Accredited Distributors, their suppliers, and customers converged on Etihad Stadium for Accredited’s Annual Trade Show and Cocktail Party on Friday 6 July.
Returning to Etihad Stadium for a second year, excitement gathered as attendees strolled past the famous arena with its retractable roof on the way to Australia’s largest trade show. The buzz once inside the Victory room was contagious with about 70 exhibitors showcasing their product ranges, new lines and hot show offers to over 1250 attendees.
Product samples, food and refreshments were plentiful and exhibitors all agreed it was a hugely successful sales day. New customers were in awe of the event while returning customers recalled how many shows they previously attended of Accredited’s 23 trade shows.
450 guests with golden tickets attended the Cocktail Party Awards night in the Medallion Room at the Stadium. Guests embraced the theme of “a hint of gold” and dressed in gold, glitter, feathers and wigs ready for a fun-filled evening. Stephen Cummings band provided the rock ‘n’ roll entertainment and the charity auction raised $5995 for Relay for Life – supporting Cancer Council’s vital research, prevention and support services.
Craig Bain, Managing Director of Accredited Distributors announced the Award winners and thanked RedBull, The Smiths Snackfood Company and Freedom Foods for sponsoring the event. There was also a moment of silence when it was revealed that Terry Booth, who founded the business 42 years ago, had passed away a few weeks earlier. Terry was extremely proud of how much the business had grown since its humble beginnings.
The day was an incredible double header for Accredited and fun for all those who joined.
2018 Award Winners:
Best Gold Stand Winner – Smiths Snackfood Company
Best Other Stand Winner – Universal Candy
Hall of Fame Winners – Nu-Pure and Go-Natural
Most Outstanding Support under $1 Million – AusBev
Most Outstanding Support over $1 Million – Mondelez and RedBull