A panel at the last in-person Summit

At the end of this month, Retail Drinks Australia will present the 2022 edition of its annual Industry Summit, held on the same day as its AGM and annual Awards.

The 2022 event returns to an in-person format for the first time since before the pandemic, and follows an incredibly successful online iteration held last year. Last year’s virtual event attracted over 1,000 attendees from across the country, with a post-event survey noting the event met or exceeded the expectations of 90 per cent of attendees.

Michael Waters, CEO of Retail Drinks, said the 2022 Industry Summit features a program packed with incredible insights from business experts and leaders across the industry, delivered via a number of keynotes and panels.

“Our annual flagship event, the Retail Drinks Industry Summit sees business experts and industry leaders come together to share their knowledge and expertise to reveal key insights and strategies so together we continue to succeed in liquor retailing and help grow business and profits responsibly and sustainably,” Waters said.

“The program will deliver 12 presentations and panel discussions from over 20 speakers on key topics including Regulation, Responsibility & Sustainability; Cultural Change & Moderation; People & Culture (Workplace Relations; Talent Attraction & Retention; Mental Health & Wellbeing); Retail Liquor Market, Category, Shopper & Consumer Insights; Australian eCommerce Insights; Online Alcohol Sale & Delivery; the future of liquor retailing and how to increase our capacity to adapt in a world of accelerated change.”

One of the highlights of this program is a keynote presentation by IRI Australia and Growth Scope, which have collaborated throughout the year on the 2022 Market Moves Series that analyses category performance trends in the market, as well as liquor occasions and consumer and shopper insights.

This keynote will be presented by Antonia Tolich, Consultant for Liquor and Tobacco Client Insights at IRI, and Mel Anderson, Research & Product Director at Growth Scope.

Speaking about the keynote, Anderson said attendees can expect a detailed overview of the core happenings in the market over the past year, with insights about shoppers, consumers and occasions.

“In the current environment of economic uncertainty combine with post-COVID dynamics, it is critical for liquor retailers to understand how liquor is being used, why it is being used, by whom and what’s changing to help inform growth strategy and market defence plans,” Anderson said.

“Our session will bring together the best of insights from a shopper, consumer and occasion perspective through the collaboration between IRI and Growth Scope (Five Growth) to provide an overview of what has been happening in the Australian liquor market in the last 12 months.

“We will unpack this through a number of different lenses that cover a 360 degree view of what is influencing the liquor industry, including:

  • Overall market size and growth and trends over time
  • Liquor consumption occasions and how liquor is being used
  • Liquor consumers and consumer behaviour
  • Liquor shopping behaviour and preferences
  • Product category and sub-category performance and key insights

“We will also provide a brief dip into specific liquor hot topics: e-commerce/online retail, premiumisation and NOLO (no and low alcohol) to see what is driving performance in these areas.”

The full program of insightful content in the 2022 Retail Drinks Industry Summit is available here. With the Summit just a few weeks away, register now to make sure you don’t miss out on this content that can help your business be the best it can be.

Read more about what to expect from the Summit in the November issue of National Liquor News.

Brydie Allen

Brydie Allen is the Editor of National Liquor News. She has been with Food and Beverage Media since 2019, when she joined the company as a journalist across National Liquor News, Bars & Clubs, The...

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