Minister Paul Papalia congratulates award winners and highlights the value of independent liquor stores
At the 24th Liquor Industry Awards last night, Minister Paul Papalia explained that WA’s independent liquor stores are important to a number of his portfolios including Tourism, Racing & Gaming and in particular, Small Business.
The Minister told the audience of more than 330 liquor industry and political leaders that as well as the winners of the Awards announced during the night, the State was also a big winner from the economic and social returns delivered by WA’s hundreds of small business liquor stores.
Liquor Stores Association of WA (LSAWA) CEO Peter Peck said this year’s event at the Crown Grand Ballroom was very successful in recognising and celebrating excellence in the liquor industry.
“There are a lot of quiet achievers in the packaged liquor sector who simply never get acknowledged for their hard work and community service,” Mr Peck said.
“The Liquor Industry Awards recognise some of the individuals, teams and families who go above and beyond – sometimes in very difficult circumstances – to provide responsible, diverse and sustainable service in almost every town in WA.”
“Our members are typically very happy to simply come together and celebrate the award winners.”
“But the Minister’s powerful speech showing his deep understanding of, and support for, Small Business made the night even better and provided a big boost to member morale.”
“It was not only great for the industry to get together and acknowledge the hard work required to excel but also a true confidence builder to hear from a Minister who shares our view of the importance of independent liquor stores,” Mr Peck concluded.
NOTE: Full list of award winners below.
Liquor Stores Association of WA 2018 Liquor Industry Award winners
Best Product Promotion
Winner: Treasury Wine Estates
Corporate Member of the Year: Wine
Winner: Samuel Smith and Son
Corporate Member of the Year: Spirits and RTD Suppliers
Winner: Brown Forman
Corporate Member of the Year: Beer
Winner: Premium Beverages
Best Online Presence
Winner: Gage Roads
Young Liquor retailer of the Year
Winner: James Allen
Sales Representative of the Year
Overall Winner: Simon Randall
Community Service Award
Winner: Nathan Detienne
Liquor Store of the Year Non-Metro
Winner: Cellarbrations Newman
Liquor Store of the Year Metro
Winner: Big Brews Liquor Warnbro