Ginposium reveals seminars and speakers for 2019

Trade body The Gin Guild has announced the seminars and speakers for its sixth annual Ginposium, which will take place in London this June.

Early bird tickets are now on sale for the one-day event, which will take place on Friday 7 June at RSA House. Ginposium features representatives from the spirits industry sharing their knowledge on topics surrounding gin.

Topics on the agenda include a gin view from Australia and a presentation by Diageo’s master distiller Terry Fraser, which will mark the 250th anniversary of Gordon’s Gin.

Talks include a discussion on the developments of the botanical trade, a guide to distillery start-ups and a seminar on how design can affect your gin.

This year’s panel discussion, chaired by Ed Pilkington, grand rectifier of The Gin Guild, will look to the future of the category with debates on topics such as whether gin has peaked, the acceptability of products described as gin liqueurs and the issue of pushing the flavour envelope.

Twelve speakers have already confirmed their attendance, including Tommy Haughton, Beacon Commodities; Nolan Kane, Allied Glass; Ben Marston, Puddingstone Distillery; Dr Anne Brock, Bombay Sapphire Distillery; Evelyne Canterranne, FlavorActiv; David T Smith, from Summerfruit Cup; Ciara Cullen, partner at Reynolds Porter Chamberlain; Tom Warner, Warner Edwards; Joanne McKerchar, Diageo; Alistair Taylor, compliance manager, Portman Group; and Stuart Gregor, Four Pillars Distillery.

Nicholas Cook, director general of The Gin Guild, said: “The excitement, innovation and interest in gin continues.

“However, there are some real challenges on the horizon, not least the impact of Brexit on the industry, both in terms of import of key materials and the vital export market, which is doing much for the industry and, at the moment, producing a good return for the revenue.

“Due to the Ginposium’s growing popularity, we moved to a bigger venue two years ago and still sold out. Ginposium is a great networking opportunity for new brands and new distilleries, and it inspires debate on pressing industry topics among the established brands.”

Ginposium tickets are only available to buy online and are priced at £135 (US$174) for Gin Guild members and £200 (US$257) for non-members. Early bird tickets are available before 29 March, priced at £125 (US$160) for members and £185 (US$238) for non-members.

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