MOA LUCK OF THE IRISH FOR NEW ZEALAND BREWER IN DUBLIN CRAFT BEER CUP
11 February 2014 · Awards · Press

10 February 2014

Press Release

Moa Brewing Company struck Irish gold with the biggest medal haul of any brewery worldwide at the Dublin Craft Beer Cup held over the weekend.  Moa picked up a total of seven medals – one gold, four silvers and two bronze – to beat over 80 other breweries from around the world.  The timing could not have been any better with Moa’s first shipment to Ireland only weeks away from hitting the water.

“It’s great to see our beers continue to feature at the sharp end of beer competitions all over the world, especially given the likes of Anchor Brewing Company, Oskar Blues Brewing, Flying Dog, Left Hand and other highly regarded American breweries entered beers into these awards”, says Moa Head Brewer, David Nicholls.

“We’re also chuffed to have some other New Zealand breweries sharing in the spoils with Schippers Brewing Company picking up three silvers and a bronze, Invercargill Brewery a bronze, and our good friends down the road, Renaissance, also picking up a silver”, added Moa Founder, Josh Scott.

Danish brewery Coisbo claimed the highly coveted trophy for best beer with their Russian Imperial Stout.

The Moa medal haul includes:

Gold
- Moa Noir (Lager – Styles of European/German Origin)

Silver
- Moa Pale Ale (Ale – New World Style Ale)
- Moa St Jospehs (Ale – Styles of Belgian and French Origin)
- Moa Southern Alps (Ale Other)
- Moa Royal (Ale – Other)

Bronze
- Moa Five Hop (Ale – Styles of British Origin)
- Imperial Stout (Other)

The full list of awards can be found here.

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For more information, contact Geoff Ross, CEO: 021 424 219

KING OF SWING – MAKE THE CUT!
31 January 2014 · General

Once again the Moa Brewing Company is a sponsor at the NZ Open, which is great because we like a bit of golf.  In fact, we like it so much we’re giving away tickets to the NZ Open, at The Hills, Queenstown, from 27th February – 2nd March.

Because golf can be a complicated, challenging, technical, emotional, strangely addictive but (oddly) ultimately rewarding experience, we have created two different competitions with two different prizes that look almost identical to each other just to make life difficult for you.  The good news is that if you are up to the challenge the chances of being rewarded for your efforts are better than if we ran just one boring competition where only one person can win anything useful.  Here is the low down:

BETTY’S LIQUOR COMPETITION

Buy Moa and go in the draw to win two General Admission tickets to the NZ Open, at The Hills, Queenstown.

The name gives it away really.  This competition is only being run in participating Betty’s Liquor stores, and there is 12 lots of tickets up for grabs. To enter, all you have to do is buy any Moa beer or Weka cider product from a participating Betty’s Liquor store, fill out an entry form (the helpful staff at Betty’s will give you one of these when you purchase the product) and put it in one of the designated entry form boxes.  It’s competition mechanic 101 but still hard to beat.

Prize includes: Two General Admission tickets to the NZ Open, including parking.

 

HENRY’S LIQUOR COMPETITION

Buy Moa and go in the draw to win two tickets to the NZ Open, including VIP access. Experience premium hospitality in the Champions Lounge, from a magnificent perch above the 18th hole at The Hills, enjoying VIP treatment whilst overlooking the action.

This competition is being run in participating Henry’s liquor stores and to enter, all you have to do is buy any Moa beer or Weka cider from a participating Henry’s store, ask for an entry form at the counter, and put it in one of the designated entry form boxes.

Prize includes: Two tickets to the NZ Open, including access to the Champions Lounge and VIP parking.

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Terms and conditions: Betty’s Liquor Competition

