The CBIA has today held an Extraordinary General Meeting in Melbourne.
The purpose of the meeting was to vote on a special resolution to change the name of the association to the Independent Brewers Association (IBA) and to make a number of changes to our constitution. Chief among those changes was the altering of our membership criteria that will have the effect of prohibiting membership by breweries that have more than 20% ownership by large breweries.
(You can read an Executive Summary of all the changes here.)
We are very pleased to report that the special resolution was passed 134 to 2. The yes votes represents 84% of the membership, which means we comfortably surpassed the constitutional requirement of 75%.
The changes will become effective 30 days from now on the 18th of June.
This is a great moment for the development of our organisation and we are excited by the opportunities this now presents. The association now has a clearer focus about who it is here to help and their requirements. Any external perceptions about conflicts of interest have now been removed allowing us to be even more effective in our efforts.
The IBA recognises that camaraderie between participants is one of the great strengths of our industry and we will continue to foster those personal links between small brewers and their colleagues in the larger organisations.
The IBA will continue to produce the Australian Craft Brewers Conference and the Craft Beer Awards which are major platforms that support the development of the independent brewing industry.
You can read more in our press release.