Today’s customers are becoming increasingly informed and conscious of what they eat. What’s more, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, a staggering 3.7 million Australian adults have a food-related allergy or intolerance.

Together with the growing trend for healthy eating, special dietary needs are the next frontier for many cafés looking to stand out and stay relevant. It is important for cafés to understand the different dietary requirements that customers may have and what they look for when dining out.

Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and vegetarian options are fast finding their way into brunch and breakfast menus, formerly sugar-laden bastions of indulgence. Most cafés have their own take on keeping up with their customers’ different dietary needs.



Café owner, Louise Hunt, believes that Joseph Hyde should belong to the community. As such, the café is seen and known by many customers as an extension of their home.

Part of making customers feel welcome is to offer a wholly gluten-free menu with flexible options to suit dietary needs such as nut allergies and lactose intolerances. While doing their utmost to meet dietary requests and cater towards healthy eating trends, Joseph Hyde also keeps things fresh and interesting with weekend specials for their customers.



Brewtown Newtown is all about creating an environment where customers can take it easy with friends and family. Good food and good times can also do a lot of good for the community, so it is important for café owner, Peter Raad, to frequently adapt his menu to meet dietary requests.

Adapting certain ingredients to meet dietary requirements such as gluten-free and vegan dishes is the key to keep their customers coming back, along with maintaining a consistency in sourcing local and sustainable produce. Each season sees new and different produce going into the dishes that Brewtown Newtown is known for.

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