Larry Oberkfell

The Foodservice Suppliers Association Australia (FSAA) has announced the speakers and topics for its 2017 annual Conference, to be held Tuesday September 12 in Sydney to coincide with this year’s Fine Food Australia trade show.


The theme of this year’s event is “Striving for Excellence”, and the FSAA has secured Larry Oberkfell, CEO/President of the US-based International Foodservice Manufacturers Association, to deliver the keynote address – a move described by FSAA CEO Vince Crawley as a major coup for the organisation.


“We have a strategic partnership with the IFMA, and as a sign of solidarity within that relationship Larry will be making the trip down under to attend the Conference and our 2017 Awards night,” Vince confirms. “His Conference keynote speech will look at trends, dynamics and developments within the US foodservice marketplace, which of course is the largest in the world.


“IFMA is the world’s pre-eminent foodservice organisation so we believe it would be well worthwhile for anybody involved in supplying to the foodservice


market to come and have a listen – not only to Larry but to our other expert

speakers, who will be talking on a range of business disciplines including supply chain logistics, customer service, negotiation skills and the development of excellence.”


In addition to Larry Oberkfell, speakers for the 2017 FSAA Conference include Anouche Newman, CEO of Customer Service Institute of Australia; Dr Sean Richardson, Director of Headstrong High Performance; Simon Morgan, Director of the Australian Logistics Council; and Neil Rechlin, Partner at NextGen Group.


“This is our eighth annual conference and I personally think this is the most exciting line-up of speakers we’ve had so far,” Vince Crawley enthuses.


Following on from the FSAA Conference will be the annual FSAA Awards for Excellence, held on the evening of the same day. As always the Awards will be announced during a gala dinner and include state foodservice distributor finalists and the presentation of the FSAA’s national awards which recognise excellence in food manufacturing, non-alcoholic beverage manufacturing, food and grocery distribution, tabletop supply and distribution, commercial equipment, and other services to the industry.


Attendees will also meet the FSAA Hall of Fame inductees for 2017 and the recipients of this year’s FSAA Business Management Scholarship program.


“The FSAA Awards for Excellence are the benchmark event for the Australian foodservice supply industry, celebrating those companies who have achieved excellence over the past year – as voted by their peers,” Vince says.


Both the 2017 FSAA Conference and the Awards for Excellence will be held on Tuesday September 12 at Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf, Pirrama Rd Pyrmont. The Conference will run during the day with the Awards presented in the evening.


For more information on the FSAA Conference and Awards of Excellence, or for membership information, details of other upcoming programs and events, and general information on the services the FSAA provides, visit or contact CEO Vince Crawley on 0404 464 539.