A new initiative has been announced to help hospitality workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meals for Mates, is a new initiative delivering immediate meals to impacted hospitality workers, through key catering partners from Pernod Ricard New Zealand.

Tens of thousands of staff across bars, pubs, cafes, restaurants and clubs in New Zealand have either lost their jobs or are coping with reduced hours, with many small venues and businesses forced to close their doors from the policies aimed at slowing the spread of the virus.

Recognising many small businesses, despite the current economic conditions, are now open with a takeaway or delivery option, this offer is being made available to impacted hospitality staff across New Zealand.

Hospitality workers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis can access the offer simply by emailing along with proof of working in the hospitality industry to use with Urban Gourmet in Auckland, The Catering Studio in Wellington, and Eaton Drink Co in Christchurch.

“Our restaurant, bar and catering partners are the lifeblood of the industry and we want to help the teams of people that create these places for consumers to come together,” said Eric Thomson, Pernod Ricard Winemakers Director.

“They have given us so much, now let’s help them. We want to encourage the community, where possible, to continue supporting their local hospitality businesses so as many as possible can remain open.”

“Our catering company has been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic but we know that for our industry to bounce back, we need to support others in the industry with collaborative and innovative thinking,” noted Lizzi Pearson, Urban Gourmet General Manager.

“We are proud to partner with Pernod Ricard for such a great initiative that helps our fellow hospo workers get through. We encourage all New Zealanders to support local where possible, especially with the local hospitality restaurants, bars and cafes we all love.”

Pernod Ricard is the world’s number two in wine, spirits and Champagne. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod. Pernod Ricard is strongly committed to a sustainable development policy and encourages responsible consumption. Pernod Ricard’s strategy and ambition are based on three key values that guide its expansion: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust and a strong sense of ethics.