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Public Affairs Committee


The Public Affairs Committee (PAC) of the Australian Beverages Council:

  • Provides strong, effective representation on public affairs and government relations issues to Members of the Council including its divisions – Juice Australia (JA) and the Australasian Bottled Water Institute (ABWI).
  • Acts as a liaison between industry, government and the public, providing consumer-friendly messaging and education.

Public Affairs Committee Members

  • Luke Cohen (Chair), RedBull
  • Ash Chaleyer Coca-Cola Amatil
  • Ashley Mawer, Coca-Cola S0uth Pacific
  • Astrid Rickard, Kerry
  • Bronwyn Winley, Coca-Cola Amatil
  • Emma Carter, Frucor Suntory
  • Laura Keith, PepsiCo
  • Sarah Prestwood, Coca-Cola South Pacific
  • Tracey Berkelery, Lactalis

Technical & Regulatory Affairs Committee


The Technical & Regulatory Affairs Committee (TRAC) of the Australian Beverages Council:

  • Provides strong, effective representation on technical, regulatory and scientific issues to Members of the Council including its divisions – JA and ABWI.
  • Is recognised by FSANZ, regulators and the scientific community as the leaders in technical, regulatory and scientific issues for the non-alcoholic beverage industry.

Technical & Regulatory Affairs Committee Members

  • Bobbie Crothers (Chair), Coca-Cola South Pacific
  • Adriana Hincapie, Lactalis
  • Christina Hayes, Kraft Heinz
  • Erwin Ona, 3M
  • Glen Rogers, Asahi
  • Isabel Buerschgens, NZBC
  • Jenny Yee Collinson, Frucor
  • Luke Cohen, Red Bull
  • Melissa Clarke, Kerry
  • Michael Palmer, Kerry
  • Paul Schwarz, Monde Nissin
  • Rob Cumming, PepsiCo
  • Simon Brooke Taylor, Brooke Taylor

Beverage Industry Environmental Committee

In response to a strong desire for action on environmental matters, the ABCL formed the Beverages Industry Environmental Committee [BIEC] in 2019. This committee has two working groups focussed on areas of particular importance – water source sustainability and packaging.

The two formal working groups drive activity under the Water and Packaging pillars of the BIEC’s Environmental Priorities Plan. The BIEC has already achieved some major progress with changes to improve oversight of water source sustainability and the development of a dedicated BIEC microsite for consumer and other stakeholders.

Over the coming months, the BIEC will focus on further strengthening its position as a leader in environmental responsibility and action.

Beverage Industry Environmental Committee Members

  • Darek Kosla (Chair), Tru Blu Beverages
  • Bayard Sinnema, O-I
  • Ben Walkley, Frucor Suntory
  • Brian Cutajar, Monde Nissin
  • Bruce Taylor, Nu Pure Beverages
  • Chris Smith, Orora
  • Christina Hayes, Kraft Heinz
  • Emma Carter, Frucor Suntory
  • Natalie Tabone, Asahi
  • Nicki Drinkwater, Coca-Cola Amatil
  • Robert Cumming, PepsiCo
  • Santiago Varela, Lactalis
  • Sarah Prestwood, Coca-Cola South Pacific
  • Teck Li Chia, O-I
  • Tim Carey, Blackmount Springwater
  • Warwick Pleass, Pleass Global

Juice Australia Committee

The Juice Australia Committee (JAC) is comprised of juice Members of the Australian Beverages Council. JAC has proactively addressed relevant nutrition and health information relating to juice including the development of various position papers, fact sheets and the commissioning of peer-reviewed scientific papers. Further work is constantly being planned to address nutrition and health communications, along with a program to address misinformation on the place of fruit juice in the diet.

Juice Australia Committee Members

  • Peter Gates (Chair), Doehler
  • Archer Walters, Grove Juice
  • Brian Cutajar, Monde Nissin
  • Dick Estens, Grove Juice
  • Maree Winther, Coca-Cola South Pacific
  • Nathan Hancock, Citrus Australia
  • Sachin Rajpal, Kraft Heinz
  • Sam Lentini, East Coast Beverages

Australasian Bottled Water Institute Committee

The Australasian Bottled Water Institute Committee (ABWIC) is comprised of Members of the Australian Beverages Council who extract and bottle water.


The ABWIC reinforces ABWI’s primary objectives in its activities, particularly to:

  • Ensure the standards of water products, bottled by Members, exceed current regulations
  • Promote the benefits of bottled water to consumers that include safety, consistency and convenience
  • Expand the awareness and the use of bottled water while ensuring consumers enjoy safe, high quality, and great tasting products
  • Represents Members’ interests to government, regulators and the media
  • Communicate with other international bottled water industry groups, and monitor trends and developments in overseas markets.

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Australasian Bottled Water Institute Committee Members

  • Tim Carey (Chair), Black Mountain Spring Water
  • Brian Vel, CCSP
  • Bruce Taylor, Nu Pure
  • Darrell Hobby, Coca-Cola Amatil
  • Daryl Edward, Asahi
  • Erwin Ona, 3M
  • Scott Edwards, Coca-Cola Amatil
  • Susmita Acharjee,  Coca-Cola South Pacific
  • Warwick Pleass, Pleass Global
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