Drinks Packaging

National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham
Birmingham, United Kingdom
27 - 28/02/2019

The Drinks Industry

Where: The Industry Forum Stage
When: 27th February - 10:30 to 12:00

Worth an estimated £1.3bn in 2015 (Smithers Pira), the drinks packaging market is the second largest consumer packaging market in the UK. It is dominated by rigid plastic due to its weight and durability, however, metal cans, liquid cartons and glass bottles (particularly in the alcoholic drinks market) play a large part.

In the Drinks Forum, in partnership with The Drinks Report this year, East India Gin will be sharing how they bottled 400 years of the brands history and created a bottle that would stand out in a crowded market, Pernod-Ricard disucsses how they launched their espresso Martini in a can, and LWCreativeServices shares top tips on how to power your packaging in the drinks market.

Drinks packaging suppliers you will meet

10:30 - 12:00

10:30 - 10:35





The drinks Forum


Sam Coyne, Editor, The Drinks Report

10:35 - 10:55


Power your Packaging

Lee Buffham-Wade, Design Specialist, LWCreativeServices


Entrepreneur start-ups and global brands alike face the challenges of crowded markets, non more so than the drinks industry. Well thought through packaging has the capability to cut through noise and connect your product with consumers and deliver that all important brand magic.

Lee shares insights and his successful design thinking that benefits everyone from start ups to superstars and demonstrates the ability of great design to power your packaging.



11:00 - 11:20


400 years, bottled

Steven Sturgeon, COO, The East India Company Gin Limited

This session explores how The East India Company mined its archives to help create a pack with stand-out in a highly competitive drinks market, whilst capturing the imagination of today’s gin explorers.

This plays on three key packaging themes:

  • doing your homework
  • creating a genuine point of difference
  • story telling power



11:25 - 11:45


The Kahlúa Espresso Martini Can – disrupting the convenience category with a consumer-centric approach to innovation

Romina Mariano, Global Senior Brand Manager, Kahlúa Pernod-Ricard


This keynote will cover the innovation journey of the Kahlúa Espresso Martini Can, the very first of its kind. It is a story about how to disrupt the cocktail convenience category by focusing on the consumer and considering innovation a team sport.


11:45 - 12:00

Conclusion Q&A Panel

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