• Lark Distilling Co head distiller Chris Thomson and founder Bill Lark
    Lark Distilling Co head distiller Chris Thomson and founder Bill Lark
  • Lark Distillery was named as Telstra's small business of the year.
    Lark Distillery was named as Telstra's small business of the year.
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Thirty years ago, Bill Lark was granted the first Tasmanian distillers license in 154 years, and Lark Distilling was born. 

This year, Tasmania’s first single malt whisky distillery will celebrate 30 years of being at the forefront of Australia’s whisky industry and indeed the world.

Tasmania's Lark Distilling Co has been recognised as Australia’s first carbon neutral distillery, with its operations having no net negative impact on the climate. (Founder Bill Lark.)
Tasmania's Lark Distilling Co is Australia’s first carbon neutral distillery, with its operations having no net negative impact on the climate. (Founder Bill Lark.)

In 2020, Lark was nominated for Worldwide Whisky Producer of the Year at the International Wine & Spirit Competition, with the distillery receiving two gold medals and a number of silver medals.

In October 2021, the distillery acquired Pontville Distillery for $40 million. The acquisition expands Lark’s production capacity to 500,000 litres and the company expects 2+ million litres of whisky to be under maturation by 30 June, valued at $435 million.

It also announced its plans to construct a $13 million, one million litre greenfield distillery on the site, with construction expected to begin early this year.

Lark was also recognised as Australia’s first carbon neutral distillery and achieved the certification from the Australian Government’s Climate Active Program in May last year. 

The company remains as one of Australia’s leading whisky producers.

Packaging News

It's been a long time coming, the evolution of AUSPACK into an ell-encompassing trade show for packaging and processing, truly reflective of the industry represented by show owner the APPMA. And last night at the APPMA Gala Dinner during AUSPACK, the APPEX show was launched.

The APPMA Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner was attended by 450 packaging and processing industry professionals, who gathered for the industry's night of nights to recognise this year's winners: Foodmach, Fibre King, GS1, Packsize, Trimatt Systems and Laco Automation were victorious, with emerging leaders from HMPS and Rhima also recognised.

On the Matthews Australasia stand at AUSPACK today, CEO Mark Dingley announced the company's new strategic partnership with FreshChain Systems, enabling end-to-end fresh food traceability from farm to fork.