Wednesday 4th October | Doltone House Darling Island, Sydney | 11:00am - 2:00pm

Event Program


10:30am: Registration Opens


11:00am: Welcome & Opening Presentation – Regulatory Insights

Retail Drinks Australia’s Michael Waters and Kary Petersen will provide a brief overview of the current federal, state and territory regulatory landscape impacting the retail liquor industry, including Retail Drinks’ recent and upcoming policy and advocacy activities and achievements that are helping to nurture a stable political, social, and commercial environment in which our industry may continue to grow responsibly and sustainably.

Michael Waters


Retail Drinks Australia

Kary Petersen

Head of Policy & Advocacy

Retail Drinks Australia


11:20am: Presentation – Economic Insights

Craig Woolford, lead consumer analyst at MST Marquee, will outline the retail demand backdrop in Australia over the next year, which includes a range of uncertainties following significant interest rate increases and price inflation. Craig will dispel myths about the consumer and provide clarity about the underlying influences on spending. He will also step through the way businesses are managing challenges in retail and liquor such as higher wage costs, escalating rental costs, and identifying the most viable business model for online retailing.

Craig Woolford

Senior Consumer Analyst

MST Marquee


11:50pm: Presentation – Retail Liquor Market, Category & Shopper Insights

Join Circana’s Jarna McLean and Mel Anderson from Growth Scope as they delve into the current state of the Australian Retail Liquor Market. This insightful presentation will bring together retail liquor market and category performance trends, and the dynamics driving performance around occasion, consumer, and shopper. Get a view of how the market is currently performing, how it has shifted since pre and during COVID, and what this might mean for the future. IRI and Growth Scope have been collaborating since early 2022 to produce themed industry reports, each uniquely dissects the growth opportunities and key fundamentals underpinning Australia’s retail liquor industry, and on-premises channel in 2023 and beyond.

Jarna McLean

Director, Health & Lifestyle


Mel Anderson

Research & Product Director

Growth Scope


12:30pm: Retail Drinks FY23 Annual General Meeting

John Carmody

Chairman, Retail Drinks Australia

Managing Director, Liquor Legends

Michael Waters


Retail Drinks Australia


1:00pm – 2:00pm: Networking Lunch

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