Awards Overview

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

First established in 2013, the Awards have become the premier event for honouring achievement and innovation.

Following industry feedback, The Drinks Association has refreshed the judging and entry criteria for the 2018 Australian Drinks Awards.

The new-look Awards will feature 39 awards across three areas of Brand, Supplier and Contribution to Industry.

Drinks companies are no longer required to submit entries for the Brand Awards, with the top 200 brands automatically considered for accolades including Fan Favourite, Most Distinctive Brand and Emerging Brand.

In the Supplier category, Supplier of the Year has been joined by new awards for Most Improved Supplier and Supply Chain Partnership. Winners are determined utilising data results from the industry wide engagement survey conducted by Advantage Australia.

Three Contribution to Industry awards have also been added: the Gender Equity Award, Inclusive & Diverse Workplace Award and the Corporate Social Responsibility Award. These awards reflect the drinks industry's commitment to creating an inclusive and diverse environment that allows it to attract and retain exceptional talent. 

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. 

We look forward to celebrating with the drinks industry on September 13 at the Ivy Ballroom, Sydney.

Contribution to Industry Awards 

Gender Equity

Inclusive & Diverse Workplace

Corporate Social Responsibility
Pernod Ricard Winemakers


Supplier Awards

Supplier of the Year

Supply Chain Partnership

Most Improved Supplier of the Year


Brand Awards

Most Distinctive Brand of the Year

Beer (Domestic): Young Henrys (Young Henrys)

Beer (Imported): Guinness (Lion)

Cider: Rekorderlig (Chilli Marketing)

RTD (Dark): Jack Daniel's & Lemonade (Brown-Forman)

RTD (White): Coco Vodka (Think Spirits)

Spirits (Dark): The Kraken (Proximo)

Spirits (White): Crystal Head (Think Spirits)

Aperitif/Liqueur: Pimms (Diageo)

Aperitif/Liqueur: Fireball (Southtrade)

Wine (Red): d'Arenberg (Inglewood Wines)

Wine (White): Oyster Bay (Delegat Australia)

Wine (Sparkling): Jansz (Samuel Smith & Son)

Fan Favourite Award

Beer (Domestic): Victoria Bitter (Carlton and United Breweries)

Beer (Imported): Corona (Carlton and United Breweries)

Cider: Somersby (Asahi Premium Beverages)

RTD (Dark): Jim Beam and Cola (Coca-Cola Amatil & Beam Suntory)

RTD (White): Vodka Cruiser (Asahi Premium Beverages)

Spirits (Dark): Jack Daniel's (Brown-Forman)

Spirits (White): Smirnoff (Diageo)

Aperitif/Liqueur: Baileys (Diageo)

Wine (Red): Penfolds (Treasury Wine Estates)

Wine (White): Jacob's Creek (Pernod Ricard)

Wine (Sparkling): Brown Brothers (Brown Brothers)

Emerging Brand of the Year

Beer (Domestic): Pirate Life (Carlton & United Breweries)

Beer (Imported): Goose Island (Carlton & United Breweries)

Cider: 5 Seeds (Lion)

RTD (Dark): Canadian Club & Dry (Coca-Cola Amatil & Beam Suntory)

RTD (White): Absolut Botanik (Pernod Ricard)

Spirits (Dark): Bundaberg Rum (Diageo)

Spirits (White): Archie Rose (Swift & Moore)

Aperitif/Liqueur Aperol: Campari (Campari)

Wine (Red): Pepperjack (Treasury Wine Estates)

Wine (White): Squealing Pig (Treasury Wine Estates)

Wine (Sparkling): Bay of Fires (Accolade Wines)

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 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.


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