Seminars and Events
The expertise we’ve gained through working with our portfolio has given us invaluable insight into the specifics of building craft spirits brands. Through seminars, panel discussions and debates at the world’s most prestigious drinks events, we aim to equip the next generations of entrepreneurs with the tools they’ll need as they start to build the drinks brands of the future.
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Raw Materials: The Path to Sustainability
In the first of these 60-minute discussions, we’ll look at some of the ways producers are working to ensure all raw materials, from cane and grain to yeast, wood and botanicals, are sourced ethically, considerately and sustainably. We’ll explore some of the key areas that contribute to more sustainable sourcing practices, such as traceability, ethical collaborations with suppliers, repurposing and recycling and modern farming practices. Becky Paskin, Founder of OurWhisky Foundation and award-winning spirits communicator, will be hosting the session and joined by speakers from brands such as The Oxford Artisan Distillery, Arbikie Distillery, Two Drifters Rum and Starward Whisky.
Packaging: The Path to Sustainability
The second instalment in our ‘Path to Sustainability’ series focuses on the area of spirits production that arguably most impacts the end consumer: packaging. Beyond protecting the liquid, the packaging is a visual and tangible touchpoint in the whisky-buying experience. Producers have been experimenting with all manner of materials to present their liquid in the never-ending quest to minimise our environmental impact while delivering a quality experience for the consumer. In this session, we’ll be diving deep into the world of sustainable packaging, covering everything from gift boxes and tins to outer DTC packaging, even the bottles and closures themselves. We’ll be exploring best practices, consumer trends around gifting and recycling and other truly innovative solutions. Becky Paskin, Founder of OurWhisky Foundation and award-winning spirits communicator, will be joined by: - Duncan McRae, Co-founder of Woven Whisky - Paul Gabie, CEO of EcoSpirits and Co-founder of Proof & Company - A TBC speaker from Avallen Spirits
People & Culture: The Path to Sustainability
In our final instalment, we look at one of the most underrated ways to make your business more sustainable: investing in people. Our panellists will examine how the creation of a healthy workplace culture can contribute to job satisfaction and staff retention. We’ll discuss the efficacy of various employee sustainability policies, such as flexible working, holidays, health and well-being packages, volunteering opportunities, professional development and fair hiring practices. We’ll also explore how to engage employees to support your business’s sustainability goals through empowerment and examination of their own behaviours. Becky Paskin, Founder of OurWhisky Foundation and award-winning spirits communicator, will be joined by a panel to be announced soon!
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Insights & Trends
The Growth of the Non Alcoholic Drinks Category
We continue to explore how the emergence of sophisticated non alcoholic beverages are changing the landscape of the drinks industry.
Insights & Trends
BCB Brooklyn: The Lowdown on the Non-Alcoholic Category
As the health and wellness trend continues, consumers look for ways to enjoy non-alcoholic products in similar ways and settings to alcoholic ones. In this video taken at BCB Brooklyn 2019, Portfolio Director, Heidi Dillon Otto, shares the results of a recent white paper that captures consumer and bartender sentiments surrounding the category.