The Australian Beverages Council Welcomes Minns Government in NSW
The Australian Beverages Council Ltd (ABCL) – the peak body representing the nation’s non-alcoholic beverages industry – congratulates the NSW Labor Party on its election victory
and looks forward to continuing the close and constructive relationship between government and the industry in NSW.
Our recognition goes to the outgoing Coalition government for its leadership in establishing the state’s Container Deposit Scheme. “The outgoing government has helped champion a circular economy in NSW and it deserves recognition for its efforts in this space,” said ABCL CEO Geoff Parker, “we look forward to working with the incoming Minns Government to take circularity to the next level”.
Economic challenges need to be a key focus for the incoming government. “Non-alcoholic beverage manufacturers are being hit by higher costs in everything from ingredients to distribution to labour,” said Parker. “Addressing these issues is a way that we can support domestic manufacturing – which means supporting quality jobs and providing goods that the people of this state love. The ABCL and its members look forward to working with Premier Minns and the incoming Cabinet to develop policies that support and foster industry in NSW.”
The non-alcoholic beverages industry has been taking the lead on sustainability issues and in particular looks forward to developing a strong relationship with the incoming Environment Minister, the Hon Penny Sharpe MLC to continue moving toward a true circular economy and a more sustainable NSW. The ABCL commends the appointment of the Hon Ryan Park MP as Minister for Health.
“The health and well-being of the Australian people are important to our industry, which is why, through the Sugar Reduction Pledge, our members have a commitment to reduce sugar by 25 per cent across their drink portfolios by 2025. We look forward to working with the NSW Government to continue to develop real-world evidence-based measures to address lifestyle health challenges in the state” said Parker.