May 19, 2020

Toast Party! Marmite is Back on the Shelves

Business Review Australia
new zealand
Kiwi
breakfast
Bizclik Editor
2 min
Toast Party! Marmite is Back on the Shelves

 

One year ago (nearly to the day), the makers of Marmite announced that their Christchurch production plant – the only facility where the savoury breakfast spread is made – would be closed for damage repairs following the November 2011 earthquake and would likely not open its doors until this July.

‘Marmageddon’ made worldwide headlines and spurred active auctions for the last full jars, as well as inspiring a photography exhibit of empty jars scraped clean by celebrity Marmite fans where the proceeds benefitted the city’s rebuilding efforts.

"You've rationed, you've scraped, you've survived Marmaggedon - and now the wait is over! From March 20, Marmite is back on supermarket shelves across NZ. Thanks for not freaking out and for waiting patiently for the black gold's return,” Sanitarium’s web statement read.

While many New Zealanders queued up at the supermarkets and some stores rationed their supply to two jars per customer, the Rebuild Christchurch Foundation arranged for a few select families to receive their jars early – signed and delivered by former All Blacks captain Buck Shelford.

"It's fitting that the first jars of Marmite go to Christchurch families directly impacted by the earthquakes," said Sanitarium NZ general manager Pierre Van Heerden, who accompanied Mr Shelford on his deliveries. "These jars are a symbol of Christchurch's rebuilding and resilience.

"The families impacted by the quakes really deserve to get the first jars off the production line."

Though some fans are questioning whether Sanitarium altered the recipe due to a “different taste and smell” (which the producer denied on its Marmite Facebook page), many fans took to the social media site to express their long-awaited happiness:

“Marmite on toast this morning – lovely!!! Worth the wait,” wrote one enthusiast. 

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Jun 22, 2021

Digital Leader Mobiquity Expands Into Asia-Pacific

Mobiquity
Microsoft
Fintech
APAC
3 min
Mobiquity pursues a vision of global growth with its first APAC hire—Gustavo Quiroga, its new Vice President of Business Development Financial Services

As an international digital consulting firm, Mobiquity helps a global client base upgrade its digital banking and financial services. The company employs 1,200 team members across 50+ nationalities and serves an estimated 200+ million users each day. Recently, the company built out a digital banking experience for the Bank of the Philippines Islands’ online and mobile platforms—exemplifying its mission to help leading brands engage with technology in meaningful ways. 

 

To highlight Mobiquity’s services, here are a few of the company’s recent accomplishments

 

  • Designed and developed the first FDA-approved digital medicine system
  • Launched a five-star mobile ordering app
  • Pioneered a cloud-based IT infrastructure that prevented bank fraud
  • Built the official AWS re:Invent 2017 and 2018 mobile apps 

 

What Makes Mobiquity Stand Out? 

According to Mobiquity, it's the people that make all the difference. ‘We’re born innovators who like meaty challenges’, the company wrote. ‘We go deeper, getting to the root of your customers’ friction and creating personalised engagements that deliver much more than a digital experience alone’. Now, the company has added former Microsoft and IBM director Gustavo Quiroga to its team. 

 

Who Is Gustavo Quiroga? 

At Mobiquity, he’ll be the first Vice President of Business Development Financial Services in APAC. With years of experience in the industry, Quiroga has developed numerous tech, business, and customer experience projects: at Microsoft, he led a top Aussie Azure Data and AI specialist team, and at IBM, he applied AI and deep analytics to transform the company’s business processes, CX, and UX. 

 

Based in Sydney, Australia, Quiroga will start to work with Mobiquity clients in Singapore, Vietnam, and the Philippines and take responsibility for expanding the company’s regional operations. ‘Our best way to impact client outcomes’, he wrote, ‘is by listening to them with an inquisitive and open mind and empowering our people to do the same’. 

 

When notified of the announcement, Quiroga expressed excitement over his new role. ‘I’m delighted to join Mobiquity and support the company’s rapid expansion across the Asia-Pacific region. I joined Mobiquity to develop, design and implement digital products and services that create meaningful experiences with customers...and I look forward to using my expertise to develop partnerships where we can achieve this every day’. 

 

Where Does Mobiquity Go From Here? 

In the past six months, Mobiquity has hired over 100 new employees, including the high-profile additions of Howard Moore, Senior Director of Banking, and Ruby Walia, Senior Advisor for Digital Banking. This falls in line with the company’s hyper-growth strategy to deliver digital products to the world. 

 

As Matthew Williamson, Mobiquity’s Vice President of Global Financial Services, explained: ‘Our appointment of Gustavo demonstrates [our] commitment to hiring an A-list team of talent. The latest addition to the Mobiquity team supports our vision of global growth in Asia-Pacific, as a recognised partner within the banking and finance ecosystem’.


 

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