2020 will certainly be one of the most challenging years in Australia yet. COVID-19 has swept the world forcing businesses to shutdown as the race for some sort of a cure begins.
On Monday the 23rd of March, the Australian Government ordered the temporary closure of all Pubs, Clubs, Restaurants and Bars, in a hope to slow the spread of the virus. This decision would directly impact not only the hospitality industry but the multiple billion dollar food service distribution industry, supplying these businesses.
Countrywide is the largest independent food service group in Australia with 108 food distributors as Members who service all establishments and outlets where food is consumed outside the home. With the closure of Cafes, Pubs, Clubs and Restaurants, it has forced our Members to rethink their offerings and the way they conduct business in the current environment. Including pivoting to new opportunities such as selling direct to the public.
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As restrictions start to ease it is now more important than ever to support our local businesses, shop and buy local.