THRISTY WORK: Bundaberg Brewed Drinks products are now sold at all Bed, Bath and Beyond stores in America.
THRISTY WORK: Bundaberg Brewed Drinks products are now sold at all Bed, Bath and Beyond stores in America. Contributed

American dream: Bundy Brewed Drinks' US success

IT SEEMS America can't get enough of Bundaberg's own ginger beer and sarsaparilla - or root beer as they call it in the States.

A deal to supply 1000 stores across America and a new international administration office in the former NAB building in Targo St are just the latest expansions for Bundaberg Brewed Drinks.

CEO John McLean said having recently hired an additional 12 staff members to manage and develop further growth, office space at the company's Bargara Rd factory had simply become too tight to squeeze everybody in.

"This is the first time we've had to split our administration functions," he said.

"As out international business grows we've restructured our team to have and international team and a domestic - Australia/New Zealand team.

"So the NAB building in Bundaberg is for our international team and our finance administration team to go into, leaving the the site over at Bargara Rd for Australian and New Zealand operations.

"It's wonderful to see that we're expanding and the business is going well that we can do this and we've recently employed about 12 new managers and different positions in the business."

For Mr McLean it means a change of scenery as he moves from Bargara Rd to Targo St and takes a more global role as the international business side expands.

"United States is booming at the present stage and we believe the USA will be our largest international market this financial year and we finished on a record note last financial year," he said.

"America at the moment can't get enough of us.

"We've just taken on a new region in Costco north-west and 1000 Bed, Bath and Beyond stores in the United States."

Mr McLean said Bed, Bath and Beyond had a store-within-a-store concept, with a mini supermarket inside.

"We are the largest beverage line in the Bead, Bath and Beyond chain," he said.

"We've been doing a trial with them for three years ... and the trial has been going very well so they've decided to roll it out to all the 1000 stores that we are not in."



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