db Asian Awards 2019

4th April, 2019

dbhk presents our third db Asian Awards in 2019. The db awards have become the most authoritative, internationally respected badge of achievement in the alcoholic drinks industry.

Key Information

Entry Deadline: 30 June 2019
Deadline for supporting materials 15 September 2019
Entry Fee: HK$ 2,000 per entry & HK$ 1,700 for additional entries
Ceremony Venue: Hong Kong

The ‘YEAR’ Definition is from 1 JUNE 2017 TO 31 MAY 2019. ‘ASIA’ is defined as markets within Asia Pacific, including Australia and New Zealand.

 

CATEGORIES

PERSONALITY AWARDS

  • Man of the Year

  • Woman of the Year

  • Young Achiever of the Year

 

BUSINESS AWARDS

  • Best Drinks Company of the Year
    (Wine, Spirits & Beer)

  • Best Retail Award
    (Wine, Spirits & Beer)

  • On-trade Supplier of the Year

  • Green Drinks Company of the Year

  • Best Online Retailer

  • Fine Wine Retailer of the Year

MARKETING AWARDS

  • Best Launch (Trade/Consumer)

  • Best Social Media Campaign

  • Best Drinks Event

HOW TO ENTER

1. Complete our entry form

 

2. Upload your entries

  • Once you have paid our entry fees, you will be sent a link to enter your pitch. You can write up to 500 words for each category on why you should win and upload support material. The deadline for submissions is 30 June 2019

 

3. Awards ceremony

  • Winners will be announced on 9 November 2019. Entry to the ceremony is free of charge for all entrants (subject to capacity).

 

4. Publication of results

  • Results will be published in the December/January issue of the Drinks Business HK magazine issue and will be announced on our website shortly after the ceremony.

 

The Drinks Business Awards 2019

30th January, 2019

DB AWARDS

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Now in its 17th year, The Drinks
Business Awards have become the most authoritative, internationally respected badge of
achievement in the alcoholic drinks industry.

Unveiled each year at the London Wine Fair, this is a chance for outstanding companies and individuals to win high profile recognition in front of some of the industry’s most influential representatives.

Key Information

Entry Deadline: 18th April 2019
Entry Fee: £179 + VAT
Ceremony Venue: London Wine Fair, Olympia – London, UK
Ceremony Date: 21st May 2019
Last Year’s Winners: See here


Highlights From
last Year

Categories

PERSONALITY AWARDS

  • Man of the Year

  • Are you the Man of the Year? Has your contribution to our industry over the last year set you apart from the rest? Judges will be looking for unparalleled leadership, business acumen, and/or major deal broking success. This award may also recognise outstanding contribution to the industry as a whole.
  • Woman of the Year

  • Do you make Oprah Winfrey look like an underachiever and a bit of a slouch? If so, you could be db Woman of the Year. Judges will expect proven innovation and leadership within your field. This award may also recognise outstanding contribution to the industry as a whole.
  • Young Achiever of the Year

  • Are you on a meteoric rise to the top of your game? You must be under 35 and have delivered beyond what is humanly possible this year. If so, then you could be the db Young Achiever of the Year.
  • Retail Buyer of the Year

  • This award goes to the Retail Buyer who has done the most in the last 12 months to push the boundaries in wine (or spirits) retailing, promoted quality throughout the range and innovated within the category or area of buying for which they are responsible.
    Whether leading a team or in charge of a specific area, from the multiple or the independent sector, this buyer will be respected for their negotiation skills, integrity and ability to spot quality and value.
  • Retail Buying Team of the Year

  • For the UK retail buying team that has put their wine and spirit range on the map by striving for quality in their offer while meeting consumer needs across the range. The judges will be looking for innovation within the range and the team’s commitment to green issues when it comes to sourcing and supply.

