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Don’t miss out on tickets to the 2019 Australian Drinks Awards

The drinks industry will gather on August 22 at Doltone House to celebrate the seventh annual Australian Drinks Awards. Turn the page to read more about the exciting night Page 2 >>


ntries open to Contribution to Industry awards at 2019 AdAs, page 4


ew vision & direction for Supply Chain & Logistics Forum, page 6.


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Tickets are selling fast for the 2019 Australian Drinks Awards, which will be held at the unique heritage venue Doltone House Jones Bay Wharf. Situated on a restored finger wharf on the foreshore of Sydney Harbour’s Pyrmont, Doltone House Jones Bay features a spectacular decking area that offers outstanding views of the Harbour Bridge, city skyline and Darling Harbour. Comedian, writer and maths whiz Adam Spencer will return as MC after successfully hosting last year’s awards. Click here to buy your tickets and ensure you’re there on the night as the Drinks Association recognises, encourages, promotes and celebrates excellence in the Australian drinks industry.

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First established in 2013, the Australian Drinks Awards have grown to become the premier event for honouring achievement and innovation in the Australian liquor. An impressive 39 awards will be handed out, across Brand, Supplier and Contribution to Industry categories. The event continues to evolve, with a new award established this year for Most Improved Brand. “After consultation with industry, it was decided to introduce an award that recognises year-onyear improvement by brands,” explained Drinks Association CEO Georgia Lennon. One thing that won’t be changing is the credible,

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clear and transparent judging that has made winning at the Australian Drinks Awards so highly regarded. The top 200 drinks brands in the country will be automatically considered for Fan Favourite, Most Distinctive Brand and Most Improved Brand, across beer (domestic and international), cider, wine (red, white and sparkling), spirits (dark, light and aperitifs/ liqueurs), RTD (dark and light). Thrive Research will judge the winners of these awards via a survey of 4000 target consumers. In the Supplier category, Supplier of the Year, Most Improved Supplier and Supply Chain Management Award will be determined via Advantage Australia’s benchmark surveys of on and off-premise retailers. There will be three Contribution to Industry accolades - the Gender Equity Award, Inclusive & Diverse Workplace Award and the Corporate Social

Responsibility Award. These will be judged via submission. To request submission documents for the Contribution to Industry Awards, email The Drinks Association on “It’s been another outstanding year of progress and achievement by our industry,” Lennon said. “We look forward to receiving entries from Drinks Association members that reflect the amazing work they are doing to drive change. “It was an incredibly proud moment for me to be in the room at last year’s event with so many dynamic and inspiring members of our vibrant industry. I can’t wait to celebrate with this year’s winners, our members and Award Partners.” Click here for more information.

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Entries open for Contribution to Industry at 2019 Australian Drinks Awards Entries have opened for the Contribution to Industry category at the 2019 Australian Drinks Awards. The Drinks Association was proud to introduce three new Contribution to Industry accolades last year: the Gender Equity Award, Inclusive & Diverse Workplace Award and the Corporate Social Responsibility Award. “The awards were created to reflect the positive steps being made by drinks companies to ensure their businesses are at the forefront of D&I, environmental and social responsibility,” Drinks

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Association CEO Georgia Lennon said. “We received an impressive number of submissions for the new category and the high calibre of entries made choosing the winners a daunting task.” The Corporate Social Responsibility Award recognises the unique and out of the box initiatives and strategies, that demonstrate a commitment to corporate social responsibility principles. Pernod Ricard Winemakers took out the inaugural Corporate Responsibility Award at the 2018 Australian Drinks Awards for its Responsib’All Day

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initiative, which was created to find ways to get all employees, from directors to line workers, personally engaged in day-to-day corporate sustainability efforts and integrate sustainability into everyone’s job. The Gender Equity Award was introduced to celebrate excellence in gender equity initiatives and programs in the workplace. Diageo won the inaugural Gender Equity trophy for its intiatives around making inclusion key to its business. The Inclusive & Diverse Workplace Award was created to recognise businesses that prioritise diversity and understand the value of an inclusive workplace for individuals and their organisations. Lion won the inaugural Inclusive & Diverse Workplace award for its LionFlex flexible work options initiative.

