Line-up announced for Canadean drinks conferences

Alex Kammerling Kamm & Sons

Speakers have been announced for two conferences covering innovations and ideas in the world of beer, wine, cider and spirits.

Canadean has lined up senior executives from companies both large and small to lead presentations, round tables and panel discussions at the 2015 Alcohol Innovation Congress in London on December 1 and 2.

They include former bartender Alex Kammerling (pictured), founder of British aperitif Kamm & Sons, and Alan Moss, co-owner and commercial director of Artemisia Distribution which supplies La Clandestine Absinthe.

Others will include: Jonathan Ansell, new technology and media innovation manager at Diageo; Daniel I’Anson, premium fine wine director at Accolade Wines; Tamara Roberts, chief executive of English wine producer Ridgeview; Bob Price, director and policy adviser for the National Association of Cider Makers and the European Cider and Fruit Wine Association; and Henri Sizaret, head and founder of consultancy Brand Reveal.

Covering beer, wine, cider and spirits, the 2015 Alcohol Innovation Congress will explore topics such as how “back to basics” innovation has driven the growth of the craft and spirit industry, how to overcome the preconceptions about absinthe to re-establish it as a great ingredient for cocktails, and how to ensure your innovation does not cross ethical boundaries while still providing something fresh and exciting for the market.

It promises to provide important knowledge about the newest alcohol innovations and how to overcome the key challenges within the alcohol production industry. Details at Register your place at the 2015 Alcohol Innovation Congress with this unique reference code: MK-HJ-PR.

The Canadean Spirits Strategies congress returns on November 3 and 4 after the success of its 2014 launch. This year, the focus is “to inspire your spirits strategy to deliver growth”, covering all the key issues affecting all-sized spirits companies to help enhance their businesses.

The unique format contains a mixture of case study-based presentations along with round-table and panel discussions, providing not only a content-rich agenda but multiple opportunities for networking.

A wide range of senior-level executives has been confirmed as speakers to discuss how to overcome the most important strategic issues within the spirits industry and how to apply personal experiences to deliver growth.

Key presentation titles in this year’s agenda include:

  • Advertising bans, minimum pricing, calorie labelling: Where next for European policy-makers? with Paul Skehan, director general of spiritsEUROPE
  • Portfolio management: How to effectively manage diverse product categories in a changing world, with Edward Pilkington, Europe marketing and innovation director at Diageo
  • Case Study: China – How to achieve a recovery in the spirits market and re-establish growth once again, with Vincent Gere, vice president for business development of Rémy Martin at Rémy Cointreau
  • Life as a distributor: Finding the right partner for global growth, with Pepijn Janssens, international commercial director at MAS Wine & Spirits.

There will also be a session of mini case studies from different spirits producers including Bacardi on rum, Riserva Carlo Alberto on vermouth, and Amathus on mezcal. During this session titled “Which will be the next gin craze?”, each speaker will share the background to their spirit, the current markets, consumption and what to watch out for in 2016.

Visit for details. Registration for the Canadean Spirits Strategies congress is now open. Quote the unique reference code MK-HJ-PR.

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