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Ampol refinery installs Morsl market, prioritising employee wellbeing

Morsl’s micro markets operate as a self-service café or unattended store within a breakroom space. Image: Morsl.

Ampol has taken a leading position in Logistics and Manufacturing, partnering with Morsl to address access to fresh and nutritious food, with their micro market earning rave reviews from the team.

Ampol’s forward-thinking move to install a micro market acknowledges the significant impact that access to wholesome food and drinks can have on employee health and wellbeing. With a workforce of 800, working 24/7 across a large, protected area, it is challenging for the Brisbane refinery team to leave the premises during their breaks.”

The recent CSIRO Healthy Diet Score Report showed employees working in logistics and manufacturing have some of the worst diets of any occupation, scoring 51.5/100 and 51.9/100 respectively. This is below the average Australian score of 55/100, which itself has been on a downward trajectory for the past eight years.

The report confirms that workplaces represent an important venue for influencing dietary behaviours. The challenges, especially within the logistics and manufacturing sectors, are shift work, the physically demanding tasks and the often remote location of the workplace.

Ampol recognised that the traditional café set-up they had was not supportive of a 24/7 operation. With the café closing weekdays at 2pm, night shift workers were not always able to purchase fresh or nutritious foods at times when they wanted it.

To solve this challenge, Ampol has partnered with Morsl, an innovative food solution provider that is transforming the industrial landscape across Australia with its better-for-you micro markets. Micro markets began in the US and are now the fastest growing food service channel across the US, with the largest concentration currently across manufacturing sites.

Morsl’s micro markets operate as a self-service café or unattended store within a break room space that provides a rotating range of fresh sandwiches, wraps, salads, ready meals, sushi, and ready-to-eat options. This is combined with a broad variety of snacks and drinks that are managed according to a 70:30 balance between better-for-you and more indulgent options.

In such a micro market, the employee selects a product from an open rack display, or reach-in refrigerator, and scans the item at the self-checkout kiosk. The market, which operates under a monitored framework, is tailored to the demographics and working habits of the site to create a unique solution for each workplace.

Ampol not only recognised the need for a new food solution for their employees but also the need to provide an engaging and fresh breakroom space for their vast array of teams to come together. A barista bar was also incorporated into the design to complement the Morsl micro-market, ensuring the team still has access to the theatrics and joy of fresh coffee.

When the Morsl micro-market and their new break room space was recently launched, the Ampol team was blown away.

“It’s a dramatic change and I think it’s really what we need,” the Ampol team said.

“It’s great to have 24-hour options.

“A lot of different options, especially for me as a coeliac.”

The positive feedback has reinforced the significant impact access to good food can have on the daily working lives of an employee, which should be a fundamental part of any company’s wellbeing strategy.

With Morsl’s mission to improve the eating habits of Australian employees, its partnerships with the likes of Amazon, Inghams, Primo, DB Schenker and now Ampol, means it can play a key role in improving the diets of logistics and manufacturing workers to bring the industry above the national average according to the CSIRO Healthy Diet Score.

Achieving such success will depend on more companies leading the charge just like Ampol.

To find out more about Morsl solutions for your team, go to Morsl.

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