“It’s been another outstanding year of progress and achievement by our industry,” Lennon said. “We look forward to receiving entries from drinks companies that reflect the amazing work they are doing to drive change.” To request submission documents for the Contribution to Industry Awards, email The Drinks Association on The closing date for submissions is June 21, 2019 The awards will be judged by an independent D&I expert, together with members of The Drinks Association Board. The Australian Drinks Awards are an initiative by The Drinks Association to celebrate excellence in the Australian drinks industry. The 2019 awards will be held on August 22 at Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf, Sydney.

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New vision & direction for Supply Chain & Logistics Forum The Drinks Association held a successful Supply Chain & Logistics Forum in Melbourne in April.

Pernod Ricard’s Courtney Ribbons on being elected as co-chairs of the Supply Chain & Logistics Forum.

It was an opportunity for the Drinks Association team, CEO Georgia Lennon, General Manager Rachel Wormald and Membership and Marketing Manager Kylie Le Lievre to share the Association’s strategy, explore the purpose of the Forum, develop a blueprint for a sustainable future platform and identify areas that will continue to deliver value to member organisations.

During the workshop, GS1’s Andrew Steele and Sean Sloan presented on the National Product Catalogue (NPC). The pair explored the vision for the industry to adopt the NPC, while John Bacon from Coles Liquor provided insights from a customer prospective.

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Following the workshop, the group visited the historic CUB Abbotsford Brewery on the banks of the Yarra River, where Supply and Logistics Planning and Performance Director David Baxter provided a history of the company, followed by an entertaining and informative tour of the brewery facilities and

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production areas. The Forum members witnessed the fully automated quality control process along with a detailed presentation on the different types of hops. It was followed by a tasting of several flagship products at the CUB Brewhouse. The tour provided great insight into beer production, especially for those from other member companies. In the evening, members had the opportunity to network and get to know each other over a casual dinner at the Terminus Hotel in Abbotsford. Day two commenced with a presentation at Drinks Association Associate Member Mainfreight’s expansive warehouse in Epping, on the outskirts of Melbourne.

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Hosted by National Business Development Manager Brad Greer and Trade Manager James Robertson, the session provided great insight into logistical challenges, advanced technology and its impressive training program and facility. Thank you to everyone who joined us including Sandra Gibbs and Anna Reid from Asahi Premium Beverages; Paul Morris from Bacardi-Martini Australia; Richard Powell and Josh Morris from BevChain; Jorge Jimenez from Brown-Forman; Salim Kudus from Campari; Brian Corner from Casella Family Brands; Rob Trembath from De Bortoli Wines; Courtney Ribbons from Pernod Ricard Winemakers; Frank Perotta from Coopers/Premium Beverages; Andrew Lewis from Samuel Smith & Son; Robert Hefter from Treasury Wine Estates; and Andrew Frelczak and Danielle Matthews from William Grant & Sons.

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IRI announces new Managing Director for Asia Pacific

IRI has announced the appointment of Paul Hinds to the role of managing director for the Asia Pacific region.

Hinds moves into the managing director role after a successful period as senior vice president of IRI’s UK Retail Solutions business. In his UK role, he led the transformation of IRI’s Retail business, introducing many new initiatives, including the rollout of the industry-leading IRI Liquid Data technology platform. “During this time, he grew and transformed IRI’s engagement with retailers, establishing new partnerships with Tesco, M&S, Boots, Waitrose, Costco, Lloyds and One Stop,” IRI said. “Hinds possesses a proven track record of developing highly successful strategic relationships that combine a wide range of data assets and prescriptive strategic analytics with IRI’s technology platform to help retailers and suppliers make better and faster business decisions that drive maximum value for consumers.” Prior to joining IRI, Hinds held leadership roles within commercial, consultancy and delivery functions, where he consistently contributed to the success of his clients. He spent several years at insight consultancy, Beyond Analysis, where he led a number of client engagements, including, Visa Europe, Kingfisher Group, Waitrose, Penguin Books and JustGiving. Andrew Appel, president and chief executive officer

of IRI, said: “Paul’s global experience, expertise, forward thinking and dynamism will help IRI grow our market share in Australia and across the Asia Pacific region and facilitate the rollout of our next generation ‘best of breed’ solutions, powered by Liquid Data. Paul’s proven ability to help retailers optimise the insights and value they gain from data to achieve tangible results, coupled with his background of more than 20 years of experience in the data and insight industry, are all strong attributes which will assist to deliver growth for our clients in the Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and South Korea region.” “Paul is a highly respected member of our organisation who understands our business, knows how to deliver growth and will bring many years of success in the European market to our business and clients in the Asia Pacific region.” Hinds added: “I am really delighted to be joining the team in Australia, and I am looking forward to meeting and working with our valued clients across the region and welcoming new clients to the fold. “We have many new impressive initiatives and product offerings to roll out across the Asia Pacific region that will fundamentally transform the ability for innovation and growth in our sector, and we are incredibly excited about this. It is a very exciting time for IRI, our clients and our market as a whole.”

