A welcome bright ray of Caribbean sunshine awaits hospital patients and visitors in Auckland with the opening of a new Jamaica Blue café at Greenlane Clinical Centre. It’s the second of the brand’s cafés to open in a medical facility in Auckland. Late last year Jamaica Blue opened its first hospital-based café at Auckland Hospital. The opening brings to seven the number of Jamaica Blue outlets in New Zealand, six of which are in Auckland.
The Greenlane Clinical Centre on Greenlane Road focuses on Auckland District Health Board outpatient services and day stay surgery. “Greenlane follows on from the success of the Jamaica Blue Auckland Hospital café which opened in November last year. It quickly became one of our busiest cafés, not only in New Zealand, but also worldwide. ”As befitting a café in a medical facility, it’s vitally important to ensure the menu reflects a healthy lifestyle, Jon says.
“Spending time in any medical situation can be stressful and we believe everybody should take a little time out of their day to recharge, relax and reflect; to stop for a while and simply enjoy the moment.“And if speed is of the essence as it often is in hospital, there’s a quick order coffee kiosk to keep any wait to a minimum.”Owned by Foodco Group – which also has the Muffin Break brand – Jamaica Blue operates in more than 160 cafés globally.
A range of healthy recipes called the ‘Signature Harvest Collection’ – developed by the company as part of its New Zealand expansion – features at the Greenlane café. Jon says while the new menu appeals to a wide range of tastes it is specifically relevant to a health facility environment.
“Using natural ingredients, we’ve developed nutritionally balanced recipes that will enable consumers to eat well and enjoy the experience.”The new menu features items ranging from nutritious bowls through to healthy salads and a selection of sweet items that are small on kilojoules but big on taste, he says.