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Searle_Christopher
30 June 2017
Flaming June – Master’s Blog

Flaming June has lived up to its reputation. Coming in with a week of really rainy cold weather as it often does (remember D-Day) it then turns to the blistering hot conditions which we had through much of the month. There is, though, nothing so nice as a cup of tea in polite company even […]

Searle_Christopher
30 June 2017
Court visit to Rheingau and Mosel Valley 2017

The Court has not travelled to Germany in the 27 years of its tradition of visiting famous wine and spirit regions once per year, so it was time to put that right. Germany’s wine reputation suffered in the 70s as they imported low quality sweet wines and rather destroyed the market position that they had […]

Searle_Christopher
29 June 2017
Distillers’ City Debate

INNOVATION PIPPED AT THE POST BY ACQUISITION AS THE MORE EFFECTIVE TOOL FOR GROWTH IN THE SPIRITS INDUSTRY In May, The Master of The Worshipful Company of Distillers Richard Watling welcomed guests from the spirits industry, City and Livery Companies to the sixth annual Distillers’ City Debate at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The motion […]

Searle_Christopher
29 June 2017
Car Club visit to Copper Rivet Distillery

What do Bob, Ann, Matthew, Joyce, Janet, and Sandy have in common? To find the answer, find a straight flying crow and send it 30.999 miles due east of the City of London to the banks of the river Medway. As it hovers above Upnor Castle it will see on the opposite bank of the […]

Searle_Christopher
5 June 2017
The Darling Buds of May

As we surveyed the emergent grape clusters in the Rhine Valley we were informed that this year so far was frost free, unlike previous years, so optimism abounds. But I digress and since Easter, time has just flown by. The month started well with the Gin Guild induction and dinner in its new venue of […]

Searle_Christopher
9 May 2017
Spirits in 2367?

Our military affiliations with the Navy, the Fleet Air Arm and the Army provide us with the opportunity to learn what it is like to work in the services and understand the vital role they play in the defence of the nation. It has long been my ambition to complete the set with a relationship […]

Searle_Christopher
3 May 2017
April Court and Livery Dinner

The Master, 150 members of the Livery and their guests met at Drapers’ Hall on April 26 and this splendid setting provided an evening to remember. J&B 250th Cuvee and serious cocktails greeted the company and these led to a meal based around Drapers’ acclaimed beef wellington, served with style by the Hall team and […]

Searle_Christopher
13 April 2017
Easter is in the Air

There are some days that you just know you are never going to forget. For me a day at the Old Bailey was one of those. Each working day, a few fortunate people are offered the chance to experience justice at its best, starting with a friendly introduction by a Sheriff, and finishing with an […]

Searle_Christopher
12 April 2017
Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch

The Lord Mayor of the City of London, Dr Andrew Parmley, hosted the annual Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch at the Guildhall on April 6. The Middle Warden, Martin Riley, Graham Franklin and his wife Sandra, were present and represented the Livery. Now in its tenth year, the lunch was held to support soldiers and […]

Searle_Christopher
7 April 2017
Car Club visit to Banbury

Thanks to the Master’s unique motorsport connections, our Car Club’s first trip this year combined a tour around the Prodrive workshop at Banbury, with a production visit of the Aston Martin factory at Gaydon. All in one day! We learnt that Prodrive is a very diversified business, which includes the development of electric vans, auto […]

Searle_Christopher
23 March 2017
March 22 – A Day We Will Not Forget – Master’s Blog

It is only now that we understand the full horror of the attack that took place yesterday on Westminster Bridge and in the grounds of the Houses of Parliament, a few yards from the LBMW offices where the Master and Wardens’ committee was meeting. This route is one that we use regularly, and in this […]

Searle_Christopher
16 March 2017
Distilling our History – Master’s Blog

Distilling our History The Dutch distillers were somewhat ahead of us in the early 1600s developing beverage spirits until we borrowed their Jenever idea and made it into London Dry Gin. So what is more appropriate than to get together with today’s distillers in Schiedam, explore our common history and find out what they are […]

Kim Lyons
22 February 2017
Livery Offer: Caroni Rum & The Master’s Cask

Livery Offer: Caroni Rum and Master’s Cask. We are pleased to offer the Master’s Cask Caol Ila 18 Years Old at £100 per bottle and Caroni Rum 1997 at £50 per bottle. Shipping and packing will be £15 per two bottles. As a special  offer, there is an all inclusive price of £150 inclusive of […]

Searle_Christopher
21 February 2017
Liverymen and guests gather for first lunch of 2017

Liverymen and guests gathered to enjoy the first lunch of 2017. It followed a Court meeting where seven new Liverymen were installed into the Livery, and a charitable theme soon followed. Salvatore Damiano and William Lay received their WSET Scholarship certificates, and will spend some time experiencing the spirits industry, while Helena Conibear (AET) was recognized […]

Searle_Christopher
21 February 2017
The Consorts’ lunch; great company in spades

The Consorts’ lunch The Old Courtroom of the historic Innholders’ Hall was the venue for a splendid winter lunch for the consorts of Liverymen. After a welcoming glass of champagne we enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by Michelin starred chef Herbert Berger, together with matching wines. Not to be outdone by our Liverymen at the […]

Searle_Christopher
21 February 2017
Channel Dash anniversary and a big surprise – Master’s Blog

The Channel Dash 75 Anniversary Our affiliation with 825 Naval Air Squadron at their base in Yeovilton gives us the opportunity to see the Fleet Air Arm and their Lynx (and now Wildcat) helicopters at work. We see many sides of their life, and in a special moment on 9 February with other Distillers, I […]

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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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