Ian Roberts appointed as CSCO, as Frucor Suntory prepares for multi-beverage partnership with Beam Suntory

Frucor Suntory Oceania – a market leader for energy drinks in Australia and New Zealand – has today announced Ian Roberts as Chief Supply Chain Officer. 

Roberts is appointed to lead Suntory’s trans-Tasman supply chain, including the business operations based in Wiri, New Zealand and the $400 million manufacturing and distribution facility which is currently under construction in Ipswich, Queensland.  

Darren Fullerton, CEO of Frucor Suntory Oceania, has expressed his enthusiasm about Robert’s appointment.  

“We are thrilled to welcome Ian to Suntory. His extensive experience in leading supply chain transformation and his unwavering commitment to safety, quality, and continuous improvement perfectly align with our values and the Yatte Minahare spirit that drives our global Suntory business.” he said.  

Roberts brings to his new a role an extensive background in end-to-end FMCG operations.  

He has previously worked as the Executive General Manager of Retail at Visy, and he has over two decades of experience at Lion in various senior Supply Chain Director roles. 

Ian’s 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 ANZ beverage group in Oceanic region. 

Roberts commented on his new role saying “Frucor Suntory has experienced an incredible growth trajectory and with the future Suntory Oceania partnership ahead of us, I am excited to join the business during this critical period of transformation,” 

“Together, we will work towards building a world-class supply chain that will deliver exceptional results for our multi-beverage portfolio in Oceania.” he said. 

The Frucor Suntory and Beam Suntory partnership is set to be operational for mid-2025 in Australia and 2026 in New Zealand. 

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