Industry Insights

Fassina Liquor Celebrates 40 Years of Trading in SA

SA-based family owned liquor retail group, Fassina Liquor is celebrating its 40th year of trading this week. The family’s first store was opened in 1975 by Italian migrant, Joe Fassina. Beginning as a bottling hall on the Somerton Park site, today the Fassina family operate 8 liquor stores around Australia. Three generations are now involved … Continued

October 7, 2015

TWE Announces Second Phase of Cuts

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has announced its second phase of cuts to the business this year. Originally announced at TWE’s 2015 Full Year Results presentation in August, the cuts aim to reduce costs across the business’ supply chain. Since August, TWE has been busy implementing the first phase of its plans. Now moving into the second phase, the … Continued

October 6, 2015

SA Government Reviews Licensing Laws

For the first time in almost 20 years, the South Australian Government is currently reviewing the Liquor Licensing Act. Acting Premier, John Rau said the time is right for a review of the act. “The current legislation is the product of layer upon layer of amendments laying over the original act during the last 20 years.” … Continued

October 6, 2015

Paramount Liquor Sets Up in Sydney

Victorian wholesaler Paramount Liquor has opened a new distribution warehouse in Sydney as it continues to expand its own exclusive portfolio of brands. Founder Mark Rowe told drinks bulletin the company’s new Sydney base is a 4000 square metre warehouse in Homebush Bay, allowing for turnover of between $150 million and $200 million worth of … Continued

October 1, 2015

Australia’s First Families of Wine Back Masters of Wine Tour

The Institute of the Masters of Wine (IMW) will arrive in Australia next week, October 4, when they will begin their tour of Australia. The 47 Masters of Wine (MW) will visit Sydney, the Hunter Valley, Mornington Peninsula, Yarra Valley, Goulburn Valley, King Valley, Rutherglen, McLaren Vale, Adelaide, Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley and Clare Valley … Continued

October 1, 2015

Change of Leadership at Brown Brothers

Brown Brothers’ new CEO, Dean Carroll Brown Brothers appointed Dean Carroll as its new Chief Executive Officer this week, replacing CEO of five years, Roland Wahlquist. The change in leadership at the company is a result of Mr. Wahlquist’s decision to retire. Mr. Wahlquist joined Brown Brothers in 1990 as Chief Winemaker, before taking on … Continued

September 30, 2015

Paul Schaafsma New CEO of Accolade Wines

Accolade Wines has appointed its General Manager of the UK and Ireland, Paul Schaafsma as Chief Executive Officer. As a result, current CEO of the company, John Ratcliffe will become Deputy Chairman. Mr. Schaafsma has been involved in the wine industry for almost 20 years, having worked in Australia, the UK, Europe and Africa. For … Continued

September 29, 2015

Asahi Buys Mountain Goat Brewery

Asahi Holdings (Australia) has bought Melbourne-based craft brewer, Mountain Goat Beer. Owners, Cam and Dave said on Monday night: “We’ve been contract partners with Asahi for three years now, and with their expert help, our beer has grown in demand, expanded nationally, and found a special place with beer lovers.” “We are confident with Asahi … Continued

September 29, 2015