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Aaron Jeewood
7 November 2023
Sir Ian Good Obituary

It is with great sadness that we record the news of the passing of Liveryman, Sir Ian Good, former chief executive of Edrington. The Master, Wardens, Court and members of the Worshipful Company of Distillers wish to pass on their heartfelt condolences to Sir Ian’s family, friends and to those privileged to work alongside him. September 25, […]

Aaron Jeewood
6 November 2023
Champagne Masterclass

The Mistress, Sue Searle, hosted a Champagne Masterclass at 116 Pall Mall, the Institute of Directors, for forty one consorts and a few guests. The theme was Harvest Champagne. The evening began with a reception with Searcys Blanc de Blanc, NV Champagne and some delicious canapés, including some delicious, mini fish pies. We were guided […]

Aaron Jeewood
5 November 2023
Joint Distillers Marketors Panel Event On Tequila

The JOINT DISTILLERS MARKETORS PANEL EVENT (JDME) took place on the eve of 1st November 23 at HMS President, just off St Katherine’s dock, adjacent to the brightly-lit Tower Bridge, and beside a dark and appropriately ruffled River Thames. The subject of deliberation was the present-day USA market great disruptor ‘Tequila in the Spotlight’. With […]

Aaron Jeewood
31 October 2023
Mentoring: A European First

I am delighted to share with you a video from Sofie Masson who is now a great Ambassador for our mentoring programme. When we started the Business of Spirits (BOS) initiative with our education partners the Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD), Heriot Watt (ICBD) and the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) the aim […]

Aaron Jeewood
28 October 2023
Zunft zu Rebleuten Dinner

On Saturday October 28th in Basle, 260 members of the Zunft zu Rebleuten (Wine guild) including guests gathered at a famous country estate in the hills for their annual dinner to celebrate the success of the year, to install new members, and to have many speeches – nearly all in German. The reception started at […]

Aaron Jeewood
27 October 2023
Mansion House Banquet 2023

On Friday 20th October 2023, 163 Distillers and their guests, and 121 Gin Guild members and their guests, assembled at Mansion House for the annual Livery Banquet. The Master and Mistress – the latter looking resplendent in her teal gown– took up position in front of their respective thrones, ready to greet the attendees on […]

Aaron Jeewood
25 October 2023
Inter-Livery Golf Day 2023

Tandridge Golf Club, Thursday October 19th 2023 The second Distiller’s Inter-Livery Challenge took place at Tandridge Golf Club, Surrey on Thursday October 19th. Hosted by Immediate Past Master, Chris Porter and Distiller’s Golf Secretary, Liveryman Graham Franklin, teams from the Worshipful Companies of Draper’s, Butcher’s, World Trader’s, Insurer’s, International Banker’s, Tylers & Bricklayers, Weavers, Makers […]

Aaron Jeewood
20 October 2023
Civic institutions of the City of London Banquet

The Master represented the Worshipful Company of Distillers amongst 100 other livery masters and city of London Corporation representatives. These were 100 common councillors and 25 Alderman. The Distillers were on the top table at the Banquet where the King gave an amusing but reflective state of the nation speech. It was the first visit […]

Aaron Jeewood
17 October 2023
Business of Spirits – Hits the Spot

The Livery Vocational Training and Education team delivered a stellar day of insights to students of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling on Wednesday 11th Oct, using the 4th Floor venue at WSET in Bermondsey. The day’s module of “Business of Spirits” is just that – it brings alive the business aspects of the distilling business […]

Aaron Jeewood
13 October 2023
The One of One Auction 2023: Post event

The Distillers’ Charity hosted its second biennial Distillers One of One Auction, in partnership with Sotheby’s, in the stately Hopetoun House near Edinburgh on Thursday 5 October. Comprising a selection of ultra-rare Scotch whiskies, the 39-lot sale which attracted lively bidding, both in the room and online by collectors from across the globe, brought an […]

Aaron Jeewood
6 October 2023
Distillers Car Club “Tour de Yorkshire”

Friday September 22nd – Monday September 25th Our trip was truly blessed with fine weather in “Gods Own Country”. On Friday September 22nd, everyone met at The Black Swan in the picturesque market town of Helmsley on the edge of the north Yorkshire moors which was to be our home for our long weekend. In […]

Aaron Jeewood
25 September 2023
Post-Scottish Dinner Golf

The morning after the Scottish dinner, an intrepid group of four (Messrs Gammell, Mills, Urquhart, and Williamson) held the annual Scottish section golf match at the Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society. Founded in 1761, Bruntsfield is the fourth oldest golf club in the world and a challenging parkland course, with some deep bunkers that can cause […]

Aaron Jeewood
22 September 2023
Scottish Court & Livery Dinner 2023

The Court and Livery returned to Edinburgh on Thursday 14th September 2023 for a Court meeting in the afternoon followed by the Scottish Dinner in the evening in the splendour of the Signet Library on Parliament Square. This is thought to be the twelfth Scottish Dinner but certainly the sixth to be held at the […]

Aaron Jeewood
20 September 2023
Jailed & Bailed – A plea from your Master

As your Master, I will be taking part in the annual “Jailed and Bailed” event on 25th September. In that regard, I will be “jailed” in the Tower of London for the following alleged felony: “He used undue influence to coerce 24 Masters and Consorts to attend a Spirit tasting on July 26th at Vintners […]

Aaron Jeewood
15 September 2023
Tequila in the Spotlight: 2024

Joint Distillers and Marketors Livery Panel Event Date: Wednesday 1 November 2023Time: 6.00pm – 9.00pm, HMS President, 72 St Katharine’s Way, London E1W 1UQPrice: £35 with fabulous complimentary drinks and canapés The Masters of the Livery Companies of the Distillers and Marketors invite you to attend a wonderful evening on Wednesday 1 November at HMS […]

Aaron Jeewood
14 September 2023
Distillers One of One Auction 2023 – Official Launch

Today signals the launch of the Distillers One of One Auction 2023. Here is your opportunity to register to bid in this auction of exceptionally rare and distinctive Scotch whiskies. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Youth Action Fund, which has been created by The Distillers’ Charity with the aim to transform the life […]

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Fever-Tree toasts bumper US performance in 2021 – trading update
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A combination of continued off-premise strength and a returning on-premise have boosted Fever-Tree’s sales for 2021, led by the US. In a trading update today, the mixers company said that sales in the 12 months to the end of December, reached GBP311m (US$416.7m), a 26% increase on 2020. US sales for the year were up …
The post Fever-Tree toasts bumper US performance in 2021 – trading update appeared first on Just Drinks.

Britvic upbeat on 2022 as Omicron fails to dent pre-Christmas growth – trading update
27 January 2022

Strong at-home consumption has bolstered Britvic’s performance in the closing three months of last year, despite the emergence of the Omicron coronavirus variant. Two months after reporting a near-7% rise in 12-month sales to the end of September, the UK-based soft drinks group today posted sales from fiscal-Q1 – to the end of December – …
The post Britvic upbeat on 2022 as Omicron fails to dent pre-Christmas growth – trading update appeared first on Just Drinks.

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