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WHAT WERE THE MAJOR
CHALLENGES FACING THE RETAIL
LIQUOR INDUSTRY IN 2017?
Creeping regulation. Just like the frog in the
pot – you don’t even know that it’s happening
until it’s too late. A few more fees and charges,
a container deposit administration fee, a small
tax increment or yet another piece of red tape
and administrative cost that you reckon won’t
impact on your business right now.
Government can often react to the industry’s
detractors and little regulatory adjustments
keep mounting until they become a significant
impact on business and alas, mostly don’t have
any real impact on the supposed ‘problem’ they
were designed to fix.
WHAT WERE THE HIGHLIGHTS FOR
ALSA IN 2017?
ALSA’s major achievements in 2017 included
the second edition of the ALSA-IRI State of the
Industry Report, demonstrating the important
impacts on employment, economic and social
contribution that the industry overall and retail
liquor sector in particular make to the fabric of
the Australian way of life. The launch event in
Parliament House Canberra in March, attracted
Federal politicians and senior industry executives.
ALSA continued to strongly support the role it
played in the establishment of Alcohol Beverages
Australia (ABA) with all major sectors of the
industry demonstrating their commitment to
collectively promote the benefits and contribution
of our industry and to challenge the myths
often pedalled around alcohol consumption and
push back against the tide of the well-funded
temperance advocacy movement.
ALSA was also instrumental in developing
the concept for and then managing on behalf
of ABA, the successful Celebration of Industry
Dinner in the Great Hall of the Australian
Parliament House in August.
Sharni Fenton from Vantage Group, 9/11
Bottleshops in Tasmania won the ALSA Young
Liquor Retailer of the Year Award 2017
including a place on the ALSA International
Study Tour to New York in February.
WHAT WILL BE THE IMMEDIATE
FOCUS FOR ALSA IN 2018?
The third edition of the annual ALSA-IRI
State of the Industry Report and the scores of
presentations of the data across the country,
leading up to the official launch at Parliament
House in Canberra on 27 March.
ALSA will focus on engagement with all
stakeholders while continuing to support ABA,
assisting ALSA-SEA to grow and provide
specialised retail liquor representation in VIC,
TAS and SA.
HOW SUCCESSFUL WAS THE
REBRANDED AUSTRALIAN RETAIL
DRINKS CONFERENCE AND WHAT
CAN WE EXPECT TO SEE IN 2018?
The new two-and-a-half day format was a success
and has proven to be more accessible for both
retailers and corporate delegates alike – allowing
a much shorter time commitment to attend,
contribute and learn, while networking with key
retailers and suppliers from across Australia.
The Australian Retail Drinks Conference
2018 will be held for two-and-a -half days from
the evening of Tuesday 7 August to Friday 10
August at Peppers Salt Resort in Kingscliff NSW
– only 20 minutes from Gold Coast airport.
WHAT DO YOU ANTICIPATE AS
THE MAIN CHALLENGES AND
OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE RETAIL
LIQUOR INDUSTRY IN 2018?
The challenge is to continue to move away
from the ‘race to the bottom’ on pricing and
the opportunity is to leverage the positive
changes in the alcohol consumption patterns
with Australian consumers, who are drinking
less volume of alcohol – but drinking better
quality, with premiumisation being a key
feature in all key market segments.
WHAT KEY POINTS SHOULD THE
INDUSTRY BE DISCUSSING?
Leveraging the new found cooperation across
the sectors to reinforce and back ABA to
both promote and to defend the industry
and our employees.
The industry overall needs to continue the
excellent work to unite together and challenge
the spurious myths and claims from those
health advocacy groups aligned with the
temperance movement along with uninformed
negative and sensationalist headlines by
some in the media, to change the debate and
encourage balanced government policy and
informed education of the community.
WHAT ARE THE KEY CONCERNS
THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE
ADDRESSED AS THE CDS IS
ROLLED OUT IN OTHER STATES?
The NSW CDS was a great example of how
NOT to develop an overly complex and
expensive litter recovery program.
Hopefully other states and territories
will both consult and listen to advice from
industry and the public in NSW who have
been severely inconvenienced and are now
paying excessively again for a system that
duplicates and promises to destroy part of the
very successful and well established kerbside
recyclables recovery system.
TERRY MOTT, CEO
Source: Evil Speculator
“The challenge is to
continue to move away
from the ‘race to the
bottom’ on pricing and
the opportunity is to
leverage the positive
changes in the
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