Retail Drinks Australia has accepted Carlton & United Breweries’ application to become a Corporate Member of the national industry body.
Retail Drinks Australia represents the interests of Australia’s packaged retail liquor stores, providing leadership, advocacy and support for its members.
CEO Julie Ryan said: “On behalf of Retail Drinks, I’m thrilled to be able to announce CUB as the latest addition to Retail Drinks membership.
“As an iconic brand and supplier of some of Australia’s most instantly recognisable beverage products, we are tremendously excited to commence this new relationship and look forward to working closely with CUB to help
deliver positive outcomes for the Australian liquor retail sector.
In addition to the membership acquisition of CUB, Ryan also formally announced the appointment of Darren Blackhurst to the Board in his capacity as the newly appointed Chief Executive, Liquor at Coles, replacing Cathi Scarce.
Blackhurst brings more than 25 years’ experience in international retailing to the Board and an intimate knowledge of the retail liquor sector, having previously managed it at Morrison’s, ASDA and Tesco.
He was most recently Group Commercial Director of Morrison’s in the UK since 2015.
Ryan welcomed the latest developments at Retail Drinks since the beginning of the year and foreshadowed more exciting announcements over the coming months.
“We are delighted to have had such a memorable start to 2020 and we look forward to continuing this positive momentum throughout the remainder of the year.”