Australia's wine sector is braced for more mergers and acquisitions after Hardys owner Accolade Wines said it was in talks to buy award-winning Grant Burge Wines.
Accolade, which is controlled by Sydney-based Champ Private Equity, confirmed that it was in 'exclusive discussions to buy the award-winning Barossa-based Grant Burge Wines'.While it warned that there was no guarantee of a deal, its announcement is further evidence of a fresh consolidation trend in the Australian wine industry. Late last week, the owner of the Yellow Tail brand, the Casella family, announced that it has agreed to buy hegemony of around 95% of rival Peter Lehmann Wines in a deal worth approximately A$60m. Casella said it intended to follow this up by acquiring all remaining shares in Peter Lehmann. Many Australian wineries have struggled for profitability in the past decade, hit by foreign exchange rates, overproduction and greater competition in key markets, such
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