Terms and Conditions: The promoter of the Moa Brewing Co. King of Swing competition (“Competition”) is Moa Brewing Company Limited (“Moa”), 258 Jacksons Road, RD3, Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand.  The Competition commences 27 January 2014 and closes 24 February 2014 (“Competition Period”).  The Competition is open to New Zealand residents 18 years of age who purchase any Moa Brewing Company product, fill out the other side of the entry form and put it in one of the designated entry form boxes at participating Betty’s Liquor outlets during the Competition Period.  Moa and its employees and their immediate families are ineligible to win a prize.  Moa reserves the right to verify the validity of entries and to exclude any entries that fail to meet the entry criteria.  Moa also reserves the right to disqualify any person for tampering with the entry process.  Moa is not responsible or liable for any late, lost or misdirected entries or for any problems which may result in delay or failure to enter the draw.  Twelve prize winners will each receive two tickets to the NZ Open (on either Thursday 27th, Friday 28th February, Saturday 1st, or Sunday 2nd March 2014). The winner will be drawn and contacted by phone and/or email on 24th February 2014 and must claim the prize by 26 February 2014 otherwise their prize will be forfeited and another winner will be drawn.  The prize is not transferable or exchangeable and is not redeemable for cash.  Additional costs including and not limited to transport, spending money, and other incidentals are the responsibility of the winner. The decisions of Moa on all matters relating to this Competition are final and no correspondence will be entered into.  Moa is entitled, in its absolute discretion, to change these terms and conditions without notice (including without limitation substituting any of the prize offered with a prize that it believes is of similar value or benefit) or to cancel the Competition at any time without prior notification.  No claim may be made against Moa or any of its agents, contractors, employees or other representatives in connection with such change or cancellation.  To the extent permitted by law, Moa excludes any liability or loss arising directly or indirectly with the Competition.  By entering the Competition, you consent to Moa publishing your name for promotional and media purposes without any further reference, payment or other compensation.  You also consent to receiving information about Moa Beer and any special offers or promotions run by Moa.  Entry into the Competition is deemed acceptance of these terms and conditions.  Moa respects privacy rights under the Privacy Act 1993 and is required to comply with the privacy principles in respect of collection of personal information from individuals.  Moa collects and holds personal information provided with each entry to be used for the purposes of the Competition (and in particular to notify prize winners and to verify prize winners’ identities), and for the purpose of future marketing and promotional materials.  All personal information provided by entrants will be held by Moa at 116-118 Quay Street, Auckland or such other place as is notified to the entrant on request.  Under the Privacy Act 1993, entrants have the right to access and correct their personal information.

Terms and conditions: Henry’s Liquor Competition

Terms and Conditions: The promoter of the Moa Brewing Co. King of Swing competition (“Competition”) is Moa Brewing Company Limited (“Moa”), 258 Jacksons Road, RD3, Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand.  The Competition commences 27 January 2014 and closes 24 February 2014 (“Competition Period”).  The Competition is open to New Zealand residents 18 years of age who purchase any Moa product, fill out the entry form and put it in one of the designated entry form boxes at participating Henry’s Liquor outlets (Queenstown and Alexandra) during the Competition Period.  Moa and its employees and their immediate families are ineligible to win a prize.  Moa reserves the right to verify the validity of entries and to exclude any entries that fail to meet the entry criteria.  Moa also reserves the right to disqualify any person for tampering with the entry process.  Moa is not responsible or liable for any late, lost or misdirected entries or for any problems which may result in delay or failure to enter the draw.  Two prize winners will each receive two tickets to the NZ Open (on either Friday 28th February or Saturday 1st March 2014), including access to the Champions Lounge and VIP car parking.  The winner will be drawn and contacted by phone and/or email on 24th February 2014 and must claim the prize by 26 February 2014 otherwise their prize will be forfeited and another winner will be drawn.  The prize is not transferable or exchangeable and is not redeemable for cash.  Additional costs including and not limited to transport, spending money, and other incidentals are the responsibility of the winner. The decisions of Moa on all matters relating to this Competition are final and no correspondence will be entered into.  Moa is entitled, in its absolute discretion, to change these terms and conditions without notice (including without limitation substituting any of the prize offered with a prize that it believes is of similar value or benefit) or to cancel the Competition at any time without prior notification.  No claim may be made against Moa or any of its agents, contractors, employees or other representatives in connection with such change or cancellation.  To the extent permitted by law, Moa excludes any liability or loss arising directly or indirectly with the Competition.  By entering the Competition, you consent to Moa publishing your name for promotional and media purposes without any further reference, payment or other compensation.  You also consent to receiving information about Moa Beer and any special offers or promotions run by Moa.  Entry into the Competition is deemed acceptance of these terms and conditions.  Moa respects privacy rights under the Privacy Act 1993 and is required to comply with the privacy principles in respect of collection of personal information from individuals.  Moa collects and holds personal information provided with each entry to be used for the purposes of the Competition (and in particular to notify prize winners and to verify prize winners’ identities), and for the purpose of future marketing and promotional materials.  All personal information provided by entrants will be held by Moa at 116-118 Quay Street, Auckland or such other place as is notified to the entrant on request.  Under the Privacy Act 1993, entrants have the right to access and correct their personal information.

