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23/10/2014

Supplier's role in the industry's future to be discussed at event

Wine Industry Suppliers Australia (WISA) is partnering with Accolade Wines and the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) to present an event aimed at encouraging dialogue between industry suppliers and producers.

The event, to be held at Hardy’s Tintara in McLaren Vale on 11 November, will give participants the opportunity to be updated on the recently recommended ‘Product Declaration — Minimum Standards Document’.

The document was created through a joint collaboration between the WFA and WISA and aims to deliver a harmonised starting point for suppliers to provide information about their products to customers.

“The need for a harmonised Minimum Standards Document for product declarations in our industry has been growing for a long time,” Matthew Moate, WISA executive officer said.

“This document removes the need for suppliers to fill out often differing declarations per customer for each product.

“It provides a basic document for wine producers and the advantage to easily compare products from different suppliers at an initial evaluation stage.”

It is being promoted to wineries and suppliers to assist them when considering the purchase of ingredients or additives for winemaking purposes.

Paul Evans, WFA chief executive, will be making a presentation at the event detailing the current state of the industry. This will include an update on WFA’s Action Plan and steps going forward following the national Outlook: Taking Charge of Our Future Conference which was held in Adelaide at the beginning of the month.

“Coming together at this event will enable attendees to network across the whole value chain as well as hear about the latest industry developments being undertaken and progressed on their behalf,” Evans said.

The event will conclude with an open discussion focusing on:

  • The future role of the supplier in helping create sustained profitability for the wine industry
  • What a solution or series of solutions may look like and;
  • How to better organise suppliers and industry to achieve these expected outcomes.

“It’s important for both wineries and suppliers to consider these points with the discussion being summarised and presented to the WFA board,” Moate said.

“This can then be considered as part of their future strategic planning for the benefit of industry.”

For more information contact Matthew Moate on 0409 783 221 or visit www.wisa.org.au


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