April 19, 2022 | By Joyce DiMascio

One of Australia’s most capable expo directors is to take up the role of chief executive of the Foodservice Suppliers Association Australia (FSAA).

Minnie Constan, the influential leader of Fine Food Australia for many years, will take over the reins of the foodservice industry peak body in June following the retirement of current CEO, Vince Crawley.

Constan left Diversified Communications last year.

Her association with Australia’s foodservice sector goes back two decades to when she was appointed event director for Diversified Communications. In her position, she was responsible for organising and directing the prestigious Fine Food Australia, Australia’s most significant international foodservice sector trade event.

She told micenet the biggest opportunities in her new role would be to ensure the industry reconnected after the disruptions of recent years.

“The industry has gone through massive upheaval during COVID and it’s facing a lot of challenges.

“But there are intelligent people within the industry and we can leverage their experience to help others along the recovery journey,” she said.

Under Constan, Fine Food Australia attracted major international exhibitors and had the backing of state and federal government agencies.

“I am very excited to be returning to the foodservice sector, and the FSAA is a perfect fit for my return,” she said. “FSAA is committed to giving back to the industry and also to nurturing the industry to be stronger in the future.

FSAA is a platinum partner of Fine Food Australia which is scheduled to run again from September 5-8 at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

In announcing Constan’s appointment, FSAA chairman Yezdi Daruwalla said he was thrilled she would be stepping into the role.

“Aside from being the powerhouse behind Fine Food Australia, Minnie is highly regarded for her positivity, strategic thinking and relationship building. She is very much looking forward to coming back into the foodservice arena and leading the next chapter of the FSAA story.”

Daruwalla and the FSAA Board also took the opportunity to pay tribute to outgoing CEO Crawley, thanking him for his leadership and drive.

“When Vince took over the reins, the FSAA had 17 members. Today it has more than 300 – and multiple services encompassing networking, education, training and professional development,” Daruwalla said.