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How to boost your business with the National Product Catalogue

A data and digital content in liquor update from our Corporate Partner GS1 Data and digital content in the liquor industry is not just about technology – it’s about people and processes working together to create highly integrated and collaborative value chains. Every company in the world has one or multiple databases filled with information about the products they make, sell or buy.

To enable efficient trading practices with customers, this content needs to be shared with all trading partners to ensure commonality across all systems. If this content is not kept up-to-date, errors and gaps begin to appear, which ultimately affects the accuracy and efficiency of business processes and transactions. In turn, this can have adverse implications on customer service levels, on-shelf availability and administration and operating costs.

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GS1 Australia offers a fully integrated, standards based solution that allows the drinks industry to enter, validate, store and maintain all their product content and then share it with their trading partners in real-time 24/7. Product content includes: • Transport related information • Consumer-centric marketing content • Customer specific pricing • Extended labelling (nutritional, allergen, dietary) • Product images and videos • Enhanced and extended product content This information is not only critical for accurate supply chain transactions, but also to support the new omni-

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channel landscape, where rich product content is vital to a positive consumer experience, and brand loyalty. “Our National Product Catalogue project has resulted in all our product data now being stored in a single location, so when we make a change to a product or pricing, our partners automatically receive notification of the change,” said Jorge Jimenez Supply Chain Manager ANZ, Brown-Forman. “National Product Catalogue has helped improve our internal processes and business efficiencies.”

New Product Introduction • Reduced errors in the new product introduction process • Speed to market with up to 2 weeks reduction in the NPI process Online Sales Channel • 96% increase click through online with high quality images • Multiple images per product lead to 40% sales increase

Overseas legal requirements

Cost reductions

EU/1169 and the new FDA Food Safety Modernization Act have imposed additional requirements on companies exporting to these markets regarding item data.


EU/1169 specifically requires that all products sold in the EU online provide minimum consumer information before the consumer makes a purchasing decision. Many EU retailers and distributors are relying on GDSN to access this data from their suppliers and in Australia, the National Product Catalogue enables this for Australian liquor companies who export. Increased revenue Sales & Customer Service • Time to shelf reduced by average of 2-6 weeks • Item data issues in sales processes reduced between an average of 25 to 55% • Improved trading partner relations and better category management

• Improved order and item administration by 67% • Reduced invoice claims • Improved product recall processes • Lower costs of data entry Operational • Improved inventory management through more accurate order fulfilment • Reduction in out-of-stock adjustments • Improved accuracy of weights and measures • Improved truck turnaround times through improved DC receiving processes For further information: ContentServicesSales@; or call (03) 9548 6615

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StayinFront’s insights for optimising new product execution

Launching a new product isn’t easy, with 75% failing each year. Yet consumers are hungry to see exciting innovations on shelf. According to a Nielsen study, 63% of respondents to the “Global New Product Innovation Survey” said they like the fact that manufacturers offer new products. A StayinFront 20:20 RDI white paper offers tips on maximising the potential success of new products during the final stages of launch and the important role EPoS data plays in the process. The early warning signs of imperfect execution

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Having good EPoS (electronic point of sale) data is key to launch success. It gives information about the number of units and value of sales passing through checkouts. Often this can be accessed directly on demand via a supplier specific portal in near real time – typically early in the morning for the previous day’s sales. This means that brand owners can see how stores are selling the new product and take the necessary action to fix any apparent problems. For information even earlier in the execution process, some retailers can also provide information about stock levels throughout their supply chain, which enables

