Conference Program

The 2014 ausdrinks event featured a world class, two day conference program featuring both national and international speakers. The program addressed key issues that have a direct impact on the entire industry supply chain, and beyond! The two day event was supported by a trade display and numerous networking opportunities, all on the stunning Gold Coast.


Day One Monday 24 March 2014

9:00 – 9.15 Conference Welcome

Jonathan Moss, President, Australian Beverages Council, Board of Directors

Geoff Parker, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Beverages Council

9:15 – 9:45 Official Conference Opening Address

Dr. Chris Davis, Assistant Minister for Health, Queensland Government

9:45 – 10:30 Keynote Address : International Competitiveness Begins at Home

Ian Murray, Executive Chairman, Export Council of Australia

10:30 – 11:00 Beverage Break 

11:00 – 11:45 Food Standards and Regulatory Insights

Steve McCutcheon, Chief Executive Officer, FSANZ

11:45 – 12:30 Australian Beverages Council Board of Directors – Panel Discussions & Open Forum

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Break

Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent Sessions Session A Session B
13:30 – 14.15 R&D insights for 2020 Beverages Industry Innovations – Lloyd Symons, Business Development Manager, CSIRO Country of Origin Branding: The Issue , and how to Leverage an Important Asset – Ian Harrison, Chief Executive, Australian Made Campaign Ltd
14:15 – 15.00 Taste Innovation Imad Farhat, PhD,VP Innovation – BCI, Flavor Division, Firmenich, Shanghai. Modern Beverage Plant Considerations – Ted Smith, Integral Logic, Director
15:00 – 15:30 Beverages Break
15:30 – 16:15 Stevia 3.0 – From Seed to Successful Innovation – Susan Denyer, Business Manager, PureCircle Australia/New Zealand Looking Forward from Where? A new Perspective in Benchmarking – Andrew Ettlin, Managing Director, Ettlin International
16:15 – 17:00 Sustainable Recycling of Plastic – Robert Dvorak, Technical Business Development Manager, Visy rPlastics Fizzle or Sizzle; What’s Next for the Australian Beverage Industry- Erika Sirimanne, Senior Research Analyst, Euromonitor International

17:30 – 20:30 Industry Cocktail Reception, sponsored by Integral Logic / Miteco – Skypoint, 77th Floor, Q1 Resort


Day Two Tuesday 25 March 2014

9:15 – 9.30 Conference Open

Geoff Parker, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Beverages Council

9:30 – 10:30 Consumer  Insights: why we’re changing

Dr Rebecca Huntley, Executive Director, The Mind and  Mood Report

10:30 – 11:00 Beverage Break 

11:00 – 12.00 Monitoring of the Australian Food Supply

Dr Leanne Laajoki, Section Manager – Scientific Strategy, International and Surveillance, Chief Scientist’s Branch, FSANZ

12.00 – 13.00 2020 Technology Has Arrived. How mobile Wallets will Drive Revenue and Save Cost

Jenny Granger, Principal, IQ Hub International Pty Ltd

13:00 – 13:45 Lunch Break – Exhibition Area

Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent Sessions Session A Session B
13:45 – 14.30 Inside and Outside the Supermarket Standards – Gary Kennedy, Managing Director, Correct Food Systems Creative Ways  of Protecting Beverage Industry Innovations and IP – Gint  Silins, Partner, CULLENS Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys
14:30 – 15.15 Silver Ion Technology: Is it the Silver Bullet? -Andrew Breen, Technical Manager, AKWA Solutions, Nano Technology – Hand Me the Small Ruler: Detecting and Characterising Nanoparticles in Food and Beverages – Dr Jan Herrmann, Section Manager, Nanometrology, National Measurement Institute, Departement of Industry
15:15 – 16:00 Water Micro Advances that Simplify Your Testing
Juliet Robert, Account Manager (Water Products), Idexx Laboratories
Social Media from a Small Manufacturer’s Perspective – Building Your Online Community – Dan Pugh, General Manager, Pillar Digital

16:00  Conference Close

16:00 – 18:15 Industry Networking Drinks – Exhibition Area


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