Unified wine sector enjoying success

Unified wine sector enjoying success

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STRONG: Australian Grape & Wine has enjoyed a very positive first year and is looking forward to the next 12 months.

STRONG: Australian Grape & Wine has enjoyed a very positive first year and is looking forward to the next 12 months.

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The successful merger of two industry leaders has seen wine in Australia enjoy a strong year despite some challenges.

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The successful merger of two industry leaders has seen wine in Australia enjoy a strong year despite some challenges.

Wine Grape Growers Australia and Winemakers' Federation of Australia merged on February 1 this year to form Australian Grape & Wine, enjoying a successful time to date.

Australian Grape & Wine chief executive, Tony Battaglene, was upbeat in his assessment of the first year performance.

"Australian Grape & Wine has hit the ground running" he said.

"In what has been a challenging year, with threats from the anti-alcohol lobby, increased regulation with mandatory pregnancy labelling, threats to the extension of container deposit schemes, drought, water shortages and an ACCC market study into the sector, we have had plenty on our plate.

"The unity that we have been able to show to government with a single voice has been very valuable in our advocacy efforts".

Australian Grape & Wine Chairman, Sandy Clark, said there are many challenges ahead, and for the industry to grow and prosper, it needs to continue to work cooperatively within the sector and collaboratively with government.

"We will shortly be releasing a vision for the future and we are well placed to control our destiny," Ms Clark said.

"Our strong involvement from the industry in Australian Grape & Wine, and a solid revenue and membership base give us a springboard to help the sector grow and prosper.

"I congratulate the new board and committee members and look forward to another productive year."

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