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Is the alcohol ban driving the industry down the drain?

21 May 2020 6:47 PM
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The alcohol industry expects a devastating drop in headline earnings due to the lockdown's impact on business.

The national lockdown and the alcohol ban is having a devastating impact on the alcohol industry and its customers.

On the line to The Money Show is Richard Ruston, the CEO of Distell.

It's dramatic - just at the end of April which is effectively five weeks of lockdown, we reported earnings down 25 per cent.

Richard Ruston, CEO - Distell

We're predicting another dry month in May and perhaps some returns to sales in June. Our forecast is earnings will be down anything between 60 and 80 per cent.

Richard Ruston, CEO - Distell

Our customers, the taverners, they are going to be far worse hit, many of them are in serious crisis. And of course small business of which there are many both upstream and downstream in the agricultural sectors.

Richard Ruston, CEO - Distell

What we can do is produce to the extent that we can export. So we have specific permissions to run specific parts of our business to supply export demand.

Richard Ruston, CEO - Distell

But for domestic purposes we are unable to either produce or distribute.

Richard Ruston, CEO - Distell

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21 May 2020 6:47 PM
Tags:
Alcohol
Alcohol ban
level 3
Lockdown
COVID-19
ban on alcohol

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