contribution to their local community.

The winner of the Arts and Fashion category will receive $2,000 from Auswide bank and a trophy.

To submit a nomination, simply go online to www.bit.ly/qldyaa and select ‘Nominate Now.’ Nominations close Thursday, 19 January 2017.

Last year, Bridgeman Downs resident, Connor O’Grady, won the Fashion and Arts category in the Queensland Young Achiever Awards.

About last year’s winner, Connor
Connor O’Grady is a fifteen year old aspiring fashion designer whose meticulous attention to detail, pattern making ability, and sense of style has already won him numerous awards including APEX Australia Teenage Fashion Designer of the Year, Australian Wool Fashion Awards Supreme Award Winner, and Grand Champion in Fashion for three consecutive years at the Royal Queensland Show.

This community minded schoolboy designs and sews fashionable turbans for the Wesley Hospital Choices Cancer Support Centre, and has travelled to Cambodia to undertake local community service in a remote village.


THE COFFEE CLUB STARTS SEARCH FOR VICTORIAN ARTS STAR

Victorian residents are being encouraged to nominate a local artist, designer or performer in their local community to receive a 2017 Young Achiever Award – in The Coffee Club sponsored Fashion and Arts category.

The annual Young Achiever Awards acknowledge, encourage and most importantly promote the positive achievements of all young people up to and including 29 years of age.

The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion award celebrates the diversity, innovation and excellence of artists in the community and recognises that the artist’s way is not always an easy path to walk.

The Coffee Club Director, John Lazarou, said The Coffee Club was delighted to continue its long-standing sponsorship of the Awards and the Fashion and Arts category.

“With youth often leading the way in fashion, design, textiles, visual and dramatic art, and dance, it is important to applaud their achievements in what is often a fast-paced, stressful and success-driven environment,” he said.

“Through the Arts and Fashion Award, recognition is given to those who strive for excellence, creativity and success.”

The Arts and Fashion award highlights the importance of the Arts Industry and rewards the next generation of artists who are making an important contribution to their local community.

The winner of the Arts and Fashion category will receive a $1,000 Bartercard account, $1,000 courtesy of the Bank of Melbourne and an outstanding trophy.

To submit a nomination, simply click here and select ‘Nominate Now.’ Nominations close Thursday, 1st December 2016.

Last year, Noble Park resident, Fablice Manirakiza, won the Fashion and Arts category in the Victorian Young Achiever Awards.

About last year’s winner Fablice
Fablice arrived in Australia eight years ago, and since then has established himself as a creator of influence in the Australian arts scene, working as a rapper, MC, Dancer, Festival Producer and curator.

Fablice was awarded the first ever Refugee Scholarship Award from Multicultural Arts Victoria, where he has organised a number of youth arts festivals around Victoria. He is an icon amongst local indigenous youth and has held performance workshops across Australia.

Fablice was voted Australia’s number one African hip hop act at the South Australian Hip Hop Awards, and voted twice as the Top 100 Influential African/Australians.

He is also an official ambassador for the AFL, National Refugee Week, Multicultural Arts Victoria and Melbourne Festival.


The Coffee Club and Justine Schofield ‘Go Green’ with New Spring Menu

Seasonal greens and fresh produce are the key to a popular breakfast menu according to celebrity chef and The Coffee Club Ambassador Justine Schofield, who this week unveiled a range of new signature dishes in all stores nationally.

As part of the new-look menu, Justine has created three all-day breakfast menu items for the much-loved franchise chain, including a ham, cheese and asparagus crepe, a dukkah crusted egg on hommus flat bread and a chunky avo, eggs and bacon dish on sourdough – all of which are topped with fresh herbs.

Ms Schofield said that while the dishes had been based on key trends this season, they are personal favourites of hers – tried and tested in her home kitchen before making their way onto The Coffee Club menus nationally.

“My new dishes are based around the philosophy of making produce the hero and putting a twist on the classic bacon and eggs by adding loads of fresh greens such as asparagus, avocados, spinach and herbs which are in abundance this time of year,” Ms Schofield said.

“I’ve put my stamp on breakfast favourites and have also included a nod to my French heritage with the sumptuous gooey cheese and ham crepe which is packed with fresh parsley, and easily my favourite dish on the menu.

“There’s a lot of bright colours in these menu additions, and they’re wholesome but not too heavy – perfect for the warmer weather.”

The Coffee Club Marketing Manager, Matt Emmerson, agreed that the team had focused on classic dishes with the latest menu iterations, following research into consumer menu preferences.

“We know that Australians are obsessed with all-day breakfast as it symbolises relaxation and catching up with loved ones, so we’ve embraced that – working with Justine on dishes that taste great and can be enjoyed at any time of day,” Mr Emmerson said.

“When it comes to what Australians love to eat, our insights revealed that they don’t necessarily want anything too fancy – just a spin on eggs and bacon with plenty of fresh produce.

“I’m proud to say that Justine’s new menu items strike the right balance, combining trending ingredients like dukkah with seasonal spring produce and breakfast staples to create meals that appeal to a wide range of customers. After all, who doesn’t love an all-day breakfast?”

The new menu additions are in stores nationally.


Tickets now on sale for The Coffee Club Telethon Ball 2016

Help find faster diagnoses, better treatments and cures for childhood cancer by buying a ticket to the most vibrant charity ball in south-east Queensland – The Coffee Club Telethon Ball 2016.

