Bring back the Bundaberg ginger beer!

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flyme2themoon

Member since 23 Apr 2015

Total posts 18

OK I know there’s a lot going on in the world just now, however I’ve noticed an old Aussie friend has gone missing on the flying ‘roo recently with the disappearance of Bundaberg ginger beer from flights and lounges.

It’s my go-to inflight soft drink and I loved that Qantas was supporting this Aussie iconic beverage.

Is it just me that’s missing it?

Travellz

Member since 26 Mar 2020

Total posts 9

I think due to Covid-19 risks associated with providing Bundaberg Ginger Beer inflight has caused it too temporarily be suspended (joking).

All Jokes aside - yes I second that - BRING BACK THE GINGER BEER QANTAS!!!!

gjspectre

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Member since 21 Feb 2017

Total posts 34

bring back the spirits

markpk

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 29 Nov 2013

Total posts 441

It could actually be a decision by Bundaberg Brewed Drinks given the global demand for their products.

If they shifted supply away from Qantas due to the pandemic and other channels are now consuming that supply capacity then its hard to make ginger beer "appear" now that Qantas is ramping up flights...

They committed $150m to expand their capacity in Bundy mid last year which isn't due to kick in until late this year (from memory).

Morgan22

Member since 07 May 2021

Total posts 1

I agree - bring it back

Rezzadogs

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 12 Jan 2017

Total posts 8

Despite Bundy GB being available in a number of supermarkets in the UK, the first sip of one on a QF flight out of LHR gave me the feeling of being on my way home.

Plus one for getting it back onto flights.

mg391

Member since 08 Jul 2014

Total posts 1

There is less choice of beverages all round and the main reason is because Qantas has reduced cabin crew by one flight attendant on all B737 and A330 aircraft and therefore has amended services to take this into account


Along with the ginger beer, no apple or tomato juice, no spirits, generally only one variety of beer, red wine and white wine.

Last editedby mg391 at May 14, 2021, 03:49 PM.

XWu

Member since 09 May 2020

Total posts 86

Okay this might be a long bow to draw but I wonder if it’s to do with ginger prices?

abc.net.au/news/rural/2021-02-07/covid-19-ginger-shortage-drives-prices-to-record-highs/13124794

Those readers in retail and hospitality industry might know but maybe Bundaberg ginger beer cannot maintain their previous pricing due to high local ginger wholesale prices and as a result QF decided not to offer Bundie in their service.

I wonder if the lounges still have dry ginger ale on offer (schwepps might import ginger syrup/concentrate as they are not so constrained in their source as Bundaberg?)

Just purely speculating without any shred of evidence of course

Lmc

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 09 Nov 2018

Total posts 37

Originally Posted by XWu

Okay this might be a long bow to draw but I wonder if it’s to do with ginger prices?

abc.net.au/news/rural/2021-02-07/covid-19-ginger-shortage-drives-prices-to-record-highs/13124794

Those readers in retail and hospitality industry might know but maybe Bundaberg ginger beer cannot maintain their previous pricing due to high local ginger wholesale prices and as a result QF decided not to offer Bundie in their service.

I wonder if the lounges still have dry ginger ale on offer (schwepps might import ginger syrup/concentrate as they are not so constrained in their source as Bundaberg?)

Just purely speculating without any shred of evidence of course

Australia ginger prices have remained high since the start of the COVID pandemic. Prices are currently sitting at $4-600 per 10kg box depending on if its new or old season.
Australian farmers have also put a block on imported ginger from the likes of Fiji etc which keeps prices high.

A bit off topic from the normal exectraveller, but a small insight to why some of us travel & the industries were in.

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