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even more detailed insights to be generated about how the launch plan for a new product is being executed. This information can be used to highlight potential issues before they occur. For example, if the planned date for launch in store is approaching and stock hasn’t moved from central to regional depots. Or some regional depots have transmitted stock to stores in good time, but others haven’t. Or even if some stores have stock and some don’t, or some seem not to have sufficient stock cover. StayinFront 20:20 RDI notes that EPoS works best in tandem with store visits by brand owners to check that the product is available for the shopper to pick up, and that retail environment reflects the agreement in terms of point of sale materials, temporary display items and so on. “In fact, there is no substitute for this anecdotal feedback,” StayinFront notes. “EPoS data can never tell you for sure whether your planogram or display agreements have been put in place exactly as you agreed; the data patterns can indicate some of these phenomena, but not predict with absolute certainty.” If there is an issue with sales, StayinFront adds: “EPoS data is rich with possibilities. There are clues about the root cause in the nature and shape of the data which can help point the sales person to the most likely resolution of the problem. “As well as highlighting issues, analysis of the data can also point to success stories. If certain stores are performing well above expectation, they can be selected for more detailed review

to better understand the drivers underpinning this performance. “By studying feedback from field visits, head office analysts can see whether more displays have been sited in top performing stores for example, and the incremental effect calculated to provide a value measure.“ 20:20 Retail Data Insight - Alerts Technology StayinFront 20:20 RDI software generates timely drillable reports and personalised alerts highlighting performance gaps and sales opportunities, helping field sales teams to optimize sales. Alerts are provided in a simple, highly visual way, designed to be easy for the sales person to read and equally impactful when presented instore to relevant retailer staff.20:20 Retail Data Insight’s alerts technology is integrated in StayinFront’s market leading TouchCG retail execution software. That means that any StayinFront client working with version 12.23 or newer can simply ask for the functionality to be enabled. For TouchCG clients, they can either join the StayinFront club or use 20:20’s stand-alone Field View app, which works in harmony with any SFA software and is available in Android and iOS versions. To find out more about fixing launch execution problems at head office level and making the most of data on your next product launch, click here. For further information, contact Jeanette Magaling at StayinFront is a Corporate Partner of The Drinks Association.

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Reader’s Digest reveals Australia’s most trusted wine brands

Jacob’s Creek has been revealed as the most trusted wine brand among Australian consumers in the 2019 Reader’s Digest Trusted Brands survey. The accolade comes as Jacob’s Creek announces it is signing on for a second year as the official wine of Masterchef. Eric Thomson, Marketing Director, Pernod Ricard Australia said: “Our partnership last year was the first-ever official wine of choice for MasterChef Australia which delivered a significant increase in brand awareness.” The award-winning Jacob’s Creek Barossa Signature wine collection will be matched with dishes throughout the series for both the chefs and service Page 14

challenge diners. Penfolds and Brown Brothers were the Highly Commended runners up in the most trusted wine brand category. The survey polled a cross-section of 3000 people with more than 70 consumer categories including sectors such as aged care/retirement villages, property developers and airlines. Dettol took out the top spot overall as Most Trusted Brand, while Vegemite was the nation’s most iconic brand, and the Cancer Council was deemed the most trusted charity organisation. Australian Reader’s Digest editor-in-chief Louise

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Waterson: “The digital world is awash with fake news and social media tribes, which can make consumer trust hard to earn and maintain. But the value of being a trusted brand shouldn’t be ignored as it truly matters to consumers. “Ultimately, trust is built on the traditional foundations of quality, consistency, honesty and delivering on your promise. Trust matters. So congratulations to those who have managed to earn it. They enjoy a hard-fought competitive advantage.” Reader’s Digest launched the Trusted Brands survey in 1999 in response to Australians seeking a reliable source to help them identify brands that were the most reliable and trusted. Click here to see the full list.

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Record entries for 2019 Australia’s Wine List of the Year Entries for the 2019 Australia’s Wine list of the Year Awards have now closed with a record number of 424 entries from Australia’s finest restaurants, hotels, clubs, wine bars, pubs, cafes and brasseries across the country – including 20% new entrants to the awards. The judges are now hard at work seeking Australia’s best wine lists and the weeks ahead will determine who will be celebrated as Australia’s best in 2019. The 30-strong judging panel includes highly respected local and international Master Sommeliers, Masters of Wine, wine communicators and previous award winners assessing this year’s lists. Lists are ranked with one to three glasses. The best of the best are then in contention for the top awards. In addition to best list in the country and best in each state, entrants can also submit their lists in a diverse range of categories including venue type as well as best listings of wines by the glass, food and wine, showcases of regional wines or other speciality beverages. Since the awards were first established in 1993 by Rob Hirst and Tucker Seabrook, the quality of Australian wine lists has grown in line with the exceptional cuisine now offered across restaurants, wine bars, hotels, clubs and pubs.