This year’s event will be held at the Royal International Convention Centre, Bowen Hills, alongside the Channel 9 Telethon live broadcast. So, you can expect to share in the same star-studded entertainment line-up.

The theme for this year’s gala event is A Night in New York. Take a step back in time to an era when Sinatra was king and The Cotton Club was the place to be seen. Think elegant and opulent styling and the sights and sounds of Broadway in the 1940’s. Dress up in cocktail wear or vintage glam and enjoy a sumptuous four course meal while being entertained by some very special guests.

The Telethon Ball helps raise funds for the Children’s Hospital Foundation and ultimately helps sick kids get better and go home sooner.

This year’s event is expected to attract close to 1,000 guests and will be the hottest, must-have ticket in town. So, start spreading the news …
To purchase tickets now, visit www.tcctelethonball.com.au.


THE COFFEE CLUB POACH THE BREAKFAST MARKET
WITH NEW EGGS BENEDICT RANGE

The humble eggs benedict has had a shake-up with The Coffee Club launching six variations of the breakfast favourite this month in all The Coffee Club stores nationally.

Bolstering an already extensive all-day breakfast menu, The Coffee Club is serving up its biggest and best range of eggs benedict to date, drawing on key ingredient trends for the range including pulled pork, savoury mince, and smoked salmon.
The Coffee Club’s eggs benedict range includes:

• Eggs benedict with bacon

• Eggs benedict with smoked salmon and spinach

• Eggs benedict with BBQ pulled pork and spinach

• Eggs benedict with mushrooms and spinach

• Eggs benedict with leg ham

• Eggs benedict with savoury mince and spinach

* All of which comprise two poached eggs on ciabatta topped with hollandaise sauce

The new eggs benedict range is available on The Coffee Club’s all day breakfast menu nationally until September 4th, with the promotion to conclude following Father’s Day.


THE COFFEE CLUB BRINGS STAR ATHLETE TO MAREEBA

Winning isn’t everything unless, of course, you’re a wide-eyed schoolgirl from Mareeba who has won a priceless training session on Wednesday with Australian sporting royalty.

Rowyn Holden, a 13 year old schoolgirl from Mareeba, beat more than 2,200 entrants from across Australia to win a two hour ‘defensive’ netball clinic with the Captain of The Coffee Club Queensland Firebirds, Laura Geitz, at her local sporting club.

And, the ecstatic winner has decided to share her win with her teammates from the Mareeba Lightning under 14s netball team.

The two hour training session is the culmination of a two month nationwide search by The Coffee Club to find the fan most deserving of one-on-one time with her (or his) sports idol.

“This competition was as much a celebration of all things netball as it was a way to say thanks to the grassroots netball community across Australia,” The Coffee Club’s Marketing Manager, Matt Emmerson said.

“In the process of trying to identify the winning entry, we found some incredibly compelling stories that really impressed our judges. But it was Rowyn’s dad’s entry, that drew parallels between his daughter’s local under 14s netball club and the Firebirds, that really won us over.”

“The Coffee Club is thrilled to bring Laura Geitz to Mareeba. We know how important local sports teams are to their community. Not only are friendships forged on and off the field, but some of Australia’s best athletes, such as Laura, have honed their skills in regional clubs like the Mareeba Lightning under 14s.”

“Laura, an inspirational role model from one of Australia’s best-known sporting teams, is going to help Mareeba Lightning U14 players improve their defence skills ahead of the 2017 rep season and provide a little bit of coaching to help with Saturday netball fixtures.”

”Although Laura will only be with the team for an hour, I’m confident that the impression she will make on the team is likely to last much longer,” Matt said.


WYNNUM TO GET CAFFEINE HIT WITH NEW COFFEE CLUB STORE OPENING ON 2 SEPTEMBER

The Coffee Club Wynnum, a vibrant new café set to open on the corner of Charlotte Street and Bay Terrace, is on a growing list of eateries and developments revitalising central Wynnum.

The 100 seat café, located on the ground floor of The Palais apartment building, will open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch offering visitors stunning views to Pandanus Beach and Moreton Bay.

The store will officially open for business on Friday, 2 September 2016.

The Coffee Club franchisee and Wynnum resident, John Shepherd, said the cafe would offer something that was currently lacking in Wynnum.

“As far as I’m aware, The Coffee Club will be the first franchised cafe chain to open a store in Wynnum,” he said. “By opening a cafe right here on the main street, you could say I have first mover advantage.”

“People are ready for the quality and service that you would expect from a Coffee Club store and the variety of menu choices on offer.”

The Coffee Club Wynnum will offer familiar favourites and favourites with a twist, including:

• Corn & Zucchini Fritters with Bacon

• Chicken, Avocado & Macadamia Salad

• Famous Eggs Benedict

• Traditional Leg Ham, Cheese & Tomato Toasties.

“We’re really looking forward to welcoming Wynnum Manly residents to our little piece of paradise and showing them what they’ve been missing out on food-wise, and treating them to a little bit of good old fashioned English family hospitality,” John said.

When John immigrated to Brisbane from Manchester three years ago, little did he know that one day he would be walking to work in under five minutes and serving customers alongside wife Kathryn and his four children.

“I’m looking forward to opening what will be a true family business. My kids are now all trained baristas and my second eldest, Holly, spent the last six months working in The Coffee Club’s Carindale store. If anyone knows anything about great service and excellent coffee; then it’s definitely Holly.”

