Drinks Business Awards 2015: the winners

Logistics Company of the Year

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David Mawer of JF Hillebrand

Winner: JF Hillebrand

It was difficult to pick any holes at all in a strong pitch from this global logistics business, which has further strengthened its specialist drinks services over the last year. Among the biggest developments have been the opening of three new European warehouses, including a state of the art facility in Bordeaux; the introduction of VinLiner, a fully recyclable insulation liner; and the launch of “Kegspediter”, a new keg recovery service for the brewing sector.

On top of all this, Hillebrand continues to improve its delivery performance and has stepped up its focus on meeting the needs of smaller clients, while its directors play an active role in representing the interests of the wider drinks trade.

Shortlist:

• London City Bond

• JF Hillebrand

Best Supply Chain Innovation – Spirits

db Awards 2015_HEL7819 copyWinner: Snow Grouse

Positioned as the first whisky specifically created to be served straight from the freezer, Snow Grouse needed to address the negative environmental impact of creating its distinctive acid-etched bottle, a process which also involved these bottles making an inefficient round trip from Scotland to France and back. Without undermining its core brand proposition, owner Edrington worked closely with the design agency and suppliers to reconfigure the entire bottle design technique and ensure that the whole process could take place in Scotland. Not only did this move bring significant environmental benefits, but impressive cost savings of £1.03 per bottle.

Hailing the brand as “a role model for this industry,” one judge commented: “To see this process carried out properly and to such great effect vindicates their whole approach.”

Award in association with Crimson & Co.

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