Blog: James WilmoreWSTA's loss is BSDA's gain with Partington appointment

James Wilmore | 10 July 2012

It's taken a while, six months in fact, but the British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) has finally found a new boss. And I think the wait will be worth its while. 

Gavin Partington, who began his career as a political broadcast journalist, is a vastly experienced corporate communications bod, who knows how the Westminster machine works, and, equally important, how to present an argument.

Anyone who has heard him on BBC Radio 4's Today programme defend the drinks industry over the threat of minimum pricing on numerous occasions, will know he is not easily flustered - even in the face of a thorny issue ... and John Humphrys.

It also helps that he's an affable and approachable chap. 

But, he'll need all these qualities in his role as the BSDA's director general. One issue that will regularly crop up in Partington's inbox will, of course, be the soft drinks industry's role in tackling obesity. Sorting out the "problems" around alcohol is still a big focus for the UK government, but obesity is almost of equal importance.  

After four years at the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA), it's a shame Partington never made it to the top job. Perhaps he tired of fighting the good fight over minimum pricing, as the political argument has all but been lost.

Meanwhile, the WSTA's new boss, Miles Beale, a newcomer to the drinks industry, will have to cope without the hand-holding of Partington.

To me, it appears that the WSTA's loss is the BSDA's gain.


BLOG

I've got the brains, you've got the water. Let's make lots of money

Do you have a water source in your garden? By which, I mean a spring, rather than an outside tap....

BLOG

The just-drinks Weekly Round-Up

Here's a round-up of the top stories on just-drinks last week, featuring PepsiCo and Coca-Cola Co, Castel, Molson Coors and the cachaca sector....

BLOG

The real stars behind supermarkets' Scotch success

There was a big focus on supermarkets and their Scotch offerings this week when a couple of own-brand malts scooped top awards at the International Wines and Spirits Competition (IWSC)....

BLOG

San Francisco's 21st Amendment breaks ground on new site - video

You can't seem to move at the moment for news of US craft brewers expanding....

just-drinks homepage



Forgot your password?