Located minutes away from Pandanus Beach and Wynnum Whale Park, the cafe is the perfect place for families to eat, drink and connect with each other while enjoying a spectacular view.

“I’m looking forward to playing my part in bringing Wynnum to life and selling its seaside charm to visitors,” John said.

Located at 70-78 Bay Terrace, The Coffee Club Wynnum will open daily from 7am.


THE COFFEE CLUB OPENS NEXT STORE IN NT EXPANSION

The Coffee Club’s latest Darwin store recently opened for business in Casuarina Square Shopping Centre’s new $34 million outdoor leisure and dining precinct – The Quarter.

When Coffee Club Casuarina franchisee, Marshall Lay, was asked if he would consider opening store number two in Casuarina Square, he leapt at the opportunity.

“When the chance to open another Coffee Club store came up, it was hard for me to say no. An Australian success story, The Coffee Club has a good track record and a strong and instantly recognisable brand,” Mr Lay said. “Plus, I love their UTZ-certified coffee.”

“I believe the market is strong enough to support and sustain another Coffee Club in Casuarina, particularly with the expansion of Darwin’s largest shopping centre.”

“Our new store will trade later into the night and give residents who live in the northern suburbs a place to enjoy a cup of excellent coffee or a light meal without having to travel into the city,” he said.

A long-time Darwin resident, Marshall has 23 years’ experience in the hospitality industry including ten years working for The Coffee Club.

After opening and managing a small fast food shop in Tennant Creek, he moved back to Darwin with solid skills in small business management and a desire to run a business of his own.

“I approached The Coffee Club to see if they had any opportunities. That was a decade ago and now I’m the proud owner of three stores,” Marshall said.


GOLD COAST COFFEE CLUB FRANCHISEE UNVEILS LARGEST KIOSK STORE

The Coffee Club multi-store franchisee, Michael Theodorou, has opened his third store in south-east Queensland and one of the biggest kiosk stores built by the café franchise group.

The Coffee Club’s brand new Pacific Fair store features seating for 110-120 people and an on-trend store design that utilises warm, natural colours and textures to create a casual and relaxed atmosphere for customers.


ICONIC THE COFFEE CLUB STORE GETS NEW LEASE ON LIFE

The Coffee Club’s iconic Boundary Street store in West End has a new lease on life with a change of owners and a major refurbishment.

Closing the store and reopening a new cafe/bar/restaurant is all in a day’s work for business partners, Jorge Kokoris and Emmanuel Diacos.

The duo, who became Coffee Club franchisees six years ago, have a message for The Coffee Club’s West End patrons.

“We’d like regular customers to know that The Coffee Club West End is back in business, is under new management and has reopened with extended trading hours. And, we’re here for the long haul,” Mr Kokoris said.

“We are open 12 months of the year, seven days a week, from 6am to 10pm.”

‘We’ll continue to cater to cyclists and other early risers and stay open later to appeal to the late night dinner crowd and shift workers.”

“With a prime Boundary Street position and ample car parking out the back, we are in the perfect position to capitalise on passing foot traffic and offer the perfect meeting place for Highgate Hill and West End residents and small business owners,” he said.

The site is steeped in history. It is not only The Coffee Club’s seventh store to open, but it also once was the franchise group’s unofficial headquarters.


THE COFFEE CLUB FLYING HIGH ON PRESTIGIOUS INTERNATIONAL FOOD AND BEVERAGE AWARD

Two innovative twenty foot shipping containers converted into upmarket cafes have won a coveted international food and beverage award for Brisbane Coffee Club multi-site franchisee, George Drivas.

George’s ground-breaking cafes, located outside Brisbane Airport’s Virgin and Qantas domestic terminals, beat a strong field of international hopefuls to take out the coveted Outstanding Originality in Food and Beverage Award at the Airport Food and Beverage (FAB) Awards held in Geneva, Switzerland.

Held annually, the Airport FAB Awards celebrate the best and most innovative projects in travel-related food and beverage and attract entries from fast food franchisors and independent outlets across the globe.

George said that he was thrilled to have won an award.

“Receiving such a prestigious award is a great endorsement of our innovative grab-and-go concept. For a Coffee Club Brisbane store to have won an international accolade is a tribute to our capability and strength in the food and beverage sector,” he said.

The Coffee Club pop-up cafes have a small store footprint and feature an expansive service counter, a grab-and-go menu, and impressive green credentials, including a rooftop garden.

When The Coffee Club introduced these unique concept stores back in 2014, the company set a precedent by becoming the first major franchised coffee chain in Australia to offer food and beverage from shipping containers.

Fast forward and retail spaces in refurbished shipping containers are becoming increasingly popular as companies are looking at ways to maintain market share and stay relevant.

“By using shipping containers, The Coffee Club not only demonstrates a commitment to growing a sustainable business and innovative design, but also a competitive advantage over most of our rivals who continue to roll-out traditional store designs,” said George. “Winning an international award is testament to our growth strategy and ability to connect with our customers and offer something unique.”

The novelty still hasn’t worn off for George and thousands of passengers who travel through the domestic airport each year.

“Since day one, I’ve had people taking pictures and commenting on the store design. People stopping by for a cup of coffee as they make their way to and from the airport is amazing,” he said.


Minor DKL Food Group – a triple threat at 2016 National Retail Association Awards

Minor DKL Food Group has been named a finalist in three 2016 National Retail Association Award categories – including Employer of the Year.

