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Wednesday 2 September 2015

Publisher’s Letter

AS EUROPE’S leading drinks trade publication, the drinks business is at the forefront of what is happening in the drinks industry. We are determined to maintain our reputation by reacting to the latest developments and trends, as well as making a contribution to the trade with analysis, debate and opinion.

Like the drinks industry itself, we are constantly striving to innovate and bring new, exciting ideas and services to our readers. In 2013 we will not only continue to increase the European and international relevance of our editorial coverage, but will also work hard to keep our readers better informed via our website, which enjoyed 1.2 million unique visitors last year.

the drinks business daily e-newsletters continue to grow in importance and almost 20,000 members of the drinks trade worldwide now read our popular newsletters. These contain original and engaging stories sourced by our full time team of five writers and a range of journalists across the world.

the drinks business will continue to run an annual programme of drinks industry awards designed to reward the inventive in drinks design and marketing as well as excellence in management and company development. It also operates the trade’s only Green Awards for environmental initiatives in drinks.

Our sister publication, The Spirits Business is the only international trade title solely dedicated to the spirits trade. Due to the fantastic reception we have received, The Spirits Business now has 11 issues per annum, including The Vodka Yearbook and The Brand Champions, the most comprehensive listing yet of the world’s most powerful spirits brands.

It also has a highly popular awards series called The Masters. Such has been the success of this initiative, which includes the Vodka, Tequila and Liqueurs Masters, it has been extended to wine, with the Champagne Masters and, for the first time last year, the Rioja Masters. Over the course of 2013 there will be further competitions under the Masters programme, covering key grape varieties as well as wine regions.

the drinks business and The Spirits Business will strive in 2013 to give our readers even more insight into the business and commercial trends in our industry and, with our Reports and continued attendance at all the international fairs, you will see that the drinks business team is dedicated to making sure you are ahead of the field and in touch with what is really happening in the drinks industry.

Anthony Hawser