The Australian drinks scene is bursting with people with big ideas and the May/June issue of Drinks Trade is celebrating four of them.
The Head of Liquor at Coles, Cathi Scarce lends her wisdom and insights on the ever-changing Australian liquor retail landscape, plus reveals what she thinks the future will look like.
“There’s a movement towards supporting smaller, bespoke wineries, distilleries and craft brewers and the notion that customers are supporting local and they want to see those products represented in their local store,” Scarce notes.
Stuart Gregor, founder of Four Pillars Gin, discusses why he sold 50% of his business to Lion and what it will mean for the growth of the company.
“We have to prove to people that we are still doing really interesting craft stuff,” Gregor admits.
Alexander Lambrecht (pictured above), CUB’s recently appointed Vice President of Marketing, talks to Drinks Trade about his unwavering devotion to beer, the next big opportunities in the category and the difference global experience can make.
“There are still some trends that can hit the market here,” Lambrecht says. “Digital transformation and how that is going to come to life in Australia will be fascinating. It’s a mature market so consumer needs are evolving rapidly.”
And St Hallett winemaker Toby Barlow discusses how red wine is evolving in Australia.
“You look at what people are drinking now and there is definitely a trend away from super heavy wines,” Barlow says. “There are still people who want to drink the 16% Barossa Shiraz. It’s out there. I just can’t bring myself to make it.”
There’s also a feature on West Australian wine by Ray Jordan, a look at how drinks companies are marketing on the ski fields this winter and a cabernet sauvignon tasting bench.
Not to mention a rum and brandy special feature by Drinks Trade’s spirits contributor Ken Gargett.