The Coffee Club is one of five national finalists in the Training Excellence Award category as well as a finalist in the HR Practitioner of the Year category with General Manager People, Tammy Ryder, receiving a nod for her work in developing a sustainable business.

All category winners will be announced during the gala NRA Rewards for Excellence dinner in Sydney on 14 September 2016.


The Coffee Club announced as finalist in 2016 Excellence in Franchising Awards

A creative reimagining and roll-out of a new company vision earned The Coffee Club a finalist ‘berth’ in the Franchising Council of Australia’s (FCA) 2016 Excellence in Franchising Awards.

The Coffee Club was named a finalist in the Marketing Excellence category for its strategic rebranding project which engaged every franchisee in Australia and was executed across more than 280 stores.

Each year the Excellence in Franchising Awards recognise and reward excellence and provide a platform for companies and individuals to showcase the ‘amazing’ work they are doing in the franchising sector.

The FCA Marketing Excellence Award is given to a franchisor that displays excellence in strategy and execution of a marketing program within a franchise system.

The winner of the Marketing Excellence Award will be announced in October 2016 at the FCA Excellence in Franchising Awards event.


Join The Coffee Club squad and paint the town purple

The Coffee Club has urged Queenslanders to paint the town purple on Monday 18 July 2016 to support defending ANZ champions The Coffee Club Queensland Firebirds in their Australian Conference final against New South Wales Swifts.

The Coffee Club General Manager of Marketing Greg Bowell said The Coffee Club stores and staff across the state were right behind the side ahead of the clash at Brisbane Entertainment Centre.

“We’re throwing our weight behind our favourite team via The Coffee Club’s Facebook, Instagram and website and call on all Queenslanders to do the same,” he said.

“To show your support, use the hashtag #PurpleSquad and upload photos of you, your friends and family wearing the colour purple.

“We wish The Coffee Club Queensland Firebirds all the best for Monday and hope they notch a big win to book a blockbuster home semi-final next weekend.”

Firebirds coach Roselee Jencke said the team could not wait to kick off its finals campaign in front of a parochial home crowd.

“Our fans are our eighth player on court and the prospect of bringing the Australian Conference title home in front of them on Monday is hugely motivating,” she said.

“We hope Firebirds fans young and old get behind The Coffee Club’s #PurpleSquad campaign and show their support by using the hashtag on all of their messages across Twitter, Facebook,and Instagram.

“The Coffee Club is our greatest supporter and its encouragement will help spur us on as we embark on our quest for back-to-back ANZ Championship titles.”

For more information about the #PurpleSquad, visit www.coffeeclub.com.au/purplesquad.

The Coffee Club is the proud Naming Rights Partner of the Queensland Firebirds and the Official Ball Partner of the ANZ Championship.

 

#purplesquad finals campaign launch

What: The Coffee Club Queensland Firebirds stars Laura Geitz, Romelda Aiken and Caitlyn Nevins will be at The Coffee Club Eagle Street Pier tomorrow from 10am to launch the team’s #PurpleSquad finals campaign.

Date: Friday 15 July 2016.

Time: Campaign launch at 10am. Players on-site signing autographs and meeting fans until 11am.

Where: The Coffee Club Eagle Street Pier, 10/1 Eagle St, Brisbane City QLD 4000.


2016 NATIONAL BARISTA CHAMPIONSHIPS

THE COFFEE CLUB’S ‘CREMA’ THE CROP TAKE TO THE STAGE

Brisbane residents are encouraged to head down to the Queen Street Mall on Tuesday 28th of June for a whole ‘latte’ free coffee, as Australia’s finest baristas compete for top honours in The Coffee Club’s 2016 Barista Championship.

The four finalists, hailing from Gladstone, Lismore, Brisbane and Perth, will take to the stage from midday where they’ll be assessed on a number of criteria including taste and pouring technique through to the level of detail and skill demonstrated in their latte art.

The Coffee Club’s Director John Lazarou will join judges, World Latte Artist Judge Lance Brown and Veneziano Coffee Roasters’ Training Manager Jade Jennings, in choosing the winning barista.

Mr Lazarou said that The Coffee Club had trained over 4,000 baristas to its national qualification standards, so making the top four was a huge feat.

“We serve over 25 million cups of coffee each year across our 300 Australian stores, so these four finalists should feel incredibly proud to make the 2016 national final,” Mr Lazarou said.

“The Coffee Club is proud of its award-winning learning and development programs which includes comprehensive barista training for all staff; it is such a thrill to see the high calibre of finalists representing our stores from across the country.”

Locals are encouraged to swing by the Upper Stage in the Queen Street Mall to watch the competitors share their top tips for the best cuppa, while grabbing a caffeine hit from The Coffee Club’s promotional cart.

What: The Coffee Club 2016 Barista Championship

Where: Upper Stage, Queen Street Mall, Brisbane CBD

When: Tuesday, 28 June 2016, 12pm – 2:45pm


JUSTINE SCHOFIELD AND THE COFFEE CLUB PARTNER ON NEW MENU LAUNCH

Australian food personality, Justine Schofield, has added her signature culinary twist to The Coffee Club’s latest menu, today unveiling three of her recipes as part of her new role as Food Ambassador.

Justine’s menu additions include a smoked salmon and cream cheese omelette, an all-day breakfast granola bowl, as well as a chicken, avocado and macadamia salad; all of which are set to become favourites at The Coffee Club.

