Conference Program

The 2016 ausdrinks Regional Beverages Summit features a world class, two day conference program featuring both national and international speakers. The program addresses key issues that have a direct impact on the entire industry supply chain, and beyond! The event will be supported by a trade display and numerous networking opportunities, all in stunning Sydney!

Please note program is subject to change without notice.


Day One Monday 21 March 2016

9:00 – 9.15 Welcome to Country

9:15 – 9.30 Conference Welcome

Ms Sandra Loader, President, Australian Beverages Council, Board of Directors
Mr Geoff Parker, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Beverages Council Ltd

9:30 – 9:45 Official Conference Opening Address

The Honourable Mr Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia (TBC)

9:45 – 10:30 Keynote Address : confirmation pending

10:30 – 11:00 Beverage Break 

11:00 – 11:59  Pushing back with facts – the best responses to myths about our products

Mr Robert Earl, Director, Policy Development, Global Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, The Coca-Cola Company and Ms Danielle Greenberg, Senior Director PepsiCo, Global R&D Senior Fellow, Nutrition Sciences
12:00-12:45   From Self-regulation to Co-regulation: Establishing leadership through credibility,

Dr Rob Wescott – former adviser to President Bill Clinton.

12:45 – 13:45 Lunch Break

Concurrent Sessions
Concurrent Sessions
Session A
Session B
13:45 – 14.30
Changing Faces of FSANZ
Mr Glen Neal, FSANZ General Manager, Food Standards
Innovating an industry: How brand owners can stay ahead of consumer trends in beverages
Erika Sirimanne, Euromonitor: Business Development Consulting
14:30 – 15.15
Packaging Innovation
Dr Mike O’Shea CSIRO: Principal Research Scientist
Digital Transformation
Jenny Granger,Principal, IQ Hub International Pty Ltd
15:15 – 15:45
Beverages Break
15:45 – 16:30
Feeding the World – Specialty Ingredients
Lloyd Simon CSIRO: Business Development Manager
Australian Pride (Latest Intitiatives and Incentives for Growth)
Lisa MacAuley Export Council of Australia, Chief Operations Officer
Auditing Review 
Gary Kennedy, Managing Director, Correct Food Systems


Building a Data Eco-System for the Beverage Industry
Kenny Grange (ICG:Affiliate) Troy Delbridge (ICG:Member) Elia Machalias: (Datalynx: Director Consulting Services



18:00 – 21:00 Industry Cocktail Reception – The Loft, Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf, Pirrama Road, Pyrmont  



Day Two Tuesday 22 March 2016

9:15 – 9.30 Conference Welcome

Mr Jim Goetz, President ICBA and Canadian Beverage Association
9:30 – 10:30 State of Our Industry
Global Executive Panel featuring Mr Philip Myers – Senior Vice President Corporate Affairs Europe PepsiCo and Mr Clyde Tuggle – Senior Vice President and Chief Public Affairs and Communications Officer, The Coca-Cola Company. Moderated by Mr Richard Hall – Chairman Zenith International
10:30 – 11:00 Beverage Break 
11:00 – 11.15 Official Launch
ICBA Asia Pacific Regional Beverage Group: Ms Kate Loatman – Executive Director ICBA, Mr Geoff Parker, CEO Australian Beverages Council
11:15 – 12:00 Asia Pacific – Challenges and Opportunities for the Beverage Industry
Speakers to be advised
12:00 – 13:30  Global Beverage Association Leadership Round Table
Ms Susan Neely – CEO American Beverage Association, Ms Sigrid Ligne – Secretary General UNESDA, Mr Geoff Parker – CEO Australian Beverages Council, Alexandre Jobim – CEO ABIR-Brazil, Jorge Terrazas – Director General ANPRAC (Mexico). Moderated by Mr Jim Goetz – CEO Canadian Beverage Association & President of ICBA
13:00 – 13:45 Lunch Break – Exhibition Area
13:45 – 14:30 stay tuned for update
14:30 – 15:15 stay tuned for update
15:15 – 15:45 Beverage Break
15:45 – 16:30 stay tuned for update
16:30 – 16:45 Conference Close
16:45 – 18:45 Industry Networking Drinks


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