Awards Overview

The Australian Drinks Awards recognise, encourage, promote and celebrate excellence in the Australian drinks industry.

First established in 2013, the Australian Drinks Awards have grown to become the premier event for honouring achievement and innovation in the Australian drinks industry.

An impressive 39 awards will be handed out, across Brand, Supplier and Contribution to Industry categories.

“After consultation with industry, it was decided to introduce an award that recognises year-on-year improvement by brands,” explained Drinks Association CEO Georgia Lennon.

One thing that won’t be changing is the credible, 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.

“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.”

We look forward to celebrating with the drinks industry on 22 August at the unique heritage venue Doltone House Jones Bay Wharf, 26-32 Pirrama Road Pyrmont Point NSW 2009.

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.

Brand Awards

These awards will be determined via consumer panel with research undertaken by Thrive Research across five categories: Beer, Cider, Wine, Spirits, RTD. 

Fan Favourite Award The brand that is most favoured by consumers. 

The Emerging Brand of the Year The brand most perceived by consumers as gaining in popularity.

The Most Improved Brand of the Year 

The Most Distinctive Brand The brand recognised as most unique and different, thus distinctive, by consumers.

Contribution to Industry Awards 

These awards are to be independently judged by members of the Drinks Association Board. The awards recognise the organisation achievement and contribution to industry in the area of Diversity & Inclusion.

Gender Equity Award Recognises excellence in gender equity initiatives and programs in the workplace.

Inclusive & Diverse Workplace Award Recognises organisations that prioritise diversity and recognise the value of an inclusive workplace for individuals and the organisation.

Corporate Social Responsibility Award Recognises unique and out of the box initiatives and strategies that demonstrate a commitment to corporate social responsibility principles.

To request submission documents for the Contribution to Industry Awards, email The Drinks Association at awards@drinks.asn.au

Supplier Awards 

These awards will be determined utilising data results from the industry wide engagement survey conducted by Advantage Australia. 

Supplier of the Year Award The supplier with the highest overall Net Favourable (NF) Score.

Supply Chain Partnership Award Recognises the performance of the Supply Chain community, focusing on areas of key supply chain performance metrics, relationships and communication, practices and processes that improve efficiency, forecasting and responsive customer service.

Most Improved Supplier of the Year Recognises the supplier that has made significant improvements in the way it works with retailers compared to prior year.

How To Enter

Brand Awards – the top 200 brands across all categories are automatically entered. There is no need for brands to submit an entry.

Supplier Awards – these Awards are determined using data from the engagement program facilitated by Advantage Australia.

Contribution to Industry Awards – for submission documents to enter these awards, please email awards@drinks.asn.au


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