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Aaron Jeewood
4 May 2023
Inaugural Distillers’ Charity Spirited Award

The Spirited Award was donated in 2022 by Immediate Past Master Chris Porter to The Distillers’ Charity. The purpose of the Award is for the Charity’s Trustees to identify an individual each year who has gone above and beyond helping turn the Distillers’ philanthropic aspirations into reality. The winner of the inaugural Distillers’ Charity Spirited […]

Aaron Jeewood
2 May 2023
Livery Dinner – April 2023

On 27th April 2023, members of the Company and their guests gathered for a Court and Livery dinner at Saddlers’ Hall. Having held several functions at this Hall in recent years, it is becoming increasingly familiar – but its splendour and grandeur never fail to impress. At the reception, we were treated to a choice […]

Aaron Jeewood
1 May 2023
The Master’s Charity of the Year 2023 – Salmon Youth Centre

We proudly announce the winner of the inaugural Master’s Charity of the Year where Livery members  have voted to choose the The Salmon Youth Centre, one of three contestants, aligned to The Distillers’ Charity’s mission to transform the lives of young people. The Salmon Youth Centre, which will benefit from this year’s appeal, has been […]

Aaron Jeewood
26 April 2023
MALT Visit to RAF Lossiemouth

We had a most enjoyable day at RAF Lossiemouth for their employer visit. Squadron Leader Chris Beckley OBE BSc greeted us with coffee and briefed us on the day’s itinerary and the necessary “rules.” We were then bussed to the Atlantic hanger, a vast and pristine building large enough to accommodate three Boeing 737s. Group […]

Aaron Jeewood
24 April 2023
English Whisky Guild appoints CEO as industry forecast to possess over £1bn in maturing stock

The English Whisky Guild (EWG) have announced the appointment of Morag Garden as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the EWG – the organisation’s first full-time employee. Morag joins the EWG at a time when the English whisky industry is witnessing both remarkable growth and continued traction with whisky drinkers. With circa 50,000 casks of […]

Aaron Jeewood
19 April 2023
History Luncheon for Apothecaries, Grocers and Distillers

The unveiling of the portraits last year of our founders: Gideon De Laune (Apothecaries) and Sir Theodore de Mayerne (Distillers), was the catalyst for the organising of this event. PM David Sills and Lorne Mackillop representing the Distillers, together with representatives from the Apothecaries and Grocers Livery Companies gathered at a Lunch given by the […]

Aaron Jeewood
19 April 2023
The Master’s Charity of the Year – Silent Auction

The Silent Auction in aid of the inaugural Master’s Charity of the Year is now live We proudly announce the winner of the inaugural Master’s Charity of the Year, The Salmon Youth Centre. The aims of the organisation, voted for by Livery members, are aligned with the mission of The Distillers’ Charity to transform the […]

Aaron Jeewood
13 April 2023
HMS MONTROSE Affiliates’ Day – 13th April 2023

On Thursday the 13th April we were privileged to be invited to HMS MONTROSE’s affiliates day in Portsmouth. Braving the horrendous weather, a team consisting of PM David Raines, Liverymen Simon Collins, Steve Wilson, Jonathan Orr-Ewing, Adam Wallis, Karen Bennett, Michael Infante and David Walker, ably led by IPM Chris Porter, embarked onboard our affiliated […]

Aaron Jeewood
12 April 2023
Two Past Masters Inducted into the “Jenever Gilde of the Golden Glass”

Schiedam, Friday March 24th 2023 Immediate Past Master, Chris Porter and Past Master, Jonathan Driver, had the great honour of being inducted as Knights of the Gilde of the Golden Glass in Schiedam (Netherlands). The Ceremony took place in the wonderfully ornate setting of  Schiedam’s town hall. We were joined by members of the Schiedam […]

Aaron Jeewood
5 April 2023
The Distillers Company at Heriot-Watt University

This is the 3rd year running that our Education Partners at Heriot-Watt (International Centre for Brewing and Distilling) in Edinburgh have invited fellow Liveryman Steve Wilson to deliver a lecture to their MSc and undergrads students of Brewing and Distilling. The subject…. the fascinating one of “Winning in Innovation” captures the imagination of our would-be […]

Aaron Jeewood
3 April 2023
Business of Spirits

29 March 2023 At Heriot-Watt (ICBD) A team from the Worshipful Company of Distillers led by Past Master Martin Riley deployed to Scotland in late March 2023 to deliver the “Business of Spirits” (BOS) module as part of our Vocational Training and Education support to students in the distilling industry. In this instance, the audience […]

Aaron Jeewood
30 March 2023
The United Guilds Service

The United Guilds’ Service was first held in February 1943 as a coordinated response to the challenges faced by the City of London following the Blitz of 1940-41. The then Lord Mayor, Sir Samuel Joseph (father of Sir Keith Joseph) hosted an ‘austerity luncheon’ after the service for the Masters and Prime Wardens, and hoped […]

Aaron Jeewood
15 March 2023
Visit to HMS Montrose

On the evening of Monday 13th March Liverymen Lochhead, Gammell, Pickering, Riley & Urquhart joined local dignitaries and guests, including the Duke of Montrose, The Lord Lieutenant of Angus and the Provost of Montrose, to a reception and Capability Demonstration on board HMS Montrose during its final visit to the port of Montrose in the […]

Aaron Jeewood
11 March 2023
Jean Deillon’s Steward’s Feast

It is not generally known that when a Liveryman of the Distillers’ Company is appointed as a Steward, tradition dictates that they are invited to consider entertaining the Master, Wardens and Court of the Company with a celebratory feast upon their appointment. Liveryman – and now Steward – Jean Deillon was particularly keen to invoke […]

Aaron Jeewood
12 February 2023
Consorts February Lunch

Twenty three Consorts, a glass of Champagne in hand, assembled at Vintners’ Hall for a pre-lunch tour. Guy Fairbanks, a Blue Guide, deputising for Steve Marcham who had an injured back, gave an insightful explanation of the history of Vintners Hall and its precious artefacts, highlighting some intriguing new anecdotes. Swan Upping was a particularly […]

Aaron Jeewood
11 February 2023
February Lunch

Carpenters Hall was the venue chosen for the 2023 Court Meeting followed by the traditional Worshipful Company of Distillers’ February Lunch. Situated amongst sky-scrapers and modern build, one gains access through a rather modest side door off Throgmorton Avenue – which then opens out into an airy atrium that eschews the dark wood that one […]

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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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