 

BUSINESS AWARDS

  • Best Drinks Company of the Year (Wine, Spirits & Beer)

  • This is the big one, coveted by one and all. Under scrutiny: your business development and diversification, sales/profit growth, employee management, new product development, market penetration, brand development and corporate responsibility… line up brand owners, agents and producers, it could be you!
  • Best Supply Chain Initiative

  • This award seeks to recognise a single initiative between a drinks company and its supplier(s) in the last year, which has delivered tangible benefits for both parties.
  • Best Logistics Company

  • For those who think logistics is all about long-distance lorry drivers, bacon sarnies and bonded warehouses who won’t take your stock because it hasn’t got the correct AAD, think again! Judges will be looking for excellence in service for customers (trade or consumer). This may include direct mail, internet or traditional on-trade and off-trade premises; recognising reliability, flexibility, competitiveness and the ability to meet customers’ needs effectively.
  • Best PR Company (Wine, Spirits & Beer)

  • Going to the public relations company whose work across the board or on a specific project pushed their clients product or image to the fore. This winning company will not only demonstrate its commitment to gaining coverage but will display new and challenging ways in which it has caught the attention of the trade or the consumer press.
  • The winner of this award will have no equal and will define excellence in drinks retailing over the last year. You will have achieved significant sales growth in the UK or overseas and will have an impressive display of value and range for your customers.
  • Independent Retailer of the Year

  • This award recognises the best of those brave few who have gone it alone! Judges will be looking for tangible evidence of impeccable personal service and in-store innovation.
  • Fine Wine Retailer of the Year

  • This award recognises retailers who specialise in selling wines priced at £20+, both in-store and online.
  • On-trade Supplier of the Year (Sponsored by Ferovinum)

  • Judges will take into account the recommendation and opinion of customers and look for evidence in high standards of service, including 24 hour delivery, flexibility and adaptability to the strains of the modern day restaurant and hotel business. They will also award on-trade suppliers on the quality of their range and pricing, plus attention to environmental issues in a high carbon impact business model.
  • Best Online Retailer

  • Do you know how to make the most of the world wide web? We’re looking for an online drinks operator who has a brilliant range, appealing site design, novel selling techniques and a loyal customer base. Judges will be looking for proof of profitable performance over the last 12 months and evidence of a growing database of repeat users.
  • Travel Retail Operator

  • As a growing source of luxury drinks sales, it is important the travel retail channel has the right vibe to attract the shopper, be they business men on the move or newly weds on honeymoon. This award will go to an outlet with impeccable merchandising, and an impressive range, as well as sales support that is second to none. The judges will require evidence of sales performance over the last 12 months and any new investments in store fittings and staff. Information to show the impact of novel selling techniques and exclusive product launches will boost the chances of gaining this accolade.

 

MARKETING AWARDS

  • Best Trade Campaign (Wine, Spirits & Beer)

  • In-house or agency, you will have wowed the client with your creativity, innovation and execution and all within budget. Your advertising has dazzled, your PR has hit the spot, your events have inspired and your online marketing demonstrated resourcefulness and originality.
  • Best Social Media Campaign

  • Social Media is an essential part of virtually every successful marketing campaign and its importance shows no sign of diminishing. As a result, the drinks business has introduced a new category purely for marketing campaigns based on social media. Your entry can be based on a campaign that was solely built around social media activity, or you can highlight how social media formed a crucial part of a larger marketing campaign that used a range of promotional techniques.To succeed in this category please use figures to clearly illustrate the achievements of this campaign. Ideally, the entry should include a summary of the aims, the timeline, the costs, and, most importantly, the results, all expressed succinctly in an initial awards pitch.
  • Best Drinks Event

  • Trade and consumer events are an essential part of the drinks sector and, as a result, the drinks business has introduced a new category purely for events. This new category is designed to encompass a range of events, from annual tastings by companies or generics, to exhibitions, masterclasses or seminars. To succeed in this category please clearly illustrate what made your event successful. This should include an explanation of the initial concept, how it was planned and promoted, what it set out to achieve, before clearly stating the results. To help us ascertain the level of success, please include visitor numbers, attendee feedback and revenues generated. Ideally, the entry should include a summary of the aims, the timeline, the costs, and, most importantly, the results, all expressed succinctly in an initial awards pitch.
  • Best Consumer Campaign (Wine, Spirits & Beer)

  • Have you created the most eyecatching campaign of the year? Or have you had consumers fighting in the aisles for your campaign’s brands and inspired unprecedented customer brand loyalty with a super strategy and tangible results? Then you are a candidate for Best Consumer Campaign.
  • Best Design & Packaging (Wine, Spirits & Beer)

  • Will your product design be remembered as an icon of the 21st century? The judges will be looking for innovation in artwork and packaging. You will have met and surpassed the brief and will have done it all within budget.
  • Best Launch (Wine, Spirits & Beer)