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The first winner in 1994 was Peter and Beverley Doyle’s Sydney restaurant Cicada. The most recent winner of the leading wine list in Australia was Aria Brisbane, created by Ian Trinkle (below). The Drinks Association is the official Trade Communications Partner of Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards. “Our mission is to inform, strengthen and connect the Australian drinks industry and this event is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the achievements of sommeliers and venues throughout Australia,” said Georgia Lennon, CEO, The Drinks Association. ”We look forward to toasting the winners and sharing their stories in Drinks Trade magazine and via our digital media platforms.”

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news The benefits of gender-neutralising parental leave

If companies want to create inclusive and gender diverse workforces, the first step is extending and equalising their parental leave policies. Last month, Diageo UK month began offering all parents across its 4500-strong workforce equal parental leave, including the first 26 weeks at full pay. The scheme is open to all parents regardless of gender, sexual orientation or length of service. When announcing its decision to equalise parental leave, Diageo stated its desire to remove the “barriers to career progression” to ensure talent is retained and nurtured. The drinks

company is already the sponsor of Creative Equals’ #CreativeComeback ‘returners scheme’, which supports women in the creative industries returning to work after a career break of at least 12 months. Introducing progressive policies that create a happier, more loyal and productive workforce was the big motivation behind Diageo’s decision to enhance its parental leave provision, according to Europe HR director Joan Hodgins (above). The policy was developed by the UK HR team, in consultation with mums and dads across the business, the talent engagement team and members

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of the executive committee, including CMO Syl Saller. HR also worked with the corporate relations team to focus on the employee engagement part of the launch strategy. To help communicate the change internally, Hodgins’ team held calls with leaders across the business, sent emails to all employees in the UK and featured the new policy across its internal social media channels and intranet, using videos to help bring the policy to life. The HR team also held a drop-in session for employees to find out more. At the heart of the move towards equalised leave was Diageo’s desire to encourage more men to take time off to be with their families. “One of the most important elements sitting alongside the policy is the focus we’re putting on driving cultural change to normalise paternity leave,” Hodgins explains. “We think it’s important to shine a spotlight on male role models across all levels in the business who have taken or plan to take paternity leave. We need

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to change the conversation from women having babies to people having children.” Diageo is clear the new policy on its own is not enough, so it provides additional support, such as giving new parents access to coaching. The company is also transparent about its commitment to flexible working, including offering a variety of working arrangements ranging from job shares to compressed hours and flexi-time. While it is hard to predict the level of up-take at this early stage, Hodgins hopes that by offering equal parental leave all employees will feel supported through the early stages of parenthood and upon their return to work. “We’re totally focused on building an inclusive and diverse workforce, and see this policy as an important step on this journey,” she adds. Stepping up super contributions for team members on parental leave Woolworths Group announced in November 2018 that

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it would become the first Australian retailer to introduce superannuation contributions for 12 months of parental leave. The move - part of a revamped parental leave policy - is designed to help close the superannuation gender gap, which the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia estimates to be around 46%. Woolworths Group Chief People Officer, Caryn Katsikogianis said: “Almost 5000 of our team members take parental leave every year and we don’t believe they should be disadvantaged in retirement for doing so.

The Woolworths Group’s enhanced parental leave benefits include increased paid parental leave for primary caregivers, a new secondary caregiver offering, a new parental leave support program delivered by Grace Papers, which is designed to empower expectant and working parents to navigate family, career and transition back to work, it also includes personalised coaching offerings and the aforementioned additional superannuation benefits for team members up to 52 weeks, including unpaid leave. Inclusive language key to overcoming parental leave stigma

“We know Australian women are retiring with a lot less super than men. As one of the country’s largest private employers we want to play our part in closing the gap.

A Women in Drinks event last year heard how important it is to develop an inclusive language – in policies, as well as during everyday conversations about parental leave.

“We hope it’ll help create an even more inclusive workplace at Woolworths, where all team members can enjoy the same rewards, resources and opportunities, regardless of gender.”

Parents at Work CEO Emma Walsh discussed the issue with Lion’s Inclusion and Diversity leader Jodie Littlewood.

Rest chief Executive Officer Vicki Doyle, said: “Rest has been a long-term advocate of measures that ensure women have an equal opportunity to achieve financial security in retirement.

She said: “Best practice gender inclusive organisations champion parental leave equality by offering equal benefits to women and men and encourage a shared approach to parental leave.

