Industry Insights

A Done Deal: Sazerac and SouthTrade Reach an Acquisition Agreement

It has been announced to the market today that The Sazerac Company has acquired SouthTrade International from Pinnacle Drinks. Tony Stubley, co-founder of SouthTrade said: “This change in ownership will allow us to open up new routes to market and service an even wider range of customers who are seeking our authentic and experiential brands as part of … Continued

September 15, 2016

Tourism Declines in Western Australia

The Australian Hotels Association (WA) is calling on more work to be done to revive tourism in Western Australia after data from the latest International Visitor Survey shows that spending has declined by -0.2 per cent in the state over the last year, while that number grew by 14.2 per cent on average across the country. … Continued

September 2, 2016

CCA’s Shane Richardson Reveals Forecasts for Second Half of FY16

Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) announced its FY16 half year results last Friday. The group reported a positive 3.2 per cent increase in Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) to $326.9 million, while the company’s Alcohol and Coffee business reported growth in EBIT by 33.6 per cent. In an interview with drinks bulletin, CCA’s Managing Director of Alcohol … Continued

August 29, 2016

Australian Vintage Limited Revenue up by $11.8 Million

Australian Vintage Limited (AVL) has reported a full year sales increase by 20% and revenue up by $11.8 million. The winery also reported a full year net profit result of $7.2 million prior to the vineyard lease termination cost of $9.2 million (after tax). AVL’s Chief Executive Neil McGuigan stated that “Over the last five years … Continued

August 24, 2016

Endeavour Drinks Group Managing Director Offers Advice to Retailers

Martin Smith, Managing Director at Endeavour Drinks Group, spoke at the drinks association’s Network Breakfast on Wednesday. Smith, who started working for Woolworths at the age of 18, talked about some of the improvements Endeavour Drinks Group has been making to its banners and offered advice to other retailers. Endeavour Drinks Group represents 1,487 stores nationally … Continued

August 4, 2016

Interview: Sam Johnstone & Andy Mitchell on the Beyond the Black Stump Release

The Australian Beer Company is charting new territory in its exploration of domestic craft beer with the launch this month of an exciting new limited release beer brand. Combining Tall Tales and Cracking Ales, Beyond the Black Stump will bring to life the stories and characters behind some of Australia’s classic rural tales, as interpreted through the creativity and expertise of Australian … Continued

June 14, 2016

TWE Streamlines US Supply Chain as the Integration of Diageo’s Wine Business Continues

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has announced a number of significant changes to its wine supply and production network in the US as the company continues to integrate the newly acquired Diageo wine business. TWE will begin consolidating production in California in the Central and North Coast regions, with Luxury wine production focused at the Beringer winery and … Continued

June 8, 2016

Meet the Maker Behind Disaronno’s First New Product in 500 Years

CEO of ILLVA, Augusto Reina Disaronno, Italy’s most famous liqueur, has released its first new product in 500 years. Disaronno Riserva – a luxury and innovative blend of Disaronno and Scotch whisky – landed in Australia just this week with distributor, Spirits Platform, and is set to take consumers’ experience of the original amaretto liqueur … Continued

June 2, 2016

Australia’s Top Performing Categories

The latest figures from IRI (to 01/05/16) shows the top performing – and underperforming – categories in the Australian off-premise right now. Leading the market is beer, in particular Full-Strength beer, which currently represents 32.7 per cent of the total liquor sold in the off-premise. Shortly behind beer in terms of value is wine, accounting for $4,171,977 … Continued

June 1, 2016