The judging panel for this year’s World Beverage Innovation Awards, taking place at BrauBeviale in November, has been announced.
They include two brand experts, a food strategist, the executive director of the Clean Label Project, and the CEO of the Australian Beverages Council.
Between them, they will decide between all entries to this year’s World Beverage Innovation Awards. There are 25 trophies to be won in total, and being shortlisted provides a hallmark of success that will prevail long after the awards draw to a close. To find out more information, including how to enter, click here.
A full list of this year’s judges can be seen below.
Founder and creative director, Brandality
Adam Arnold is the founder and creative director of Brandality, a creative branding agency that specialises in working with food and drink companies.
His experience spans over 20 years working with such brands as Unilever, Adidas, Sky, Aldi, and Brakes. Arnold has consulted and designed for clients in the beverage industry since 2000 when he worked as an art director on several drinks industry publications.
As well as helping brands from a creative perspective, Arnold also consults strategically to ensure brands differentiate and gain advantage in their relevant segments.
Click here to view Adam’s LinkedIn profile
Senior data strategies & solutions analyst, Label Insight Inc
Thea Bourianne is a licensed and registered dietitian based in Chicago. Specialising in nutrition, US and international food regulation, and food composition, Bourianne is uniquely positioned to work strategically with global food, personal care, beverage, and other CPG clients and retailers to build customer-centric solutions. In her current role at Label Insight, Bourianne supports CPG brands, retailers, the US government, technology companies, researchers, and other entities by creating rich product data to help clients reach their transparency goals.
Her work with customers includes crafting and applying high order attribution to products in store and online to ensure best-in-class retail and e-commerce shopper experiences. Bourianne is passionate about safe, transparent, sustainable, wholesome food and strives to help people understand if products meet their individual expectations.
Prior to working at Label Insight, Bourianne’s previous positions have included product development, commercialisation, fresh and frozen food manufacturing, and regulatory affairs at companies and clients such as Taco Bell, Starbucks, Ahold and 7-Eleven.
Click here to view Thea’s LinkedIn profile
Brand design specialist, Osborne Pike
Steve Osborne is a brand design specialist with over 30 years’ of experience in creating, evolving, re-positioning and extending brands through the medium of design, and especially packaging design. His career started in marketing at Unilever before he joined a startup design agency called Design Bridge.
After playing a leading role in that agency’s development, including 7 years as founder and managing director of the Amsterdam office, he set up Osborne Pike 16 years ago. Osborne Pike is a design consultancy which works with several clients in the food and beverage industries, aiming to make its clients’ brands memorable through innovative and eye-catching designs.
Click here to view Steve’s LinkedIn profile
CEO, Australian Beverages Council
Geoff Parker is the chief executive officer of the Australian Beverages Council, following his appointment to the role in 2009.
Since his appointment, Parker has managed two mergers, significantly raised the Beverages Council’s profile with key stakeholders and positioned the organisation as the voice of authority for the $7 billion non-alcoholic beverage industry in Australia, representing all CSDs, bottled water, flavoured milk and milk alternatives, and fruit and vegetable juices.
In 2010, Parker was elected President and Asia-Pacific Regional Director of the International Council of Beverages Associations (ICBA), and in 2012 he was elected for a consecutive two-year term.
Parker also serves on the Board of the International Council of Bottled Water Associations (ICBWA), and was elected as its vice-president in 2017. Geoff has been on the ICBWA Board since 2009.
He has over 20 years’ involvement at boardroom level – including at global training companies, national not-for-profits, arts organisations, public companies, statutory authorities and international associations in both director and chair roles – and is a fellow of both the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He holds qualifications from The University of Queensland and The University of Cambridge.
Click here to view Geoff’s LinkedIn profile
Executive director, Clean Label Project
Jaclyn Bowen is the executive Director of the Clean Label Project, a non-profit organisation focused on changing the definition of food and consumer product safety in America through data, science, and transparency.
Bowen and the Clean Label Project have appeared on NBC, ABC, Fox News, CNN, and over 450+ print and online media outlets. She has been a featured guest on CBS’ ‘the Doctors’, Fox’s ‘Dr.Oz, and Dr. Drew and Mike Catherwood’s ‘Swole Patrol.’
Before coming to the Clean Label Project, Bowen held numerous technical, standards development and leadership roles within the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre, and NSF International. Most recently, Bowen served as the general manager of Quality Assurance International (QAI, Inc.), the largest domestic USDA organic certifier. She also collaborated with the NSF International Joint Committee on the development and maintenance of NSF/ANSI 173- Dietary Supplements.
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Group editor, FoodBev Media
As editor in charge of FoodBev’s output across all its digital and print titles, including FoodBev.com and FoodBev magazine, Alex Clere sees innovation from every corner of the global food and beverage industry on a daily basis.
It is this eye he’ll be casting over entries into the World Beverage Innovation Awards, looking for products that help to create entirely new categories, bring new life to old concepts, or improve the way we think about and make beverage products.
In particular, entrants that have clearly considered the role they play in a wider beverage industry – the social and nutritional implications of their products, and the legislative pressures on their corner of their market – will find favour with him.
Click here to view Alex’s LinkedIn profile
Wilhelmina Jewell Sparks
Founder and CEO, BiTHOUSE Group
Wilhelmina Jewell Sparks is a global executive who has worked in both corporate and start-up environments for over 20 years, preparing markets and launching innovative products and services in the food, science, technology and retail industries.
Sparks is the CEO of BiTHOUSE Group, a global business development cultivator and venture development firm fostering collaboration and innovation culture among corporates, innovators, investors, governments and communities.
Additionally, Sparks serves on several global advisory boards: IADAS (International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences), WHU MSc Entrepreneurship, Shorty’s, and SXSW Accelerator among others.
Sparks is also the founder of the AgTech FoodTech Summit and the chairwoman and co-founder of the Food und FoodTech Group of the Deutsche Startup Association.
Click here to view Jewell’s LinkedIn profile.
Co-founder and CEO, Distill Ventures
Frank Lampen is the Co-founder and CEO of business accelerator Distill Ventures.
In his career, Lampen has set up several businesses and advised dozens more both inside and outside of the drinks industry.
He has a wide understanding of deal structures, launch strategies and effective brand positioning, and helps founders look for and achieve game-changing pivots to drive rapid growth.
Lampen has over ten years’ experience in the beverage industry, and is currently helping to build and launch the drinks brands of the future in his role at Distill Ventures.
Click here to view Frank’s Linkedin profile.
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