March 2022, AAFCANS opened their Online facility for their Family Store.
The new facility offers order online and click & collect with delivery available to select live on-base accommodation areas and ADF family homes in the base village.
The new service is focused on supporting members with a drop-off delivery facility covering live-on-base accommodation, health precinct, LIA accommodation areas and military training schools on base.
The married patch with a village of over 300 ADF homes is also covered by a door-to-door delivery service.
AAFCANS invested approx $k for the equipment upgrade
AAFCANS benefited from a Defence facility upgrade at RAAF Tindal Canteen and Convenience store/fuel stop.
Customers entering fuel-side or poolside can enjoy a panorama of quick grab groceries, retail, healthy & beauty, grab-and-go food, healthy salads, barista coffee and a TV menu of freshly cooked-to-order meals. The new dining lounge welcomes customers with its soft coffee shop furnishings, comfy dining booths with GPO/USB A&C recharge capacity, casual meals, and snack-style tables. The room is lit with industrial LED pendant lighting. Window murals featuring iconic RAAF Tindal base imagery and specialised decor such as unique RAAF Tindal Map add an aviator theme to the ambience. The build benefited from an investment in new equipment to help increase service efficiencies and expand menu capability. The design featured sustainable building materials such as innovatively engineered Bettastone countertops (silica-free and made from recycled crushed glass). Rustic Australian timbers such as spotted gum, Tasmanian Oak and birch; FSC certified and harvested sustainably. A coffee area waiting couch awaits, magazine rack for our Defence newspapers and an adjustable height designer toddler chair for families dining with little people.
AAFCANS has reserved space in the dining room to display indigenous artworks in the future.
Latchford Barracks canteen décor immersed in history. The décor of the newly refurbished amenities facility features historical and military artifacts and memorabilia draping the walls, ceilings and seating areas. Post-WWII metal food strainers frame the coffee machine turning the kitchen relics into designer light fittings. ASCO (Australian Services Canteen Organisation) historic pallets hang from the ceiling as decorative lighting trusses over the seating areas. The dock pallets (from circa 1958) were discovered in deep storage on base and repurposed for the build. These, along with an ASCO handmade step ladder (possibly made on base), circa 1940s/50s timber drink crates which were refashioned into a sideboard by the builders, now form part of the new look canteen. AAFCANS added a history cupboard filled with historic military books, genuine trench art mug, circa 1915/17, vintage trade tools, a vintage army health manual 1954, and more. Vintage Army recruitment posters, 1920s explosives box (iconic Nobels Explosives), the inventor of dynamite and purveyor of materials to the Victorian goldfields and Defence are just some of the décor treasures. The build benefited from an investment in new equipment to help increase service efficiencies and expand menu capability. The design featured sustainable building materials such as innovatively engineered Bettastone countertops (silica-free and made from recycled crushed glass). The design featured rustic Australian spotted gum feature walls and shelves.
AAFCANS invested approx $280k
AAFCANS has initiated a new recipe and menu management platform ‘Nutritics’.
The software and implementation program is designed to provide compliant nutritional information, assist in accurate recipe builds and produce food labels with dietary, allergens comms and use-by details. The new platform was rolled out across all outlets which meant the deployment of new software, specialised label printers, restructuring and setting up hundreds of product lines suitable for the new software format and applying nutritional information across our food offer.
AAFCANS designed and purpose-built a new mobile amenities vehicle with tap & go coffee onboard. The vehicle project delivers a new design concept for AAFCANS which will be included as part of the fleet for select bases.
The vehicle joined the fleet at RAAF Amberley and was taken through its paces by the base, and passed the trial with chequered flags. An additional new vehicle has been procured and is on its way to RAAF Edinburgh.
“This acquisition forms part of AAFCANS strategic investment program which commenced in 2018. It is projected the replacement and refreshment rollout will carry through to 2023 and impact our overall fleet. Five new vehicles are already working on Defence bases around the country with more scheduled for delivery in 2022-23.
The sleek new self-serve machine allows customers to select their favourite coffee with a single tap and delivers a quality freshly ground barista-style coffee in just a few minutes. ” Says Mr Tim Manic AAFCANS Managing Director.
The offer provides Beraldo veteran-owned quality coffee beans – the same coffee served in AAFCANS outlets. The onboard grinders freshly grind the beans on the go and the dedicated onboard refrigeration unit feeds fresh milk into the machine. The contemporary coffee kit works together to provide a quality barista-style takeaway coffee ready-to-go in minutes and has been calibrated with filtered water and to cope with the production required for a grab & go offer.
AAFCANS invested approx $110k ea for the latest van acquisitions.