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Distillers to join the City Food & Drink Lecture

Organisers of the City Food Lecture today announce the Worshipful Company of Distillers will become part of the leading food industry event in 2023. They join the seven existing City of London Livery companies involved in agriculture and food: the Worshipful Companies of Bakers, Butchers, Cooks, Farmers, Fishmongers, Fruiterers and Poulters.

From its start, back in 2001, the invitation-only event has always enjoyed a high calibre attendance of 600 plus, with a long list of well known key note speakers that include Ash Amirahmadi, MD Arla Foods, Mel Smith, CEO Ocado.com, Dave Lewis, CEO Tesco, Dominic Blakemore, group chief executive Compass Group, Louise Fresco, the President of the Executive Board, Wageningen University and Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer, Unilever.

The City Food & Drink Lecture, as it will now be known, brings together industry leaders, academics and liverymen and women at this annual London event in the food industry calendar. It also champions future leaders in the industry, with its Future Generation Forum for university students, as a key part of the event involving its key note speaker and panel members prior to the lecture itself.

The Worshipful Company of Distillers is delighted to be joining The City Food and Drink Lecture. Our aspiration is to be at the heart of the spirits industry. We look forward to working with our seven fellow food liveries to raise the profile of the UK food and drink industry through this prestigious high-profile event.

Trevor Stirling, Chairman of the Industry and Membership Committee WCD

We are really excited that the Company of Distillers are joining what will be the City Food and Drink Lecture as from 2023. They join what we like to think has become a highly important, successful and enjoyable event that is now in its 22nd year. They will bring new ideas and thoughts to this well established event from their sector, which adds a brilliant new dimension.
We’re really looking forward to welcoming them aboard formally in the next few weeks and months. We also plan to announce the 2023 dates and details of who our key note speaker will be for 2023 too.
The aim, is always, to keep the standard of the event very high and combine the history and tradition of the eight Livery organisations involved, along with addressing the really important issues that the agriculture, food and drink sectors face.

John Giles, Chair of the City Food & Drink Lecture