Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Australia imports most of the spirits it consumes. Domestic manufacturing represents a relatively small proportion of the estimated $5.2 billion retail value of spirits consumed in Australia. For many products, some degree of transformation occurs domestically, particularly in the case of ready-to-drink (RTD) beverages. The main spirit manufactured domestically is rum, made from sugar cane, while spirits that are mixed or blended locally are also considered to be manufactured in Australia. Therefore, many industry participants are engaged in transforming high-proof spirits to low-proof products such as RTDs and liqueurs.
The Spirit Productionindustry grew moderately in the three years ending 2007-08, buoyed by strong growth in consumption of RTD spirits... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
The majority of Spirit Productionestablishments are located close to population centres in New South Wales and Victoria. During the past five years, the proportion of operations in New South Wales has increased significantly, from 27% of establishment numbers in 2006-07 to an estimated 37% in 2011-12. At the same time, enterprise numbers have declined in the Australian Capital Territory from 7.0% to 0.0% of establishments. To optimise transport costs, operators locate their facilities near the population centres of Melbourne and Sydney in particular. Therefore, the industry is generally located near its markets rather than close to the source of raw materials... purchase to read more