AusIndustry - Tradex Scheme

 

Many wine producers import glass bottles/packaging and then re-exported to an overseas market. The Tradex Scheme can assist in recouping duty and GST.

Key benefits:

  • Tradex is a simple scheme which offers up-front duty and GST exemptions for goods which are being imported for subsequent re-export. These goods can be kept in the same condition as received or incorporated into other goods. Using Tradex greatly benefits your cash-flow, as you receive these exemptions in advance (typically 10% GST and 5% duty). It is very easy to use and largely self-managed.
  • Companies can import any measure of goods such as food products, packaging, plastics or raw materials. These products can be used for incorporation by manufacture or simple assembly for an overseas market (the export market can be of any size).

Margaret River: Cabernet Hang-Time Forum

You are invited to participate in the Margaret River Cabernet Hang-Time Forum to hear the latest research outcomes and opinions on how ‘Cabernet hang-times’ impact on fruit quality, wine quality and profitability from local, national and international experts.

  • Location: Curtin University - Margaret River Campus 
  • Date: Tuesday 24th of January 2017
  • Time: 8:30am – 2:00pm (tea/coffee from 8:00am)
  • Cost: No cost - fully funded by the Wine Australia, Regional Program (WA)
  • For: Grape growers, winemakers, sales, marketing and interested stakeholders
  • RSVP: Email Jodie from Wines of WA at winewa@winewa.asn.au with your name(s) or Tel:0466-744-957 SMS:0466-744-957 Keith Pekin with your details

The Wine Export Approval Report Update - September 2016

The Wine Export Approval Reports for the period ending September 2016 have been released. The national report is available HERE

Summarised briefly, exports out of WA as a Moving Average Total (MAT) to September 2016 have increased 17% in value and 10% in volume.

The top 6 markets by aggregated value are listed below. Also included is average price per litre (note that these will differ from average price per litre for regionally GI labelled wine which are typically higher than the aggregated value/litre for WA GI labelled wine).

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Slashing Causing Fires at Vineyards

 Some key points:

  • Ensure all harvesting/mowing equipment is well maintained. Continually check for build-up of straw and grass around hot engine components such as exhausts, turbo chargers, etc.;
  • Re-fuel vehicles on bare areas or fire-breaks;
  • Keep a water source on the slasher such as a 9L water extinguisher. This needs to be checked and operational. Alternatively, a slip on unit nearby or following would be better; and
  • It is also important someone is keeping an eye on the area as the slasher moves across the grass to watch for ignitions.

Tourism Council WA - Workshops

Tourism Council WA is delivering a great range of new and updated industry relevant workshops in Perth over the next couple of months. It would be greatly appreciated if you could please share the below information among your networks. Please let me know if you have any questions, and thank you for your assistance.

Tourism Council WA is bringing its great range of new and updated training workshops to Perth in the next few months. These short, practical and affordable workshops are industry-focussed and suitable for both frontline staff and managers.

Upcoming workshops are:

November

·         Building your brand through digital marketing (Nov 3) - This workshop covers topics including major consumer review sites, identifying and responding to negative and positive reviews, working with influencers and developing a content strategy.

·         Facebook Marketing: Insights for Small Business (Nov 3) - Learn best practice for Facebook, including how to set up your page correctly and how to use Facebook Insights.

·         Advanced Facebook for Business: Indepth Advertising with Strategy (Nov 4) - In this advanced workshop, learn how to run effective Facebook campaigns, how to set up and monitor remarketing campaigns and developing a content strategy.

·         Twitter & Instagram: Understanding the Platforms (Nov 4) - This workshop covers the value and suitability of Twitter, social media tips and tricks, management tools and hashtags, among many other topics.

·         Emerging Platforms & Trends in Social Media (Nov 4) - Find out what’s new and what the future trends are in digital, how to use video streaming and how and why to use other platforms, such as Pinterest and Snapchat.

·         Marketing with Strategy (Nov 10) - Learn how to develop an in-depth marketing plan and strategise how to effectively deliver it to your customers.

·         China Ready (Nov 15) - Get your business ready to service the growing Chinese market and get one step closer to becoming China Ready & Accredited® in this workshop which covers cross-cultural training for managers and service staff; language, culture, traditions and taboos; meeting, greeting and serving; and the opportunity to complete a free assessment to achieve China Ready & Accredited® Individual Certification – an essential requirement for a business to become China Ready & Accredited®.

·         Tourism Boost (Nov 15) - This workshop is designed as an introduction and refresher course on the tourism industry and will give you a competitive edge in the growing marketplace.

