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2022 Annual Conference

3-5 April 2022  | Melbourne




Sunday 3 April 

Early Registration open 4.30pm

Pullman Hotel, Albert Park, Melbourne
65 Queens Rd, Albert Park VIC 3004

Welcome drinks
Time: 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm
Location: Starward
In the heart of Melbourne, experience an urban working distillery and get a behind the scenes look at how the magic happens.

Buses will run from and return to Pullman from 5.15pm  and will continue to shuttle guests back to Pullman with last return to leave Starward at 8.30pm

Monday 4 April

Registration open 8.30am
Conference 9.00 am

Pullman Hotel, Albert Park, Melbourne
65 Queens Rd, Albert Park VIC 3004

Morning Agenda includes:

    • The impact of Fire on and recovery to your business: Adam Pinkard, Adams Distillery, Tasmania
    • Launch of the Safety Handbook by BECA
    • Industry Update - Spirits Industry Economic Contribution: Greg Holland, Spirits & Cocktails Australia
    • Keynote address by Holly Ransom, who is is a public speaker, author and content curator.

Afternoon Agenda includes:

Panel Session: Growth and Scale

As the craft industry grows and develops there is likely to be consolidation and investment. We have seen some distilleries have investment from other alcohol categories, investment vehicles, private partners or have gone their own way. What are the perspectives from a buyer, seller and the market?

    • Bryan Fry, Pernod-Ricard
    • Simon Jones, Canterbury Partners
    • Adem Karafili, Chairman of Top shelf International

Panel session : Sell your Spirits product to the world

How to position yourself as a luxury item and sell your product to the world. Australian Spirits have been winning global awards. Why are we not selling our products to the world more widely? NZ exports 3 times the amount of spirits per capita, in dollar terms than Australia. Australia exports $4 of spirits per capita. Sweden $70. Ireland $171. What do we need to do to increase our spirits export?

    • Kristy Keyte, Penfolds
    • Peter Campbell, Export Vision


What does an Australian Craft Distiller need to do to be stocked and then sold effectively?

    • Tim Carroll, Endeavour Group
    • Mairead Jarrett, Boozebud
    • John-Ross Jones, Lucas Group

Conference Close - 4.30pm

Foyer drinks 4.30pm to 5.30pm.

All Distillers are encouraged to bring a bottle (or two) of their favourite product they can share with your colleagues at the foyer drinks. The foyer drinks will be held at the conclusion of the conference and is a highlight of the Annual Conference where Aussie Distillers have the opportunity to showcase their innovation, and the stories behind the bottle.

EXHIBITION / sponsors area

Conference Sponsors who will be set up in the main foyer. Conference participants will be able to talk directly to industry suppliers and supporters about how to improve your business and unleash your potential.

GALA DINNER - Monday night 6.30pm

Gala Dinner to be held in the Pullman Hotel Ballroom. The event is more formal than the conference – with some fun along the way.

Tuesday 5 April

The regional tours are an important component of any Australian Distillers Conference.
Please select one regional tour that you wish to attend. Numbers are limited on each regional tour. There is an additional fee to cover some of the costs of the regional tour. Coaches will leave Pullman Hotel and return at completion of the tour. Morning tea and lunch will be provided.

Have a genuine behind the scenes tour, discussion with the distillers and sample the finished product.

Gold fields

Animus and Big Tree

Bellarine Peninsula

Anther and Bellarine

Yarra Valley

Four Pillars and Naught Distilling

Mornington Peninsular

Bass & Flinders and Chiefs Son 

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