The judging panel for this year’s International Beverage Awards, to be held at Drink JAPAN in Tokyo in June, has been announced.
They include the publisher of Japan’s leading beverage trade magazine, a branding and design expert, and some of the most widely respected authorities on the Japanese beverage industry. You can read more about the judges below.
The International Beverage Awards will be presented as part of a special ceremony during the trade show Drink JAPAN in Tokyo on 27 June. Entries can be from any country – not just Japan – but benefit specifically from brand exposure in front of an audience at one of Asia’s most important beverage industry events.
All judges will be basing their scores against the 200-word description that entrants upload alongside their supporting images and documentation. This is to ensure that all judging is fair and that all judging is based on exactly what the entrant has supplied. 35% of all entries are shortlisted as finalists, and a winner is awarded in each category.
Entries will be assessed on the strength of their business concept, their potential impact on the industry, and to what extent they meet consumer need.
President and Editor-in-Chief, Beverage Japan
Yoshihiko Hani is President and Editor-in-Chief of Beverage Japan, Japan’s leading specialist magazine for the soft drinks, dairy and alcoholic beverages industries published monthly. Established in 1978, it covers all the latest developments in Japan across beverage raw materials, equipment, containers and packaging, labelling, filling, production equipment and technology, QA/QC, marketing and recycling, with regular on-the-ground reports on Japan, Asia and international consumer beverage markets. Yoshihiko Hani has been reporting on the beverage industry for over 25 years and is an expert on the drinks industries and markets in Japan and Asia. Beverage Japan is a partner of Foodbev Media, providing insights into the latest developments, products and industry activity in the Japanese market.
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Creative Director, Carter Wong
Martyn Garrod has a passion for creative problem solving. The common thread throughout his work is a commitment to creating brand languages that go beyond just a logo, building brands that are memorable, timeless and that have just the right amount of attitude. Martyn’s work has been widely recognised by several awarding bodies including DBA Design Effectiveness Awards and D&AD Professional Awards among others.
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Founder and Managing Director, Galloway & Associates
Steve Galloway is Founder and Managing Director of Galloway & Associates, a UK and Asia-based strategy consultancy specialising in international food and drink markets. Steve spent many years living and working in Japan and much of his work now focuses on supporting companies and organisations in market research, innovation and growth strategies in Japan and in other Asian markets. A regular monthly contributor through the Japan Innovations page in Foodbev Media’s Foodbev Magazine on new beverage products, innovations and market developments in Japan, Steve also presents at conferences and events around the world on insights and strategy in the Japanese and Asian markets.
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Yumiko Magara Wilkey
Senior Insight Manager, Zenith Global
Yumiko Magara Wilkey is the head of Zenith’s Insight Team of analysts. She is responsible for market intelligence/ insight activities which include global databases for dairy and beverage categories as well as management of diverse food and beverage projects. Yumiko specialises in dairy & beverage markets in the Asia Pacific region, and also oversees the management of global research coordination for Zenith’s data/insight activities. Prior to joining Zenith, she held various roles in events and marketing management in food and general aviation industries in the UK.
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Creative Director, Cowan London
Samantha Dumont is a hugely incisive and insightful Creative Director. Her 20-plus years of experience as a brand and packaging designer combined with her raw entrepreneurial spirit means she has the perfect mix of skills to lead Cowan London’s design team. Sam has a unique ability to look at the bigger picture, bridging the gap between strategy and creativity. With boundless amounts of energy, a desire to break conventions and a keen eye for detail, Sam ensures Cowan London delivers consistently excellent work.
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Asia-Pacific Region Director, International Council of Beverage Associations
In 2009, Geoff was appointed chief executive officer of the Australian Beverages Council. Since then he has successfully managed two mergers, significantly raised the Council’s profile with key stakeholders and firmly positioned the organisation as the respected voice of authority for the entire non-alcoholic beverage industry in Australia representing CSDs, bottled water and fruit juice. In 2010 he was elected President of the International Council of Beverages Associations (ICBA) and in 2012 was elected for a consecutive two-year term. Geoff also serves on the Board of the International Council of Bottled Water Associations (ICBWA), and in 2017 was elected as its vice-president. Geoff has been on the ICBWA Board since 2009.
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The winners are going to be announced with a special ceremony in Tokyo on 27 June at Drink JAPAN, Japan’s largest trade show covering the whole beverage and liquid food industry. To find out more or to register for the event, please click the link here.
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