The Spirits Business Awards 2020 winners

There is an astonishing amount of talent in the industry, from boundary-breaking new product development to mindful marketing initiatives. Our 2020 awards celebrate amazing achievements across the spirits sector. When The Spirits Business Awards launched in 2019, the aim was to celebrate the titanic workforce that makes up the spirits industry. In a year that has presented immeasurable challenges for the trade, it felt all the more important to champion the brilliant work that goes…

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A drink with… Mike Carthy, Spirit of Harrogate

The co‐founder of Yorkshire’s Spirit of Harrogate talks about celebrating Slingsby Gin’s fifth anniversary, and the company’s ambition to make the brand a global player. Slingsby celebrated its fifth birthday in August. How did you mark the occasion? We had planned to host a big party to thank all our partners and those who have played a part in our story and supported us from the start. Like most, our plans went out the window.…

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SB meets… Alessandro Tonoli, Berlin Packaging Europe

Alessandro Tonoli, chief sales officer of Bruni Glass owner Berlin Packaging Europe, tells us about the firm’s new spirits collection and its expansion plans. What are the origins of Bruni Glass? Bruni Glass was born in 1974 in Milan, Italy, when Vetrerie Bruni made its debut in the sector of glass bottles and jars for food, pharmaceuticals and closures. The company specialises in the study of product packaging and expanded into new sectors, including spirits,…

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SB meets… Leonard Russell, Ian Macleod Distillers

The managing director of family-owned spirits firm Ian Macleod Distillers tells us what’s in store for the Rosebank revival. How has the company changed since you joined the family business? How has the spirits industry evolved in that time? I joined the business in 1989 and so much has changed since then. As a company, we have morphed from spirit blender and whisky broker into a fully integrated distiller, blender and bottler. We acquired Broxburn…

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What’s on this weekend

The Ginposium Sessions from the second round of The Gin Guild’s 2020 Ginposium event are now available to watch online. The sessions, aimed at promoting innovation and providing inspiration from across the gin category, include a keynote address by Mark Meek, CEO of IWSR. Available to view at theginguild.com and ginposium.com, sessions include discussions covering the rising seltzer trend, the popularity of Indian gin and the art of blending.

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