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drinks yearbook 2009

Industry voice This year saw the Distilled Spirits Industry Council of Australia continue its campaign against the 70 per cent RTD tax hike, a hardfought campaign that only ended in August – 17 months after the Government made an overnight announcement of the new excise rates. DSICA opposed this tax hike because it was unfair, only on one product, and would be ineffective. The RTD tax campaign saw DSICA initially succeed when the Senate rejected the excise bill, legal action in the Federal Court to force the Australian Taxation Office to reduce the excise rate after the Senate 54 | drinks yearbook rejected the increase, and a second Senate inquiry into the impact of the tax. During the second inquiry, it became clear that no health or medical organisation or researcher could actually point to any improvements in underage drinking. The Commonwealth government moved to shore up the RTD tax take by more tightly defining ‘wine’ and ‘beer’, in effect bringing in a taste test for alcohol taxation purposes so that RTD-alternatives could not be manufactured. DSICA members made two voluntary initiatives during the year: a one-year trial of no TV advertising before 9pm, and a voluntary adoption of an alcohol abuse question on labels: “Is your drinking harming yourself or others?” This text will be appearing on products as labelling stock runs out or are redesigned. Heads up Winemakers’ Federation Australia appointed a new man in Canberra, with Andrew Wilsmore leaving the National Farmers Federation to take up the position of general manager, policy and government relations. Wine Australia appointed Lisa McGovern to the new role of regional director – UK/ Ireland/Europe, based at Australia House in London. McGovern’s experience spans an extensive career in the wine trade and the broader food and wine sector. In March, Foster’s Group announced the appointment of Stephen Brauer to the role of managing director, Foster’s Americas, effective 13 April 2009. Stephen has over 20 years experience with global wine and spirits companies including Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Peak Wines, Seagram and most recently as general manager, Pernod Ricard U.S.A. And in April Foster’s announced the appointment Distilled Spirits Industry Council of Australia Gordon Broderick Executive director


drinks yearbook 2009
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