Alcopops maker looks at pulling production back to NZ

New Zealand’s Independent Distillers Group says it is looking at moving its Australian manufacture of popular alcohol mixed drinks such as Vodka Cruiser and Woodstock Bourbon to this side of the Tasman.

Founded in Auckland in 1987 as Independent Liquor (NZ) Ltd, Independent Distillers Group is a privately owned manufacturer distributing alcoholic beverages worldwide.

It makes beer, wine and spirits but its core business is its own ready to drink (RTD) brands and warned today that a tax hike on such “alcopops” in Australia is risking job losses there.

The company has a factory in Laverton in Melbourne’s west, but executive Peter Murphy today warned that Australia’s 70 percent alcopops tax hike had sparked a sales downturn that has already cost 23 jobs.

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