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Ginposium 2024

Friday 14th June 2024 8:30 am - 6:30 pm

£150.00 – £200.00
Ginposium 2024 - at RSA House in London on 14th June, the meeting of minds in the Gin world


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The Leading Gin industry event where some of the world’s most respected personalities and experts from the drinks and gin trade come together to discuss the state of the gin industry in 2024 and share their knowledge and expertise on all things gin, in the annual Gin Guild organised Ginposium event.

Who’s going to be there?     Itinerary & Speakers

  • Dr Anne Brock – Bombay Sapphire
  • Desmond Payne MBE – Beefeater
  • Lesley Gracie – Hendrick’s
  • Christopher Hayman – Haymans
  • Charles Maxwell – Thames Distillers
  • Terry Fraser – Tanqueray & Gordon’s
  • Tom Nichol – Gardener’s Gin / J Rieger & Co.
  • Simon Ford – Fords Gin
  • Jared Brown – Sipsmith


Alongside representatives of:

  • The Absolut Group
  • Ad Gefrin Distillery
  • Alcohols Ltd
  • Angus Dundee Distillers
  • AS Liviko (Crafters Gin)
  • Atom Group (T/A Atom Brands, Master of Malt & Maverick Drinks)
  • Bacardi
  • Beefeater
  • Beacon Commodities
  • Berry Bros & Rudd (No.3 Gin)
  • Bombay Sapphire
  • Buckinghamshire & Surrey CC
  • The British Distillers Alliance
  • Copper in the Clouds Distillery
  • The Church Farm Craft Company Ltd
  • Craft Distilling Services
  • Cygnet Gin
  • De Vere Spirits
  • Diageo
  • Distiller’s Nose
  • Distillerie de la Riviera (The Gardener Gin)
  • Doghouse Distillery
  • Doehler UK Ltd
  • DrinksOne
  • Eden Mill Distillery
  • Estal
  • Ethimex
  • Fever-Tree
  • Fords Gin
  • The Gin Guide
  • Gin In a Tin
  • Gin Monkey
  • Hope Distillery OÜ
  • Gluckman Brown Griffith
  • Greensand Ridge Distillery
  • The Green Room Distillery
  • Harpers Wines & Spirits
  • Hayman’s Gin
  • Hendrick’s Gin
  • Heriot-Watt University
  • Here we are
  • Holyrood Distillery
  • Hope Distillery OÜ
  • Ian Macleod Distillers (Edinburgh Gin)
  • ilgin.it
  • International Beverage (Caorunn Gin)
  • IWSR
  • J. Rieger & Co.
  • Kimia
  • Kräuter Mix GmbH
  • Liquitrade GmbH
  • Ludlow Distillery
  • Madrona Distillery
  • Mallard Point Distillery
  • Masons of Yorkshire
  • Mixellany Ltd
  • Old Young’s Distillery
  • Papa Salt Gin
  • Paragon Brands
  • Perfidious Albion (Popinjay Gin)
  • Pernod Ricard
  • Portman Group
  • Rankin Brothers & Sons
  • Ramsbury Distillery
  • Redburn Atlantic
  • RPC
  • Sainsbury’s
  • Seismic Change
  • Shivering Mountain Distillery
  • Silent Pool Distillers
  • Sin Gin Distillery
  • Sipsmith
  • The Sky Wave Distilling Co
  • The Spirits Business
  • Spirit of Hven
  • Summerfruitcup.com
  • Sweet Gwendoline French Gin
  • Thames Distillers Ltd
  • Trevethan Distillery Ltd
  • Thunderflower Distillery
  • Verallia
  • Waitrose & Partners
  • Webb James
  • Whittaker’s Distillery Ltd

Topics at a glance:

Protecting your brand and IP from copycats  |  Botanicals supply  |  Gin Market Analysis  |  Advertising rules  |  The Spirits Buyer  |  Ultra-Premium  |  Legends Slot  |  What’s New  |  Entering New Markets  |  Botanicals Sourcing


8:50 9:20 Registration – with Coffee and Networking
9:20 9:30 Opening remarks and introduction to the Gin Guild Desmond Payne MBE, Grand Rectifier, The Gin Guild
9:30 9:55 Latest updates from the Portman Group and advice for Gin brands Alison Munro, Senior Regulatory Affairs Manager, Portman Group
9:55 10:20 The latest developments in “copycat” cases in the drinks industry Ciara Cullen, Partner, RPC
10:20 10:45 Botanicals availability and resiliance market update Stefano Trumpy, Managing Director, Webb James
10:45 11:15 Coffee and Networking
11:15 11:50 Analysis of latest market data and trends Chris Pitcher, Partner, Redburn Atlantic
11:50 12:35 The Gin Guild Sustainability Project Update David Symons, UK Director of Sustainability, WSP
12:35 13:35 Lunch (included) and Networking
13:35 14:00 Tutored Tastings: Whats new and Juniper-Forward in 2024 David T Smith, