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By James Atkinson
Independent Brands Australia (IBA) will build greater consumer brand awareness through a new approach to digital engagement in FY2015, according to parent company Metcash.
In its 2014 Annual Report, Metcash said IBA stores delivered more than three per cent sales growth on the back of an increasingly competitive retail offer.
?In particular, the Everyday Value Program continued to be popular with customers, creating strong growth for suppliers and retailers alike,? the company said.
Metcash said IBA grew its store numbers by 101 sites over the year, while also demonstrating good like-for-like growth with the existing network.?
?External customer groups also performed well, with an increasing trend of consumers shopping in the smaller format retail stores.?
Metcash said wholesale division Australian Liquor Marketers? external customer groups also performed well, with an increasing trend of consumers shopping in the smaller format retail stores.
?ALM?s growing and well-placed network is highly effective as 85 per cent of people buy their liquor ten minutes from home ? and consume it within 24 hours.?
?This local advantage will continue to drive sales growth as our retail footprint expands.?
The Metcash AGM is on Wednesday August 27.
By James Atkinson
Jim Barry Wines' latest release Watervale and The Lodge Hill Rieslings exhibit great aromatics and elegance despite the challenging 2014 growing season, according to managing director Peter Barry.
Barry said that after a mild spring, the Clare Valley experienced a series of heatwaves throughout December and January.
"During the important veraison period in January, when berries soften and accumulate sugars and flavour, temperatures were especially extreme with January's average maximum temperature 1.9 degrees above the long term average and with 12 days above 35 degrees," he said.
Barry said it had been a relief to receive significant rain between the 13th and 16th of February.
"The fruit suffered no damage and allowed flavours to develop and catch up," he said.
Barry said said extra precautions were taken in the winery, separating juice from skins quickly and reducing the free run percentage, sending more off to pressings.
"We've learnt to be very careful and guard against phenolics in a year like this. We like our Rieslings to be fresh and vibrant, at the sharp end of the lime/citrus spectrum."
By Suzan Ryan, editor?bars&clubs
Laneway, Adelaide?s first permanent container bar located in the CBD at 121 Hindley Street, is set to open stage three of its reconstruction, The Third, as an outdoor venue in September. Major changes to the outdoor venue include an extra level and dance floor.
Venue Managers Karah Castellan of The Third and Jarrad Boman of Season II are excited about the renovations.
?Stage one of the new level, overlooking Hindley Street, is complete making us well underway to give our guests a new experience just in time for the warmer months,? Castellan said.
?We have also decided to include?new artistic murals and graffiti pieces done by local, up-and-coming artists to reflect the local feel and philosophy [that] Laneway is all about.?
Of the forthcoming opening of The Third ? named simply in recognition of the venue?s third year of operation - Castellan says guests can expect: ?a revitalised drinks menu consisting of some of the best cocktails from around the world, as well as the return of our popular fresh juices?.
Another new instalment to Laneway is a floating Canary Island Pine bench top in the upper container, which boasts a mirror-like epoxy glass finish to complement the varnished timber floors.?
And while the venue boasts plenty of changes, all the favourites will remain: ?We haven?t gotten rid of our famous toasties with garlic aioli sauce ? the perfect late night snack!? ?
Laneway closes each winter for renovations to reopen in Spring under a new name.
Laneway Season II is a finalist in the South Australian Restaurant and Catering Awards for Excellence for ?Best New Small Bar?. The winner will be announced next Monday August 4.
Nominations are closing for the Australian Hotels Association New South Wales Awards for Excellence, with the best venues and professionals vying for industry acclaim.
Bringing together the best hotels, operators and suppliers from around the State, the annual Awards for Excellence recognises quality in 30 areas of excellence, including the highly coveted Overall City, and Overall Country Hotel of the Year titles.
Worthy entrants must be lodged by this Friday, with the glittering awards ceremony taking place Monday 24 November at Dockside Pavilion.
?The AHA NSW Awards for Excellence is synonymous with quality ? quality awards for quality venues,? says AHA NSW President Scott Leach (pictured).
This year includes some new categories ? celebrating the changing face of hospitality ? with inaugural trophies for: Best Burger, Hotel Industry Rising Star, Apprentice of the Year and Best Bathroom Facilities.?
Favourite categories will again be fiercely contested, as standards continue to climb in the arenas of Best New/Redeveloped Hotel, Best Restaurant, Best Casual Dining, Best Gaming Venue and Best Family-Friendly.?
An official after party will take place, with further details yet to be announced.
The AHA NSW has streamlined the entering process, but specific conditions and criteria do apply. Finalists will be announced Monday, 27 October.
For further information contact Caroline Beinke or Veronique Chidiac on (02) 8218 1877 or email@example.com
By James Atkinson
The rapid growth of Stockade beer, contract beverage manufacturer Brewpack?s own brand, will not be at the expense of the company?s contract customers, assures CEO Anton Szpitalak.
Szpitalak told TheShout that 12 months after its launch, Stockade now has about 50 tap points in Sydney, most of which were previously held by the major brewers.
?The strength of Stockade so far has been to secure the taps that have so far been off limits to anybody but the large industry stalwarts,? he said.
?Those taps are solid. We?re retaining them, and we?re doing great volumes.?
However, Szpitalak said Brewpack?s contract customers can be certain they have access to the necessary capacity to grow their own brands long into the future.?
He said the company?s second production facility is expected to be operational in Goulburn, NSW, by the end of 2015 and will ultimately have an annual brewing capacity of 30 million litres or more.
?What we?re trying to be is the largest independent brewery on the east coast,? he said.
?We?re not looking to grow our own brand at the expense of our existing contract business. We?re making the investments in building the facilities to make sure that doesn?t happen.?
?We really want to have enough capacity in the brewery to cater for all the clients who?ve supported us since the very beginning.?
Szpitalak said the new facility will have the ability to do cans as well as PET, should Brewpack decide to enter the boutique soft drink market.
?We?re also looking at a micro-distillery concept to put in there,? he said.
For Stockade, Szpitalak said the priority over the next six to 12 months is grow the brand in packaged format, with distribution now underway to BWS, Liquorland, 1st Choice and Vintage Cellars.
Stockade?s current range comprises a mid-strength American Pale Ale, a Belgian-style Pale Ale and a Lager, with a full-strength Pale Ale and some seasonal beers on the way.
CUB on chain-only exclusives; Pub fights 'anti-pokies bias': Smart Licensee
Carlton & United Breweries' decision to launch Crown Golden Ale as a Woolworths exclusive, as well as a Supreme Court decision on poker machine entitlements, are among the news items tackled today on?Smart Licensee, the new subscription-only publication launched by?TheShout?this week.
Smart Licensee is a premium e-newsletter and website for managers and licensees working in both the on-premise and off-premise sectors of the liquor industry and their suppliers.
Topics covered include best practice bar management and retailing, market and shopper insights, as well as crucial regulatory developments and prosecutions.?Here are some of the articles that are new today on Smart Licensee:
All channels benefit from seeding in chains: CUB
The initial launch of Crown Golden Ale as exclusive to Woolworths is the best way to get consumers to trial the brand before it is rolled out to the independent channel, according to Carlton & United Breweries. Read more
Publican takes on authority's ?anti-pokies bias? in Supreme Court
The Supreme Court of New South Wales has slammed the public admission by state gaming chairman Chris Sidoti that he hates poker machines, in the Court?s ruling on Sydney publican O?Hara Group?s disputed application for seven more machine entitlements. Read more
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By Amy Looker, editor National Liquor News
The nation?s best wine lists will be honoured on Monday at the annual Australia?s Wine List of the Year Awards, presented by Fine Wine Partners and Gourmet Traveller Wine.
Celebrating 20 years in 2014, Australia?s Wine List of the Year Awards seeks out the best wine lists from around the country, judged by a 30-strong panel of industry stalwarts in search of the best wine lists from Australia?s restaurants, pubs, bars, and clubs across a range of categories and regions.
This year?s awards presentation will take place on Monday July 28 at Sydney?s Ivy ballroom from 3pm, with nominees in attendance including New South Wales? Aria, Bentley Bar & Dining, Establishment, Felix, Glass, Guillaume, Ivy, Jonahs, Momofuku, Quay, Victoria?s Dandelion, Lakehouse, RACV City Club and Vue de Monde, while from Western Australia and South Australia there will be Print Hall, Rockpool Bar & Grill, Settlers Tavern and Appellation.
This year also marks the first year that Fine Wine Partners will host The Forum, a unique tasting event taking place prior to the awards presentation.
The Forum will host 26 brands within the Fine Wine Partners portfolio, with guests given the opportunity to enjoy tastings, discussion and an exchange of ideas between winemakers and the trade.?
Some of the winemakers facilitating tastings at The Forum include Henshcke?s Stephen and Prue Henschke, Oakridge?s David Bicknell, Pikes? Neil Pike and Toby Barlow from St Hallet.
The winners will be announced at winelistoftheyear.com.au on July 29, with the full results published in August/September Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine.?
By James Atkinson
One of Australia's most famous hotels, The Hotel Bondi, has been listed for sale after 44 years under the same family ownership.?
Jones Lang Lasalle has been appointed exclusive agent to offer the hotel for sale by an international Expressions of Interest campaign closing September 2.
?It's arguably Bondi?s most recognised landmark and certainly the most aspirational hotel operating opportunity we?ve ever offered,? said John Musca, national director - Investment Sales, JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group.
The four-level hotel was extensively renovated at a cost of $6 million in 2013 and includes 37 ensuite hotel rooms, ground floor bar, gaming room with 30 gaming machine entitlements, bottleshop and 12 car spaces. It is the latest trading hotel in Bondi. [continues below]
JLL Capital Markets director - Investment Sales, James Aroney, said the hotel is strategically situated next to the soon-to-be-completed Pacific Bondi Beach, a luxury apartment / boutique hotel and hospitality development, and only metres from the recently opened Toga Group?s Boheme Bondi Beach luxury apartments and Adina Hotel complex.?
?These quality developments along with the Investec ?Beachhouse? luxury apartment and retail complex next door, point to mixed-use conversion as a viable alternative use of this extraordinary property,? he said.
The hotel will be offered with vacant possession, but JLL said a short or long term tenancy could provide income for developers and investors while they finalise mixed-use conversion opportunities.
For all the latest on pub real estate, visit TheShout's dedicated Pub Sales page.
by Suzan Ryan, editor - bars&clubs magazine
Sydney's Balcony Bar on Erskine Street was recently relaunched under new ownership and management.
The venue was redesigned throughout and all menus reworked to include a focus on Australian craft spirits and cocktails???the mixologist-divined cocktail menu boasts 65-plus drinks ? as well as local and international wines and local and international boutique beers.
The venue features a mix of interiors designed to lighten and enliven the small and narrow space while providing textural interest: rough-finished, multi-coloured house bricks and blackboard insets (filled with quotes about wine and food appreciation) make up the shared wall, while the polished wood floor contrasts with attention-getting splashes of bright lime pressed metal on both the ceiling and bar wall.
There's a shoji screen situated between two black vinyl couches, brushed metal, circular pouffe-style tables and a wine-laden backbar. The menu meanwhile features an interesting choice of mains, desserts and tapas, such as a French meat tasting platter, teriyaki salmon, pork belly, prawns and home fries.
Balcony Bar?features a solid selection of wines, beers and almost 70 cocktails while also providing outdoor seating and daily specials on beer, wine, spirits, cocktails and food.?