Drinks Business Awards 2015: the winners

The Drinks Business Awards were back bigger than ever, as the London Wine Fair provided the perfect setting to celebrate the leading lights in the drinks trade.

db Awards 2015_HEL7698The Drinks Business Awards was, once again, held at the London Wine Fair in May, although we had a new and bigger space courtesy of the exhibition, which this year moved into the Grand Hall at Olympia – and it was needed. As the photos show, 2015’s awards, now in their 12th year, attracted a large crowd, confirming their position as highly respected badges of achievement in the alcoholic drinks industry.

There were certain notable trends among this year’s award-winners. One was the high number of first-rate launches during 2014; another was the beautiful nature of drinks packaging at present, encouraging us to award more designs than ever before; while a further was, we are sad to report, the weaker nature of wine retailing among the multiples. These major off-trade players were once promoting their fine wine fixtures and in-store advisors, as well as bigger and more eclectic ranges. Today, it appears, they are more focused on range reductions and efficiency savings in a bid to hit key price points – an understandable move as the discounters increase their share of the drinks trade. But, as always, The Drinks Business Awards is a celebration of all that’s good about beers, wines and spirits, and over the following pages you can read about our worthy winners.

We would also like to add that we are extremely grateful to Crimson for their sponsorship of this year’s supply chain categories, and Les Grands Chais de France for supporting the independent retailer award. Further thanks go to London Wine Fair organiser Brintex for its support, Glencairn Crystal for the trophies and Ty Nant for the water. In addition, the following producers generously provided wine for the event: Marqués de Cáceres, Hardys and Domaine Paul Mas, while Bottega provided the Prosecco.

Click through for a rundown on this year’s winners…

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