Global bar report 2021: Asia Pacific

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    In our Global bar report, we explore how the on-trade has fared over the past year. Part three of the series examines venues in the Asia Pacific region.

    *This feature was originally published in the November 2021 issue of The Spirits Business magazine.

    It seems no part of the planet has been spared from the logistical nightmare of supply chain issues – including Asia Pacific. “It’s been challenging for all suppliers and brands,” admits Jason Williams, creative director of independent spirits firm Proof & Company.

    “The cost of shipping is going up and then there are delays because it’s harder to secure space on boats or in containers.”

    But it’s not just an issue of getting merchandise from A to B. “Other ways we’re experiencing challenges are there’s a worldwide box shortage,” Williams explains.

    “Because of the rise in home‐delivered goods, there’s huge demand on boxes and the pulp boxes get made from. Some of our brands and some of our sellers are having real trouble getting boxes.”

    Factories are also under strain; when employees become ill or have to isolate, production slows, driver numbers dwindle and it “adds costs through the supply chains and delays”.

    Pockets of optimism can be found across the region, however. In October Australia’s New South Wales emerged from a four-month lockdown as the state passed its 70% vaccination target for those aged 16 and over. Bars and restaurants, along with nonessential shops, were allowed to reopen after being forced to close for the lengthy period. It’s

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