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The Global Sparkling Masters 2018

31st January, 2018

the drinks business is thrilled to announce the The Global Sparkling Masters 2018.

The sparkling wine category is on fire at the moment, not only in the UK but around the world.

As with all of the drinks business awards, our judging panel is comprised of Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers and senior buyers making the competition globally renowned.

The wines will be judge by production method (traditional, tank/charmat, transfer method and carbonation method) and by their sugar level.

2014-Logo-CMJN“Sparflex is the exclusive sponsor of The Drinks Business Global Sparkling Wine Masters 2016. Located in the heart of the Champagne, Sparflex has been assisting customers worldwide for 30 years by designing, producing and marketing brand image for packaging of Sparkling wines. Sparflex controls the entire packaging creation chain, from upstream strategic brand building, to design and production of the various components dressing a bottle (Sparkling wine foils, wirehoods, still wine capsules and Labels). A strategic thinking and comprehensive graphic design, consistent with the technical and industrial approach.”

If you have any inquiries about the Masters competition, please contact Sophie Raichura on sophie@thedrinksbusiness.com or by phone on +44 (0)20 7803 2454

The administration fee is £140 per entry.

The Asian Beer And Cider Masters 2018

10th January, 2018

the drinks business Hong Kong is proud to launch the Asian Beer and Cider Masters 2018

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All samples will be tasted blind. The tasting will identify the best examples of the Beers and Ciders in every style category.

The Asian Masters series is judged purely on style rather than country of origin. Each entry will be assessed on the taste and the skill of its brewer. All Asian Masters are judged blind by the finest palates in Asia – a panel of Beer and Cider Experts, Beer Sommeliers and senior buyers only.

The best competing beers and ciders will be awarded medals from Bronze through to Gold, and ultimately “Master” for exceptional examples

For more information, please contact Sophie Raichura on sophie@thedrinksbusiness.com +44 (0)20 7803 2454 / +852 3488 1008

The Asian Malbec Masters 2018

9th January, 2018

the drinks business Hong Kong is proud to announce the inaugural Asian Malbec Masters 2018

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The latest in the Global Masters series of tastings is designed to reward the very best Malbecs in the world, ranging from the mountains of Mendoza and Chile’s Maipo Valley to the châteaux of Cahors.

Our judges will, as always, comprise senior members of the Asian wine industry, Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers and senior buyers and top sommeliers. Their expert knowledge will see the top examples awarded medals from Bronze through to Gold with Master reserved only for the truly exceptional.

For more information, please contact Sophie Raichura on sophie@thedrinksbusiness.com +44 (0)20 7803 2454 / +852 3488 1008

The Global Syrah Masters 2018

9th January, 2018

the drinks business is proud to announce The Global Syrah Masters 2018.

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From Northern Rhône to the Barossa Valley of Australia, Syrah’s style and flavour profile vary dramatically depending on where it’s grown.

As with all of the drinks business awards, our judging panel is comprised of Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers and senior buyers making the competition globally renowned.

Blends of at least 50% Syrah are accepted into this competition.

To enter your Syrah please contact Sophie Raichura on sophie@thedrinksbusiness.com/strong>

on +44 (0) 207 803 2437, or by email on sophie@thedrinksbusiness.com

The Asian Syrah Masters 2018

9th January, 2018

the drinks business Hong Kong announces its second year of The Asian Syrah Masters.

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All wines entered will be judged exclusively by style and price. The judging panel, chaired by the drinks business Hong Kong, will be composed of leading wine experts, sommeliers and senior buyers.

The Wines will be tasted blind and the panel will award the best wines with medals from Bronze through to Gold, with the opportunity to berewarded a Master for exceptional wines.

The results of the Asian Syrah Masters will be published in the drinks business Hong Kong Magazine.

For more information, please contact Sophie Raichura on sophie@thedrinksbusiness.com +44 (0)20 7803 2454 / +852 3488 1008

The Prosecco Masters 2018

8th January, 2018

The drinks business is proud to announce the Prosecco Masters 2018

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The Prosecco boom which began in 2013 has shown little signs of slowing and we want to celebrate these exciting wines which come from the picturesque regions of Veneto and Friuli.

As with all of the drinks business awards, our judging panel is comprised of Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers and senior buyers making the competition globally renowned.

Wines will be judges on their style and price.

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For further information please contact Sophie Raichura on sophie.raichura@unionpress.co.uk.

The Global Rosé Masters 2018

8th January, 2018

The drinks business is proud to announce the Global Rosé Masters 2018.

With wines from the palest of pink to almost ruby red, bone dry to almost cloyingly sweet, reductively handled to barrel-aged, as well as gently spritzy to fully sparkling – there’s little you won’t find from producers of pink wines.

As with all of the drinks business awards, our judging panel is comprised of Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers and senior buyers making the competition globally renowned.

The wines are categorised by oaked/unoaked and by their sugar level.

