Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) Awards Conference Round Up

We are glad to announce that Geotech was part of the sponsor of the QSR (Quick Service Restaurant) awards conference that took place on June 13, 2018, at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth. Geotech specializes in mapping, data, analysis, and strategy for top Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia small to large franchised food brands such as McDonalds, KFC, Nandos, Starbucks, Sushi Sushi to name a few.

The event is a premier QSR on the annual calendar. It is the largest fast food and casual dining restaurant conference in Australia. It is the fifth year QSR media has been celebrating the top and best of the best Quick Service Restaurant and Fast Casual industry in Australia

More than top 450 executives who were experts from the country's most successful brands congregated from both local and international QRS brands for the event. The event was for a day and it featured 36 speakers and panelists who talked about different insights regarding the challenges facing the food-service industry.  This includes:

  • Restoring confidence in the Franchise system
  • 5 ways the QSR forum can serve your business
  • A look into the future of food service; key trends for 2018 and beyond
  • The aggregators.
  • Global trends/ global best practice
  • Profitable revenue growth
  • Agreeing on purpose & success metrics of a loyalty program in your organization
  • Opportunities that Digital provides for building long-term loyalty from consumers
  • Menu innovation
  • Crisis Management
  • The changing face of shopping centres
  • AI in the restaurant industry
  • Crowdfunding in QSR
  • Cashless QSR
  • Philanthropic QSR.

The conference showcases its first multi-site technology stream which includes micro sessions on payment methods, Blockchain and cryptocurrency and drone delivery.  

Among the speakers and panelists are Bruce Bilson - Chairman, Franchise Council of Australia Executive chairman, Brett Houldin - Craveable brands Group CEO, Nick Bryden - CEO - Minor DKL Group, Jodie Auster - GM - Uber Eats, etc.

Awards were given to brands that were innovative and creative. The criteria for the award was judged based on uniqueness, innovation, effectiveness and dynamism.

There are different award categories and winners as shown below:

Best digital initial:  Subway Australia - Subway live feed

Best Brand Transformation - Banjo's Bakery Cafe

Best Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative - Subway Australia – Subway Live Feed

Best Marketing Campaign - Guzman y Gomez

Best New Concept - Pokéd

Rising Star - Bianca Azzopardi | CEO, Zambrero

Best Innovation – Food & Beverage - Burger Project

Best Innovation – Health - Bakers Delight – Wholegrain Lo-Fo Loaf

Best Loyalty Program - Red Rooster – Red Royalty

Squad of The Year - Muffin Break Victoria

QSR Media Supplier Of The Year - Forbidden Foods

2018 Multi-Site Restaurant Of The Year: Guzman y Gomez

Special Recognition - Huxtaburger

Hall Of Fame - Don Meij | CEO & Managing Director, Domino’s Pizza

The event also featured a networking break where participants connected and networked with each other.

Geotech has 70 years of experience consulting for top Australia's leading brands. The company helps businesses to extract the greatest benefit from available information so they can put science behind business decisions, thus avoiding costly mistakes.

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