  • This award recognises both launches and re-launches. Judges expect distinction in PR, advertising, consumer research, revived design and packaging, as well as improved supply chain management and increased store listings.
  • Best Contribution to Wine and Spirits Tourism

  • As global interest in wine and spirits continues to grow there is a demand from consumers to combine their interest in wines and spirits with their holidays. This award recognises an outstanding achievement in creating a unique and compelling experience for customers wishing to encounter their favourite wines and spirits on their home terroir .
  • The Sparflex Award for Best English Sparkling Wine Packaging

  • This award will celebrate excellence and innovation in English sparkling wine packaging. In association with the worlds leading producer of wirehoods for sparkling wine, Sparflex.

How to enter

Complete our entry form
Register the categories you wish to enter by completing our online entry form.
Upload your entries
Once you have paid our entry fees, you will be sent a link to enter your pitch. You can write up to 500 words for each category on why you should win and upload support material. The deadline for submissions is Thursday 18th April 2019.
Awards ceremony
Winners will be announced on 21st May 2019 at the London Wine Fair in Olympia. Entry to the ceremony is free of charge for all entrants (subject to capacity).
Publication of results
Results will be published in the May issue of The Drinks Business and will be announced on our website shortly after the ceremony.

Sponsors

Ferovinum
Ferovinum helps wine companies address the industry-wide issue of having significant amounts of capital tied up in stock. They free up capital for wine distributors and producers by buying their wine stock from them in bond and selling it back to them when they need it. This innovative service rests on Ferovinum’s understanding and appreciation of wine as an asset class and frees up their customers’ capital which is otherwise tied up in stock, thus enabling them to invest further and grow. The service is quick, efficient, streamlined and does not affect customers’ supply chains.
Reflex Label Plus
Their story began in 2002 with a vision of what the future could look like in packaging. We had a sense of purpose to create a more efficient way of working. This shapes the way we see, perceive and interact with packaging. Reflex creates a unique “Shelf Presence” for our clients’ consumer products all the way from brand conception design to the final pack on shelf. Reflex Label Plus stands proud of our Great British heritage and award-winning design & print.
Sparflex
Established in the heart of the Champagne region since 1984, SPARFLEX supplies clients worldwide, producing and marketing supports for information and images to package Champagnes, Wines, Spirits and other prestige beverages.

Drink Sponsors

Contact

To find out more about the Drinks Business Awards 2019, or to discuss sponsorship opportunities please contact:

Lewis O’Sullivan
+44 (0)20 7803 2427
lewis@thedrinksbusiness.com
Chloé Beral
+44 (0)20 7803 2437
chloe.beral@thedrinksbusiness.com

 

The Global Rosé Masters 2019

28th November, 2018

The drinks business is proud to announce the Global Rosé Masters 2019.

With wines from the palest of pink to almost ruby red, bone dry to almost cloyingly sweet, reductively handled to barrel-aged, as well as gently spritzy to fully sparkling – there’s little you won’t find from producers of pink wines.

As with all of the drinks business awards, our judging panel is comprised of Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers and senior buyers making the competition globally renowned.

The wines are categorised by oaked/unoaked and by their sugar level.

If you have any inquiries about the Global rosés Masters competition, please contact Sophie Raichura on sophie@thedrinksbusiness.com or by phone on +44 (0)20 7803 2454

The Global Organic Masters 2019

21st November, 2018

The drinks business is thrilled to announce The Global Organic Masters

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Organic wines have entered the mainstream in recent years as a popular choice for consumers, and this has been reflected in an increase in production around the world.

The Global Organic Masters will judge certified wines from around the world, and is open to all styles of wine.
Our judging panel will, as ever, be comprised exclusively of Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers and senior buyers, judging the wines exclusively by style and price.

The best wines will be awarded medals from Bronze through to Gold, with only the truly exceptional wines awarded the top accolade of Master.

The calibre of the judges guarantees international recognition of all the medals awarded. There has never been a more exciting time for organic wine, and the Global Organic Masters will recognise the very best wines in this rapidly developing category.

