The Spirits Business Awards 2019 winners

13th January, 2020 by admin

In its inaugural year, The Spirits Business Awards shone a light on best practice in retailing, distribution, tourism, product development and sustainability – and bestowed a very special Lifetime Achievement Award. Here, we celebrate the 2019 winners.

Launched in 2019, the goal of The Spirits Business Awards was to champion the workforce of the spirits industry: the people and businesses essential to the success of brands consumers know and love so well. The new awards series, which was open to international entries, also celebrated important green initiatives and exciting new products.

It was split into fives broad areas: Retail and Marketing; Sustainability and Innovation; Tourism; Products; and People. The judging panel was composed of Amy Hopkins, editor of The Spirits Business; Melita Kiely, deputy editor of The Spirits Business; David T Smith, founder of the Craft Distilling Expo; and Hannah Lanfear, director of The Mixing Class.

“The Spirits Business Awards has been launched to celebrate outstanding achievements across the breadth of the spirits industry,” said Hopkins. “Our sector is vast and complex, relying on the abilities of people spanning a range of disciplines – many of whom stay out of the spotlight. This new awards series seeks to give praise where praise is due.”

The award winners were recognised last month during a ceremony at The Club at The Ivy in London. With wines supplied by Marqués de Cáceres and gin by Pearse Lyons Distillery, the event welcomed the great and the good of the industry to celebrate their achievements, and those of their peers.

Click through the following pages to see the winners and runner-ups from The Spirits Business Awards 2019.

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