December

·         Building your brand through digital marketing (Dec 1) - This workshop covers topics including major consumer review sites, identifying and responding to negative and positive reviews, working with influencers and developing a content strategy.

·         Facebook Marketing: Insights for Small Business (Dec 1) - Learn best practice for Facebook, including how to set up your page correctly and how to use Facebook Insights.

·         Advanced Facebook for Business: Indepth Advertising with Strategy (Dec 2) - In this advanced workshop, learn how to run effective Facebook campaigns, how to set up and monitor remarketing campaigns and developing a content strategy.

·         Twitter & Instagram: Understanding the Platforms (Dec 2) - This workshop covers the value and suitability of Twitter, social media tips and tricks, management tools and hashtags, among many other topics.

·         Emerging Platforms & Trends in Social Media (Dec 2) - Find out what’s new and what the future trends are in digital, how to use video streaming and how and why to use other platforms, such as Pinterest and Snapchat.

 

The Inaugural Cullen Award For Excellence

James Halliday AM announced as the winner for 2016

A cold and raining evening did not stop a hundred guests from gathering at Cullen Wines for the Black Tie presentation dinner on Saturday 16 July.

Vanya Cullen and the Cullen family hosted the inaugural Cullen Award For Excellence, an event dedicated to recognising outstanding effort made by an individual, group or organisation to promote or improve wine or winemaking practices in Western Australia, whether they reside in WA, Australia or internationally.

The Award is dedicated to honouring the legacy of Diana Madeline and Kevin John Cullen, who together founded Cullen Wines in 1971 and believed in the potential the fledgling area had to produce world class wines. Their warmth, generousity of spirit and love for others around them was shared with the assembled guests through remembrances from some of their closest friends on the night.

Master of Ceremonies for the evening, local Steve Castan, introduced Ms Libby Mettam MLA and Member for Vasse to open the proceedings, who was there to represent the Premier of WA. Rick Cullen spoke of the legacy of Diana and Kevin and shared with guests handwritten notes from their mother Diana. Vanya Cullen had the honour of introducing and toasting the inaugural winner, James Halliday AM to a standing ovation from the esteemed crowd.

Vanya Cullen spoke of the nature of the Cullen Award for Excellence and how it was focussed on recognising the maxims of Quality, Integrity or Sustainability, the three pillars of Cullen Wines’ philosophy. Vanya said they did not have to look very far in choosing James Halliday as the very deserving inaugural recipient. She read a letter of tribute from Dr John Gladstones (the scientist behind the original 1965 paper recommending Margaret River as an ideal wine growing region) in which he praised the work and dedication of James Halliday in supporting the quality of wine produced in Western Australia nationally and around the world.

James Halliday began his career as a lawyer, a career in which he excelled, but he also followed his love and passion for winemaking. He earned a stellar reputation as a wine judge and wine writer around the globe and published his first book at the age of 41. Many years, many books and many, many tastings later, James is known as the pre eminent authority on Australian wines and his annual publication, the James Halliday Australian Wine Companion, is considered the ‘bible’ of Australian Wines.

John Jens acknowledged James’ contribution to WA, calling him ‘the greatest friend the WA Wine Industry has’.

In accepting the Award, James spoke of the ‘perfect’ conditions Margaret River held for winemaking and his ongoing love for the region.

Guests on at the black tie evening included Suzanne Halliday, Larry Jorgensen and Redmond Sweeney of Wines of Western Australia, Pip Close CEO of the Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association, Stuart Watson President of the Margaret River Wine Industry Association, Anna Oades CEO of the South West Development Corporation, members of the Cullen family, and representatives of some of the finest wineries in Western Australia, including Moss Wood, Palandri, Woodlands Wines, Fraser Gallop Estate, Lenton Brae, Clairault, Howard Park, Laurence Wines, Lamonts, Vasse Felix and Voyager Estate and many local dignitaries.

They enjoyed a sensational meal of fresh marron, pork belly and miso, beef cap, cheese and petit fours, prepared by Michelin star trained Executive Chef Colin Anderson and his dedicated team. Matched, of course to sensational new release and vintage Kevin John and Diana Madeline Cullen Wines, and enjoyed at long tables under glistening lights. The rain and winds persisted outside, but laughter, warm remembrances and gracious tributes kept guests entertained and delighted long into the evening, signalling the success of this inaugural event.

In conjunction with Cullen Wines, The Cullen Award for Excellence was supported by the WA Wine Press Club, Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association, Wines of Western Australia and the Margaret River Wine Industry Association.

The Cullen Award for Excellence will be an annual award, culminating in a formal gala dinner to name the recipient. Any enquiries can be directed to enquiries@cullenwines.com.au.