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Searle_Christopher
4 October 2017
Car Club visit to The Cotswolds

It has long been an ambition of mine to have the Car Club come down to our adopted home in the Cotswolds and at last a break-through occurred to enable this and to make the visit particularly special. The area is blessed with a number of rare and famous car collections and after some months […]

Searle_Christopher
29 September 2017
The Scottish Charity Distillery Tour 2017

On a bright blustery day in early September, ten crews consisting of a Distiller and consort gathered at the historic and newly restored distillery of Annandale in the borders, for the start of a unique tour of new, restored and lesser known distilleries the length and breadth of Scotland. The brainchild of Liverymen Peter Mackay […]

Searle_Christopher
1 September 2017
A Trip To Savour – Jenever Masterclass in Schiedam

The Master with the support of Past Master David Raines organized a three day visit to Schiedam (Netherlands), at the end of June, the purpose of which was to experience and understand Jenever, the traditional Dutch spirit which had been the origin of and the inspiration for English Gin. The concept of an international masterclass […]

Searle_Christopher
1 September 2017
Livery Life Rushes On – Master’s Blog

This is traditionally the month of rest for the busy Master and Clerk’s team. Well, like the football season, which hardly seems to have finished before it starts again, the Livery world scarcely seems to stop as it used to. So early August saw me on a train to Windsor and a tasting at the […]

Searle_Christopher
6 August 2017
Doggetts Coat and Badge Race

The sun god is without question in the ascendancy this year, as we weaved this fun day out on the Thames through the complex of rainy fronts and found a day’s worth of glorious sunny weather. Cannily deciding to lead rather than follow the scullers in order to have a chance of seeing their tiny […]

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 […]

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Lancaster Spirits Co begins whisky production
17 July 2024

The whisky will be made in the brand’s new Whisky Room, a distillery and warehouse specially designed for Lancaster’s whisky

Stonegate and Drinks Bureau support charity with RTD sales
10 June 2024

Pub company Stonegate Group and RTD maker Drinks Bureau have partnered to support Stonewall Housing through Shirley cocktail sales

Fever-Tree toasts bumper US performance in 2021 – trading update
27 January 2022

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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