The industry's big issues will be tackled as part of a free workshop program at next week's Drinks Industry Show.

Moving into Asia, industry association member support, and the impact of the lockout laws are among the workshop sessions at the show, which takes place 18 to 19 June at Dockside, overlooking Sydney’s Darling Harbour.

“We’re absolutely thrilled that top experts in their fields will lead these workshops. It reflects the calibre of this year’s show, designed on industry feedback and requirements; it also means the depth of knowledge attendees can gain will be really valuable,” Exhibitions & Trade Fairs event director David Paterson said.

The 'Opportunities and challenges into Asia'  panel will be run by experts who design, brand, market and distribute products into Asia, focusing on China. On the panel will be Duncan Harris, MD of Limehouse Creative; Byron Matthews, Supply Manager for Oz Star; Jon Clark, Global Creative Director for Boldinc Brand Innovation; James Sykes, owner of Cleanthinking and Get Strategy Consulting; and Jeff Oliver, MD of brand and online media agency 3Dux.

The 'Industry associations member support' panel includes Michael Waters, Executive Director of the Liquor Store Association, NSW & ACT; Juliana Payne, CEO of the Restaurant & Catering Association; Anthony Trimarchi, Manager - Policy and Government of Clubs NSW; and John Green, Director of AHA NSW.

The 'Independent Bars Association' panel session will discuss how the organsation can make a difference to businesses and encouraging participation in Sydney’s night-time economy. Chaired by Andy Young, the editor of Australia’s leading trade journal for the liquor and hospitality industry, “The Shout”, the panel will feature IBA driving forces Michael Rodrigues, MD of Time Out Australia; Tim Philips-Johansson, owner of Bulletin Place and Dead Ringer; and Four Pillars Gin co-founder and President of the Australian Distillers Association, Stu Gregor.

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