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Lion wins Supplier of the Year at IBA Awards

Lion wins Supplier of the Year at IBA Awards

Lion has taken out its second Supplier of the Year award for 2019, scooping the top trophy IBA National Retailer of the Year.

It follows the brewer taking out Supplier of the Year and the Supply Chain Management Award at the 2019 Australian Drinks Awards.

IBA is the second-largest network of liquor retail outlets in Australia, with approximately 2700 stores. The IBA network includes bottle shops such as Cellarbrations, The Bottle-O, IGA Liquor, Duncans, Thirsty Camel, Big Bargain and Porters.

The winners of the 2019 awards were announced during a gala dinner at the conclusion of the 2019 IBA Trade Workshop on the Gold Coast.

The Supplier of the Year award was accepted by Lion’s Grant Howard (above), who noted: “We are appreciative of the support of so many IBA retailers, committee members and the entire ALM staff. As I have been reminded, these awards are hard to win and easy to lose the year after. Here’s to doubling down in the next 12 months.”

National Sales Director Mark Powell added: “At Lion, we aim to put our customers at the heart of everything we do. We have a fantastic team who is absolutely committed to achieving the best possible results for our customers – and working collaboratively with them to set them up for success.” 

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The National Retailer of the Year award went to Cellarbrations Baldivis in Western Australia (below), with its manager Richard Orton also taking out the Store Manager of the Year.

ALM CEO Chris Baddock said: “During the now 10 weeks that I’ve been in the role, I’ve just been amazed by the quality of our stores,” he said.

“They are best in the liquor industry and they’re best in class. It’s not just the look of the store, it is the passion that storekeepers bring to the consumer.”

In conclusion, Baddock said that the conference hadn’t been all talk and action was coming for bottle shops in the IBA network: “I know that we’ve said a lot and I know that I may have given a few promises. That’s the easy stuff, now we are going to go and deliver that. I will promise you that that is what we will strive to do every day, because independents are worth fighting for.”

2019 Overall State IBA Five Star Award Winners

NSW Retailer Winner- Cellarbrations Tamworth, NSW

QLD Retailer Winner – Cellarbrations Narangba Valley Tavern, QLD

VIC Retailer Winner – Corowa SUPA IGA Liquor, VIC

TAS Retailer Winner – Cellarbrations Huonville, TAS

WA Retailer Winner – Cellarbrations Baldivis, WA

SA Retailer Winner – Cellarbrations Mount Barker, SA

NT Retailer Winner – The Bottle-O Pit Lane, NT

2019 National IBA Five Star Award Winners

Business Development Manager of the Year Winner – Chris Burnett, VIC

Supplier of the Year Winner – Lion

Store Manager of the Year – Richard Orton, Cellarbrations Baldivis, WA

National Retailer of the Year – Cellarbrations Baldivis, WA (Patrick Rock)

Inaugural 2019 IBA Hall of Fame Inductee – Anita Grace (Cellarbrations Newman WA)

Click here to see the full winners' list.