“We welcome Woolworths’ announcement. We know from Rest research into the impact of career breaks on superannuation, that women who take a career break are predicted to retire with an average superannuation balance of $283,000 less than their male counterparts. We believe this important measure will help improve the retirement outcomes for thousands of women.”

“There is less focus on primary and secondary classification of parental leave, and instead, the policy specifically states that both mothers and fathers can access equal parental leave entitlements and can do so flexibly over a period of years rather than consecutively, within a limit of one year by only a ‘primary carer’.

SDA National Assistant Secretary, Julia Fox, said: “SDA, the union for retail workers, welcomes these improvements for Woolworths employees as a crucial step towards closing the unfair gender pay gap.

“If organisations introduced a shared parental leave scheme, and specifically communicate that equal benefits exist for both men and women to take leave - on a level playing field – then we can break down stereotypes of only women – primary carers take leave – and parental leave becomes an inclusive right that both mothers and fathers can share and participate in.”

“The SDA has long advocated for super payments to be paid on parental leave, both paid and unpaid, because it helps provide a fairer superannuation system for women working at Woolworths who deserve security and dignity in retirement.”

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Women in Drinks Victoria event: Bringing your whole self to work

Women in Drinks invites you to a panel discussion featuring Sarah Andrew from House of Fine Wine and Trevor Parkes from Tabcorp. Sarah and Trevor will share how life-changing events can help prioritise what is important, how being vulnerable can improve individual performance, and the benefits of bringing your whole self to work. Sarah successfully operated Selador Wines a consultancy for 12 years before joining Fine Wine Partners as Business Manager of Fine Wine & Education in 2016. In 2017, she accepted a National On-Premise Business Manager’s role with House of Fine Wine, representing premium brands such as Champagne Bollinger & Ayala. Trevor is General Manager Wagering VIC, TAS, SA, NT at Tabcorp and a passionate supporter of workplace diversity. Tabcorp has recently been recognised as one of Australia’s leading promoters of workplace diversity after being named an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality for the fourth consecutive year.

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One lucky attendee at the networking event will win a mentoring package from Michael Lappen, containing six personal mentoring sessions valued at $2700. Lappen has an established track record as a CEO, and has led the growth and profitability for companies in Australia and internationally. All attendees will receive one entry into the draw. Winner will be drawn at the event. DETAILS When: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 Time: 7:30- 9am, Where: The Coopers Inn, Exhibition Street, Melbourne VIC 3006 Cost: $35/person, includes a light breakfast, tea & coffee $5 from each ticket will go to the Australia New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group (ANZGOG).

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Katnook Estate farewells beloved cellar door manager After 25 years as cellar door manager at Katnook Estate, Michelle Stehbens retired last month. “Michelle we will miss you,” the winery tweeted. “Thank you for all you have done for Katnook.” Earlier this year, Stehbens was inaugurated as a Patron of the Coonawarra Vignerons. Pete Balnaves, President of the Coonawarra Grape and Wine Incorporated (CGWI) made the special presentation in front of 700 guests, saying: “The Vignerons have long felt the need to highlight outstanding contributions that individuals have made to the organisation and to Coonawarra over extended periods of time. “Truly worthy of this accolade, Michelle epitomises a ‘can do’ attitude with little fuss and fan fair and demonstrating plenty of professionalism – a great ambassador for the Coonawarra Wine Region.” In accepting the award, Michelle said: “I thank the CGWI for bestowing this honour upon me. Coonawarra has been my home for over 37 years and I hope that both Wayne and I have contributed in some small way to the betterment of the Vignerons community and to the Coonawarra and Penola region. This recognition of that service is very much appreciated.” Michelle’s husband Wayne, who’d been winemaker at Katnook Estate since 1979, died suddenly in November, 2017.

Wayne brought home many awards to Katnook, including two Jimmy Watson Trophies in 1987 and 1998. He and Michelle drove the restoration of the estate’s historic stone woolshed, the former stables, and regional pioneer’s John Riddoch’s office into one of the district’s finest winery cellar door and function venues. Michelle was also a finalist for the Cellar Door Manager of the Year award at the 2018 Australian Women in Wine Awards. Naomi McShane will take over the mantle of cellar door manager from Michelle.

