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Will Amazon disrupt tradition alcohol retail in Australia?

Will Amazon disrupt tradition alcohol retail in Australia?

Reporting by Naomi Kaplan With Amazon purchasing Whole Foods in the US, and the company’s impending arrival in Australia, there has been widespread speculation that the online monopoly could disrupt traditional alcohol retailing globally. After Amazon acquired Whole Foods, which sells wine on-premise, the company promptly gained liquor licenses for the 330 stores throughout the US, allowing it to se...

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Giuseppe Minissale talks shop with drinks trade

 Giuseppe Minissale talks shop with drinks trade

Giuseppe Minissale has told the July/August issue of drinks trade the key to his success: staying grounded and working on the floor as a “retailer at heart”. Minissale, who is National President of the Australian Liquor Stores Association and General Manager of Porter's Liquor, ‘stays on top’ of the constantly evolving industry by personally interacting with his customers and ensuring his employees are...

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Participate in the 2017 Australian craft beer survey!

Participate in the 2017 Australian craft beer survey!

Craft beer retailer Beer Cartel has launched their 2017 Australian Craft Beer Survey. The five-minute survey aims to be the most extensive research ever undertaken into the behaviour of craft beer drinkers across Australia. The collected research will build upon last year’s study, which saw 6,500 craft beer enthusiasts take part Australia wide. Richard Kelsey, director of Beer Cartel, says the s...

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The good, the bad and the future of NSW wine

The good, the bad and the future of NSW wine

When the new Sydney International Convention Centre opened at the end of last year, it released a wine list containing 80 per cent of wines produced in New South Wales. This was a fantastic result for NSW winemakers, highlighting the quality and diversity that is being produced from New England in the north to Perricoota in the south. And a great way to start 2017, with our state wines being exposed to te...

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Diageo Acquires George Clooney's Tequila Brand Casamigos

Diageo Acquires George Clooney

Multinational distiller and distributer Diageo has acquired tequila brand Casamigos  for $1.32 billion. The premium brand, co-founded four years ago by Hollywood’s golden boy George Clooney, will be added to Diageo’s ever-growing tequila portfolio, which already includes the likes of Don Julio, DeLeon and Peligroso. Diageo hope the acquisition will strengthen the distributor&rsqu...

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Alcohol Beverages Australia to Hold Celebration of Industry Dinner

Alcohol Beverages Australia to Hold Celebration of Industry Dinner

Alcohol Beverages Australia (ABA) will be hosting the inaugural Celebration of Industry Dinner this August. The event, to be held in the Great Hall of Parliament House, Canberra, will be a celebration of the history and constant innovations of the alcohol beverages industry. The dinner will give industry specialists, from small business operators to senior executives of Australia’s most established in...

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Mix, Mingle and Meet Your New Favourite Product at The Drinks Industry Show 2017

Mix, Mingle and Meet Your New Favourite Product at The Drinks Industry Show 2017

The Drinks Industry Show is back for two jam-packed days of Seminars,  Masterclasses and Spirit Tastings. To be held from the 26 th – 27 th of June at Sydney’s Luna Park, the program will cover the hottest issues facing the industry right now, from the importance of design, branding and social media to the shift away from physical stores to online sales. Event Curator and former P...

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Handling Online Complaints and Reviews

Handling Online Complaints and Reviews

Business reviews for products or services are one of the most powerful marketing tools available. If you’re going to buy something or go somewhere, the most reliable indicator of value for money is the opinion of someone you trust who’s been there before or as a next best option, the opinion of someone you don’t know but who has used the service recently. By Walter MacCallum , a Director with Aitken Lawy...

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Australian WSET Enrolments Increase and Yalumba Becomes Bronze Corporate Partner

Australian WSET Enrolments Increase and Yalumba Becomes Bronze Corporate Partner

The number of Australian candidates enrolling in the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) programme has increased 18 per cent in the last 12 months according to Ian Harris, WSET chief executive. Harris also announced today that Yalumba, Australia’s oldest family owned winery, has become a Bronze Corporate Partner, joining Accolade Wines, Australian Vintage, Treasury and Wine Australia at var...

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d'Arenberg to Host Meet the Maker #mytasting Session

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To commemorate the release of their 2014 vintage flagship wine, The Dead Arm Shiraz, d’Arenberg will be broadcasting a live meet the maker session on their Facebook page. At 7pm ACST on Thursday 29 th June, chief winemaker Chester Osborn will be discussing d’Arenberg’s time-honoured winemaking methods and the quality of the 2014 McLaren Vale vintage during a showcase of the 2014 Ico...

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