Inspiration

Melbourne’s Top 10 Specialty Food Shops

Grapevine has been at it again trying to pin down a few of our favourite food brands. This time, we’re talking specialty food stores, which we’re lucky to have a surplus of here in Melbourne. In the end, the below ten stores prevailed – some are long-standing institutions and some are new kids on the block, but no matter how long they have been around, they’re all providing the best quality products, from sustainably-sourced meat to organic veggies.   Terra Madre Meatsmith Source Bulk Food Store Leo’s Spring Street Grocer The Essential...

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Grapevine Ranks Top 20 Emerging Food Brands

After a much-heated discussion, the Grapevine team took a vote internally to determine the very best emerging food brands. Our assessment was based on associations of trust, love, feel-good, design and health. Ultimately, we settled on the following top 20 list of kick-butt brands – be sure to keep and eye out for what these guys are up to in the coming year! Messina Mayver’s The Source Bulk Foods Allpress Espresso Meredith Dairy Chur Burger Chamellia Amazonia Inside Out Nutritious Goods The Chia Co Cobbs Popcorn Loving Earth Pressed Juices Mörk Chocolate Tamar...

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Grapevine Shortlists the Top 3 Foodie TED Talks

With so much inspiring content, it was hard to choose, but we have taken a vote and selected our three favourite TED Talks that centre on what we see as an imperative theme: food and our future – a topic which will ultimately affect and require adaptation from everyone, including brands, businesses, home cooks and chefs alike. 1. Dan Barber: A foie gras parable Dan Barber, renowned chef and sustainable farming guru, shows how returning to simpler, more natural farming and agricultural practices can be the answer to a more viable food system. Barber tells a charming and poignant story...

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2016 Food Trend Predictions

As we ring in the New Year, it’s out with the old and in with the new. Here at Grapevine we have been busily collecting trends that we are seeing emerge in our travels to help brands to navigate the ever-changing food and beverage scene and best position their products within the world-leading Australian marketplace. While certain “trends” have situated themselves more permanently into the food scene (don’t expect to see avocado toast going anywhere), some crazes have had their fleeting moment in the limelight. Can you say American BBQ? Don’t even get us started on donuts, cronuts...

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Café latte crowned Melbourne’s favourite coffee

Coffee obsessed Melbournians have spoken; the café latte is the city’s favourite coffee order, a recent survey by Black Velvet Coffee Roasters shows. Victorians lead the way as the nation’s biggest coffee addicts, and in Melbourne, the humble café latte came up trumps as the most ordered coffee by 56% of all respondents, followed by flat white at 21% and cappuccino at 8%. These findings supported what Black Velvet Coffee Roasters have witnessed in their own inner city café, and led to the creation of a new seasonal blend Night Swimming, a traditional Melbourne flavour that draws...

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OneHarvest revives local beetroot industry

Over the past twelve months, OneHarvest, the Australian company behind the much-loved Calypso mangoes and many pre-packed salads found in supermarkets, has been establishing the market for baby beetroot. Since proving that Australians really do love baby beetroot, OneHarvest has set about reviving the Australian beetroot industry by selling Australian grown pre-prepared baby beetroot under the Love Beets brand. To facilitate the launch, OneHarvest engaged Grapevine to support Love Beets sales across Coles and Woolworth’s nationally. We utilised a combination of traditional consumer...

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Whole Kids founder Monica Meldrum named Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year

Our lovely client Monica Meldrum has been recognised in the NAB Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards. Monica and her husband James founded Whole Kids just seven years ago with the view of making genuinely healthy, organic snack foods for kids, after hearing parent’s frustrations with a lack of choices at the checkout. The Whole Kids range of 22 certified organic, additive-free, allergen-friendly snack foods have been developed in consultation with more than 300 parents. The range is free from artificial colours, flavours, preservatives, allergens, synthetic pesticides and herbicides,...

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Carolyn Creswell named Telstra’s Victorian Business Woman of the Year

Our lovely client of five years Carolyn Creswell, founder of Carman's, has been named Telstra's Victorian Business Woman of the Year. Carolyn's speeches were particularly inspiring when she shared the set backs she has endured to become so successful, which is testament to the importance of tenacity in business. Nothing worth doing is easy, and today a Carman's product is sold somewhere around the world every two seconds. Carman's new nut bars will soon be hitting Woolworth's shelves so keep an eye out in your local cereal isle! http://youtu.be/ghV0-5SZJzY

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Calling aspiring entrepreneurs – win a mentorship with Emma Welsh

Hello! Welcome to Grapevine PR’s first blog entry. For those of you unfamiliar with what we do, Grapevine is a specialist food, restaurant and travel agency in Melbourne. Moving forward we will be blogging about all things food, drink and travel that we find pretty interesting. First off the rank, as part of Madison magazine’s new mentoring program, Madison is offering readers the chance to be mentored by one of five of Australia’s most inspiring businesswomen, one of which is our lovely client of three years, Emma Welsh of Emma & Tom’s. To apply, go to Madisonmag.com.au/mentors...

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