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Amatil celebrates win at ENERGYFEST19 Coca-Cola Amatil’s Kids@Work program has been recognised at the inaugural ENERGYFEST19 Awards. The Kids@Work program, run by the Alcohol & Coffee business, earned Amatil the runner-up award in the overall best employer category. The ENERGYFEST19 Awards celebrate Australian and international organisations and leaders for cultural leadership through employee engagement and experience. The Kids@Work program, the brainchild of Alcohol and Coffee Marketing Director Sally Byrne, was highly commended for providing a tangible and visible example of Coca-Cola Amatil’s commitment to providing a flexible, family-friendly and supportive environment for its employees. The program was first piloted within the Group’s Alcohol & Coffee business during the January 2016 school holidays. Run over five days, it involved 24

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employees and 35 children and won recognition in the form of a national Innov8 Employee Engagement award, as part of Amatil’s Australia-wide Innovation awards program. In January 2019, the program was opened up to Coca-Cola Amatil Head Office employees at North Sydney. “We recognise the additional challenges presented by the school holidays, and along with the option to work from home, the Kids@Work program gives Coca Cola Amatil’s employees the flexibility they need, when they need it most,” Byrne said. “We’ve had 100% positive feedback from children and parents so far. Our program gives children, aged 3 to 12 years, the opportunity to make new friends, and meet the people their parents work with - it’s a way for children to connect to that mysterious place their mum or dad disappears to every day.”

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Jenna Hemsworth preps for 2019 BACARDÍ LEGACY Global Final

Jenna Hemsworth is preparing to head to Amsterdam to compete in the 11th BACARDÍ LEGACY Global Final. Hemsworth – who is based at Sydney’s Restaurant Hubert – won the Australian final of BACARDÍ LEGACY in February. Along with forty-two other bartenders, representing forty-nine countries, she will travel to Amsterdam in May hoping to impress some of the most influential names in the industry. Guests attending the Grand Final on May 14 at Rode Hoed, located in the heart of Amsterdam’s historic canal district, will be joined by a huge global audience who will tune in live to see the winner announced. A panel of top talent from the drinks industry, including Julie Reiner, Yael Vengroff, Yao Lu and

Ian Burrell, will decide who takes home the coveted trophy. “It’s great to be bringing LEGACY once again to Europe – and to the amazing city of Amsterdam,” said Dickie Cullimore, BACARDÍ Global Brand Ambassador. “I can’t wait to see what this huge field of 2019 finalists shows us; each year we learn as much from them as they do from us. “Whoever takes home the prize at the end of the week, each and every one of the forty-three competitors will join our ever growing BACARDÍ LEGACY ‘Gran Familia’.” Both days of semi-finals (May 12 & 13) and the Grand Final (May 14) will be streamed live from the BACARDÍ LEGACY Facebook page: BacardiLegacyCocktailCompetition/

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3 easy ways to learn more about The Drinks Association’s services The Drinks Association has created a series of videos and infographics highlighting how we can help you. The Drinks Association Learn more about the drinks association and the services it offers. Click here to view the infographic.

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What our Associate Members can do for you ... A guide to the services provided by The Drinks Association’s Associate Members. AMA AMA Commercial Collections is an Australian owned and operated enterprise that has served credit managers since 1977. It provides a full range of services and products including debt recovery, trade bureaus, credit consulting, credit insurance and information services. Click here to learn more. Hip Media Hip Media is a specialist, mid-sized publisher dedicated to meeting your marketing and corporative objectives. Hip creates publications that communicate with customers, members or stakeholders in an informative, entertaining and inspirational voice; specialising in print and digital content in the B2C and B2B sectors. Click here to learn more. IRI IRI has the world’s largest set of consumer, purchase, media, social and mobile data, igniting growth for clients in the FMCG, retail and health sector. Whether it’s analyzing how to make your assortment, pricing and promotions more profitable, tailoring media strategies, or guiding you through new product or market planning, IRI helps grow your business. Click here to learn more. Kegstar Kegstar is an asset pooling business specialising in stainless steel kegs used to transport beverages. It collects empty kegs from venues and then redeploys them to other customers in the pool. Each keg is uniquely identified and tracked as it moves through the supply chain. Click here to learn more. Mondo Search Mondo Search provides executive search and recruitment services across a range of industries in Australia, including direct selling, digital/direct marketing, drinks, FMCG, franchising/retail and hospitality. Mondo offers tailored recruitment services through its Sydney and Melbourne consultancies, and has national and international affiliates through The Worldwide Recruiting Network. Click here to learn more. tic technologies tic technologies provides custom internet and CMS solutions. tic’s team is available at all times, providing ongoing complimentary support. Its powerful, yet

