By John Quinn – Quinntessential Food & Liquor Market
I am appalled at the lack of support the industry has shown the Coopers Brewery business in the wake of the same sex marriage debate video.
Here we have a brand that delivered substantial growth to the industry because they work hard and produce a quality product to which the consumer gravitates. But the industry leaders stay silent because they are gutless, and in fact aren’t leaders, they are leaderless.
I challenge anyone in on- or off-premise to give an example of when a representative of Coopers has shown homophobic tendencies. Seriously, come forward if it has happened.
Why do we let this happen? Why is the majority so silent and the minority so vocal? Where were Woolworths and Coles, the custodians of 70 per cent of the market, when a major supplier needed support? Where was the LSA saying ‘hang on, this is one of our most reputable suppliers and these scandalous allegations have no basis whatsoever’? Where was the Beer industry in sticking up for probably it’s most important player outside the Big Two – if they still exist because I’m sick of remembering who owns who?
The handful of pubs that deleted the product should be named and shamed, not one of Australia’s most successfully built family brands.
Please note, I have no affiliation with Coopers whatsoever, just a believer in the old fashioned give an Aussie a go who in turn is giving it a go.
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