Ten jobs will be lost as a result of Bundaberg Rum’s decision to move its bottling operation from the Queensland town to Sydney.
Parent company, Diageo, announced the bottling operation will move to the western Sydney suburb of Huntingwood as soon as next month, the Illawarra Mercury reports.
A Diageo spokesperson said that both the Bundaberg and Huntingwood facilities are underutilised due to lower alcohol consumption and the punitive excise tax on spirits and RTDs, “which has seen volumes decline significantly in recent years.”
Premier Campbell Newman said the decision to move states is disappointing, especially considering the devastating floods Bundaberg experienced in 2013.
“Ten jobs may not sound like much but it's significant in a smaller community like Bundaberg,” he said.
The Diageo spokeswoman said other products including the Master Distillers Collection will continue to be bottled in Bundaberg.
“We remain absolutely committed to Bundaberg and the distillery and will continue to invest and focus on our core business of distilling, maturing and blending great quality rum in Bundaberg as we have done for the last 125 years.”