Industry Insights

Accolade Wines Sells 50% Shareholding in UK

Accolade Wines has sold its 50% shareholding in Matthew Clark to Conviviality Retail Plc. in the UK for £100 million. Conviviality is one of the UK’s largest franchised off-licence and convenience chains. Matthew Clark – the UK’s largest independent drinks distributor – is a joint venture between Accolade Wines and Punch Taverns. The deal will therefore … Continued

September 9, 2015

Industry Rallies to Amend Legislation

17 businesses, including the Australian Hotels Association, Australian Retailers Association, Master Grocers Association and the National Farmers’ Federation have rallied together to make an amendment to the Competition and Consumer Act. Representing more than 500,000 businesses and three million employees, the 17 are hoping to see a change to Section 46 of the Act that … Continued

September 7, 2015

Have Your Say – How Can the Industry Reduce Alcohol-Related Harm?

Between 8 September–13 October, the Office of Liquor, Gaming & Racing (OLGR) will be hosting a series of free events for industry stakeholders to attend and discuss ways in which the industry can help to reduce alcohol-related harm. The ‘Information Exchange’ half-day events will provide the opportunity for licensees, liquor accord groups, local council representatives, … Continued

September 4, 2015

And The 2015 Australian drinks Awards Winners Are…

Jim Beam & Lion – Beer, Spirits & Wine Last night, Australia’s leading beverage suppliers, distributors and retailers congregated at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) to celebrate the night of nights – the Australian drinks Awards. Andrew Daddo welcomes attendees to the 2015 Australian drinks Awards Atop the plethora of high achievers who took away … Continued

September 3, 2015

Asahi and Schweppes Sweep up Popular Water Brand

Schweppes Australia and Asahi Premium Beverages are now distributing the popular water brand, VOSS Water of Norway. The new, exclusive distribution agreement covers both Australia and New Zealand. Popular with consumers for its unique glass bottle and Norwegian artesian spring water, VOSS has experienced rapid growth in Australia, and VOSS Group CEO Jack Belsito hopes … Continued

September 2, 2015

How Important are ‘Brands’ to the Retailer Today?

From Mal Higgs, Project Manager – ALSA Retail Insights. Many retailers have worked out that they can make a great deal more profit margin selling private label products – especially wine. It is not uncommon to hear stories of a four or five percent increase in gross profit margin across the entire wine category just by … Continued

August 17, 2015

The Drinks Industry Show Announces Free Seminars

Drinks industry professionals from all corners of the industry are invited to attend a series of free educational seminars hosted by leading industry experts that will run during the trade exhibition on Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 November at Luna Park in Sydney. Directly following the co-located ‘drinks association Special Event: Network Breakfast’, on Tuesday … Continued

August 17, 2015

Suntory Whisky to Conduct Space Experiments on Ageing in JAXA Backed Research Venture

Suntory Global Innovation Centre has announced plans to conduct experiments from outer space on the “development of mellowness in alcoholic beverages through the use of a microgravity environment.” The research will be undertaken inside the International Space Station’s Japanese Experiment Module (nicknamed “Kibo”) with cooperation from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Suntory hopes findings … Continued

August 3, 2015

Power Up Your Potential Offers Free Live Coaching Session

Nathy Gaffney and Kylie Warry – Australia’s leading personal impact and communication experts – will be sharing how you can develop the confidence and charisma to connect with anyone in a free two hour seminar aimed to transform your business relationships or career. The program will focus on understanding key pillars of communication including voice, … Continued

July 23, 2015

Liquor Barons 2015 Conference – Queenstown

The 2015 Liquor Barons conference wrapped up last night with a cruise on the scenic Lake Wakatipu, courtesy of Pernod Ricard Australia; concluding three productive days of networking and imperative decision-making sessions. Following a report on group position and a map of the year ahead, there was a genuine sense of optimism among the 105 … Continued

July 23, 2015