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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 […]

Aaron Jeewood
5 February 2023
825 NAS Wings Parade

The Worshipful Company of Distillers were once again kindly invited to attend Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton in Somerset as VIP guests to witness the graduation ceremony of some truly inspiring individuals finishing their course at 825 Naval Air Squadron. Myself, Matthew Russell, and Renter Warden, Nicholas Carr, attending as the Master’s representative, were […]

Aaron Jeewood
2 February 2023
The City Food & Drink Lecture

May 15th 2023 at Guildhall, London The 22nd City Food & Drink Lecture will be held on this date and the Key Note Speaker with be Sir Charles Godfray. Sir Charles is the Director of the Oxford Martin School and the Oxford Programme on the Future of Food. His research interests include the UK and […]

Aaron Jeewood
1 February 2023
Ginposium 2023

The Gin Guild’s annual Ginposium gin industry event returns in 2023, at RSA House in London. Save £40 if you book before 31st March What is Ginposium? The Leading Gin industry event, where some of the world’s most respected personalities and experts from the drinks and gin trade come together to discuss the state of […]

Aaron Jeewood
31 January 2023
Malcolm Davis RIP (1949 – 2023)

It is with the deepest regret that the recent passing of Malcolm Davis is announced. A pioneer with a flair for promoting and selling wines and spirits, Malcolm’s career within the trade was spent largely in the Far East, where he held many senior positions in international drinks management. Having joined Jardine Matheson in Hong […]

Aaron Jeewood
12 January 2023
Distillers Trophy 2022 – RAF 603 Squadron

The Worshipful Company of Distillers Trophy – Awarded annually to the member of 603 Squadron deemed to have made the most positive contribution to the unit through their dedication and positive attitude over the past year. The winner of the Distillers Trophy for 2022 is Sgt Hutton. Throughout the year, Sgt Hutton has gone above and […]

Aaron Jeewood
15 December 2022
Merry Christmas from The Master

I had a wonderful installation last month. Thanks to all who came, but it was a full house so I wanted to use the Xmas message to amplify my message for my year. We have achieved so much over the last few years, so I want in my year to improve membership engagement and celebrate […]

Aaron Jeewood
14 December 2022
Keith Garrard to step down as President of the Distillers Golf Society

Our esteemed and long-serving President – Keith Garrard – has taken the decision to step down after 15 years of guiding the Distillers Golf Society to the place it is today. We now have at least six external matches per year against other livery Companies, three Golf Days per year, as well as knockout competitions […]

Aaron Jeewood
30 November 2022
Positive VTEC Relationships Yield Positive Results

The Worshipful Company of Distillers Vocational Training and Education Committee (VTEC) has recently expanded the support it gives to the Livery’s educational partners to include work experience. An initial placement was organised and run through the Distillers’ network of producers, educators and students, a first example of the new vocational training and education strategy, pushing […]

Aaron Jeewood
28 November 2022
Installation Ceremony 2022

On what seemed like the first dry evening in an otherwise very wet November, we gathered at Vintners’ Hall to witness the installation of our 307th Master of The Worshipful Company of Distillers. While we gathered in the lobby greeting old friends and chatting, 12 new members were welcomed into the Livery – illustrating the […]

Aaron Jeewood
16 November 2022
Hayman’s Distillery – Master’s Distillery Visit

In attendance – Chris Porter, Chris Searle (Upper Warden), Sue Searle, Lorne MacKillop (Middle Warden), Nick Carr (Renter Warden), Louise Carr, Past Master Charles Maxwell, Peter Baxendale (Upper Bailiff, Waever’s Company) and Amy Wyatt-Jones (Partner, John Lewis & Partners and Master’s god-daughter!) The final distillery visit of my year, took me back to London. Hayman’s […]

Aaron Jeewood
13 November 2022
The Master Celebrates Beefeater At The Tower Of London

I was very fortunate to have been invited to this spectacular and wonderful event, representing the Company at the Tower of London, to mark the unveiling of Beefeater Crown Jewel gin. Co-hosted by Ryan Chetiyawardana of Lyaness, Alessandro Palazzi of Dukes London and our very own Liveryman and Beefeater Master Distiller, Desmond Payne MBE, I […]

Aaron Jeewood
10 November 2022
Mansion House Banquet 2022

On Friday 14th October 2022, we celebrated our annual Banquet at Mansion House. This, however, was no ordinary affair. For the first time since 1845, the incumbent – and our guest of honour – The Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor, was a Distiller – and a proud Irish one at that: our very own Court […]

Aaron Jeewood
4 November 2022
The Joint Distillers and Marketors’ Panel Event

The Joint Distillers and Marketors’ Panel Event, on 2 November 2022, examined the escalating popularity of rum. The theme was “2023: Rum’s Time to Shine”: all agreed there was no time like the present for rum to be the next ‘big thing’ – with good rums now showing the complexity of 20-year old Bordeaux wine; […]

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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 …
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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 – …
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