We reveal the winners of 2016’s Drinks Business Green Awards, which were announced last night at The Ivy in London.
Countries that performed particularly well included Chile, with its VSPT Wine Group picking up the coveted title of Green Company of the Year along with The Renewable Energy Implementation Award, and California – Alexander Valley’s Jordan Vineyard & Winery was given and the The Amorim Sustainability Award for Wine, while the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA) was handed out a further Amorim Sustainability Award, this time for a Generic Organisation.
Speaking at the awards presentation last night, Patrick Schmitt, editor-in-chief at the drinks business, said, “Once more, the winners highlighted that it’s no longer enough to focus on greening just one area of a business, and those companies that did well had considered the sustainable nature of all aspects of their operations – whether that’s energy use and generation, water use, waste treatment, recycling rates, transport types, packaging weights and, importantly, how they actually benefit their surroundings, socially and environmentally.”
Continuing, he remarked, “Promoting the winners in these awards is a pleasure for us, but also important for the industry – we need green leaders to encourage others to follow in their sustainable footsteps, and improve the overall image of wines, beers and spirits.”
Concluding, he commented, “Producing drinks sustainably has become a must for any business that plans to succeed in the long term. I’ve noticed fellow writers, as well as drinks buyers, looking much more critically at how products are made and shipped. Such people are quick to lambaste the wasteful and socially irresponsible; and consumers aren’t exactly forgiving either…”
The winners of awards were announced at an event on Monday 14 November between 3pm and 5.30pm at The Ivy Club in London.
Amorim sponsors the sustainability awards in The Drinks Business Green Awards, and provides cork frames for the certificates for all categories
db would like to thank Amorim for its continued support of The Green Awards, as well as the suppliers of drinks for the awards ceremony, who were:
Ty Nant for the water (UK, Wales)
Case Paolin for the Asolo organic Prosecco (Italy)
Viñedos Emiliana for the organic sparkling (Chile)
Angove for the organic Chardonnay and Shiraz (Australia)
Yealands Estate for the Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir (New Zealand)
Over the following pages is a full report on the winners from the db Green Awards 2016.