By Andy Young

Next week will see the launch of the inaugural ALSA/IRi Australian Retail Liquor State of the Industry Report, with members and industry stakeholders invited to take part in the first networking event in Canberra.

The report, which is a fact-based analysis of the composition and performance of the Australian retail liquor industry, will provide a robust snapshot of the overall size, health and trends within the industry.

ALSA CEO Terry Mott, told TheShout: "The event on Thursday morning will be focused on a presentation of the full 48 page report findings and will be attended by the ALSA Board, local retailer members from ACT and South Eastern NSW, along with other industry colleagues.

"A key industry panel on Thursday morning will discuss the findings of the report and take-outs for retailers and producers that will help them better leverage opportunities."

The panel discussion will be facilitated by Giuseppe Minissale, ALSA President and the general manager of Porters Liquor and will also include, Michael East (Accolade Wines), Mark Goulmy (Coopers Premium Beverages), Neil Grant (Treasury Wine Estates), Sally Byrne (CCA), Matt Windsor (Lion) and Hugh Edwards-Neil (IRi – formerly IRi-Aztec).

In particular the report will highlight some of the marco-economic drivers of liquor retailing, including: soft consumer confidence, population dynamics and vulnerability. It will also provide an overview of the retail liquor industry looking at: retail liquor turnover and growth, growth dynamics of online liquor retailing and retail liquor performance against the broader FMCG marketplace.

It will also highlight category trends in beer, cider, wine, spirits and RTD/RTS.

The event takes place at the East Hotel in Canberra from 9.30am to 12pm and is free, but those wishing to attend should register first. ALSA members and industry stakeholders are encouraged to attend and you can register via the ALSA website.

A second networking event is scheduled for Sydney on 5 April, with further events in Newcastle and Melbourne to follow later in the year.

The Shout Team

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