Written by Michele Walton, Nutrition Communications Advisor at Australian Food and Grocery Council.
The Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) Forum is your voice to Government, your vehicle for influence and your vantage point for upcoming issues.
Here’s how the national organisation representing the QSR Sector can help position your QSR business well for the future.
1. Your business can be part of the united voice to Government, Media and Public Health
For ten years the AFGC’s (Australian Food and Grocery Council) QSR Forum has provided a strong sector representation to Government at a State, Territory and Commonwealth level and been the catalyst for collective sector action.
The QSR Forum has been granted a seat on Commonwealth and State level working groups, including the current Healthy Food Partnership, the previous Food and Health Dialogue and Menu Board Labelling Legislation Advisory and Working Groups across jurisdictions.
The QSR Forum has developed and promoted the QSR Initiative for Responsible Advertising and Marketing to Children as successful self-regulation in this highly contentious area.
By joining with the QSR Forum your business can help set the agenda, reap the benefits and share the recognition too.
2. Your business can know the Issues on the Horizon
Through the AFGC, the QSR Forum has a clear line of sight to emerging issues such as Health Star Ratings on QSR products, Litter Reduction regulation and Zoning and Development restrictions. Members of the QSR Forum are the first to know issues affecting the industry and the QSR Forum positions them well to respond.
3. Your business can access the full Tactical Support of the AFGC
Many QSR businesses, large and small, lack the in-house expertise they need. Through the AFGC, which is recognised at all levels of government as the most credible and effective industry association representing the sector, QSR Forum members gain access to expertise in the areas of Government Relations, Legal and Regulatory, Nutrition and Policy Development, Regulatory Training and Customised Professional Development for staff.
4. Your business can gain from the Shared Experience of Other Members
The QSR Forum provides the opportunity to network with others in the sector, many of whom have dealt with similar challenges and issues.
5. Your Small to Medium Business can join AFGC’s Small to Medium Enterprises Forum
Members who meet the size criteria are also eligible to become part of AFGC’s SME Forum to engage with industry peers, understand and discuss strategic industry developments and work towards solutions for industry issues that benefit all parties.
If you would like to find out more about how the QSR Forum can help your business, please do get in touch with Michele Walton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
QSR Forum membership includes full membership of the AFGC (www.afgc.com.au) and entitlements to all AFGC member services including participation on working groups, committees and for CEOs, the chance to sit on the AFGC Board.
The views expressed in this column are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect this publication's view, and this article is not edited by QSR Media. The author was not remunerated for this article.
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