2019: Taxing times
1 January 2019
Brewers Association of Australia
January/February 2019 Edition
WE know 2019 has major issues in store.
The National Alcohol Strategy should be finalised shortly.
Labelling – mandatory pregnancy warnings, carbs and sugar, and energy are all in the mix. While technology has seen consumers and industry move on since the 2009 Blewett Review, bureaucrats can't help themselves when it comes to forcing up costs for no discernible reason.
In an era of Apps and websites, the label is simply out-moded.
With Aussies paying among the highest excise in the word for beer, people are increasingly asking why and government has little rebuttal that makes sense.
Greater collaboration between major and independent brewers through the respective peak bodies, is essential. We can achieve far more for beer together, with agreed policy positions, shared resources and intelligence, than each pushing our own barrows.
That has certainly been the recent experience and lesson out of the US and it makes sense in Australia. Distillers and wineries, big and small, have their argy-bargy over some issues, but they get it on key issues of mutual advantage.
Some in the independent beer space are very anti-establishment, that's to be expected, but for the major brewers' part, we really don't care about marketing pitches pitting small against big. It's water off a duck's back.
To allow those views to see us fail to come together on issues of mutual agreement and serious policy, would be extremely short-sighted and only weaken beer's hand in the broader alcohol policy debate.
Engaging in the major policy discussions from a basis of fact, strategically positioning beer accordingly and, from there, tapping into the overwhelming goodwill Aussies have for a beer is imperative.
This election year is already throwing up serious issues. While neither side of politics wants to piss-off more than 9 million beer drinking voters before polling day, it's what comes after that counts.
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