Craft brewers seek equal treatment in Australia

Craft brewers seek equal treatment in Australia
Garage Project founders Jos Ruffell (l) and Pete Gillespie sample the wares. (Image: NZME)
Pattrick Smellie
New Zealand craft brewers exporting to Australia want the same excise exemption that NZ winegrowers have enjoyed since 2005.Under the trans-Tasman Closer Economic Relations trade pact, if either government offers an industry a perk, it should, by rights, be offered to the same industry in the other country.With Wellington craft brewer Garage Project about to launch into more than 700 Coles supermarkets in Australia in the coming weeks, co-founder Jos Ruffell is a prime mover in attempting to have the so-called WET regime extended...

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