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Karla Borland

New research from CSIRO: Australian diets are “Worse than ever”

Did you know that only 35% of Australians are getting their recommended daily intake of vegetables? The recent CSIRO Healthy Diet Score report paints a clear picture of our nation’s eating habits, and the results have serious implications for workplaces across Australia.

Over an eight-year period, the CSIRO surveyed more than 230,000 Australians and assessed their diets based on a range of factors, including quantity, quality and variety, scoring them out of 100.

The average diet score over the entire 8-year period was a disappointing 55/100. What’s even more worrying is that these scores have been on a downward trajectory, declining from 56 in 2015 to 53 in 2023. This means that Australian diets are not just bad, but they’re also getting worse.

Key Findings from the Report:

The report highlights that where a person works matters significantly, with those working in Logistics (51.5/100) and Manufacturing (51.9/100) having some of the worst diets of any occupation, far below the average of 55/100.

Retired Australians and personal trainers rate at the top of the list (59.2 and 58.9/100 respectively), with more time and focus placed on health. Retired Australians and personal trainers, on the other hand, emerged as the top scorers (59.2 and 58.9/100, respectively), reflecting their greater focus on health and well-being.

Younger and middle-aged Australians, who make up a significant portion of the workforce, have significantly poorer diets than older Australians, with 7 points differentiating 18–50-year-olds and those over 70 years (53 vs. 60 respectively).

The Workplace Connection:

It’s clear that diet quality is closely tied to occupation, with frontline workers suffering the most, despite the direct correlation between their physical wellbeing and productivity. The results are concerning, yet unsurprising when considering the typical working hours, unhealthy options, and subsequent eating culture prevalent in these types of workplaces.

This brings us to an important conclusion: Employers can play a pivotal role in the health and productivity of their employees by ensuring access to healthier food options at work. When employees have access to nutritious meals and snacks, they are more likely to make healthier dietary choices, leading to improved wellbeing and increased productivity.

Improving Diet:

While Australians may appear generally fit and healthy, our collective low diet score, which seems to be deteriorating over time, indicates that we have substantial work to do.

The good news, as Dr. Gilly Hendrie, CSIRO Research Scientist emphasises, is that “a healthy diet can be achieved with some simple changes… The things to keep in mind is reduce, increase and add variety.” In other words, Australians need to reduce the amount of processed junk food that we consume, while increasing their intake of wholesome foods such as fruits, vegetables and dairy, aiming for variety.

It’s never too late to make positive changes in eating behaviour and overall health and wellbeing. Improving our diet isn’t just a matter of personal health, it’s vital for the wellbeing and productivity of the entire nation. Let’s work together to create a happier, healthier and more productive future for all.

Click here to see the full report from CSIRO:

Source: Baird, D., Hendrie, Gilly (September, 2023). CSIRO Healthy Diet Score 2015-2023. CSIRO

Micro markets take the lead: Growth outpaces that of vending machines by more 300%

According to the latest Vending Market Watch ‘State of the Industry’ report, more and more workplaces are switching from legacy vending machines for the healthier and more diverse range offered by micro markets. The report sheds light on the US vending and micro market industry and uncovers evolving trends and growth areas. With the US micro market industry being a few years ahead in maturity, this report offers crucial insights into the rapidly changing workplace food service and employee wellbeing landscapes in Australia.

As we delve into the highlights of the 2022 report, the evidence is clear – micro markets are creating a transformative shift, revolutionising the traditional workplace vending landscape.

Outstanding Growth: Micro Markets Outpace Vending

In 2022, the industry has seen a huge surge in micro market locations and sales growth across the US, far outpacing the growth in vending machines. The Vending MarketWatch report shows that the number of micro market locations in the US has increased by an incredible 18% across the year, compared with vending machine numbers, which grew by a modest 4.5%.

Micro markets have been steadily gaining popularity as more and more workplaces replace their legacy vending machines with a more modern and flexible alternative. Unlike the limited choices offered by vending machines, micro markets can provide convenient access to a wide range of fresh products, including fresh fruit, sandwiches, wraps, salads, and sushi. With over 30,000 micro market locations in the US as of 2022, there is a rapid shift occurring which is revolutionising the way employees access food at work.

Trend towards health: Healthy Product Sales Up 40%

One of the fundamental highlights from this year’s report is the whopping 40% growth in sales of healthy products within micro markets. The growing awareness and focus on health and wellbeing by both employers and employees is driving demand for more nutritious options. With a large range of healthy options, micro markets are fuelling this exciting shift and becoming the obvious choice for employers trying to improve the health, happiness, and productivity of their teams, not to mention a highly attractive benefit for existing and prospective employees.