If you have any inquiries about the Global rosés Masters competition, please contact Sophie Raichura on sophie@thedrinksbusiness.com or by phone on +44 (0)20 7803 2454

The Global Organic Masters 2018

8th January, 2018

The drinks business is thrilled to announce The Global Organic Masters

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Organic wines have entered the mainstream in recent years as a popular choice for consumers, and this has been reflected in an increase in production around the world.

The Global Organic Masters will judge certified wines from around the world, and is open to all styles of wine.
Our judging panel will, as ever, be comprised exclusively of Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers and senior buyers, judging the wines exclusively by style and price.

The best wines will be awarded medals from Bronze through to Gold, with only the truly exceptional wines awarded the top accolade of Master.

The calibre of the judges guarantees international recognition of all the medals awarded. There has never been a more exciting time for organic wine, and the Global Organic Masters will recognise the very best wines in this rapidly developing category.

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For further information please contact Sophie Raichura sophie@thedrinksbusiness.com

Cabernet Sauvignon Masters 2018

8th January, 2018

the drinks business is proud to announce the fifth year of its Global Cabernet Sauvignon Masters

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All the wines from across the world will be judged exclusively by style and price

The judging panel, chaired by the drinks business, will be composed exclusively of Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers and senior buyers. The wines will be tasted blind and the panel will award the best wines with medals from Bronze through to Gold, with the opportunity to be rewarded a Master for exceptional wines.

Blends are accepted with a minimum of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon.

To enter your Cabernet Sauvignon into the Global Cabernet Sauvignon Masters, please contact Sophie Raichura

on +44 (0) 207 803 2454, or by email on sophie.raichura@unionpress.co.uk

The Drinks Business Awards 2018

6th December, 2017

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Now in its 16th year, The Drinks Business Awards have become the most authoritative, internationally respected badge of achievement in the alcoholic drinks industry.

Unveiled each year at the London Wine Fair, this is a chance for outstanding companies and individuals to win high profile recognition in front of some of the industry’s most influential representatives.

 

Highlights From last Year

Key Information

Entry Deadline: 4th May 2018
Entry Fee: £179
Ceremony Venue: London Wine Fair, Olympia – London, UK
Ceremony Date: 22nd May 2018
Last Year’s Winners: See here

Categories

PERSONALITY AWARDS

  • Man of the Year

  • Are you the Man of the Year? Has your contribution to our industry over the last year set you apart from the rest? Judges will be looking for unparalleled leadership, business acumen, and/or major deal broking success. This award may also recognise outstanding contribution to the industry as a whole.
  • Woman of the Year

  • Do you make Oprah Winfrey look like an underachiever and a bit of a slouch? If so, you could be db Woman of the Year. Judges will expect proven innovation and leadership within your field. This award may also recognise outstanding contribution to the industry as a whole.
  • Young Achiever of the Year

  • Are you on a meteoric rise to the top of your game? You must be under 35 and have delivered beyond what is humanly possible this year. If so, then you could be the db Young Achiever of the Year.
  • Other Side of Life Award (sponsored by Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte)

  • Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte is launching the ‘Other Side of Life’ award to find the ‘other side’ of the wine trade. The award seeks to recognise people in the trade who bring in a new dynamism, an innovative approach, or are dialling things up. Candidates can work in any sector of the wine trade, from buyers and writers to educators and logistics coordinators. Nicolas Feuillatte wants to hear from you!
  • Retail Buyer of the Year

  • This award goes to the Retail Buyer who has done the most in the last 12 months to push the boundaries in wine (or spirits) retailing, promoted quality throughout the range and innovated within the category or area of buying for which they are responsible.
    Whether leading a team or in charge of a specific area, from the multiple or the independent sector, this buyer will be respected for their negotiation skills, integrity and ability to spot quality and value.
  • Retail Buying Team of the Year

  • For the UK retail buying team that has put their wine and spirit range on the map by striving for quality in their offer while meeting consumer needs across the range. The judges will be looking for innovation within the range and the team’s commitment to green issues when it comes to sourcing and supply.

BUSINESS AWARDS

  • Best Drinks Company of the Year (Wine, Spirits & Beer)

  • This is the big one, coveted by one and all. Under scrutiny: your business development and diversification, sales/profit growth, employee management, new product development, market penetration, brand development and corporate responsibility… line up brand owners, agents and producers, it could be you!
  • Best Supply Chain Initiative

  • This award seeks to recognise a single initiative between a drinks company and its supplier(s) in the last year, which has delivered tangible benefits for both parties.
  • Best Logistics Company

  • For those who think logistics is all about long-distance lorry drivers, bacon sarnies and bonded warehouses who won’t take your stock because it hasn’t got the correct AAD, think again! Judges will be looking for excellence in service for customers (trade or consumer). This may include direct mail, internet or traditional on-trade and off-trade premises; recognising reliability, flexibility, competitiveness and the ability to meet customers’ needs effectively.
  • Best PR Company (Wine, Spirits & Beer)

  • Going to the public relations company whose work across the board or on a specific project pushed their clients product or image to the fore. This winning company will not only demonstrate its commitment to gaining coverage but will display new and challenging ways in which it has caught the attention of the trade or the consumer press.
  • Retail Award (Wine, Spirits & Beer)