SANTA’S LITTLE HELPER
17 December 2013 · General · Tips for the Moa Man

Help us help Santa and you could help yourself to a Moa Christmas.

To celebrate the end of the year and to help spread some Christmas beer cheer we’re giving away some cases of Moa Methode cases (6x 4pks in each case).  To enter the Moa Santa’s Little Helper promotion (“Promo”) go to the Moa Beer facebook page, look for the ‘Santa’s Little Helper’ post and help out the Jolly Fat Man by leaving a comment in the post with the name of someone who you think deserves some Moa beer under their tree this Christmas.

The small clauses:

  • 1x entry per helper. In other words you can’t try and help yourself more than once.
  • There are 5x prizes to be won. Each prize consists of 2x cases of Moa Methode: 1x case for the helper’s nominated deserving someone, and 1x case for the helper (for helping out).
  • The winning helpers will be drawn on 19 December around 9pm NZT.
  • The Promo is open to New Zealand residents 18 years of age or older only.
  • Moa reserves the right to verify the validity of entries and to exclude any entries that fail to meet the entry criteria. Moa also reserves the right to disqualify any person for tampering with the entry process. Moa is not responsible or liable for any late, lost or misdirected entries or for any problems which may result in delay or failure to enter the draw. We could go on and on, but you get the idea and know how these things work.

SHANE WARNE AND MOA BREWING COMPANY CRAFT ‘99 NOT OUT’ PARTNERSHIP
04 December 2013 · Press

Press Release

Legendary Australian cricketer, Shane Warne, has embarked on an exclusive collaboration in the development of a new Pale Ale with the Moa Brewing Company (“Moa”).

This new partnership marks Warne’s first foray into the craft beer market, and is the result of a dedicated and intensive hands on period of exploration and development with Moa.

Sporting a bold and striking label, the name – 99 Not Out SKW Pale Ale (“99 Not Out”) – is a play on the infamous innings of Warne when Australia played New Zealand back in Perth in 2001.

Caught out on 99 by Mark Richardson at deep mid-wicket while going for a slog sweep off the bowling of Daniel Vettori, the result robbed Warne of achieving his maiden Test century. Unfortunately for Warne, the umpire had not picked up Vettori’s ‘no ball’ for over stepping in an era before the advent of high performance cameras and the umpire decision review system. Unaware of the injustice at the time of the dismissal, Warne still carries the scars of coming so close only to be denied in the cruellest of circumstances in the form of an unwanted record – most Test runs without a Test century.

“The story makes the Warne legend even stronger, and when the collaborative opportunity was first discussed 99 Not Out was a naming opportunity too good to refuse, especially given the great on-field rivalry between Australia and New Zealand”, said Josh Scott, the Founder of Moa.

“99 Not Out is a sessionable ‘new world’ style Pale Ale of 5% alcohol. Hopped with New Zealand Kohatu and Cascade hops, it displays spicy / earthy hop notes, a strong malt backbone, and a nicely balanced bitterness.”

“We’re really proud of the end product. Fundamentally, it’s a great craft beer, bottle fermented and conditioned in the Moa style, and to Shane’s credit he wasn’t shy about his opinion on the style and what he wanted.  He worked closely with our Master Brewer David Nicholls to create a quality beer that was crisp, dry and elegantly savoury. The objective was to create the perfect beer for summer and we believe we’ve created something special”, added Scott.

“To create your own beer and to be able to make it up exactly how you like it is pretty exciting. It’s really important that you have something that you believe in. I believe in this. This is fantastic, and I’m hoping everyone else will like it too”, said Warne.

99 Not Out will be available in a classic 330ml bottle (boxed sets of four available) around Australia in leading off- premise (retail) outlets Dan Murphy’s from mid/late December, followed by BWS in January 2014. In addition, selected ALH Group on-premise venues (bars, clubs and pubs) such as Archer Hotel in North Adelaide, Stones Corner Hotel in Queensland and Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel in Sydney will start pouring 99 Not Out from 4 December 2013.

