We were thrilled when Coca-Cola Amatil was selected as beverage supplier for the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. We knew we could deliver a great result, that our team were up for the challenge, and that everyone at Amatil would embrace this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. After 18 months of planning, we were delighted to deliver on our commitment to keep athletes, staff and spectators hydrated and happy every day!
Once the Games were done, we checked in with our team member Dominic Ovenden, our Commonwealth Games Project Lead, for a report on his experience:
“It has been awesome. I was lucky enough to be seconded to the Coke team at the Sydney Olympics and thought that would be the pinnacle, but this has blown me away. We negotiated a great commercial deal, built a super project team, and then exceeded our sales targets. I’m really proud of everyone.
“The Games organisers were looking for a local manufacturer who could provide quality products, but most importantly deliver a very secure supply chain. We are really good at both.
“It’s the biggest event in Australia this decade, and it was extra special given some of the “firsts” this year - Para sports included in the main schedule for the first time, and men and women competing for an equal number of medals for the first time.
“The way the Coca-Cola Amatil team engaged with the event was fantastic. My top three moments of happiness for the team would be:
1) our Equipment Service team and workshop prepared and maintained a whopping 300 coolers, 30 vending machines and 30 coffee machines for the event so consumers could enjoy a refreshing beverage across all 18 venues;
2) our Vending team were rostered on daily to fill vending machines in the Athletes Village to ensure all 6,600 competitors were kept hydrated. Every Athlete received a Coca-Cola ‘Quick Tap’ credit card to enable unlimited beverages in the Athletes Village,
3) our Distribution team worked through the night, every night, delivering 65,000 cases into all 18 venues.
My personal moment of happiness involved my family, who bought tickets to the Athletics and travelled down from Brisbane on two separate occasions. It was nice to see them so excited to be here at the Games. The track and field events were our favourite – there is so much happening at the same time. My favourite beverage at the moment is Mount Franklin Lightly Sparkling and we consumed plenty, given the hot weather.
The Games were a career and life highlight I won’t forget.
My #onlyatamatil moment during the Games has to be our team getting an urgent call from the caterer at the Athletes Village, and being able to find, sort and provide four additional truckloads of beverages on one day. Hard work, but our Distribution team delivered as usual!”
How many Amatil staff were involved in the Commonwealth Games project? More than 140 employees (from Cairns to Coolangatta) were accredited to work on the Games including Sales staff, Equipment Service Tech’s, delivery drivers, equipment movers, and a Coffee Coach.
What was the most popular beverage at the Games? Mount Franklin (we sold almost 1M units of Mount Franklin alone).
Which event had the highest number of Amatil staff spectators? Athletics
What was the number of Neverfail water refills used? 2658 x 15 litre refills – almost 40,000 litres!
Well done to our team on the ground and those delivering support across the business. Everyone on our team strives to deliver moments of happiness every day. Who wouldn’t want to partner with us?
Pictured: Shaun Nortje and Shaun Robinson from our Equipment Services team in the Athletes Village.