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Drinks and Award Categories

The awards will cover five drinks categories and fifteen sub-categories. Cider and RTD will only be evaluated on a category level. Finalist Awards will be presented on both a category and sub-category level with overall winners presented in the top 5 listed award categories on the left.  Major Awards will be presented to the Overall Winners across Brand/Category/Range for Supplier of the Year and Brand of the Year.


2016 Winners

Diageo Australia
Supplier of the Year
Simon Tamke, Diageo Australia
Diageo Australia
Jim Beam
Brand of the Year
Demetrius Giouzelis, Beam Suntory
Jim Beam
Matilda Bay Lazy Yak 4.2% - 49.5L Keg
Best Innovation
Tim Ovadia, Carlton & United Breweries (CUB)
Matilda Bay Lazy Yak 4.2% - 49.5L Keg
Canadian Club
Best Presence in Social Media
Kristy Rathborne, Beam Suntory
Canadian Club
Great Northern Beer Company
Best Sales Achievement
Carlton & United Breweries
Great Northern Beer Company
Vodka Cruiser
Most Loved Brand
Virginia Woodger, Asahi Premium Beverages
Vodka Cruiser
Jim Beam
Best Ad Campaign
Shane Richardson, CCA and Demetrius Giouzelis Beam Suntory Jim Beam - Branding Iron, Mila Kunis
Jim Beam

Supplier of the Year - Diageo

"We’re delighted, because what we set out to do is collaborate and partner with our customers to grow the spirits category, grow their business and grow our business. Being voted as the No.1 Supplier is a real endorsement of the fact that we’re doing some things right and recognition of the hard work that’s going on inside of the business" David Smith

David Smith, Managing Director, Diageo

Brand of the Year - Jim Beam

“The first time was a thrill and the second time has been completely humbling. Just to be considered for this award amongst such incredible competitors would have been enough of an honour. Most of all the award recognizes the huge effort put in by everyone at Beam Suntory and CCA every single day to continue to build this incredible brand in Australia”

Beam Suntory, Ben Andrews

What People Say

“Yet again the drinks association surpasses itself with this year’s 2016 drinks awards. A great chance to catch up with colleagues and celebrate the talent in the industry against a backdrop of fun and a touch of glamour. Only the drinks association could pull this off!”

John McLoughlin, Group Managing Direct, Asia Pacific


“Thanks drinks association for another great event. The superb MC ‘ing and the sleek awards format topped the previous year – you have set a new benchmark for outstanding event management. On a more personal note we must mention the amazing way you treat Sponsors. We are relatively new to the industry but you treat us like heroes and we feel a close attachment already to the MOST LOVED BRAND award category.”

Robert Orrell, Managing Director, Brand Promotions

What People Say

“Wow – what a brilliant night we had at the 2016 Australian drinks Awards. It was first class, from the time of arrival until we departed. The tic team and guests truly enjoyed watching winners receive their awards and other guests celebrating in the moment. The drinks Board, CEO and team are a very unique outfit. They genuinely care about members and sponsors, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to be involved in such a wonderful association.”

Rhonda Bowen, Managing Director, tic technologies


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