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MOA GROUP LIMITED: TRADING AND PERFORMANCE UPDATE AND OUTLOOK – 4 NOVEMBER 2013
04 November 2013 · General · Tips for the Moa Man

4 November 2013

Moa Group Limited: Trading and Performance Update and Outlook

  • Moa now responsible for New Zealand and Australian distribution
  • Difficult transition from previous distributor with low sales and stock returns during the August-September period with adverse impact on half year result, to be reported 19 November
  • Good volume recovery in October – strong sales in New Zealand with good pre-sales for November
  • FY14 136,000 9LE case volume forecast confirmed, FY14 loss estimated between $5.0-$6.0m

 

Previous Commentary: Market Update 12 August and Annual Meeting 20 August

This update reports on progress made and new developments since August when Moa Group Limited reported a downgrade of its expectations for FY14 sales volumes and outlines current expectations as we see them at this time.

On 12 August 2013 Moa Group Limited advised that it expected to fall short of its FY14 sales volume target by approximately 30% (approximately 60,000 9 litre equivalent cases or 9LEs), largely due to an anticipated sales shortfall in the New Zealand market. This downgrade in current year expectation was further explained at the company’s annual meeting on 20 August. At the annual meeting we committed to providing updates as soon as we had further information to report.

In the 12 August market announcement, Moa advised that it would be changing its New Zealand distributor and would resume its own sales initiatives for the New Zealand market and further advised at the annual meeting that the targeted changeover date was 1 October.

Moa Group will report its half year result on 19 November and a full company briefing will be provided at that time.

Moa further advised (12 August) that in its export markets, the US and Rest of World were expected to perform in line with original expectations, although in Australia, sales volumes had been tracking behind PFI. In response, the company had recently acquired the Australian sales agency rights in order to manage the Australian business directly.

In the annual meeting presentation on 20 August, Moa referred to lower than expected margin outcomes in New Zealand with too much emphasis having been placed on Moa Original at the expense of the company’s premium Estate and Reserve ranges.

Moa CEO Geoff Ross commented to the annual meeting that “The lower sales and lower margin in New Zealand, and bias towards our more value driven product Moa Original, will make a large impact on this year’s result. Particularly so in the first six months of the year, where these effects will be most pronounced. The half year result will also bear the brunt of the distributor changeover, before the benefits of the new model start to come through in the second half of the year. As a result the full year PFI targets will not now be achieved.”

At the annual meeting, both Grant Baker and Geoff Ross commented that the slower than expected growth path had put the company 6-9 months behind in its growth plans for New Zealand and Australia, however they reiterated that they remained positive about the future for Moa and that the company would be working hard to regain the lost momentum. This is still the case.

Moa is now updating on progress under the following key headings:

  • New Zealand Sales
  • Australia and USA
  • Total Expected FY14 Volume relative to 12 August downgrade
  • Sales Mix and Margins
  • Brewery Capacity
  • Outlook for FY14
  • Strategic Review

 

New Zealand Sales
Moa has experienced encouraging sales volume for October, being the first month under the new distribution model. This provides an initial indicator that the revised FY14 volume projections (as announced on 12 August) should be achieved.

Moa does not believe that October sales are pipeline filling, as shown by good pre-sales already received for November.

October sales are a good start to the second half with positive feedback from the market about both the Moa range and the resumption of direct sales activities by the company.

Sales during the period to 30 September were disappointing not only as to volume but also, as referred to earlier, due to mix with insufficient focus on Moa’s higher margin Estate and Reserve ranges. Now that the company has control of its sales efforts, a renewed focus and energy will be applied not only to Moa Original but also to the important Estate and Reserve ranges.

Manufacturing gross profit margin will continue to be impacted by the need for contract brewing compared to the intended model of an upgraded and expanded brewery at the Marlborough site. This situation is expected to continue for some time as the prospect for brewery expansion at the Jacksons Road property remains unresolved (refer Brewery Capacity below).

Moa is focused on sales volume (and mix) as its most critical driver with manufacturing margins and cost structures to be addressed once volumes are re-established. Hence the continued priority on sales volume targets as the fundamental base performance measure at this stage of the business cycle.

 

Australia and USA
The company is gaining confidence that the Australian market offers greater opportunity than previously foreseen. An increased focus on Australia will be developed over the next 6-12 months. Previously the company has seen Australia as a neighbouring but less important export market but this market is starting to look more promising than first thought.

Moa has achieved encouraging order activity in Australia during October with shipments scheduled for November.

In the US market, Moa remains committed to its importer (St Killian) but is finding margins more difficult to achieve than originally foreseen. Significant resource has been applied alongside St Killian in order to drive volumes.

