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New Chief Supply Chain Officer for Frucor Suntory Oceania

Ian Roberts

Frucor Suntory Oceania has announced the appointment of Ian Roberts as Chief Supply Chain Officer.

With an extensive background in end-to-end FMCG operations, Roberts’ career includes serving as the Executive General Manager of Retail at Visy and more than two decades at Lion in various senior Supply Chain Director roles.

He recently established Visy’s innovative retail-facing division and during his tenure as Lion’s Chief Supply Chain and Technical Director, he played a pivotal role in the company’s transformation of its Supply Chain processes.

In his new role at Frucor Suntory Oceania, Roberts will lead the trans-Tasman supply chain, including the business operations based in Auckland, New Zealand, and the $400+ million manufacturing and distribution facility currently under construction in Ipswich, Queensland.

Operational from mid-2024, the net-zero facility will be hiring more than 160 roles to support its multi-beverage mandate.

Roberts’ appointment follows the recent announcement that Frucor Suntory and Beam Suntory are partnering to create a $3B multi-beverage group, ‘Suntory Oceania’.

Together, the two Suntory businesses will create the fourth largest beverage group in the region, with full end-to-end control of its portfolio, including manufacturing, sales and distribution. The partnership is set to be operational for mid-2025 in Australia and 2026 in New Zealand.

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