$400,000 gets Adelaide Hills bubbling

Adelaide Hills’ growing brewing, cider, juice and distilling industries will receive a $400,000 Marshall Liberal Government investment to unlock economic growth in the region.

LOT 100 Beverage Collaborative will receive up to $400,000 from the Regional Growth Fund as part of a $905,000 project to increase production capacity across craft spirits, beer and cider production, and optimise the facility for production, transport and distribution.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said the project was a boost for the Adelaide Hills and the craft beverage industry in the State.

“Craft beverages including beer, cider and spirits are popular among consumers and we are keen to support the development of this industry and help it expand,” said Minister Whetstone.

“The Adelaide Hills region will benefit from this expansion, with many of the collective, including growers, based in the region.

“This project is a strong example of industry and government working together, with the Regional Growth Fund encouraging collaboration amongst multiple businesses for the good of many.

“LOT 100 is a collective of South Australian beverage companies, with integrated supply chain and production partnerships and business collaborations that include marketing and branding.”

Partners include The Hills Cider Company, Adelaide Hills Distillery, Mismatch Brewing Co, Vinteloper and Ashton Valley Fresh Juice.

Local Member for Kavel Dan Cregan said the upgrades would be a big boost for the region.

“The Adelaide Hills is famous for its food and beverage sector. This investment will ensure continued expansion in the Hills brewing, cider, juice and distilling industries with very significant local economic benefits,” said Mr Cregan.

“There is a huge market for quality products in these sectors and our local products are truly world class.”

Adelaide Hills brewing and distilling businesses have been winning international recognition with Adelaide Hills Distillery’s 78 degrees gin recognised as the best in the world by the American Distilling Institute and the Hills’ Prancing Pony Brewery winning the Supreme Champion prize at the International Beer Challenge in London for its India Red Ale.

Lot 100’s Toby Kline said the State Government support would allow significant expansion of their operations.

“We’re thrilled to receive State Government support through the Regional Growth Fund for this project to increase our capability and enhance our operations,” said Mr Kline.

“We’ll be able to install and upgrade vital infrastructure at our Hay Valley site, including a new bottling line and vertical integration of the production system.”

“We’re looking forward to a capacity increase of 50 per cent (Mismatch) and 75 per cent (Adelaide Hills Distillery) once the project is completed.”

The $150 million Regional Growth Fund has been established to unlock new economic activity in our regions, to deliver critical economic infrastructure that creates direct benefit across regional industries, and to strengthen regional communities.

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