We now expect that Australian FY14 volumes should outperform our August expectation but that US volumes may be slightly behind. However, it is expected that overs and unders between these two markets should approximately balance out.

 

Total Expected Volumes for FY14

Early results post the distributor changeover in New Zealand are encouraging and export markets, whilst moving around somewhat, are expected to be in line with previous expectations. As a consequence, Moa is confirming its 12 August sales volume projection, being 136,000 cases across all markets, down from 195,000 in the original PFI.

 

Sales Mix and Margins

As mentioned above, sales mix in New Zealand has been adversely impacted by a lack of focus and targeting on the higher margin Reserve and Estate ranges and there has also been a range of promotional activities to achieve volumes. Both factors have impacted on expected sales margins.

Margins in the US have proved challenging due to a combination of factors. In addition to an unfavourable exchange rate, there has been a shift in sales mix towards varieties and formats with a higher cost of manufacture. Some pricing remediation has been realised, however, the route to market cost, especially in light of additional sales resources being deployed by Moa, remains challenging.

And in the business overall, lower than expected volumes have been hindering the company’s intentions relating to economies of scale.

The delay in the brewery upgrade and the necessity to contract manufacture the Original and Cider ranges, are also part of the lower margin picture at this stage.

These issues will be addressed in the near future but the company’s immediate and first priority, at this stage of its development phase, is to build sales volumes in each of its major markets.

 

Brewery Capacity

In late July, Moa was awarded resource consent to expand and upgrade its existing brewery operations in Marlborough. That resource consent has been appealed by those who opposed the original application and the cost and timing of an appeal has forced the company to rethink its manufacturing options for the next 12 months.

Arrangements with a contract brewer have been put in place to augment Moa Original production through to 31 March next year which will address the immediate brewing capacity constraints.

The company has made no decision at this time on whether to proceed with its originally planned brewery expansion, given the uncertainty of an outcome on the resource consent appeal and as a result of reduced volumes and lower than projected financial results year to date.

 

Outlook for FY14

Moa’s financial result for FY14 will be significantly impacted by the various adverse circumstances that have developed during the first half. During the second half the company expects to rebuild volume in New Zealand and grow volumes in Australia but that there will continue to be pressure on sales and manufacturing margins, as outlined above.

In a research report dated 21 October, Forsyth Barr referred to a number of the issues which we have covered in this update and predicted a loss of $4.5m for FY14.

Moa has been modelling a range of projected outcomes for FY14 and anticipates, despite a level of confidence at this time that the revised sales volume targets can be achieved, that it will be difficult to limit the FY14 loss to $4.5m and that given the adverse circumstances of the first half result the FY14 loss could be between $5.0-$6.0m.

 

Strategic Review

The board and management note the pressures prevailing on the Moa business and outlook and will be considering a range of strategic initiatives to improve the overall profitability and viability of the business model in each of its markets and in terms of its manufacturing capability, both for the immediate and medium terms.

Moa remains confident that it has excellent brand positioning, a well-regarded product range, and significant growth opportunities in its various markets, both domestic and overseas. This has been reinforced for us in October under the new sales regimes in New Zealand and Australia.

 

Result Announcement: 19 November

This update is released ahead of the half year result to maintain the market communication initiated in August. Whilst it is early days in the new (New Zealand) distributor period, October sales and November presales (as at 1 November) augur well for the revised FY14 volume projections to be achieved.

The company will further brief the market at its half year result announcement on 19 November.

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For enquiries please contact:

  • Geoff Ross, Moa CEO, on 021 424 219, or
  • Grant Baker, Moa Chairman, on 021 729 800

MOA COMMENCES NEW DISTRIBUTION MODEL IN NEW ZEALAND
01 October 2013 · General · Press

Press Release
As advised at Moa Group Limited’s Annual Meeting, Moa confirms that it is has today commenced sales under its new distribution model.

Following the termination of its third party distribution agreement, effective 1 October 2013 Moa is now distributing its products directly through liquor wholesaler Tasman Allied Liquor and via third party logistics providers.

Moa has moved swiftly to build the internal resources so that it can service its customers directly. This focused and dedicated team is the same structure that realised Moa’s significant growth rates prior to the former distributor. The company is working the through transitional arrangements with its former distributor.

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POT CALLS KETTLE BLACK
06 September 2013 · General · Press

Press Release
Moa Beer is considering changing its plans for its new brewery in Marlborough following an outcry from French-owned Cloudy Bay wines.

