By James Atkinson
Pipsqueak Pear Cider was deleted earlier this year but the apple SKU will not follow suit, Lion has assured.
Lion spokeswoman Elise Gare told TheShout?Pear expression of Pipsqueak - the cider brand established by Little Creatures - was discontinued following a review of the company?s cider portfolio.
?We sought to address a number of technical challenges and through the process found that we were not able to conquer these without compromising the flavour for Pipsqueak Pear,? she said.
?This was not an easy decision to make, but has allowed us to focus on growing Pipsqueak?s popular Apple Cider, and provide more scope for innovating in the cider category.?
?The Pipsqueak brand is here to stay. We are working on a long-term strategy for Pipsqueak Apple Cider however there are no plans currently to remove it from the market,? said Gare.
Voting closes at midnight tonight for the 2014 Australian Liquor Industry Awards (ALIA) recognising the best brands, products, people and venues within the off-premise and on-premise liquor and hospitality industry.
This year is ALIA?s 21st Birthday and it will once again be held under the Big Top at Luna Park Sydney with master of ceremonies Larry Emdur blowing out the birthday candles. The theme for this year?s event, co-hosted by Intrust Super and Aztec, is ?Celebrate with Colour? and all participants are encouraged to dress up in their most colourful outfits to join the party.
To start voting, click here.
A total of 51 awards will be presented on the night with all winners audited by Ernst & Young (EY). All members of the Australian liquor industry are encouraged to vote for one or more categories in the off-premise and on-premise awards categories.
To purchase tickets to ALIA 2014, click here.
Initial nominations close on Friday 29 August, with the highest ranking nominees becoming finalists. These finalists are then sent to a judging panel of industry experts before the final auditing process confirms the winners of all award categories.
For an overview of the judging process, click here.
ALIA would like to thank Aztec for its contribution for the initial off-premise data, which recognises the top performing products over the 12 months, ending 30 April 2014.
Start voting now online or using one of the 33,000 printed voting forms distributed within the July and August editions of Australian Hotelier, National Liquor News and bars&clubs magazines.
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By James Atkinson
Lion has confirmed that the future of the White Rabbit Healesville Brewery is currently under review, but insists it is business as usual at the Victorian facility for the time being.
Industry sources suggested the White Rabbit Brewery, established by Little Creatures in 2009, was set to be jettisoned, with production of all the White Rabbit beers moving to the new Creatures brewery in Geelong.
But Lion spokeswoman Elise Gare told TheShout no such decision had been made.
?We have decided to undertake a review of the White Rabbit Healesville site to determine if this brewery or the new state-of-the-art Geelong brewery offers greater growth opportunities for the brand,? she said.
?White Rabbit is an integral part of our craft portfolio and we believe this brand has the potential to become a much bigger player in the craft category.?
?We also see our Geelong Brewery as a great home to craft beers. The site has the capacity for future development including the opportunity to establish a number of spiritual homes for our craft beer brands within the one location.?
Lion head of craft Brett Grebert revealed late last year that production of White Rabbit Dark Ale had moved to Geelong.
Just this month White Rabbit added a Belgian-style Pale Ale as the third permanent beer in its range.
UK retail boss inspires ALSA delegates as Darwin 2015 conference announced
By James Atkinson
An inspiring presentation from Steve Lewis, CEO of UK retailer Majestic Wine, was the highlight of the Australian Liquor Stores Association (ALSA) 2014 conference, which drew to a close yesterday in Cairns.?
Delegates were glowing in their praise of Lewis, who explained how an unwavering focus on customer service had enabled the company to continue to grow its market share in the face of tough competition from the UK?s four major supermarkets.?
ALSA president Giuseppe Minissale said the Majestic boss?s presentation was a call to action for independent retailers.
?I honestly believe that Steve Lewis nailed the presentation,? he said.
?It was all I could have hoped it to be. It was a very expensive exercise to fly someone out to the country, to work with them to get the presentation right and then to have them deliver it in such a professional manner, but Majestic and Steve Lewis was the highlight for me.?
Full coverage of Steve Lewis?s presentation is available on Smart Licensee.
Along with positive news from DrinkWise?about its national education campaigns, Day Two also included the supplier forum panels and the expo and trade day, which featured the ?Tastes of the Tropics? food and beverage matching experience.
