This story has been supplied to Hospitality magazine by FoodByUs.

Hundreds of restaurants and cafes use FoodByUs across Sydney and Melbourne, and many are currently struggling to stay afloat due to the effects of COVID-19.

FoodByUs has developed a program to transform local restaurants into mini convenience stores, stocked up with essential products for the local community.

Weekly webinars will teach restaurant owners about the most popular retail products, how to put together useful hampers for customers, and how to promote the service.

This means restaurants can continue to generate revenue and keep more people employed while helping their community access essential supplies without breaking social distancing rules in supermarket lines.

“We have worked closely with our partner restaurants and suppliers to find a solution that will benefit both consumers and businesses. This is a trying time for everyone, but as they say, challenge breeds innovation, and collaborations like this will help maintain our industry and ensure we are ready to roar back once we have beaten COVID-19,” says Ben Lipschitz.

By shopping for groceries and other essentials through, or from any restaurant that is selling supplies, consumers can support local restaurants, suppliers and farmers – while saving both money and time.

About FoodByUs

FoodByUs, is an Australian food tech company founded in Sydney in 2016 by Gary Munitz, Tim Chandler (co-founders of Menulog) and Ben Lipschitz.

FoodByUs, through its extensive marketplace of independent wholesalers, provides a convenient and cost effective platform for food services businesses and consumers to shop quality produce across fruit, veg, meat,  poultry, frozen goods, baked goods, pantry items, pre-made meals, alcohol, beverages and cleaning products at wholesale prices with free home delivery.

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