SB meets… Andy Gascoigne, Haworth Steam

The former rugby league player turned publican discusses his career off the pitch, opening his first venue and the creation of his sweet shop-inspired gins. Where did your interest in the drinks industry come from? I used to be a professional sportsman, playing rugby league, but at the end of my career I didn’t know what to do. I had a beautiful house in the foothills of the Pennines and my wife Mandy and I…

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SB meets… Alexandra Rasmusson Rankloo, Nordic Beverage Company

The sales and marketing head of new firm Nordic Beverage Company on sustainability, the low-ABV trend and challenging the big players. Please tell our readers about Nordic Beverage Company Nordic Beverage Company, or Nobeco, is a Swedish company operating within the wine and spirits industry. As we control the entire production process, we strive to always keep sustainability in mind in all aspects of the business. A goal of ours is to act as a modern…

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A drink with… Brian Nation, Irish Distillers

The master distiller of the world’s biggest Irish whiskey – Jameson – on sustaining growth in the category through innovation. How did you start working in the industry? I joined the distillery in 1997. My background was chemical and process engineering. I didn’t expect to end up in a distillery but an opportunity came up to work as an environmental engineer at Irish Distillers for a year and then I moved into projects. That’s where…

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A drink with… John Rempe, Lux Row Distillers

John Rempe, the head distiller and master blender at Kentucky’s Lux Row Distillers, on living on a working distillery and his focus on innovation. How did you get into the whiskey industry? It’s been a little over 20 years since I started working in the soft drinks industry after I graduated, doing quality control and research and development. I got a call from a recruiter about Luxco to work for them in the quality-control lab.…

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SB Meets… Carol Quinn, Irish Distillers

The Irish Distillers archivist has hundreds of years of Irish whiskey history at her fingertips. She tells SB about the vital role understanding the past plays in achieving future success. What’s involved in your role at Irish Distillers? I am the archivist for Irish Distillers and that means I look after the documented history of the three companies, which in 1966 combined to form Irish Distillers: John Jameson & Son, John Power & Son and…

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