These specialities join an extensive list of additions to The Coffee Club’s new menu which include new classic favourites such as lasagne, chicken parmigiana, a range of gourmet burgers and on-trend breakfasts such as grilled haloumi bruschetta, as well as gluten-free bread and lactose-free milk.

The Coffee Club General Manager of Marketing, Greg Bowell, said that the group was looking to offer something new and exciting to its customers, while still providing the classic, traditional food that The Coffee Club is famous for.

“Last month we announced Justine’s role as our new Food Ambassador and today we’re thrilled to launch our new menu which combines her special recipes with traditional favourites,” Mr Bowell said.

“In doing this we’re staying true to our brand, yet offering customers a fresh and modern twist on the Australian classics that our customers know and love.”

In sharing her recipes as part of the menu, The Coffee Club’s Food Ambassador, Justine Schofield, said she had created a selection of on-trend, nutritious meals.

“For me, food is about bringing people together – and I love nothing more than catching up with my loved ones over beautiful, simple meals that everyone can enjoy,” Ms Schofield said.

“The Coffee Club embodies this philosophy appealing to a wide range of people with healthy, homely meals that inspire quality time and togetherness, and this has been my inspiration when curating dishes for the new menu.”

Mr Bowell agrees: “Justine’s passion and influence in our new menu combined with our award winning coffee makes The Coffee Club the ideal meeting place for all Australians.”

The Coffee Club’s new menu is now available in stores around Australia.


THE COFFEE CLUB FULL OF BEANS FOLLOWING GOLD MEDAL WIN

The Coffee Club is celebrating after outclassing more than 50 competitors to scoop up top honours at the recent Golden Bean Coffee Awards.

The Coffee Club’s exclusive signature blend was awarded gold in the Chain Store/Franchise (Espresso) Category with judges praising its harmonious balance and full bodied flavour. The blend also took home the bronze medal in the Chain Store/Franchise (Milk-based) Category.

Minor DKL CEO Jason Ball said that that the company was delighted with the win for the Franchise network and loyal customer base that make and enjoy over 29 million coffees each year.

“To win gold in such a competitive field of popular Australian coffee chains is a huge achievement and truly demonstrates our commitment to excellent coffee.”

“We want our customers to know our trained Barista’s love making their coffee, to know it is award winning and proudly 100% UTZ certified. This certification means our customers can have confidence in the quality and sustainability of our coffee right back to the origin of the bean,” he said.

The gold medal espresso blend will also feature across The Coffee Club’s chilled beverage range, including a brand new Espresso Frappe launching this week.

Moreover, the introduction of the award-winning signature blend comes at a time when The Coffee Club looks to bolster its market-leading credentials with the hire of seven new barista training managers to service every store in Australia.

Mr Ball said “In addition to this win we have hired a dedicated team of top quality barista trainers to cover our entire network across Australia to ensure the highest quality of coffee is served in all of our stores” he said.

“We’ve already been inundated with positive feedback from franchisees and staff about the hands-on, frequent training which aids in maintaining quality and consistency in our coffee. We now look forward to both our loyal and new customers having a liquid gold experience!”


(NSW/ACT) Young Acheiver Awards

Joint winners take out state award

James Farley and Genevieve Clay-Smith have won the prestigious The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award in the 2016 NSW/ACT Young Achiever Awards. James and Genevieve won the Award from a strong field of nominees and was one of seven category winners announced on Friday 1st April at SMC Conference and Function Centre. Over 300 guests were in attendance at the Gala event.

James Farley, 25 of Wagga Wagga is a passionate young photographic artist. His PhD research is exploring experimental arts practice in the environment. An exhibiting artist both nationally and internationally, James work has received accolades from Arts NSW, The Contemporary Centre of Photography and the Sony World Photography Organization. James works as a sessional academic tutor in art history, art theory and photo media practice. He was commissioned by Wagga Wagga Hospital and the Council to create an interactive all-ages installation and was also featured in the program of the Fusion Festival.

Genevieve Clay-Smith, 27 of Alexandria is an award-winning writer and director and is CEO of Bus Stop Films. Bus Stop Films is a voluntarily run, not-for-profit company. It is dedicated to building the confidence, English skills and life ready skills of people with an intellectual disability or those from marginalised communities. Bus Stop Films has won over 50 awards, screened at over 90 international film festivals and can be seen on Qantas in-flight entertainment. Genevieve won the 2015 Women’s Weekly Women of the Future Awards.

The seven category winners are:
– Joshua Celi of Estella – The Aboriginal Education Council Aboriginal Education Award
– Grace Liley of Blakehurst – WHO Printing Environment and Sustainability Award
– Ashleigh Pengelly of Wagga Wagga – AustralianSuper Career Kick Start Award
– Tom Perfrement of Hawker – First National Real Estate Leadership Award
– Danielle Hobday of Mangrove Mountain – Santos Indigenous Achievement Award
– Joint Winners – James Farley of Wagga Wagga and Genevieve Clay-Smith of Alexandria – The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award
– Kimberly La of Beecroft – Freemasons of NSW/ACT Community Service Award

Grace Liley was later announced as the 2016 NSW/ACT Young Achiever of the Year, chosen from the seven winners. The category winners each received $2,500 thanks to Masonicare and a magnificent trophy. Grace won an additional $5,000 thanks to Masonicare and a State trophy.

