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New Chief Supply Officer Joins TWE

Treasury Wine Estates has welcomed Bob Spooner as its new Chief Supply Officer this week, replacing Stuart McNab. Previously, Mr. Spooner has worked in supply chain management and most recently was the CEO of UK bread brand, Hovis. Mr. Spooner will be located in Melbourne from February and will additionally spend time at TWE’s wineries and production facilities locally and abroad.

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Coopers Reports Record Sales in 2014

Coopers Reports Record Sales in 2014

Coopers Brewery has reported record beer sales from 2014. Results show that Coopers sold 77.3 million litres of beer in the 12 months ended December 31, 2014 – 7.4 per cent higher than in 2013. This result also now means that Coopers holds about 5 per cent of the total Australian beer market. Coopers’ Managing Director, Dr Tim Cooper, said the 2014 result had been driven by rising interstate sales and the...

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Campari Australia Becomes a Signatory to the ABAC

Campari Australia has become a signatory to the Alcohol Beverages Responsible Alcohol Marketing Code (ABAC) this January. While Campari already participates in ABAC with its services and adjudication decisions, as signatory of the code, Campari will additionally commit funding towards the scheme. Campari now joins a large number of other alcohol marketers committed to the objectives of the Code, who toget...

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Vintage House Wine And Spirits Grows Its Distribution Portfolio

Vintage House Wine and Spirits (VHWS) – the new distribution company of Angove Family Winemakers - will be distributing Hollick Wines nationally in Australia from the first of February. Hollick Wines is owned by Ian and Wendy Hollick, who concentrate on producing wines that showcase regionality, as well as vineyard and varietal characteristics, reinforced in its slogan “Pride of Place”. VHWS will be distr...

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Casella Family Brands Completes Acquisition of Peter Lehmann Wines

Casella Family Brands has completed its acquisition of Peter Lehmann Wines, since the period of consideration by shareholders has now closed. “It’s time for PLW to move to the next stage in its evolution. It has had, at times, a turbulent corporate history, and I am delighted that it is finally in private family ownership”, Margaret Lehmann said on completion. “I believe it will continue to flourish. I wi...

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ACCC Investigates Allegations Against Coles and Woolworths

Coles has paid out a $10 million fine to settle a case with the competition watchdog, ACCC, after allegations were made against Coles, accusing the chain of “engaging in unconscionable conduct against its suppliers”, and forcing suppliers into “profit gap” and “waste” payments. Since then, new and similar allegations against Woolworths have surfaced, accusing the retailer of having demanded millions of do...

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New Chairman Joins the Board of LIQUOR STAX

The Board of Liquor Stax announced on Wednesday that its Chairman, David Marlow, has retired. Mr. Marlow continues to stand on the Board of Directors for now, but will also retire as Director on February 1. Mr. Marlow has been a Director of Liquor Stax since its conception 27 years ago and was the original Chairman for the first ten years. With the announcement, the Liquor Stax Board acknowledged Mr. Marl...

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Tony Leon: How to Drive Growth in a Challenging Market

[divider] Former boss of Coles Liquor Group and the man behind Woolworths’ liquor retail chain Dan Murphy’s, Mr. Tony Leon, is without doubt, an industry guru. And having recently purchased 50 per cent of Steve’s Liquor (south Australian independent liquor chain based in Victoria and Tasmania), Tony now embarks on business with the independents. Tony foresees a tough market climate, yet remains confident ...

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Talking Shop with ALDI Buying Director Jason Bowyer

[divider] ALDI has generally been known for keeping its presence in the media minimal, which as a result, has created a certain level on interest into how things are run at the ALDI headquarters. ALDI’s mission is to help shoppers live richer for less, but just how is that achieved? Have you ever wondered how ALDI decides what goes on shelves and how suppliers can get their products in front of the ALDI b...

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Insights: Jos de Bruin CEO of MGA/LRA

[divider] The competition watchdog, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), has recently begun legal proceedings against Coles, claiming that the supermarket giant has “engaged in unconscionable conduct” against its suppliers, by forcing suppliers into making “profit gap” (the difference between the amount of profit Coles had wanted to make on those goods and the amount it had achieved) and...

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