The final conference sessions were devoted to the findings of the ALSA Retail Insights Study Tour, with retailers from Kemenys, Liquor Stax, Vantage Group, Jim Murphy Group and Liquor Barons sharing how they have changed their approach to business since returning from the UK.
In an engaging and interactive morning session, the key themes to emerge included the need for suppliers and retailers to work more closely together on joint business plans that will deliver on volume and margin objectives for both parties.
The retailers also reported that there could be significant upside in the Australian market for exploration of new packaging formats and controlled brands, as well as an increased emphasis on staff training, as advocated by Majestic Wine?s Steve Lewis.
Darwin named as ALSA 2015 venue
The ALSA Conference will be held in Darwin next year, CEO Terry Mott announced this week.
Mott said the conference would be held between August 23 and 27 at DoubleTree by Hilton.
A slightly shortened format will offset the increased travel costs for delegates, with optional packages available for those who wish to extend their visits.
By Clyde Mooney ? editor Australian Hotelier
The Sydney Auction Centre witnessed a bumper day for the pub real estate market, as three properties under the hammer yesterday attracted in excess of $20 million in bids.
A mix of hoteliers and agents crowded the room as Manly?s The Shore Club, Wollongong?s Dicey Riley?s (pictured) and Newcastle?s The Exchange Hotel brought some spirited bidding that continued to demonstrate investor confidence.
Offering a distinct upside in a strong gaming market, Dicey Riley?s vendor received $5.4 million, which was in line with the price guidance suggested by Ray White Hotels, which brokered the campaign. ?
Ray White?s Joel Fisher told TheShout the campaign unearthed in excess of 40 potential buyers in the price bracket of sub-$10 million, and the sale will inject some ?well-deserved positivity? into the region.?
"The price achieved illustrates just how sought after well-positioned hotels with upside are in today's market,? Fisher said.
?And the buyer, an astute hotelier, will reap the benefits of the rapidly improving Wollongong CBD following the $650m investment being made by a mix of private and Government entities."
Manenti Quinlan, which managed the campaign for The Shore Club, was unable to supply comment in time for this story.
The auctions were a strong demonstration of the increasingly strong position the hotel market finds itself in, and Ray White?s Andrew Jolliffe believes there is a market for more regular, planned days such as yesterday.?
?There is a real opportunity for the market to support a consolidated and regular auction day, and we have plans to co-ordinate another similar day where multiple hotel assets are offered to the market," Jolliffe said.
"This concept will only build, and we are happy to drive it."
By Amy Looker, editor National Liquor News
Oyster Bay Wines Australia has officially changed its name to Delegat Australia.
Delegat is the New Zealand-based parent company that produces the popular Oyster Bay label.
Delegat Australia's John Freeman said in a statement that the name change was made in a bid to bring the company's portfolio of wine brands under the one umbrella.
"This change is part of our global initiative to align our company name with that of our parent company, Delegat," said Freeman.?
"Delegat was established in New Zealand in 1974. The company is still majority owned by the founding Delegat family and is the maker of Oyster Bay and Barossa Valley Estate Wines."
Freeman said the name change is effective immediately and all other contact details for the company remain unchanged.?
Having purchased the Eastern Suburbs icon last year,?Warren Livingstone is the latest in a string of savvy owners to take these valuable assets to the next level.
Enjoying something of a renaissance in the past year, the Paddington/Waverley area has seen a spate of sales offerings enter the market by vendors that had largely held off until the right time. (continues below)
Heading up the other side of that coin, ambitious operators have snapped up these east-Sydney assets and tapped into the wider trend of the modern pub venue, with restaurant-class dining and more to offer across the board.
Having just re-opened last weekend, Livingstone has incorporated a new sixty-seat dining room, an expansive, light-flooded public bar, and an amazing seven-metre Chesterfield bench seat covered in powder blue leather.
Livingstone told TheShout - Pub Sales that the decision to take on the historic 1857 venue was well considered, as he himself is part of the Waverley community.
?As a local resident I?ve watched the spate of local sales with interest. We purchased the Charing Cross in June 2013, but only took it over at the start of this year.
?It was about this time when the action started to heat up in the East, and with the low number of available hotels it makes sense that the value will continue to increase.
?I have lived around the corner for a decade, and as a local I wanted to create something that my family and friends from the neighbourhood could enjoy.
?I want the hotel to be casual and good value ? geared toward people going a couple of times a week, rather than for a special occasion.?
