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Fresh food offering comes to Auckland Hospital

Monday 31 October, 2016


Jamaica Blue brand brings new menu to health facility

When you’re feeding people in a hospital environment, it’s vitally important to ensure the menu reflects a healthy lifestyle.

And that’s exactly the approach adopted by Auckland Hospital’s new franchise café Jamaica Blue.

The menu at the new café on level five of the hospital’s main block reflects the brand’s business-wide focus on delicious healthy food prepared fresh in-house daily and premium coffee sourced and roasted by Jamaica Blue.

Owned by Foodco Group – which also operates the Muffin Break brand – Jamaica Blue operates in more than 160 cafés globally. It also has outlets in Perth’s Fiona Stanley Hospital, Campbelltown Hospital in Sydney’s West and Gosford and Lingard Private Hospitals in the NSW Central Coast.

The new café brings to seven the number of Jamaica Blue outlets in New Zealand.

As part of its local expansion in New Zealand, Jamaica Blue has been working on developing an all-new range of healthy recipes called the ‘Signature Harvest Collection’.

It’s a range of nourishing dishes inspired by the freshest locally sourced produce with a focus on celebrating the beauty of great food, Jamaica Blue says.

Jamaica Blue operations manager Jon Hassall says naturally Auckland Hospital has strict regulations around the food available on its premises.

“While the new menu will appeal to a wide range of tastes, it is also specifically relevant to a health facility environment,” Hassall says. “Using delicious, natural ingredients, together with the Auckland DHB we’ve developed nutritionally balanced recipes that will empower consumers to eat well and enjoy the experience.

“The fantastic new menu in our new Signature Harvest Collection includes a light all day breakfast range and daily specials. Great coffee is at the heart of Jamaica Blue and all customers and hospital staff receive a free coffee when they register to our Caribbean Crew loyalty programme online,” he says.

“Coupled with a contemporary, relaxed setting and some of the best coffee around, the new café is particularly suited to the needs of the environment in which it’s operating.”

The new menu features items ranging from nutritious bowls through to healthy salads and a selection of sweet items that are small on kilojoules but big on taste.

Founded in 1992, the first Jamaica Blue café opened in New South Wales. Today the franchise operates inline cafés and kiosks in a range of diverse markets including the UK, the UAE, China, Malaysia and Singapore as well as throughout Australia.

About Jamaica Blue

Built on the foundations of fine coffees and fabulous food, Jamaica Blue was founded in Australia in 1992. It now operates more than 160 cafés worldwide including seven in New Zealand. It is a member of global business Foodco Group and a sister company to Muffin Break. The Jamaica Blue offer comprises a selection of exclusive coffees – including award-winning Jamaica Blue Signature Blend – as well as an innovative range of cold beverages and a contemporary seasonal food menu that is full of dishes freshly prepared on-site daily.

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