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easy to use CMS can be extended to multiple, independent web sites. When you need quality web technology, strategic marketing and support; think tic technologies. Click here to learn more. BARSCAN BARSCAN delivers insights into the on-premise liquor trade. BARSCAN for Venues takes the hassle out of retrieving data from your POS, delivering a simple way to understand and analyse sales, margins and profit performance. BARSCAN delivers insights into trends, trading dynamics, occasion dynamics and promotions in the on-premise liquor trade. Click here to learn more. JEM Computer Systems JEM provides Information Communication Technology (ICT) management and support for small to medium organisations. It offers 24-hour, 7-day-a-week remote support, ICT Project Management, software auditing and licensing compliance, regular system health reporting and proactive monitoring, disaster recovery planning and data back-up services, domain and DNS management, system integration, service and virtualisation, and hardware. Click here to learn more. Mainfreight As a global supply chain business with over 240 branches around the world, Mainfreight offers sophisticated logistics solutions in and out of the most dynamic economies. The company also offers specialised warehousing and distribution solutions. Click here to learn more. NCI Established in 1985 as a specialist trade credit insurance broker, NCI has grown to become the leading trade credit insurance broker throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia. NCI focusses on protecting its client’s profitability while credit insurance is the ultimate safeguard against bad debts, better business practices in trade credit management can also help to improve profitability on a day to day basis. Click here to learn more. Touchstone Executive Search Touchstone has been helping clients secure the best senior executive talent since 2003. The company advises major Australian and multinational companies on senior appointments across the Asia Pacific region. Through

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research and global network relationships Touchstone builds deep industry background and behavioural knowledge, which allows it to deliver high caliber shortlists quickly and efficiently. Click here to learn more. Manildra Group This world-class distillery produces grain neutral spirits for a range of craft and big brand beverages – including vodka, gin, blended whiskies, liquor and read-to-drink packaged alcohol. Click here to learn more NextGen NextGen Group is is a shopper insight and strategy consultancy that helps brand owners build their brands with and through retailers. It specialises in helpling clients generate breakthrough shopper insights and turning those insights into POP solutions in store. Click here to learn more Corporate Diversity Pathways Corporate Diversity Pathways is a management consulting firm specialising in corporate organisations’ Diversity & Inclusion needs. CDP has a shared vision to leverage female talent for diversity, equality, inclusion and peak performance through methods such as executive leadership programs and career placements for Women. Click here to learn more

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Meet our valued Corporate Partners The Drinks Association aims to make a positive difference by being a dynamic, vibrant and collaborative partner for its members and strengthening the brand proposition of the drinks industry in Australia. Thank you to our Corporate Partners for helping us build a more informed and engaged drinks community. If you’d like to become a Corporate Partner of The Drinks Association or know a company that would be a great match for us, contact Rachel Wormald on rachelw@ Here is a guide to our Corporate Partners: Advantage Australia Advantage is one of the leading business-to-business

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market research companies operating worldwide. They help clients create more rewarding business relationships through benchmarking. Shopper Intelligence is a quantitative measurement research program based on shopper interviews, covering all major categories and retailers in one benchmarking process. The team at Real World Marketing are consumer, shopper and category experts.

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BevChain BevChain provides national tailored supply chain solutions for the alcoholic beverage industry across Australia with ‘best-in-class’ warehouse and distribution services. Nielsen Nielsen is a global information and measurement company with leading market positions in marketing and consumer information, television and other media measurement, online intelligence, mobile measurement, trade shows and related properties. StayinFront Group StayinFront is a complete consumer goods CRM solution for the drinks industry providing an automated solution for field forces on iPads, iPhones, Android devices and Windows laptops and tablets. Supporting account selling, retail execution and direct store delivery activities, the robust and highly-proven system has been deployed by leading beverage and consumer goods companies to meet the needs of the rapidly changing industry.

GS1 GS1 Australia offers content creation and sharing in the liquor industry. You need to create and share product data and digital assets with your trading partners; GS1 Australia supports you with a comprehensive end-toend solution. The National Product Catalogue sends your item and price master data to retailers, While Smart Media, fully integrated with the NPC, extends this content to include all on-pack consumer facing data and digital images.

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Drinks News May 2019  

Don't miss out on tickets to the 2019 Australian Drinks Awards, plus all the latest details on the awards, entries open for the Contribution...

Drinks News May 2019  

Don't miss out on tickets to the 2019 Australian Drinks Awards, plus all the latest details on the awards, entries open for the Contribution...