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Predictions for the wine industry in 2021

If you go back 12 months, it is unlikely that any of the predictions for the year ahead would have fully outlined what 2020 brought to us. With the global market now changed, and adapting or pivoting its way through the global pandemic some of the patterns from 2020 and before can still be used

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What’s in Wine Australia’s $50m export and regional support package?

The Australian Government has invested $50 million to grow Australia’s wine exports and showcase the nation’s wine tourism offering in key markets. The program, known as the Export and Regional Wine Support Package, originally was to run for four years and conclude on 30 June 2020. However, significant in-market activities were postponed as a result of

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More than half of travel SMBs still paying out more refunds than revenue

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has called for an urgent response from the Federal Government regarding a critical support package for travel agents who have been decimated by the COVID crisis. Ms Carnell says close to 1,300 distressed travel agents completed ASBFEO’s online survey last month and have been clinging

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Stability during pandemic highlights SE Asian emerging wine markets for Australian exports

On Sunday 15 November 2020, Ministers from 15 countries signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), including Australia and members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). This week’s Market Bulletin will examine a group of emerging wine markets within the Southeast Asian region. The Southeast Asian group of markets received $178 million worth

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The border issue for the hospitality industry

As hospitality begins its peak trading season, venues are confronted with a new staffing challenge. Consumers across every state in Australia have returned to hospitality venues with enthusiasm. They are buoyed by the remarkable successes that we have achieved in controlling and supressing the spread of COVID-19. Mid-COVID concerns around long-term changes to the way

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Australian wine exports defy the pandemic

Australian wine exports have defied the COVID-19 pandemic by continuing steady growth in all top-five markets and increasing in overall value by four per cent to $2.998bn. Wine Australia’s Export Report shows that in the 12 months ended September 2020 the average value of Australian wine exports also increased by four per cent, to $3.89

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