THOUGHT PIECE the carling team

Meet The Carling Partnership at IBD Africa Convention 2015 Mozambique

IBDBill and Julie Carling of The Carling Partnership are delighted to announce that they will be present at this year’s Institute of Brewing & Distilling (IBD) Africa Convention in Mozambique. The event, which runs from 1st to 6th March is the 15th of its kind and brings together global brewers, distillers and drinks industry personnel. Being held in the tropical southern African city of Maputo, the event promises to be an action-packed few days. The hotel hosting the event this year is the Girassol Indy Congress Hotel & Spa which is set on seven hectares of lush landscape in one of the most beautiful parts of the city, making it the perfect location for this prestigious global event.

The African beer and spirits market is enjoying a buoyant period, with growth reported to be outstripping the global trend 16 times over. Against this backdrop, this truly makes Africa the perfect location for this year’s event. Pulling together Brewers, Distillers and Suppliers from all corners of the globe, the objective of the convention is to give everyone the opportunity to meet, network and share ideas. The over-riding focus of the technical programme includes:

o   Learning and Development

o   Innovation in Brewing and Distilling Processes

o   Delivering excellence in Breweries and Distilleries

o   Manufacturing exemplars

o   Global trends in Brewing – The Rise of the Crafts Brewers

o   Developing markets or developed markets?

o   Innovation in Raw Materials – Brewing and Packaging

o   Sustainable Development

Fellow exhibitors include the likes of Brewforce, Process Management Technology, Krones (who are sponsoring a couple of programme events) and Crowne-Baele Clever Bottling. The packed agenda runs from start to finish and promises something for everyone.

The convention starts for delegates on the Monday morning and sees a programme that runs from 9 in the morning to 5 at night. The opening address will be delivered by Greg Udeh, the IBD Africa Chairman who will open the floor to Daniel Silke, the Director of Political Futures Consultancy who is the keynote speaker and will speak on the subject of “Delivering the Promise”.

Later events on that day will address the Beer Market in Africa as well as significant developments that have taken place since the last IBD AfricaConvention, which was held two years ago in Ghana. Brian Hirst will then officially open the Trade Exhibition.

The afternoon programme on the first day will see a range of presentations from Pentair, SABMiller and Diageo with topics on everything from Innovative Cold Block Solutions through to the use of Robotics in Packaging. That afternoon, in our view, promises to be particularly interesting.

The later presentations see the likes of Tony Paterson of Wits exploring The Management of Hygienic Welding of Thin Wall Pipes; Anton Erasmus of SABMiller talking about The SAB University Microbrewing Project and Stephen Exinger of CUB taking a close look at The Craft Beer Scene in Australia. There is also a range of workshops on offer to attendees, giving them the chance to roll their sleeves up and get up close and personal with industry specialists. Not surprisingly, craft beer and brewing as well as sustainability are topics that feature quite heavily on the agenda.

All of these presentations and workshops, plus several tasting opportunities and the continuation of the African Beer Awards will make this a particularly exciting programme that truly offers something for everyone in the drinks industry.

The African Beer Awards follow on from the success of the inaugural Beer Awards held two years ago in Ghana. These awards are exclusively for beers brewed on the African continent & will be celebrating the wealth of fine beers that are consumed so eagerly in Africa’s hot climate. Bill and Julie are looking forward to their time in Mozambique and to playing a part in this significant and prestigious drinks industry event. They are hoping to see lots of familiar faces as well as some new ones, and are particularly excited about the opportunities that this type of event opens up for everyone who participates.