  • The winner of this award will have no equal and will define excellence in drinks retailing over the last year. You will have achieved significant sales growth in the UK or overseas and will have an impressive display of value and range for your customers.
  • Independent Retailer of the Year

  • This award recognises the best of those brave few who have gone it alone! Judges will be looking for tangible evidence of impeccable personal service and in-store innovation.
  • Fine Wine Retailer of the Year

  • This award recognises retailers who specialise in selling wines priced at £20+, both in-store and online.
  • On-trade Supplier of the Year

  • Judges will take into account the recommendation and opinion of customers and look for evidence in high standards of service, including 24 hour delivery, flexibility and adaptability to the strains of the modern day restaurant and hotel business. They will also award on-trade suppliers on the quality of their range and pricing, plus attention to environmental issues in a high carbon impact business model.
  • Best Online Retailer

  • Do you know how to make the most of the world wide web? We’re looking for an online drinks operator who has a brilliant range, appealing site design, novel selling techniques and a loyal customer base. Judges will be looking for proof of profitable performance over the last 12 months and evidence of a growing database of repeat users.
  • Travel Retail Operator

  • As a growing source of luxury drinks sales, it is important the travel retail channel has the right vibe to attract the shopper, be they business men on the move or newly weds on honeymoon. This award will go to an outlet with impeccable merchandising, and an impressive range, as well as sales support that is second to none. The judges will require evidence of sales performance over the last 12 months and any new investments in store fittings and staff. Information to show the impact of novel selling techniques and exclusive product launches will boost the chances of gaining this accolade.

MARKETING AWARDS

  • Best Trade Campaign (Wine, Spirits & Beer)

  • In-house or agency, you will have wowed the client with your creativity, innovation and execution and all within budget. Your advertising has dazzled, your PR has hit the spot, your events have inspired and your online marketing demonstrated resourcefulness and originality.
  • Best Social Media Campaign

  • Social Media is an essential part of virtually every successful marketing campaign and its importance shows no sign of diminishing. As a result, the drinks business has introduced a new category purely for marketing campaigns based on social media. Your entry can be based on a campaign that was solely built around social media activity, or you can highlight how social media formed a crucial part of a larger marketing campaign that used a range of promotional techniques.To succeed in this category please use figures to clearly illustrate the achievements of this campaign. Ideally, the entry should include a summary of the aims, the timeline, the costs, and, most importantly, the results, all expressed succinctly in an initial awards pitch.
  • Best Drinks Event

  • Trade and consumer events are an essential part of the drinks sector and, as a result, the drinks business has introduced a new category purely for events. This new category is designed to encompass a range of events, from annual tastings by companies or generics, to exhibitions, masterclasses or seminars. To succeed in this category please clearly illustrate what made your event successful. This should include an explanation of the initial concept, how it was planned and promoted, what it set out to achieve, before clearly stating the results. To help us ascertain the level of success, please include visitor numbers, attendee feedback and revenues generated. Ideally, the entry should include a summary of the aims, the timeline, the costs, and, most importantly, the results, all expressed succinctly in an initial awards pitch.
  • Best Consumer Campaign (Wine, Spirits & Beer)

  • Have you created the most eyecatching campaign of the year? Or have you had consumers fighting in the aisles for your campaign’s brands and inspired unprecedented customer brand loyalty with a super strategy and tangible results? Then you are a candidate for Best Consumer Campaign.
  • Best Design & Packaging (Wine, Spirits & Beer)

  • Will your product design be remembered as an icon of the 21st century? The judges will be looking for innovation in artwork and packaging. You will have met and surpassed the brief and will have done it all within budget.
  • Best Launch (Wine, Spirits & Beer)

  • This award recognises both launches and re-launches. Judges expect distinction in PR, advertising, consumer research, revived design and packaging, as well as improved supply chain management and increased store listings.
  • Best Contribution to Wine and Spirits Tourism

  • As global interest in wine and spirits continues to grow there is a demand from consumers to combine their interest in wines and spirits with their holidays. This award recognises an outstanding achievement in creating a unique and compelling experience for customers wishing to encounter their favourite wines and spirits on their home terroir .

How to enter

Complete our entry form
Register the categories you wish to enter by completing our online entry form.
Upload your entries
Once you have paid our entry fees, you will be sent a link to enter your pitch. You can write up to 500 words for each category on why you should win and upload support material. The deadline for submissions is 3rd May 2017.
Awards ceremony
Winners will be announced on 23rd May 2017 at the London Wine Fair in Olympia. Entry to the ceremony is free of charge for all entrants (subject to capacity).
Publication of results
Results will be published in the May issue of The Drinks Business and will be announced on our website shortly after the ceremony.

Contact

To find out more about the Drinks Business Awards 2017, or to discuss sponsorship opportunities please contact:

Lewis O’Sullivan
+44 (0)20 7803 2427
lewis@thedrinksbusiness.com
Sheila Crisp
+44 (0)20 7803 2430
sheila.crisp@thedrinksbusiness.com
Chloé Beral
+44 (0)20 7803 2437
chloe.beral@thedrinksbusiness.com