Aussie suppliers celebrated at Partner for Growth Awards

Coca-Cola Amatil hosted its annual Australian Partner for Growth Awards online this year, with Graphic Packaging International named the overall Australian Partner of the Year.

Coca-Cola Amatil (Amatil) hosted its annual Australian Partner for Growth Awards online this year, with Graphic Packaging International named the overall Australian Partner of the Year.

This is the fourth year Amatil has held the Awards in Australia, and the first time the event has been held virtually to protect the safety and wellbeing of employees and supply partners during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Partner for Growth Awards celebrate ingenuity and the commitment of suppliers in helping Amatil deliver innovation and results in sustainability, product development, business systems and customer service.

Categories include Customer Service, Supply Continuity, Quality, Competitive Advantage, Sustainability, Innovation and Growth, and Rookie of the Year. The winners are mentioned below.

Alison Watkins, Group Managing Director of Coca-Cola Amatil acknowledged the significant challenges COVID-19 has presented businesses, and the economy, in 2020 and she thanked our partners for their contribution to Amatil’s strong performance in 2019.

“The impact of COVID-19 in 2020 has provided an acute awareness of just how critical it is to have stable, efficient and resilient supply chains.

“I’d like to thank and congratulate all of the supply partners who contributed to Amatil’s strong performance in 2019, as it has helped to provide the solid foundation for us to navigate the current challenges of COVID-19. While the challenge continues, so does our committed partnership with customers and suppliers. Together we will emerge stronger and better than ever.

“While we weren’t celebrating in person this year my hope is the virtual Partner for Growth Awards delivered moments of happiness and possibilities for everyone who participated,” said Ms Watkins.

Results - Coca-Cola Amatil’s Australia Partner for Group Awards

Partner of the Year
  • All Category Award Winners

Graphic Packaging International
Graphic Packaging International (GRI) supplies packaging to Amatil sites across Australia. Throughout 2019, the team at GRI consistently demonstrated supply excellence throughout all aspects of its relationship with Amatil. GRI delivers on the fundamentals of a supply relationship with Amatil, but also demonstrate a continued partnership approach including regular targeted insights into innovation, and quarterly business reviews. GRI lives and breathes the Amatil values and consistently receives high praise from our team members for their service and support.

Customer Service

  • Givaudan
  • Toyota
  • Telstra
for providing consistent service delivery through daily communication to ensure alignment with Amatil production planning across Amatil’s portfolio of flavours.

Supply Continuity
  • Rohlig Logistics
  • Labelmakers 
  • Orora
for delivering over 1.6 billion cans and ends to Amatil in Australia during 2019 with an almost perfect quality score. Orora also won this award in 2019.

  • OI
  • Sugar Australia
  • Graphic Packaging 
Graphic Packaging
for delivering over 140 million units to Amatil during 2019 with almost no quality issues and consistently demonstrating performance improvement behaviours.

Competitive Advantage Award
  • Cornelius
  • ColorCorp
  • Microsoft
for designing a unique QR code enabling customer specific themed activations helping to support existing and new customers.

Corporate & Social Responsibility Award
  • Visy
  • Verdia
  • Labelmakers
for their design and install of 10,000 solar panels over two hectares of roof space across three bottling plants. This partnership will help Amatil save more than 4,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually.

Award for Innovation and Growth
  • Skope
  • GoldStar
  • Presfast
For excelling in innovation - notably the Campaign Management Portal and the Make it Yours spectacular which increased beverage visibility and helped us delight customers and consumers across Australia.

Rookie of the Year Award (based on the first two years of our partnership)
  • MCC
  • Robobai
  • Culture Amp
Culture Amp
for enabling Amatil to elevate the way it collects employee feedback by providing live insights during survey cycles and identifying opportunities to drive transformative change.

Amatil also holds partner recognition programs in New Zealand and Indonesia.