By Annette Shailer in Waikiki
The business sessions for the Liquor Marketing Group’s (LMG) conference in Hawaii have finished today (Oct 28), with some industry heavyweights bringing proceedings to a close.
Carlton and United Breweries (CUB) MD Alex Stevens looked at the beer market, where it is now, where it can grow, the importance of innovations in the category and issues affecting the industry, including government regulation and the Henry Review due in December.
“The industry has many different organisations within it. We need to pull together and as an industry, we need to be united,” he said.
Pernod Ricard Australia MD Mark O’Connell presented on the wine category, with wine consumption in Australia continuing to increase.
“The wine category continues to change but it is still the consumer that is making the choices,” he said. “It’s important to focus on service and simplify wine offerings.”
Diageo Australia MD Tim Salt addressed the spirit category looking at the growth in white spirits such as gin and tequila, the continued strength of bourbon and the spirits to watch such as Scotch Whiskey.
Salt also looked at how technology is changing the way things are done in the industry, with major growth online. However, personal recommendation of products remains the most trusted source of information.
Salt also stressed the importance of looking after loyal customers.
The delegates were also privileged to hear an incredible story of survival by one speaker, an inspirational woman whose story will remain with all those present.
The conference continues with a trade show this afternoon and the Gala Dinner to be held tomorrow night.