In support of Air Force marking 100 years of service to Australia, The Army & Air Force Canteen Service (AAFCANS) helped celebrate the milestone with cake and coffee! On 31 March 2021, AAFCANS selected 100 uniformed members from Air Force Bases across Australia to help mark the centenary, gifting them a delicious commemoration Preistleys cake and hot Beraldo brew. AAFCANS have selected a range of official Air Force 100 memorabilia and keepsakes to feature in-store throughout the year at select AAFCANS locations across Australia. The full range of official merchandise is available online from the Air Force online shop facility.
The new state-of-art contemporary commercial precinct at Swartz Barracks makes Oakey shine like the jewel of Brisbane’s north. The Estate Works Project provided an infrastructure investment of $8m to design and construct the new precinct that will benefit the aviation base community well into the future.
The building design has a plethora of eye-popping features both inside and out and includes glass murals featuring the base map and an exterior aviator mural made using modern perforated screens. The AAFCANS canteen is the focal point of the commercial centre and opened its doors 8th February 2021 with a celebration cake, a shout of barista-made coffee and a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The stylish interior offer members a comfortable, airconditioned space to enjoy a quick bite, a brew or gather and meet over lunch. The booth seating, soft furnishing, dining areas configure the room for friendly conversation and food consumption. The lounge area is equipped with a 55-inch smart TV, comfy soft leather lounges, coffee tables, card games, Qi fast-charger and USB connectivity for smart devices which means members can chill out whilst staying connected. The self-service checkout allows customers to jump the queue, grab a bite, scan, tap and go. The new facility has enabled AAFCANS to expand the overall menu offering and the covered common space, with its outdoor dining lounge area also provides convenient access to a well-stocked AAFCANS vending suite.
AAFCANS has partnered with Australian Veteran-owned coffee supplier ‘Beraldo Coffee’ as the national preferred coffee provider. Their premium, unique blends are locally roasted here in Melbourne. The Beraldo family have a large roasting plant locate at Heidelberg a café and event space now located in Northcote where they first started the business and now distribute their prized premium brew across the AAFCANS network of coffee outlets on 26 ADF bases. Beraldo will also support AAFCANS with an ongoing program of professional Barista training for the local café team.
To help improve the proximity of amenities for ADF based at RAAF Wagga, the canteen operations were moved into the historic ‘Hangar 84’. The temporary facility was created by way of suspended partitioning walls with hospitality support services supplied in a series of containers located outside the hangar.
The ambience of the canteen is an important factor in helping members feel relaxed and refreshed. The addition of the historic imagery and murals was a masterstroke. We were delighted with the opportunity to assist SADFO and his team with the historic embellishment of the canteen facility. In November 2020 AAFCANS worked closely with RAAF Wagga Aviation Heritage Centre and its energetic volunteers to provide an eye-popping display. The collection of images featuring:
The Heritage centre also added some historic props, such as a Macchi ejection seat, Nomad propeller on a stand and a replica of HMAS Wagga presented in a glass display case. AAFCANS also took the opportunity to soften the industrial environment by adding soft leather comfy couches, coffee tables, board games and some styling to make members feel welcome and relaxed. The new premium coffee and tea offer recently rolled out on base have been well-received.
The upgrade facility Investment cost $1,500
AAFCANS designed and purpose-built a new mobile amenities vehicle. The vehicle project delivers a new design concept for AAFCANS. Before heading to Townville to take a lead role in the Lavarack Barracks mobile amenities fleet the vehicle was taken through its paces at Gallipoli Barracks and passed the trial with chequered flags.
The acquisition cost $XXXX and forms part of AAFCANS $2.6 million 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. The concept design during its live testing at Lavarack Barracks will be monitored by the AAFCANS operations with the focus to evolve and future proof AAFCANS amenities fleet.
The internal fit-out features: modern LED trim and refrigeration lighting, best-on-market hot & cold display fridges, sectioned iced drinks well, stainless retail shelving & draws, fold-down stainless steel service bench, LED floodlights mounted on all sides of the vehicle, for perimeter night lighting, on-board hand wash station with hot & cold water, potable water and grey water holding tanks, heat-friendly menu board with changeable menu panels for today’s selection and its inspirational modern vinyl wrap branding will make the vehicle’s presence known to all on base.
The new app-driven online ordering facility was opened to benefit members based at RAAF Base Amberley in September 2020.
Customers can use their app or online portal to order and have their meal delivered to one of seven delivery points on base. A pre-order and click & collect facility is available and a dine-in options allowing customers to order, pay and have their meal and drinks delivered directly to their table is set to rollout in May 2021. Also, in development is AAFCANS app-driven catering portal which will be released in mid 2021.
