The week's top 10 drinks stories

The week's top 10 drinks stories

It's party season for drinks companies, with Bacardi-Martini, Diageo and Spirits Platform all holding major launch events in the past week.

Plus, Brown-Forman Australia and Metcash announced sales increases; and Beam Suntory revealed its shouting Australia a drink. 

1. Australia's top drinks companies for 2018 were revealed

The Top 100 Australian Food & Drink Companies report has included 18 drinks companies in its latest list, with Lion taking out the the top spot.

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2. Kaufland commenced hiring its liquor team for Australia

The grocery giant plans to begin construction on its first six Australian stores in Chirnside Park, Dandenong, Epping, Oakleigh South, Coolaroo and Mornington next year.

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3. Liquor sales were up 6.7% for Metcash

Metcash announced weaker liquor earnings in its FY19 half-year results following the adoption of a new accounting standard that excludes charge through sales.

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4. Australia a "standout performer" for Brown-Forman in Q2

Down Under delivered one of the top results globally, led by favourable price/mix and volume growth of Jack Daniels RTDs.

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5. Private label sales soar as Aussies seek premium buys at budget prices

The majority of Australian consumers are open to purchasing private label products according to new research from IRI.

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6. The last Coke bottles rolled off Thebarton production line in South Australia

Sixty-six years of Coca-Cola bottling at Thebarton ended today with the last production run to come off the line at the site.

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7. Two stylish drinks launches were held on the same night

Spirits Platform launched the new "Disaronno Wears Trussardi” Limited Edition in spectacular fashion at Sydney Opera House on Wednesday night.

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Meanwhile, Diageo brought winter to Australia’s most iconic summer location - Bondi Beach - for the launch of White Walker by Johnnie Walker.

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8. And amazing photos of the Bombay Sapphire pop-up Gin Garden were released

The launch of the first Melbourne Bombay Sapphire Gin Garden was held over the weekend at the prestigious NGV Gala.

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9. Lion revealed the psychological benefits of having a local pub 

A new report by social-personality psychologist Dr Peter Jonason from the University of Western Sydney, who conducted the research on behalf of Lion Beer Australia, shows that individuals who have a ‘local’ hotel or licensed club are more likely to be satisfied with their life, and have broader friendship and support networks.
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10. And Beam Suntory announced it was shouting Australia a round next Friday

Jim Beam is offering free Jim Beam and Colas or Jim Beam Highballs at venues nationwide on December 14 to launch its inaugural ‘Mate of a Mate’s Day’.

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