They say “Time Flies when you’re having fun” and its hard to believe we are fast approaching the end oof Q1 2023. A quarter of this calendar has nearly passed, and we have been very busy processing and shipping orders as well as working with our supply partners to find savings that we can pass on, or reduce the impact of price increases, which are still occurring.
We are taking orders now for Summertime lines, and we are shipping Bundaberg Ginger Beer and Bundaberg Brewed Drinks at prices, contact us for information on current deals for Bundaberg. Also we are now exporting Nippys flavoured milk (we have a Dairy Export Licence). We also are exporting an Australian Made Fruit Drink – Fruity Burst in a 250ml pop top and cool packaging with Thomas the Tank Engine, Barbie and more.
Our customers are now also planning for Winter 23 sales, and we are starting to discus sales of Maltesers Buckets 465g, Mondelez/Cadbury Blocks and Kit Kat with Kit Kat Milo proving to be a big selling item.
We have been advised that Nestle will be having a price increase on Medium Bars, and this likely means that Cadbury and Mars will follow, as they all have pricing relativity to maintain. We have also seen a 17% average price increase in Red Rock Deli, Smiths, Doritos and Cheetos as well as Kettle and Tyrrells chips, caused by a shortage of Potatoes in Australia post floods and energy prices.
`We will be running a special on Penfolds Koonunga Hill wine from April 23 to end of June 23, please contact us for details on this special, and we have also been advised that Treasury Wine Estate will be changing their bottle colour on Koonunga Hill range around May this year to a slightly Greener bottle. We have been told that this may lead to some temporary shortages on Koonunga Hill around this time, so if you want to take advantage of our Koonunga Hill Special, we suggest ordering in April to avoid disappointment. We are still experiencing shortages of Cloudy Bay wine; we have no stock available for export and Oyster Bay Wine has just increased by $1.50 per carton from the supplier, we do have stock of Oyster Bay. We are now offering to our customers and alternative New Zealand White Wine – 821 South Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand.
While we are talking Wine, we just returned from a visit to the Hong Kong market, where we were presenting an innovative new Wine product called Wine In A Glass, the reception to this product has been very positive, as retailers and wholesalers can see the value in a Ready To Drink Wine in a premium plastic glass with or without stem, as an ideal solution for Barbeques, Parties and Entertaining.
Its also been a very busy month in March signing contracts for the export of Australian Macadamia Nuts In the Shell. Macadamia Nuts are Native to Australia, and we are just preparing now in Australia for 2023 harvest season, which runs from April to June. For the past 2 years, Australian Macadamia Nuts have been very expensive, and we are seeing a correction in price for the 2023 season, with prices from Australia much lower. We have nearly sold all of our allocation of 22MM+ Macadamia Nut In Shell, and we only have approximately 200 metric tons to sell, so if you are interested in Australian Macadamia Nuts, we suggest you contact us soon before all stock is sold. We also have a good supply of 20-22MM Macadamia Nut available for export, and we are also seeing increased interest in sales of Macadamia Kernel, with Style 0, Style 1 and Style 4L being the most sought after at this stage. We will also be exporting Macadamia Kernel, and we expect to have prices for our customers in the next 2-3 weeks.
That wraps up our March newsletter, we have some big promotions running this month on Cadbury Blocks and Cadbury Medium Bars as well as Cadbury Favourites and Roses, so Contact Us for our latest pricing and information.