Community catering organization reorganizes

A picture from pre-Corona times. At this year's online general meeting, the members of the umbrella association GV-Austria elected their new board.
SV (Österreich)
A picture from pre-Corona times. At this year's online general meeting, the members of the umbrella association GV-Austria elected their new board.

The leadership of GV-Austria was restructured in the course of this year's general assembly. The focus of the members of the Austrian umbrella organisation of community caterers is on the topics of training and further education as well as origin labelling.

Since its foundation in 2013, GV-Austria has acted as a mouthpiece for the operators of canteens, hospitals, nursing homes, schools and kindergartens, refectories as well as barracks and prisons. The association is in direct contact with decision-makers from government and responsible bodies. During the General Assembly, which was held online for the second time, the Board of Directors was newly elected and specialist committees were set up.

Accordingly, the members of the board are: Michael Freitag, Sodexo, Lorenz Halm, SV-Group, Sascha Lehner, Sana Catering, and Manfred Ronge, Ronge & Partner (alphabetical order). At the constituent meeting of the Executive Committee, the work packages for the next four years will soon be defined and the individuals will be entrusted with their future Executive Committee functions.

With GMS Gourmet and Vorarlberger Krankenhaus-Betriebsgesellschaft, two new members were welcomed to the association. Due to the growing number of members and the success of the umbrella association, the interests of the industry are to be represented in a more targeted manner in future via specialist committees. In this way, the different concerns from the private sector (profit sector) and the public sector (non-profit sector) can be better focussed and deposited with a clear voice at the responsible authorities, organisations and decision-makers, according to GV-Austria.

The General Assembly focused on the developments within the pandemic, the outstanding achievements of the community caterers in the care sector, as well as the massive drop in sales, especially in the business sector. A special focus for the members is the training and further education of junior and management staff and, of course, strategies with regard to origin labelling were also discussed in detail.

"The willingness of the authorities and government agencies, above all Federal Minister Köstinger, to enter into closer talks with GV-Austria and to specifically perceive our concerns as a system-relevant industry must be pronounced as a very positive development", Manfred Ronge, acting president of the umbrella association, is positive. "The members of the umbrella association are pioneers and stand for regionality in Austrian large-scale catering establishments, as already emphasised several times", Ronge continues. Support on the part of Federal Minister Köstinger was assured during her personal appearance at the most recent industry conference of Austrian mass caterers.