01/02/2019 - 15:41

Single Fin drives solid quarter for Gage Roads Brewing

01/02/2019 - 15:41

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Gage Roads Brewing’s Single Fin Summer Ale has propelled the Palmyra-based brewer to a quarter of solid growth, after the brew was named the nation’s fastest-growing beer brand late last year.

Single Fin drives solid quarter for Gage Roads Brewing
Gage Roads' five-year strategy to concentrate on its own-branded beer sales is driving solid growth for the brewer. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Gage Roads Brewing Company's Single Fin Summer Ale has propelled the Palmyra-based brewer to a quarter of solid growth, after the brew was named the nation’s fastest-growing beer brand late last year.

Data released by market analysts IRI in December showed Single Fin accounted for 69 per cent of Australia’s annual growth for summer ales, a growth pace that surpassed any other craft beer brand.

Gage Roads said sales of its branded beers were up 54 per cent compared to the same quarter last year, driven by a solid uplift in independent retail sales as well as tap beer.

Tap beer sales for Gage Roads-branded beer rose by 38 per cent in the 3 months to the end of December, while contract brews, including Matso’s Broome Brewery-branded beers, rose by 96 per cent in the quarter.

Gage Roads said its EBITDA for the first half of FY2019 was up by 59 per cent to $2.1 million.

Managing director John Hoedemaker said the first half performance provided a solid foundation for the remainder of the year.

“We’re pleased to deliver another strong quarter and half-year of growth, both in sales and earnings and we’re pleased to see that all the key targets we have set as part of the five-year proprietary brand strategy are being delivered,” Mr Hoedemaker said.

Gage Roads said total sales for the half year to December 31 were up 58 per cent, compared to the same period last year, to 2.9 million litres.

The brewer sold more than 1 million litres of beer at Optus Stadium in 2018, while the company sold more than 2.4 million litres through other channels, a 38 per cent increase on the previous corresponding half year.

Mr Hoedemaker said the company was well placed to deliver further growth in earnings in the second half of the financial year.

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