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Founder-First owned Kangaroo Island Spirits has been awarded accolades at the 2020 International Wine & Spirit Competition and The International Spirits Competition in California.

The Good Beer Co’s Good Beer Always Helps campaign is now available for home or office delivery from Dan Murphy’s.

As part of its business support package, the Victorian government is offering grants of $5,000 for 24,000 businesses, with the first batch of grants to the metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire areas being released this week, and applications opening for regional Victorian businesses this Friday (14th August).

The NSW Government has recommended face masks for those working in restaurants or pubs. The City of Sydney has also opened cultural, community and business grants for 2021 for those with projects that benefit local communities. More information here.

Details of JobKeeper updates can be found here after the federal government announced it would be changing the system at the end of September.

News from elsewhere

A Brand Finance report has found that the world’s top alcoholic drinks brands could lose US$33 billion off their brand values as a result of COVID-19, at the same that that AB InBev reported that beer sales are on the up again globally according to AB InBev after three months of declining sales.

Increased beer consumption and subsequent demand for barley in India is making the country an attractive market for Aussie barley after Chinese tariffs were implemented earlier this year.

Victorians currently under lockdown are turning their garages into pubs with kegerators.

After some controversy about the role of the US Brewers Association in policing its individual members, Brewbound has reported that the BA has approved a Code of Conduct for its members.

Brand Hustle is ensuring pubs and venues are supplied with glass growlers during the ongoing pandemic lockdowns in Victoria.

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