In June /July 2020, AAFCANS launched its app-driven loyalty platform nationally. The new app facilitates the loyalty program; a virtual wallet which gives members the ability to transact cash-free and card-free, and includes member-only promotions, loyalty stamps, gift vouchers and more. In unison with the app launch, AAFCANS also released a pilot online ordering/delivery service, branded ‘AAFCANS On-Demand’ at Gallipoli Barracks. This service will operate via the app and a web portal for desktop access. The pilot will operate at Gallipoli Barracks and be rolled out in three stages: first the loyalty platform, then online ordering, followed by the dine-in facility. A further six Defence bases will benefit from the full online ordering suite in 2020.
The app/online ordering will provide click & collect and dine-in options allowing customers to order, pay and have their meal and drinks delivered direct to their table. Delivery convenience is at a small additional cost and options will vary by base with a mixture of drop-off points and googlable base addresses. This will benefit bases such as Puckapunyal with its large ADF residential precinct having access to home deliveries in the very near future. Also, in-development is AAFCANS app-driven catering portal which will be released in early 2021.
$84k was invested byAAFCANS into the app, supporting equipment and e-commerce innovation.
In January 2020 the outdated, dysfunctional Holsworthy Cafe interior was fully replaced by AAFCANS to give customers a modern comfy space. The relaxed industrial style ambience reclaimed timber features and designer lighting help to showcase the barista-made gourmet coffee, new premium tea range, cold-pressed juices, iced-teas and café food. Soft furnishings, casual home-style dining tables, high and low seating, board games, books and 65-inch big screen await guests eager for a chat whilst tending to their quick coffee fix or enjoying a snack and some precious me time.
The Canteen upgrade and installation of the new coffee lounge was a $182K investment for AAFCANS.
In January 2020, the tired Holsworthy Canteen decor was refreshed by AAFCANS. This facility has been a historic, reliable and well-utilised amenities area for the Barracks for many decades. The upgrade has given this old-workhorse fresh legs. The dining area was reconfigured, de-cluttered and new or renovated fixtures, tables and chairs fill the space. The open plan gives a sweeping view of the cafe, food offering and the new coffee area which has a warm and welcoming appeal. New flooring was added throughout both areas, new hot and cold cabinets and the upgraded counters and displays add to the foodie-focused functionality of the canteen. Defence has further improved the facility with the addition of air-conditioning and the upgrade of some internal fixtures.
RAAF WILLIAMTOWN NEW CANTEEN
AAFCANS and Defence have opened a brand new contemporary canteen facility at RAAF Williamtown. The light beech-wood trendy interior, floor to ceiling Eco glass, classy food display cabinets frame the casual open plan dining area. The comfy coffee booths have proven to be a popular cosy spot for a quick cuppa and the high bench seating with power outlets offers customers a recharge facility for their devices whilst enjoying lunch on-the-go.
The space channels customer flow into three precincts, a coffee/café area, a designated food service area and convenience retail area, all designed to accelerate service. The café offer has a selection of artisan bakery items, premium loose-leaf teas, designer teapots, dine-in or take away barista coffee and quick hot or cold café style snacks. AAFCANS dining menu takes full advantage of the modern well-equipped kitchen. It’s restaurant-style all-day menu offers, healthy made to order yummy breakfasts, hot snacks and plated gourmet café meals. The hot and cold cabinets are filled with a healthy quick grab and go options for customers to self-serve and the well-stocked convenience offering provides customers with a wide selection of retail products and military adventure gear.
This state-of-the-art in building is part of a base-wide Defence infrastructure project.
November 2019 the Wagga Wagga AAFCANS Bistro and Annexe Cafe have been merged and moved into a new temporary facility. The new amenities home shares the space with Defence inside Hangar 84. The Hangar’s iconic parquetry floors and industrial sheek structure makes for a welcome new home to the amenities facility. The partitioned space inside this active working Hangar provides members with an open plan dining facility, aptly themed. Container facilities placed behind the building support the operation with back-of-house facilities for food preparation, cooking and coldrooms and freezer storage are also close by.
Food displays, refrigeration, kitchen equipment and furniture were recycled from AAFCANS existing facilities on base and placed inside the Hangar to create a sweeping counterline – designed to accelerate service. A relaxing booth lounge area, casual dining area and a crowd-pleasing food, beverage and retail offering await customers.
In October 2019AAFCANS upgraded their busy Gallipoli Barracks Canteen. The refurbishment project was scheduled in two stages. Stage one was the interior upgrade to the canteen at the cost of $295k. The upgrade has transformed the wiry interior of the canteen into a contemporary comfortable space for ADF to enjoy meals at work. The new-look canteen features self-service checkouts, modern led lighting, contemporary soft furnishings, private dining booths with USB charge facilities, dining bars with comfy ergonomic timber stools, new cabinetry, counters, food displays and large TVs. The colour palette used is lively and very foodie inspired. The historic murals featured on the glass and within the Canteen link this important location to its 1914 heritage.
Stage two of this refurbishment project will deliver a contemporary new outdoor-indoor atrium lounge area, where members can enjoy lunch, just chill with mates for a coffee or utilize the entertainment/TV facilities, families are welcome and well provided for.