DB awards 2017: profiling the winners

25th May, 2017 by Patrick Schmitt

Following yesterday’s listing of 2017’s Drinks Business Awards winners, today we bring you a full report, including a profile of all our recipients.

As is customary, the winners in the awards were announced during the London Wine Fair at a ceremony featuring plenty of loud music, cheers and Champagne – the event is designed to be brief but celebratory, while providing a chance for leading industry figures to network with their peers.

Over the following pages we have profiled each of this year’s winners, giving a short description why they were chosen by our panel of judges, which include respected members of the trade with a range of specialisms, from education, marketing, retailing and design.

The results in part reflect the current strengths of the drinks trade, and consequently it is clear from the winners this year that areas of dynamism are the gin and whisky sectors, online and independent retailing, as well as drinks event management, and the important area of packaging.

We were also able to celebrate new and fast-growing businesses, such as the world’s first non-alcoholic distilled drink – Seedlip – the acquisitive wholesale-retail operation, Conviviality Plc, and the expanding discount retail sector: Aldi was named 2017’s retailer of the year.

And we were able to enjoy the wines from our sponsors – Ty Nant for the water, Marqués de Cáceres for the wine, and Nicolas Feuillatte for the Champagne.

Our thanks goes to all our entrants, our judges, our drinks sponsors, as well as Glen Cairn Crystal for the trophies and London Wine Fair organiser Brintex for its continued support.

The Drinks Business Awards, now in their 14th year, are engineered to recognise and reward top performers across the international drinks industry, and you can see the entry criteria for each category by clicking here.

Meanwhile, the recipients this year can be viewed by clicking below.

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