Category Archives: Interviews

You are what you eat… even at work

Sandra_Zammit-2510High quality healthy snacks and drinks are considered as one of the highest bang for the buck, value for money, giving the most visible benefits that virtually every staff member appreciates and that align with the corporate trend of helping employees stay healthy.  Local companies that are new to providing food for employees, are often thinking about a better return on their investment in human capital, happier, healthier and more productive employees.  Companies are realising the many physical and financial benefits that come with a healthier workforce, prompting a shift in corporate policies. Healthy workplaces are no longer an afterthought, but rather the focus.

Our goal at SMOOCHIE is to provide healthy options for food and drink by providing fresh vegetarian soups, energy balls, pre-washed fruit as well as our popular smoothies.  Sandra explained how unlike other smoothie brands, “Smoochies are made locally from a multicultural array of fruit, with no added sugar, no concentrates and no preservatives. Each 250ml bottle, contains over ¼ of a kilo of fruit; smoothies are 98% fat free and 100% cholesterol free. The focus is to serve employees healthy and nutritious drinks, without the hassle of washing and peeling fruit thus providing a more practical solution for the office environment”.

Speaking about her line of soups, Sandra says “We have various flavours and our soups are slowly cooked so that the fresh ingredients and spices are added at the correct point, Smoochie soups are available in 600ml pots and can be conveniently heated up in a microwave oven.”

Our range of healthy choices coupled with our top notch customer service makes our order and delivery process rather simple and efficient. Once a budget has been set we ensure regular replenishment of your canteen according to a pre-agreed delivery programme.  If a company does not have the budget to feed employees, we also work with companies that have a subsidized programme, where employees pay a minimal amount and the companies pay the rest. We do office deliveries on a regular, dependable schedule that fits the office’s needs

To ensure a holistic approach to good health and well-being we have also teamed up with ‘The Physio Specialists’, who will be offering advice about back pain and general health care. This programme which will be delivered in a practical and innovative approach will see the employer benefitting from healthier employees, more productive employees and an overall positive impact on the company’s earnings.

MBR: How can a healthy workforce help prevent absence?

SZ: The obvious benefit of having a healthy workforce is that healthier employees are absent less often.

Healthy workers are more motivated to stay in work, recover from sickness quicker and are at less risk of long term illness.

In addition, organisations stand to make substantial cost savings by promoting health in the workplace and reducing sickness absence.

MBR: How can a healthy workforce improve business performance?

SZ: By simply promoting good health among workers and creating a positive environment for work, one could reduce employee turnover and recruitment costs.

There are a number of other significant benefits of a healthy workforce- by encouraging and promoting a healthy workforce, one can improve productivity, business performance, staff morale and employee engagement and reduces sick leave costs thus avoiding pressure on employees covering those who are absent.

MBR: A healthy workforce can demonstrate corporate responsibility

SZ: The consumption of healthy products at work, one not only reduces the risk of absenteeism due to illness, but ensures Corporate Social Responsibility.

The numerous benefits realised by employers through successful corporate wellness programs seem to signify that this trend is here to stay. For the food service industry, innovative ideas that put healthy meal and snack choices at the forefront mean everyone can come away a winner.

All rights Reserved. Copyright © 2017

Click here for a PDF version


IanC_cropped.jpg_201405141704372Thanks to their specialised and professional approach, the Belair Property team is on the right path. In charge of this well-known and respected specialist in the Maltese real estate market, Ian Casolani, Managing Director, who is a prime mover and shaker shaping the real estate marketplace and changing the skyline, lifts the lid on present prestigious projects and beyond. Continue reading


Mr Louis Farrugia - A014617Exclusive interview with Mr Louis A Farrugia, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Simonds Farsons Cisk plc.

Farsons has a history of good governance and a reputation of a good employer.  This has enabled it to employ good people and engage well qualified representatives on its various Boards.  Mr Farrugia says that maintaining this tradition, Farsons have been on top of the issues they face, both in the short term and long term visions that they have set for the Group. Continue reading

Beyond Expectations…



When sitting down with Noel Borg of Mannarinu Caterers, the conversation inevitably turns to the humble beginning of their catering bisiness in the 1950s. Years later the business was inherited by the younger son Noel and his wife Bridget who nowadays along with their two sons manage a company committed to creating catering that surpasses expectations. Continue reading

A ‘Whole Job’ Approach

© Steven Muliett 2016


“This a sought after accolade of achievement, an endorsement of your hard-work, determination and enterprise in business,” exclaimed a beaming Karl Ebejer, Managing Director of ME Architects after being awarded with Malta’s Best in Business Best Corporate Social Responsibility and also Most Socially & Environmentally Responsible Company of Year at the MBIB Awards 2016. Continue reading