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Turbine applauds new food and beverage inquiry as distillers come forward

Turbine welcomes the new inquiry, with producers like CAVU Distilling eager to participate as they expand into overseas markets.

Turbine welcomes the announcement of a Standing Committee Inquiry aimed at exploring opportunities for expansion and advancement within the food and beverage sector.

The inquiry, initiated by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Resources, underscores a crucial commitment to fostering innovation, enhancing value-adding processes, and promoting sustainable growth within Australia’s food and beverage manufacturing landscape.

Turbine is a food and beverage advocacy group, delighted at the announcement, chief executive officer and project director of Turbine, Andrew Eves-Brown said, “This announcement comes at a time when all eyes are on our small to medium producers in the food and drink sector.”

“Australia punches well above its weight in terms of innovation and quality but there are barriers to scale. Once constructed, Turbine aims to solve many of these issues – but more needs to be done to support this section which contributes to the Australian economy,” said Eves-Brown.

International spirit producer CAVU Distilling also welcomed the inquiry and said it will step forward to take part.

“The Federal Inquiry couldn’t come fast enough for the distilling and spirits industry as we work towards our aspirations of exporting internationally in the same way you have seen Australian wine on the dinner tables of British and European households,” said CAVU Distilling Co-Founder Matt Hobson.

Hosbon spoke from London, where he is currently meeting with distributors and trade as part of their efforts to export their two brands Sunshine & Sons and Nil Desperandum.

“Having met with distillers here in the UK, it’s fair to say they are outraged by an equivalent tax that has decimated small British distilleries – despite being 40% less than what Australian distillers are paying per bottle. The UK industry has seen a large number of job losses and distillery closures as a result,” said Hosbon.

Turbine said they look forward to actively participating in the inquiry process, contributing insights, expertise, and innovative solutions to help shape the future of food and beverage manufacturing in Australia.

“We believe that by addressing the crucial aspects outlined in the inquiry, we can unlock new opportunities, drive positive change, and establish Australia as a global leader in sustainable food production,” said Eves-Brown.

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