Further information about James and Genevieve can be obtained by phoning the
Awards office on 1300 735 445, 0421 485 313 or by emailing nswyaa@awardsaustralia.com


Best coffee shop/tea house in WA

The Coffee Club Kalamunda has only been open for 18 months but is already kicking goals in dining awards. The recent hospitality awards have judged overall appearance of dishes, customer service, food presentation and taste, the coffee and the ambience in the shop, cleanliness and customer satisfaction. The award was for Best Coffee Shop/Tea House in WA in the Savour Australia Restaurant and Catering Awards for Excellence. “We were so surprised with our win, as we were simply delighted to be there as a finalist” owner Shaun Kane said. “It was a wonderful surprise and a fantastic reward to our valued staff, who have helped to make our store what it is today” co-owner and Shaun’s sister, Debbie Hawley said. The Coffee Club Kalamunda employs 15- 20 staff members and the hours for staff vary from 5-8 hours a day per shift. Mrs Hawley said the most popular dish at the café is the bacon, egg and tomato and toast avocado and feta smash range.


 

Employees happy to be a part of The Coffee Club

The Coffee Club has established itself over the last 25 years as one of Australia’s leading franchises. The concept behind the business was to create a place to meet and have coffee that was trendy but relaxed, and classy but casual. There are now 370 Coffee Club cafés across the world in nine different countries. In 2015 The Coffee Club has been recognised as an Employer of Choice in The Australian Business Awards.

6000 employees serve up 40 million coffees for the organisation each year and the company has given back $5 million dollars since its inception. Employees are regularly invited to attend BBQs with Brisbane Roar, star in television commercials, and to hand out toys at the Special Children’s Christmas Party.

Core values surround continuous improvement in a bid to reduce staff turnover. Training and education opportunities are made available down the line, with internal promotions occurring more frequently to provide staff incentive. The Coffee Club staff have a real career pathway that differs greatly from other employment opportunities in hospitality, coupled with great remuneration in line with industry benchmarks.


 

Finya – Switched on to sound

In March, young Finya was able to hear for the very first time after her cochlear implant was introduced and switched on!

The Coffee Club is pleased to report that Finya has been doing incredibly well. She has already learnt to speak 3 words! An amazing achievement! Finya recently celebrated her first birthday, where she was able to hear everybody sing Happy Birthday to her, something that of course would not have been possible only a short time ago.

Thanks to the fantastic team Hear and Say, Finya will continue her listening and spoken language journey.

We encourage people to get behind the great work that Hear and Say do for families with children that have issues with hearing loss.

For more information or to donate, visit their website. www.hearandsay.com.au

ABOUT HEAR AND SAY

Mission: to enable families to achieve optimal outcomes for their children with hearing loss by teaching them to hear, listen and speak using our world leading end-to-end service delivery model.

Vision: to be a leader in the provision of access to listening and spoken language for children with hearing loss and their families worldwide.


 

Australian Retail Awards – HR rising star!

Jarrod Appleby from The Coffee Club, was awarded the Runner Up in the Australian Retail Awards – HR Rising Star Category, at the 2015 Australian Retail Association Annual Awards ceremony in Melbourne.

This is a wonderful accomplishment and a testament to his hard work and commitment to The Coffee Club.

Jarrod received his award from Garry Terrill, Managing Director of the ARA and the principal sponsor of the award FCB.


 

Kara secures work through successful program with the coffee club

Kara has recently graduated from the pre-employment Demand Led Program through a partnership between The Coffee Club and BUSY At Work.

Kara said returning to work after having her first child had proved difficult but she was now relishing the chance to re-join the workforce on a part time basis.

“I have learnt a lot about coffee and the hospitality industry. The new job will give me a chance to gain financial freedom while still allowing me to spend quality time with my family.”

“It’s a great opportunity and I am extremely grateful to BUSY At Work and The Coffee Club for giving me this chance” said Kara.

BUSY At Work, Employment Development Officer spokesperson said BUSY was delighted to team up with The Coffee Club in this innovative program.

“The objective of Demand Led Programs is for BUSY to work with employers to identify their workforce requirements and then select and train the job seekers who best meet these requirements. Uniquely this Program engages the employer at every step.”

“We met with the HR Advisor for The Coffee Club, Jarrod Appleby to put in place a program specific to the recruitment needs of The Coffee Club.”

“Through the program BUSY At Work was able to provide the pre employment training while the job seekers were able to gain their Certificate III in Hospitality during the four week program.”

“The results from the program have been excellent with five job seekers successfully completing the program and being offered work with The Coffee Club.”

Mr Appleby said the program was a great way for job seekers to showcase their drive and enthusiasm towards gaining employment within the hospitality industry.

“We get to share our passion for the hospitality industry and work with potential recruits in-store within a real environment. The job seekers are able to learn about customer service and the café industry whilst gaining real job skills. This hopefully leads them to an employment outcome.”

“We are excited to be able to offer Kara employment as she has excelled in the training and been a standout performer amongst the group” Mr Appleby said.

Mr Appleby said The Coffee Club was grateful for the support provided by BUSY At Work.

“We are pleased to be able to work with BUSY throughout this program. It was a successful in that we were able to access some upcoming hospitality professionals who are enthusiastic about getting into the industry” Mr Appleby added.

BUSY At Work CEO, Paul Miles said BUSY was pleased to partner The Coffee Club in the Demand Led Program.

