Australians drinking less alcohol, ABS figures show
April 9, 2014

Australians are drinking less Australians are drinking less alcohol overall than any time in the previous 15 years, according to recent figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). “Across all alcoholic beverages, there were 9.9 litres of pure alcohol available for consumption in 2012-13 for every person in Australia aged 15 years and over,” said Louise Gates, Director of Health from the ABS. “This is the lowest level since the mid-1990s,” she said. The ABS said the decrease was... ...Read more »

Lion dairy business facing tough conditions, while Bega sees growth
February 24, 2014

Australian-based dairy businesses have coped differently with 'difficult' market conditions Food and beverage company Lion has announced its Dairy and Drinks business experienced “significant margin pressure” in the 2013 year, while dairy business Bega Cheese has reported a positive start to the 2014 financial year, showing growth in its half yearly results. Bega’s ‘strong business model’ sees growth in difficult trading environment New South Wales based dairy company Bega Cheese... ...Read more »

Ingredients in chocolate, tea and berries could guard against diabetes
February 3, 2014

Compounds in blueberries, tea and chocolate could guard against diabetes Eating high levels of flavonoids including anthocyanins and other compounds found in berries, tea and chocolate could offer protection from type 2 diabetes, according to research from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and King’s College London. The findings, published on 20 January 2014 in the Journal of Nutrition, showed that high intakes of these dietary compounds were associated with lower insulin resistance and better... ...Read more »

Coopers maintains growth momentum as Australians’ alcohol preferences change
January 28, 2014

Coopers has continued to grow, despite general Australian beer downturn Australian beer company Coopers Brewery enjoyed record beer sales for the 2013 calendar year, moving beyond the 70 million litre mark for the first time in the Company’s history, as market research organisation IBISWorld findings showed Australians’ alcohol preferences are moving towards more ‘boutique’ alcohol products. Coopers beer sales continue to grow The Company said total beer sales in 2013 reached 72 million litres,... ...Read more »

Australian wine industry unveils blueprint to lift profitability
January 13, 2014

Australian wine industry "taking action" to lift profitability The peak industry body for Australian winemakers, the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) has released released an action plan to lift the profitability of Australian wine businesses. The WFA said its report, “Actions for Industry Profitability 2014-2016”, aims to “position the country’s wine sector for growth in both domestic and export markets”. The report comprises 43 specific “Actions” in the key issue... ...Read more »

Australians browsing more in bottle shops for specials but then spend more anyway
January 6, 2014

Just over one in two (52 per cent) of Australians said they “enjoy having a good look around liquor stores”, up from 47 per cent in 2009, according to new findings from market research organisation Roy Morgan Research. Roy Morgan Research said these shoppers are a “high value and important market” for liquor retailers. The browsing consumers are inclined to source specials but are less thrifty than those who just want to get in and out. In an average seven day period, alcohol buyers who enjoyed... ...Read more »

US winemaker launches paper wine bottle
November 20, 2013

US-based wine company Truett-Hurst Inc. has launched a paper wine bottle, branded PaperBoy, which is a moulded outer shell in the shape of a wine bottle, made from recycled cardboard and a plastic liner. Truett-Hurst Inc. said the entire package is 85 per cent lighter than a glass bottle and is “easily recyclable”. The PaperBoy bottles will contain appellation-based, super-premium wines sources from the Mendocino and Paso Robles growing regions, and crafted by winemaker Virginia Marie Lambrix,... ...Read more »

Online alcohol shoppers seeking cheap wine and good range
September 30, 2013

Recent improvements to online alcohol shopping websites from major Australian retailers will appeal to customers seeking good value and range, the latest findings from market research organisation Roy Morgan Research show. In the year to June 2013, 71 per cent of Australian adults who bought alcohol in an average four weeks ranked ‘good value’ as an important purchasing factor — but that figure increased to 80 per cent among people who bought alcohol online. The second most important factor... ...Read more »

Beer consumption hits a 66 year low in Australia, but wine is still growing
September 23, 2013

Australian tastes are swinging away from beer and towards wine, but Australians are drinking a little less alcohol overall, according to figures released 18 September 2013 by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). “Beer is now at its lowest point in 66 years,” said Louise Gates from the ABS. “Even so, that means that there are still 4.1 litres of pure alcohol available from beer for every person in Australia aged 15 years and over,” she said. While Australians are consuming less beer... ...Read more »

Treasury Wine CEO steps down after Board review
September 23, 2013

Treasury Wine Estates Limited (TWE) announced today that the Company’s CEO, David Drearie, will leave the business with immediate effect. The announcement comes after the TWE Board undertook a review, following the write-down of excess US inventory in July 2013. At the time of the write-down, TWE said it was working with its major US distribution partners to address the excess, aged and deteriorating inventory. The Company was set to destroy old and aged commercial stock, at an expected cost of... ...Read more »

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