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Lion wins Supply Chain Management trophy at Australian Drinks Awards

August 22, 2019
By Alana House

Congratulations to Lion on winning the Supply Chain Management award at the Australian Drinks Awards 2019.

It was a double win for the brewing giant, which also took out Supplier of the Year.

The winners of the Supplier category at the Awards were chosen via the annual Advantage Trade Benchmark Survey.

The Drinks Association has been commissioning Advantage Australia for the past decade to conduct the annual survey, which provides members with favourability ratings and qualitative retailer feedback from the off trade, on premise, wholesale and outlets channels.

“Congratulations to Lion for taking out the prestigious Drinks Association Supplier of the Year award,” said Steve Andrews, Advantage General Manager VIC/QLD/SA.

“Lion has been placed in the top three for this award every year for the last five years, an incredible consistency. One of Lion’s key strengths is in the important area of supply chain management, and we congratulate them on also collecting the Drinks Association Supply Chain Management award this year, making it back to back wins for this award for Lion. Well done Lion on again delivering excellence in retailer engagement.

“We know that good business relationships are at the heart of good business.These awards recognise those suppliers with best-in-class business relationships, who are notable for their collaborative planning, consistency of delivering on commitments and proactivity in looking for ways to support their retail partners’ strategies.”

Lion accepted its two Supplier awards during a glittering ceremony held at Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf, Sydney, on August 22.

National Sales Director Mark Powell said: “Thank you to our customers for the vote of confidence. We appreciate all the feedback we get from the Advantage survey and value it.”

He also congratulated the drinks industry on its cohesive approach to progress and achievement.

“The Drinks Association is a great thing for our industry,” Powell said. “The more collaborative we are, the better we become.”

The Supply Chain Management Award was sponsored by GS1, which supports the Australian liquor industry in many ways, including educating and supporting suppliers to meet trading partner and industry requirements. Its services include Customer Support Desk, Barcode Check, National Product Catalogue, Smart Media and site visits.

“As GS1 manages the most widely used suite of global open supply chain standards we are delighted to have the opportunity to support the Supply Chain Management Award,” said Maria Palazzolo, GS1 Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer (pictured above).

“Remember that without effective supply chain management you wouldn’t have anything to drink tonight!” 

“Lion has won this award because they have demonstrated exceptional skill around the fundamentals of supply chain management as well as an ability to collaborate with partners. Nothing happens in supply chain without collaboration.” 

Palazzolo presented the award to Idris Jama, Customer Supply Director at Lion.