National Liquor News: May issue online

16 May, 2019 by Craig Hawtin-Butcher

The May issue of National Liquor News has all the liquor retailing news.

Looking at what’s going on in this issue, there is lots for us to talk about following another busy month in the alcohol and packaged retail industries.


Lion are once again making headlines as the company continues its foray into the craft spirits category. Following its purchase of 50 per cent of Four Pillars Gin in March, Lion acquired a minority stake in Vanguard Luxury Brands in April, who funnily enough are the distributors for Four Pillars.

Iconic South Australian banner group, Sip’n Save (SNS) celebrates its 40th birthday this year, with celebrations happening throughout May. We’ve spoken to the current President, General Manager and the CEO of Liquor Marketing Group about what has helped make SNS such a successful and popular group and one that has survived and thrived over the last 40 years.

This issue also sees the Publisher of NLN, Paul Wootton, reporting on his recent trip to ProWein. The world’s largest wine fair turned 25 this year and while 11 show halls with nearly 7000 exhibitors can be pretty intimidating, Paul donned his comfortable shoes and walked the halls to discover what is new and trending in the wine world.

Wine Talks returns this month and we’ve spoken to Adrian Sparks, the Chief Winemaker at Mount Pleasant about his ‘less is more’ process to making wines at the Hunter Valley winery, and letting the wines and vines speak for themselves. We’ve also spoken to the team at Hardys about their newest release – a new, richer pair of red wines, forged in fire, and how these are underpinning the brand’s vision to drive growth.

Charles Whitting has looked into the ready-to-drink category and has spoken to a number of suppliers and retailers about the continuing evolution of RTDs and why they are an essential part of any retailer’s offer.

We also have the regular contributions from IRI, Retail Drinks Australia, Spirits and Cocktails Australia, Alcohol Beverages Australia as well as NZ Winegrowers and Wine Australia.

The NLN Tasting Panel this month tasted a range of Cabernet Sauvignon, and you can see which wines ranked well.

Keep your feedback coming through, we are always keen to hear your feedback, look at issues concerning you at the moment, and making sure we make this mag work for you.