“At BUSY At Work we know how difficult it can be for job seekers to break into their desired career path. We are delighted to work with The Coffee Club to train and mentor eligible job seekers into a very rewarding career in the hospitality industry” Mr Miles said.


 

The Coffee Club joins growing list of FWO partners

The Coffee Club franchise has joined a growing list of businesses who want to work with the Fair Work Ombudsman in a compliance partnership.

The franchise is one of a string of well-known brands which will pro-actively work with the Fair Work Ombudsman under a two-year agreement signed by the parent company.

Leading retail franchisor Minor DKL Food Group Ptd Ltd (MDKL) has made workplace compliance a high priority by signing the Proactive Compliance Deed (PCD).

MDKL controls 350 workplaces throughout Australia with a 6000-strong workforce.

It is the franchisor and intellectual property owner of The Coffee Club, Ribs and Rumps restaurants, The Groove Train and Coffee Hit, with 410 restaurants in 11 countries.

MDKL also owns Veneziano Coffee Roasters, a leading specialty coffee roasting house supplying wholesale and retail customers throughout Australia.

Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James welcomed the MDKL partnership, noting that The Coffee Club previously participated in the Agency’s former National Employer Program.

As part of the partnership, MDKL will:

  • Review its current systems and processes to ensure and processes to ensure they promote compliance.
  • Self-audit employment records to ensure employees are receiving their full entitlements.
  • Nominate a dedicated staff member to deal with requests for assistance from its staff which are referred by the Fair Work Ombudsman; and
  • Introduce workplace relations training for managers and ensure all employees are aware of their rights and entitlements.

The Fair Work Ombudsman will provide MDKL with a designated contact point within the Agency, give the company opportunity to resolve workplace issues in-house in the first instance without intervention and provide access to technical knowledge and training resources.


 

The Coffee Club opens in Dubai

Hot on the heels of its Abu Dhabi launch, Australian chain The Coffee Club has opened its doors in Dubai at the Wasl Vita Mall.

The Dubai branch was inaugurated by Mr. Michael Chick, General Manager, Liwa Minor Food and Beverages LLC at the Emirate’s newest go to place. Also present at the unveiling were distinguished guests. Liwa Minor Food and Beverages, the joint venture company of local operator Al Nasser Holdings and Thai publicly listed company Minor Food Group are excited to bring The Coffee Club to the region as its first food brand. This is the chain’s second branch in the UAE, having opened its first at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Mall in January.

The chain that serves more than 40 million cups of coffee to its approximately 30 million customers annually is well known for its famous all day breakfast and serves as a relaxed meeting place for patrons. Apart from its breakfast option, the café offers a variety of food options including sensational salads, sandwiches, light meals and pastas. Customers will always find something to delight their taste buds throughout the day. “Dubai is home to over 200 nationalities and a place where new brands are accepted and celebrated. The concept of meeting friends old and new over the weekend has become an integral part of the UAE fabric. This made deciding to open a second branch within the space of three months only natural” said Mr. Chick. “We are excited to bring Australia’s largest coffee chain to the UAE. One of the key reasons we decided to bring down the franchise is because the UAE is Australia’s most important trading partner in the Middle East and North African region with trade valued at AED 19.8 billion in 2012. The response to the Abu Dhabi branch has been tremendous and we hope Dubai’s launch mirrors that” said Mr. Abdulla Nasser Al Mansoori, Chairman of the Board at Al Nasser Holdings and Group. “Within the next three years we hope to expand into other markets in the GCC.”

The Coffee Club is owned by Minor DKL Food Group; a leading Australian retail food brand franchisor. Since its inception in 1989, the café group has expanded to 360 cafés throughout 9 countries including Thailand, Egypt and China. Another eight cafés and restaurants are in the pipeline in the UAE while it is expected to reach 25 cafés in the country within the next 4 years.


 

The Coffee Club opens for the first time in UAE

Australia’s largest home grown café restaurant launches in conjunction with the brand’s 25th anniversary United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi – 21st January 2015.

The Coffee Club, a café that serves more than 40 million cups of coffee every year, has officially opened for the first time in UAE.

The Coffee Club is well known for its famous all day breakfast and serves as a relaxed meeting place for approximately 30 million annual customers. Its first outlet in UAE was inaugurated by Liwa Minor Food and Beverages joint venture board members Mr. Abdulla Nasser Al Mansoori, the Chairman of the Board at Al Nasser Holdings and Group, Mr. Michael Chick, General Manager, Liwa Minor Food and Beverages LLC at Yas Mall in the capital Abu Dhabi along with distinguished guests who attended the unveiling.

Commenting on the launch of the Coffee Club in Abu Dhabi, Mr. Michael Chick said: “With the United Arab Emirates’ diverse, multicultural population of expats as well as its openness to host new brands and concepts, the nation represents an ideal launch venue for our brand in the GCC. Moreover, the easy process and procedures for setting up business in UAE was another attracting factor for us to consider launching our outlets here.”

He continued, “The UAE is home to an estimated 7000 Australian expatriates and the Gulf state is Australia’s most important trading partner in the Middle East and North African region with trade valued at AED 19.8 billion in 2012.”

Mr. Abdulla Nasser Al Mansoori added, “We are very pleased to bring Australia’s largest coffee chain The Coffee Club to the UAE. The initial guest reaction of the first store has been great and we anticipate a great momentum particularly during the weekends when it’s a very busy with families.”