Cloudy Bay claims Moa wants to erect “an industrial-scale brewery” that “has no place in such a world famous wine-growing region”.

Moa CEO Geoff Ross says the brewer is considering housing its new facility in a ‘winery’ to appease the French.

“As the image below shows, our new brewery will easily fit inside one of Cloudy Bay’s six buildings. So we’ll consider creating a building, smaller than one of Cloudy Bay’s wine rooms, calling it a winery, and putting our brewery inside.

“Surely they couldn’t have an issue with that? But seriously, aren’t Cloudy Bay’s objections just a case of the pot calling the kettle black?”

An aerial image of Cloudy Bay winery in Marlborough: the red outline shows the dimensions of Moa Beer’s planned brewery

DOES ANYONE KNOW ANYONE WHO KNOWS HOW TO GET HOLD OF WHOEVER OWNS TUI BREWERIES?
06 September 2013 · General

Last week Tui Breweries put up a bunch of ‘Yeah Right’ billboards around the place saying “My shout, I’ve got Moa shares”. It’s probably fair enough as we tell our shareholders we’d nearly quadruple in size over 2 years and now we’re only expecting to almost triple. But it seemed odd that Tui would put up billboards knocking another beer, using accounting as their weapon.

Surely beer fights between beer companies should be settled over a beer, using beer.

So we thought Tui might want to challenge us to a ‘beer-off’. We’d get all our Moa beers, they’d get all their Tui beers, and someone impartial could decide which ones tasted the best.

We thought we could get Gordon Ramsay to do it, but he’s a Moa beer fan already so that probably wasn’t very fair. Then we thought about getting Ian Botham and Shane Warne, and they said they would be up for it, but they’re also Moa beer fans as well, so again not really that impartial.

In the end we decided to sort out who the judges would be later on, and just ask whoever owns Tui when would be a good time to do it.

The weird thing is, no one knows exactly who that is.

We phoned the Tui Brewery in Mangatainoka and they told us we had to talk to DB Breweries up in Auckland, where most of the Tui is made. So we did that, but whoever answered the phone put us through to their Monteiths department by accident.

Then we tried to talk to the CEO of DB Breweries, that new guy from Britain that supports the English Rugby team, and kept getting the run-around. Not that it mattered anyway as we then found out that DB doesn’t even own DB! It turns out it’s actually owned by a company up in Singapore run by some guy called Samson Wong.

So we phoned Mr Wong at Asia Pacific Breweries in Singapore, only to find out that Asia Pacific Breweries doesn’t belong to Asia Pacific Breweries either, but to Heineken in Holland. So finally we rang Amsterdam to try and talk to the owner of Tui Breweries, and the receptionist said she’d never heard of it and we probably had the wrong number.

I’m not making this up.

All we wanted to do was have a beer-off, but it was getting pretty hard to figure out who we were actually having a beer-off with. It felt like Tui was part of some global beer ponzi scheme.

So if anyone out there knows how to get in touch with whoever actually owns Tui, let me know by sending an email to josh@moabeer.co.nz

It would be good to get the beer-off underway before someone buys Heineken and we have to start all over again.

Right-oh,

Josh Scott

FRENCH-OWNED WINE MAKER CHOKES KIWI BUSINESS GROWTH
05 September 2013 · General · Press

Press Release
French-owned wine maker Cloudy Bay is using dirty tactics and the Resource Management Act to stifle the development of the newly consented Moa brewery expansion, says chief executive Geoff Ross.

The craft brewer, which has been on its current Marlborough site for ten years since the company was founded, was granted resource consent to modestly expand operations last month.

That decision has been appealed by Cloudy Bay and two other locals in the area who Moa believe are also being funded by the French company, Ross says.

“We now see why New Zealand business and in particular provincial New Zealand is being held back by self-serving use of the RMA.
“What we have here is a French-owned company, who trades on our Kiwi identity trying to dictate the terms of operation to a genuine New Zealand business.

“And what’s worse they send much of their profits back to France.

“It also seems ironic that they are taking issue with our new building, which would easily fit inside just one of their five huge buildings.

“It doesn’t seem very neighbourly at all, and disadvantages the region it resides in,” Ross said.

“We went through the process in the right manner and we were deemed successful. Now, the unknown intention of a foreign company and minority interests of one or two locals are holding up what the authorities have already approved. That is wrong – especially for such a small development,” he says.