ALSA wraps up conference with details on restructure
By Amy Looker, editor - National Liquor News
The annual Australian Liquor Stores Association (ALSA) conference has wrapped up in Cairns this afternoon with confirmation that the industry body will be undergoing a restructure to provide better support to Australia's liquor retailers.
ALSA chief executive officer Terry Mott (pictured) said the restructure will provide increased resources to the State and Territory-based Liquor Stores Associations (LSAs) while freeing up ALSA to focus its resources on national issues.
"About a year ago we got to the point of getting an agreement from the ALSA board, after discussing this issue for the last five years, that if ALSA was able to take a leadership role in the space and properly represent what you needed as retailers in the regulatory, political and community space we needed to do something entirely different," Mott told delegates.
ALSA made the decision late last year to appoint an external consultant for a performance audit review who recommended that a restructure take place, which was formally implemented on July 1.
Part of the restructure includes the appointment of a media policy officer for ALSA, while Mott, who previously split his time between ALSA and LSA NSW, has now been appointed as the full time CEO of ALSA.
"With this increased support we can now efficiently provide the resources that the states and territories haven't had and we're confident that we can get a much greater share of voice that will be better organised and strategically positioned to help get retailers issues out there in the marketplace."
ALSA president Giuseppe Minissale said the restructure has upped the resources at ALSA and now allows ALSA and the LSAs to speak with the same voice.?
"Originally when the LSAs were formed, it was at a state level and then we created a body called ALSA that was supposed to tackle national issues. As time has gone by we've realised that the State bureaucracy levels is that they come up with their own plans and we weren't sure what was happening in each State.
"So to create this body that was more effective, we had to have a resource and now we have a body that feeds back to each State and everyone is working to the same tune," said Minissale.
By James Atkinson
Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) has finally secured ranging in Woolworths Liquor stores for the Coors and Blue Moon beer brands.
CCA director of licensed and alcohol, Shane Richardson, revealed the long-awaited agreement?in an interview with TheShout at the Australian Liquor Stores Association (ALSA) conference in Cairns this week.
It comes a few months after Alison Watkins took the helm as group managing director of CCA, which had a fractious relationship with Woolworths under her predecessor Terry Davis.?
Richardson said Coors, Blue Moon and Samuel Adams had this month been rolled out in Dan Murphy's and BWS was soon to follow.
"They watched with interest as we've launched. They've respected the work we've done and that we haven't taken short cuts to try and build a brand in the market," he said.
"I would rather be setting this up for the next four to five years as opposed to delivering a great first year result under price pressure to deliver from thereon."
by Suzan Ryan - editor: bars&clubs
Wild Turkey has released a limited edition Diamond Anniversary bottle blending 13 to 16 years old bourbons, in celebration of Father?s Day.
The limited-edition Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary was created to commemorate the bond between Wild Turkey father and son distilling team Jimmy Russell - the world?s longest-tenured, active Master Distiller ? and Eddie Russell, who has worked by his father?s side at the Lawrenceburg, Kentucky distillery for 33 years.
Throughout his 60 years at Wild Turkey, Jimmy launched Wild Turkey brands and expressions such as Tradition, Tribute, 17-year-old Wild Turkey for Japan, Rare Breed, American Spirit, Kentucky Spirit and Russell?s Reserve (which he co-created with son, Eddie). Jimmy also created the first the first honeyed Bourbon, at the time called Wild Turkey Liqueur (now known as American Honey), in 1976.
In recognition of this inspirational partnership, Eddie Russell wanted to create something special to honour his father and mentor. ?When I was creating Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary, my father?s voice was in my head guiding me,? said Eddie. (continues below)
The result is Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary ? the first time an alcohol brand has honoured an individual's substantial contribution to the success of a spirits brand.
Eddie Russell hand-selected rare barrels aged for 13 to 16 years (almost twice as long as Wild Turkey 101) to create a spirit with notes of caramel and vanilla and a spicy oak finish.
Campari will officially launch the Diamond Anniversary bottle at a special Father?s Day sit-down dinner next Thursday night, September 4, at Rockpool, Sydney.
?We are proud to launch Wild Turkey Diamond at Rockpool,? says Campari Australia national brand ambassador, Oliver Stuart.?
?Super Premium bourbon like Wild Turkey Diamond is at home in one of Australia?s finest restaurants ? Rockpool."
Presented in a commemorative wooden box, the 91 proof (45.5% ABV) limited edition bourbon is available at RRP $150 per bottle.