The data from 2022 is clear – the micro market sector has seen a exceptional year of growth, with a remarkable increase in the number of micro market locations and rapidly increasing demand for healthier products. These trends indicate a clear preference for the enhanced experience and range of options offered by micro markets, catering to the changing needs and preferences of employees in the post-covid work environment.

In response to the growing importance of employee wellbeing and the need to attract top talent, Australian employers are increasingly focused on enhancing company culture and improving on-site amenities and benefits. As the Australian industry leader in healthy micro markets, Morsl is uniquely placed to solve these problems across the office, industrial, and healthcare sectors, creating happier, healthier, and more productive workplaces.

To read the full report: State of the Industry for Vending and Micro Market Report: 2022 was a year of continued recovery | Vending Market Watch

Source: Rogers, M. (2023, June 21). State of the Industry for Vending and Micro Market Report: 2022 was a year of continued recovery. Vending Market Watch.

Morsl Expands with Warehouse Space in NSW and VIC

Brand New Warehouse

Morsl has made another giant leap forward by taking on its very own warehouse space. For the last few years, we’ve been using a 3PL (third-party logistics provider) to build scale and expand nationally. Today, we have the necessary scale to bring operations in-house to support our growth.

Brand New Warehouse

Brand New Warehouse

Having our own warehouse space will give us greater flexibility and control over our operations, allowing us to respond more quickly to the needs of our customers, upkeep our Self Service Markets, and manage our inventory more efficiently. Plus, It also allows us to further invest in our infrastructure and equipment to support our growing business.

Being able to support our Micro Markets at a higher capacity means we can increase our offerings, improve our service levels, and satisfy the growing demand for convenient and accessible food options in workplaces. 

The Morsl team is very excited about another benefit of this move: we will officially now have a Morsl HQ. This will be a place for the team to come together regularly as the company embarks on what is expected to be its biggest year yet. With this, we know it will give us a sense of ownership and a sense of pride, and belonging to the company, fostering a stronger company culture to outwork the mission and vision of Morsl.

This move is a big step forward for Morsl, and it is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire team. We are excited to see what the future holds and are confident that this move will be the driving force behind our continued growth and success.

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Announcing Morsl’s Partnership with Charter Hall

Charter Hall and Morsl have partnered together to take an industry leading approach in improving employee health and wellbeing within the industrial and logistics sector through Morsl’s healthy micro markets.

Charter Hall is one of Australia’s largest owners of Industrial and Logistics Property. They are driven by their purpose to deliver long-term outcomes that are positive for all. Within that, their Social Strategy is to support the health and wellbeing of their partners, customers and their employees.

Together, we are passionate for change across the Industrial sector. Employees in this sector are often faced with many environmental impacts to their mental and physical health, including long, physical work shifts, elevated noise levels, and limited access to healthy food options in factory settings.

By implementing our Morsl self-service cafes across their national portfolio and development assets, we can create healthier work environments that lead to enhanced health, greater engagement and improved productivity.

“Good nutrition is the foundation of health and wellbeing,” says Charter Hall Industrial & Logistics CEO Richard Stacker.

“By integrating Morsl into a facility, our tenant customers will enhance the personal health and wellbeing of their employees, boost morale and job satisfaction, improve employee productivity and contribute to a happier, healthier industry.”


We are pleased to say, this partnership is already well underway. Morsl is now supporting the Charter Hall tenants, Capral Aluminium and Aramex, with a lot more to come.

We look forward to sharing with you the positive impact and changes our partnership will bring across the sector.


Morsl Launches in the Southern Hemisphere’s Biggest Warehouse

morsl kiosk

Morsl always dreamed big and it is no surprise how excited we are to launch our Morsl micro markets within the largest warehouse in the Southern Hemisphere. Whilst we can’t officially say who it is, you may be able to guess 😉

Our two micro markets, will house over 5,000 items, to serve more than 1,500 employees on a 24/7 basis. With multiple payment kiosks, snack bays and rows of coolers for the fresh food and drinks, we officially went live in January 2022.

Morsl has now expanded into coffee, supporting the location with large fully automatic machines offering a 15 item menu including coffee, chai and hot chocolate. Through our partnership with Lavazza, we are bringing a premium coffee culture to our customers.

With an additional 9 small breakrooms through the warehouse to support staff on their short breaks, we are also managing 6 vending machines to make sure staff always have easy access to over 2,000 snack and drink options. You wouldn’t believe that it takes 2.5 hours to cover the 9 breakrooms!! Our Morsl team are fitter than ever 😉

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