Why we sold: Stone & Wood’s Ross Jurisich

Last Thursday came the shock announcement that Stone & Wood’s parent company, Fermentum Group, had been sold to Japanese-owned brewer Lion Australia.

On Friday I got hold of co-founder Ross Jurisich to try and make sense of the decision in this exclusive podcast interview.

You are likely as shocked by this bews as I was. You know how committed Stone & Wood seemed to their independence back when we met the founders in this 2019 documentary.

Soon after the news broke I published an opinion piece that expressed pretty clearly how I felt about their backflip, and the unfortunate knock-on effect for the independence movement.

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Author: James Atkinson

Journalist specialising in the food, drink, travel and hospitality arenas. Australian International Beer Awards 2017 Media Award Winner and Certified Cicerone®.

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