New national radio food, wine and produce program to launch
October 28, 2015

A new food, wine and produce themed radio program is preparing to launch Australia-wide on the Macquarie Radio Network.   Named ‘What’s Cooking’, the weekly one-hour show will center around interviews with producers, winemakers and chefs.   Different from many other food-related programs, the Macquarie Network says the show will make time to focus on food producers and farmers, so listeners can get a better understanding of the whole industry.   The program will be hosted... ...Read more »

Australian seasonal drinking habits as distilled by Roy Morgan Research
September 7, 2015

The latest market findings from Roy Morgan Research has confirmed that as soon as winter hits Australians are putting down the beer and picking up red and fortified wines instead.   The findings revealed that this has been occurring for at least the past decade.   Over the past 10 years, the average proportion of Australians drinking beer during the July-September quarter is 37.6%, compared with a long-term average of 43% for the January-March quarter.                     Graph Source:... ...Read more »

Australia’s cask wine drinkers continue to decline, Roy Morgan Research
August 3, 2015

The latest findings from Roy Morgan Research indicate that 45% of Aussie adults (or just over 8.1 million people) drink some kind of wine — still, sparkling and/or fortified — in an average four weeks, down from 50% in 2007. Of these, 16% (almost 1.3 million people) consume cask wine, a substantial decline from the 30% (2.3 million) who drank it back in 2007. Considering that a South Australian invented the wine cask, it seems fitting that wine drinkers from SA are more likely than those from... ...Read more »

Drinking alcohol while pregnant is common in UK, Ireland, and Australasia
July 8, 2015

Drinking alcohol while pregnant is common, ranging from 20% to 80% among those questioned in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, reveals a study of almost 18,000 women. The research found in Volume 5, Issue 7 of BMJ Open and lead by Dr Linda O’Keeffe discovered women across all social strata drank during pregnancy, the findings showed. But expectant mums were significantly more likely to be drinkers if they were also smokers. The researchers base their findings on an analysis of data from... ...Read more »

Australian wine exports balloon with Asia as focus
May 18, 2015

Australian wine exports rose by 3.6 per cent in volume and 3.9 per cent in value of wine exports in the 12 months to end of March 2015, according to the latest findings from the Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA). Australian wine exports rose by  3.6 per cent in volume and 3.9 per cent in value of wine exports in the 12 months to end of March 2015, according to the latest findings from the Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA). AGWA’s Chief Executive Officer Andreas Clark said the... ...Read more »

Australian alcoholic drink habits, update in trends
May 11, 2015

Australian alcoholic drink habits, update in trends In 2014, 68 per cent of Australian adults drank alcohol in any given four-week period, with the average volume consumed over this time being 23.6 glasses per person, according to the most recent findings from market research organisation Roy Morgan Research. The most popular place for partaking was at home and, contrary to popular stereotypes, Australians aged under 30 were slightly less likely to drink than those aged 30 and older. Roy Morgan Research... ...Read more »

SOFI Spritz uses crowdfunding and crowdsourcing to launch new beverage flavour
April 27, 2015

SOFI Spritz uses crowdfunding and crowdsourcing to launch new beverage flavour Alcoholic beverage brand SOFI Spritz has launched a new crowd funding campaign which also allows consumers who pledge money to the campaign to choose the brand’s new beverage flavour. The SOFI Spritzer is an alcoholic drink that blends Australian-grown Riesling grapes, blood orange, bitters and sparkling water. SOFI Spritz was founded by Tommy Maclean in 2014. Mr Maclean said he wanted to create a product that made use... ...Read more »

Diageo to provide nutrition and alcohol content information on beverages globally
March 30, 2015

Diageo to provide nutrition and alcohol content information on beverages globally Global alcoholic beverages giant Diageo has announced it will provide consumers around the world with alcohol content and nutrition information per typical serve — a first for any alcohol company. The information will be provided through Diageo’s responsible drinking website DRINKiQ.com and/or on-pack in a majority of Diageo’s markets, subject to local regulatory approval, as soon as practicable. “Diageo... ...Read more »

SOFI white wine spritzer launches in Australia
February 25, 2015

SOFI white wine spritzer launches in Australia Australian beverage brand SOFI has launched a white wine spritzer, which it says is “made to a classic Mediterranean recipe”. The SOFI Spritzer is a drink that blends Australian-grown Riesling grapes, blood orange, bitters and sparkling water. SOFI Spritz was founded by Tommy Maclean in 2014. Mr Maclean said he wanted to create a product that made use of Australian wine, while making it “lighter and more suitable for the Australian lifestyle”. Mr... ...Read more »

Australian wine export successes in 2014
February 4, 2015

Australian wine export successes in 2014 Australia saw a rise of 1.9 per cent in both the volume and value of wine exports in 2014, according to the latest Wine Export Approval Report, released by the Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA). Premium wine segments saw strong growth, as did all wine exports to the Asian region. The AGWA supports a competitive wine sector by investing in research, development and extension (RD&E), growing domestic and international markets and protecting the... ...Read more »

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