Nominations for the 2019 Retail Drinks Industry Awards have entered their last week: entries close on 31 July, so make sure you don’t miss out.

The awards aim to recognise individuals and companies from the retail liquor industry who have succeeded in business through superior customer service, product knowledge and professionalism.

Retail Drinks Australia is building on the legacy of the former State and Territory Liquor Stores Association Awards Programs with this national Awards Program.

The association said: “Retail Drinks is delighted to be able to run this important annual Awards Program. Each Award category has been developed to recognise the success and hard work of people and companies in our industry; attracting hundreds of entries and guests; generating significant media interest; and acting as a platform to boost the profile of individuals, businesses and partners.

“We encourage all members to support your Industry Awards.”

When launching the awards last month, Retail Drinks CEO Julie Ryan said that the 2019 Retail Drinks Industry Awards have been “significantly revitalised and reimagined from previous Awards Programs run under the former state and territory Liquor Stores Associations”.

She added: “As part of this revamped structure, there will be an independent judging process overseen by an experienced and esteemed panel of liquor industry representatives providing impartial and insightful critiques across the Retailer, Flagship and Excellence Awards categories.

“The judging process for the Retailer Awards categories will also consist of a third-party mystery shop carried out by an independently appointed external company. In another value offering to our Members, retailer Members who nominate (free of charge) will receive a complimentary copy of their mystery-shop report valued at $150.”

Nominations are now open and will close on 31 July, after that the judging and mystery shopper process will commence. The state and territory finalists will be announced in late September with the winners revealed at the awards dinner on 29 October.

Retail Drinks members who wish to nominate, can do so through the Retail Drinks website, where there is also more information on the nomination and judging process.

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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