“Within the next three years we hope to expand into other markets in the GCC” he added. Liwa Minor Food and Beverages, the joint venture company of local operator Al Nasser Holdings and Thai publicly listed company Minor Food Group are excited to bring The Coffee Club to the region as its first food brand. Since its inception in 1989, The Coffee Club has become Australia’s largest home-grown café group with more than 360 cafés throughout 9 countries including Thailand, Egypt and China. The Coffee Club, which employs more than 6,000 staff, is well known for its all day breakfast and excellent coffee served in a relaxing and comfortable setting.

“In addition to providing good food, great service and excellent coffee, The Coffee Club aims at welcoming its customers in a relaxed place that enriches contemporary lifestyles and offers an ideal atmosphere for casual and business meetings and most importantly the answer to “Where will I meet you?” Mr. Al Mansoori added. The company intends to bring its freshly prepared products to the region’s residential and commercial communities. Another eight cafés and restaurants are in the pipeline in the UAE while it is expected to reach 25 cafés in the country within the next 4 years. Following the opening of its first outlet in Abu Dhabi’s Yas Mall, The Coffee Club will next open at the upcoming Wasl Vita Mall in Dubai. In conjunction with its launch in the UAE, this November The Coffee Club celebrates 25 years of Good Food, Great Service & Excellent Coffee. The Coffee Club offers a variety of food options including sensational salads, sandwiches, light meals and pastas. Customers will always find something to delight their taste buds throughout the day.


 

The Coffee Club appoints Y&R Group and Carat

Minor DKL Food Group (Minor DKL), one of Australia’s largest retail food brand franchisors and owner of The Coffee Club, has appointed Y&R Group Brisbane as its new creative strategy partner and Carat for media strategy, planning, buying and public relations for The Coffee Club brand, after a review of agency arrangements.

Minor DKL Group Marketing Manager, Greg Bowell, said the Y&R Group would handle all above the line creative strategy and execution for the brand, while Carat would be responsible for media and communications, with Dentsu Aegis Network sister agency Haystac managing PR.

“We are delighted to partner with the Y&R Group and Carat to help accelerate The Coffee Club’s brand and identity across Australia and maximise how we communicate with our customers” Mr Bowell said.

“The Coffee Club brand has undergone significant revitalisation in recent times, from store designs to menu offering and improved customer experiences. We felt now was the right time to embark on a new agency partnership and we are looking forward to some powerful campaigns with the Y&R Group and Carat to continue our growth in the future.”

Group MD at Y&R and National MD of Ideaworks, Phil McDonald, said his team was excited by the opportunity to work with The Coffee Club. “This was one of those times when you could tell early on there was good chemistry between our two teams. It’s a very successful business with a great vision and it’ a pleasure to be working with them” Mr McDonald said.

“Having a client who wants to build something powerful from brand experience, through to communication and activation is incredibly exciting for our team.” Managing Director of Carat Brisbane, Gabriela Merrick, said “The Coffee Club is an iconic Brisbane brand, so this is an exciting win for Carat as we continue to focus on delivering best in class strategic thinking for clients in this market,” Ms Merrick said. “We are confident that we can have a great impact on The Coffee Club brand as it continues to grow in Brisbane and across Australia.” Y&R Group and Carat’s first national campaign for The Coffee Club will launch in late in October.

About The Coffee Club

Since opening its doors in Brisbane in 1989, The Coffee Club has become Australia’s largest home grown café group with more than 360 cafés throughout 9 countries. Our mission and philosophy is simple, at The Coffee Club we want to provide: Good Food, Great Service and Excellent Coffee; A welcoming relaxed meeting place enriching contemporary lifestyles; and, The answer to “Where will I meet you?”

The Coffee Club is well known for its famous all day breakfast and serves as a relaxed meeting place for our 30 million annual customers.

The Coffee Club is owned by Minor DKL Food Group; a leading Australian retail food brand franchisor. Minor DKL Food Group is the franchisor and intellectual property owner of The Coffee Club, Ribs & Rumps Restaurants, The Groove Train and Coffee Hit franchise systems with a combined 410 restaurants in 11 countries. Minor DKL Food Group is also the owner of Veneziano Coffee Roasters, a leading speciality coffee roasting house supplying wholesale and retail customers throughout Australia from roasting facilities in Melbourne and Brisbane.

About Y&R Group

Y&R Group Australia was recognized in the Top 10 Most innovative Companies in Australia by BRW Magazine in 2013. The Group has over 600 staff across Australia and New Zealand and is part of the global Y&R network. Y&R Group companies include; GPY&R (mainstream brand & digital advertising), Ideaworks (activation, retail and shopper marketing) and Blaze Advertising (recruitment branding and property marketing)

About Carat

Carat is the #1 Global Media Network, according to RECMA, and a market leader in digital and diversified media solutions. Our vision is to redefine media and create better client business value through our command of media convergence. Established in 1968 as the world’s first media agency, we are part of the Dentsu Aegis Network, the first truly global communications network for the digital age. The Carat network has more than 5,000 people in 70 countries worldwide, with around 400 based in Australia. Today, advances in digital technology and changing consumer behaviour have created an era of unprecedented complexity and opportunity for clients. Media is now an ecosystem that includes bought, owned and earned communications. In this new era, Carat is leading and shaping the industry once again, using media in new ways to deliver business value to clients. www.carat.com.au