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he Australian Liquor Stores
Association (ALSA) and IRI launched
the third annual State of the Industry
Report in front of around 50 Federal
Ministers, Senators, MPs and industry guests at
Parliament House in Canberra last month.
The report was launched by Senator Anne
Ruston who thanked ALSA and IRI for the
report as it helps politicians put science into
debates that can become overrun with emotion.
“Thank you very much for the opportunity
to launch this report, I was delighted to be
asked,” Senator Ruston said.
“The responsibility that the industry has
shown over so many years and particularly
over recent years, about being responsible
about the promotion of alcohol consumption,
making sure that we have all of the protections
in place for all of those people that perhaps are
influenced to drink more than they should.
“I thank ALSA for putting the investment
into the State of the Industry Reports. One
of the great travesties of modern day life is
that the science is being drowned out by the
emotion and the only way we are going to get
the science back into the debate is by having
publications like this where you have taken
the initiative to communicate the facts about
The report details that the Australian retail
liquor sector generated sales of $17.5bn in
2017, but ALSA CEO, Terry Mott, said at the
launch that the report was about much more
than just sales.
“The report provides a wealth of fact-based
analysis, providing a clear snapshot of the jobs
as well as the economic and social contribution
that the retail packaged sector and the alcohol
beverages industry makes to the Australian
economy,” Mott said.
“ALSA has collated the analysis of
consumption trends, identification of
challenges for our members’ business from
the increasing burden of regulatory measures
and this we believe will help politicians,
regulators and retailers better understand
and deal with the major issues in our ever-
He added: “Thanks to the professional
analysis from IRI, the report also importantly
identified many opportunities for ALSA
retailers to build on the continuing shift in
Australia’s relationship with alcohol beverages
– away from volume and with a preference
ALSA AND IRI LAUNCH 2018 STATE
OF THE INDUSTRY REPORT
THE MOST RECENT ALSA-IRI REPORT HIGHLIGHTS AN INDUSTRY THAT IS IN GOOD HEALTH,
AS ANDY YOUNG REPORTS.
towards more premium products and this is
a continuing trend we have seen over the last
three reports. In doing so, it provides extremely
useful and detailed category insights focusing
on the key performance driving each segment.
“We all want a safer and better drinking
environment and one where ALSA and our
members are recognised and respected for the
economic and social wellbeing that the sector
contributes. ALSA and IRI are proud of the
results following months of analysis to create
David Shukri, Channel Development Director
at IRI, said that the report is a very strong
asset for all the industry and one that everyone
should be reading in order to understand what is
happening in the market and how to best make
the most of the opportunities.
“It is important to understand yesterday in
“It is important to understand
yesterday in order to anticipate and
plan for tomorrow,” David Shukri, IRI.
order to anticipate and plan for tomorrow,”
“One of IRI’s core capabilities is market
measurement which is why this report is such a
comprehensive and excellent exposé of how the
retail liquor industry evolved last year.
“From a high-level perspective and the
total value of each segment, through to the
drivers of growth at a more granular level, this
report is a tremendous foundation for anyone
operating in the industry, whether supplier or
retailer, if they want to understand and then
pivot into action.”
The 2018 ALSA-IRI State of the Industry
Report comes in two formats: a long format
which is available to ALSA members and a
shorter format available to everyone in the
wider industry. Both are available on the
Terry Mott and David Shukri.
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