The Exchange are excited to welcome new QLD Brand Ambassador, Jack Stacey to the role which he commenced in May 2022 following the relocation of Brady Retschlag to Melbourne.
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Then, as now, the mission of the group was to bring our brands to life in fun and exciting ways, to engage bartenders, and to entertain and educate consumers.
“2020 was certainly a year that we will never forget, however amidst all the confusion and uncertainty there were definitely some bright spots and memorable moments. We wanted to take a look back and choose to celebrate the triumph of our industries spirit in the face of such adversity.” The Exchange team
Hitting the ground running in 2021, Josh Davies was not discouraged by the tightening restrictions upon his arrival in Sydney – moving from Melbourne no less! The new NSW Brand Ambassador for The Exchange says “working in the industry abroad and now back home has made me realise that no matter where you are or where you work in the world, there will be some form of 6 degree of separation with a bartender somewhere…”
Now more than ever it is important to be having the conversation about mental health and wellbeing in our industry. The Exchange are excited to announce the launch of The Healthy Bartender Project – where Brand Ambassadors are now able to provide workshops, tools and resources that put staff health and wellness in the spotlight.
Twenty years on, Erica is looking to evolve the status of women in the industry. Together with local venue owner Marcus Motteram of Hains & Co. the concept of ‘Pouring Ribbons’ was born. A liquor focused, education and networking platform “by women, for women.”
“I’ve spoken with several small bar owners, who have told me that they’re seriously considering keeping the reduced capacity and increase in patrons being seated moving forward.” – Erica Richards from The Exchange talks about the positive changes some venues have seen in 2020.
During lockdown, the Social Exchange was live each night at 6pm AEDT Tuesday – Saturday, with The Exchange Brand Ambassadors across Australia hosting their own episode weekly. Each episode averaged over 1,600 views and over 30 comments from the trade community.
“We want to encourage people to be creative, be mindful, and to not always reach for the bottle,” says Nick Miles of his Youtube show with Jamie Fleming.
There were just over 400 entries into The Perfect Blend 2019, which saw a whopping 92 Regional Finalists take the stage across Australia and New Zealand.