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SA aims to become spirit industry leader

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South Australia already the number one wine producing state in the country is making a bid to corner the growing market for locally-made spirits.

The state government is developing a South Australian Spirit Industry Blueprint which will help map out future growth of the local industry, supporting production, marketing and value adding.

The state has allocated $50,000 to develop the plan, building on the success of local producers such as the Bickford’s drink group and its Twenty Third Street Distillery in Renmark”(pictured).

Bickford’s produces a wide variety of drinks brands including its cordials, Beenleigh Rum and Vok mixers.

Last year the government mapped out a Distillery Trail which highlights the locations and offerings of distilleries already open to tourists.

Regional development minister David Basham said the local spirit industry has experienced rapid growth in recent years with up to 50 distilleries now around the state.

Basham said: “The opportunities to grow the spirit industry in South Australia and position us as a national leader in this space are there for the taking.

“What the spirit industry is missing is a comprehensive and collaborative plan encompassing all aspects of the sector to reach its full potential.”

South Australian Spirit Producers Association (SASPA) President George Georgiadis said the state made up about 12 per cent of spirit manufacturing nationally generating $2.1 billion in revenue and exports of $306 million.

Georgiadis said: “This is the ideal time to develop the roadmap for the industry’s future in this state to ensure we continue to see a growth in revenue.”

Picture: Bickford’s Group/Twenty Third Street Distillery

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