Blog: Education, education, education
Chris Brook-Carter | 23 February 2004
A trip into the Big Smoke that is London last week saw a heartening outburst of cooperation between the big spirits companies. All five have teamed up with the Worshipful Company of Distillers to support, both financially and morally, the Wine and Spirit Education Trust’s new training course, the Professional Certificate in Spirits.
Such a course is long overdue. Wine qualifications are two to the dozen and spirits have been poorly represented. Looking back at my own Higher Certificate course with WSET, I can remember being disappointed that after weeks studying Bordeaux and Burgundy’s soil, Italy's grapes and Spain's vines, we got only one evening’s lecture on the entire spirits world.
In an age where spirits are becoming the important growth drivers in the industry, particularly in the US, this sort of education is to be applauded.
Not only does the course look impressive, but how refreshing it was to see the big spirits groups team up in such a constructive way for the industry. It is nice not to feel duty bound to view such collaborations with a sense of cynicism and one hopes the example can be used to forward other important debates such as alcohol policy, where a truly pan-industry stand is still lacking.
Whisk(e)y companies spend a lot of money and effort ageing their products for that premium taste....
PepsiCo created a stir last week with the news it is testing a product called Caleb's Kola, with some in the media claiming it was the beginning of a new “craft soda” category....
SABMiller's bid to widen the appeal of beer is very much in evidence at its latest 'House of Peroni' - with beer cocktails and a bigger bottle for the Italian lager brand on offer. ...
Here's a round-up of the big stories on just-drinks last week, featuring PepsiCo, SABMiller, the Scotch whisky category and the US wine market....
- Comment - How Hand-Made is Tito's Handmade Vodka?
- Heineken to stay "active player" in beer M&A - CFO
- Focus - Pernod Ricard's Q1 sales by brand
- Analysis - Remy's Cognac "dead-cat bounce"
- Time for Heineken to make a European break
- Moët Hennessy unveils first Travel Retail outlet
- Whisky downturn slows Diageo's Scotch spend
- Beam Suntory, Edrington part ways in Travel Retail
- Pernod Ricard sees sales lift in Q1
- Smirnoff Ice gets India launch