“It’s more of a nuisance than a road block, but one that costs Marlborough and a NZ owned business growth.  Every other wine region in the world has active craft brewers. So too should Marlborough.”

Ross said the company has adequate capacity as it can brew new volume with friends at other breweries in other regions. “This will enable the needs of the business to be met in the near and medium term whilst this is all sorted out,” he said.

“We believe ours was a strong application, as was agreed by the Independent Commissioner in his original decision.”

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TRY ANY 2 OF MOA’S GREATEST HITS & BE IN TO WIN!
23 August 2013 · General

At Moa, we love getting behind local talent. That’s why we decided to sponsor Fly My Pretties as they embark on their nationwide Homeland Tour. With a stellar cast line up, including some old and some new faces, it’s going to be show-stopping performance! And even better, we are rewarding some of our loyal drinkers by giving away tickets to their shows!

Purchase 2 Moa beers at any of the following participating bars for your chance to win 2 tickets to the following Fly My Pretties Homeland Tour Concerts: 11 Sept Mercury Theatre – Auckland, 12 Sept Founders Theatre – Hamilton, 13 Sept Devon Hotel – New Plymouth, 18 Sept Opera House – Wellington, 26 Sept Union Hall – Dunedin.

Each participating bar below has 2 tickets to give away to their local concert.

- The Portland Public House, Auckland

- The Sugar Bowl Cafe, Hamilton

Little Beer Quarter (LBQ), Wellington

Murphys Law Petone, Wellington

- Eureka Cafe & Bar, Dunedin

 

Terms and Conditions: The promoter of the Moa Brewing Co. Fly My Pretties competition (“Competition”) is Moa Brewing Company Limited (“Moa”), 258 Jacksons Road, RD3, Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand. The Competition commences 12 August 2013 and closes 5 September 2013 (“Competition Period”). The Competition is open to New Zealand residents 18 years of age who purchase x2 Moa Beers, fill out the other side of the entry form available and put it in one of the designated entry form boxes at participating bars throughout New Zealand during the Competition Period. Moa and its employees and their immediate families are ineligible to win a prize. Moa reserves the right to verify the validity of entries and to exclude any entries that fail to meet the entry criteria. Moa also reserves the right to disqualify any person for tampering with the entry process. Moa is not responsible or liable for any late, lost or misdirected entries or for any problems which may result in delay or failure to enter the draw. The prize winners will each receive two tickets to the Fly My Pretties Homeland Tour concert for one of the following dates and venues: 11 Sept Mercury Theatre Auckland, 12 Sept Founders Theatre Hamilton, 18th Sept Opera House Wellington. Tickets will be allocated to the winning bar’s local concert. For example, an entry drawn from an Auckland bar will receive two tickets to the Auckland show. The winners will be drawn and contacted by phone and/or email on 6 September 2013 and must claim the prize by 18 September 2013 (or prior to relevant concert) otherwise their prize will be forfeited and another winner will be drawn. The prize is not transferable or exchangeable and is not redeemable for cash. Additional costs including and not limited to travel insurance, food, spending money, and other incidentals are the responsibility of the winner. The decisions of Moa on all matters relating to this Competition are final and no correspondence will be entered into. Moa is entitled, in its absolute discretion, to change these terms and conditions without notice (including without limitation substituting any of the prize offered with a prize that it believes is of similar value or benefit) or to cancel the Competition at any time without prior notification. No claim may be made against Moa or any of its agents, contractors, employees or other representatives in connection with such change or cancellation. To the extent permitted by law, Moa excludes any liability or loss arising directly or indirectly with the Competition. By entering the Competition, you consent to Moa publishing your name for promotional and media purposes without any further reference, payment or other compensation. You also consent to receiving information about Moa Beer and any special offers or promotions run by Moa. Entry into the Competition is deemed acceptance of these terms and conditions. Moa respects privacy rights under the Privacy Act 1993 and is required to comply with the privacy principles in respect of collection of personal information from individuals. Moa collects and holds personal information provided with each entry to be used for the purposes of the Competition (and in particular to notify prize winners and to verify prize winners’ identities), and for the purpose of future marketing and promotional materials. All personal information provided by entrants will be held by Moa at 116-118 Quay Street, Auckland or such other place as is notified to the entrant on request. Under the Privacy Act 1993, entrants have the right to access and correct their personal information.