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For further information please contact Sophie Raichura sophie@thedrinksbusiness.com

The Prosecco Masters 2019

5th November, 2018

The drinks business is proud to announce the Prosecco Masters 2019

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The Prosecco boom which began in 2013 has shown little signs of slowing and we want to celebrate these exciting wines which come from the picturesque regions of Veneto and Friuli.

As with all of the drinks business awards, our judging panel is comprised of Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers and senior buyers making the competition globally renowned.

Wines will be judges on their style and price.

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For further information please contact Sophie Raichura on sophie.raichura@unionpress.co.uk.

The Global Pinot Grigio / Pinot Gris Masters 2019

5th November, 2018

The Global Pinot Grigio / Pinot Gris Masters 2019 You can now enter your Pinot Grigio/ Pinot Gris into The Drinks Business Global Masters competition.

This blind competition will identify the best Pinot Gris / Pinot Grigio from all around the world in every price range. Unlike other international competitions, The Global Masters series is judged by grape variety rather than country. Every wine will be measured on the taste of its grape and the skill of its winemaker. All Global Masters are judged blind by the finest palates in the world – a panel of Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers and senior buyers only.

The best competing wines will be awarded medals from Bronze through to Gold, and ultimately “Master” for exceptional examples. The calibre of the judges guarantees international recognition of all the medals awarded.

If you have any inquiries about the Global Pinot Grigio / Pinot Gris Masters Masters competition, please contact Sophie Raichura on sophie@thedrinksbusiness.com or by phone on +852 3488 1008
The administration fee is £140 per entry.

The Asian Cabernet Sauvignon Masters 2019

1st November, 2018

the drinks business Hong Kong announces its third year of The Asian Cabernet Sauvignon Masters.

asian-cabernet-sauvignon-masters-entry-form-2017-1All wines entered will be judged exclusively by style and price.

The judging panel, chaired by the drinks business Hong Kong, will be composed of leading wine experts, sommeliers and senior buyers.

The wines will be tasted blind and the best competing wines will be awarded medals from Bronze through to Gold, and ultimately “Master” for exceptional examples.

The results of The Asian Cabernet Sauvignon Masters will be published in the drinks business Hong Kong Magazine.

For more information please contact Sophie Raichura on +44 (0)20 7803 2454 or by email on sophie@thedrinksbusiness.com

The Asian Chardonnay Masters 2019

1st November, 2018

the drinks business Hong Kong announces its thrid year of The Asian Chardonnay Masters.

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All wines entered will be judged exclusively by style and price. The judging panel, chaired by the drinks business Hong Kong, will be composed of leading wine experts, sommeliers and senior buyers. The Wines will be tasted blind and the panel will award the best wines with medals from Bronze through to Gold, with the opportunity to be rewarded a Master for exceptional wines.
The results of The Asian Chardonnay Masters will be published in the drinks business Hong Kong Magazine.

The Global Chardonnay Masters

The administration fee is £140 per entry.

For more information please contact Sophie Raichura on +44 207 803 2454/+852 3488 1008, or by email on sophie@thedrinksbusiness.com

The Global Grenache Masters 2019

31st October, 2018

You can now enter your Grenache into the drinks business Global Masters competition.

The competition will recognise and reward the finest Grenache on the world stage.

All Global Masters are judged blind by the finest palates in the world – a panel of Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers and senior buyers only. The best competing wines are awarded medals from Bronze through to Gold, and ultimately “Master” for exceptional examples.

The calibre of the judges guarantees international recognition of all the medals awarded.

If you have any inquiries about The Global Grenache Masters Masters competition, please contact Sophie Raichura on sophie@thedrinksbusiness.com or by phone on +44 (0)207 803 2454

The administration fee is £140 per entry.

The Global Pinot Noir Masters 2019

26th September, 2018

the drinks business proud to announce the sixth year of the Global Pinot Noir Masters, the most extensive competition in the Global Masters series.

The competition will recognise and reward the finest Pinot Noirs on the world stage.

All Global Masters are judged blind by the finest palates in the world – a panel of Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers and senior buyers only. The best competing wines are awarded medals from Bronze through to Gold, and ultimately “Master” for exceptional examples.

The calibre of the judges guarantees international recognition of all the medals awarded.

If you have any inquiries about the Global Pinot Noir Masters competition, please contact Sophie Raichura on sophie@thedrinksbusiness.com or by phone on +44 (0)207 803 2454

The administration fee is £140 per entry.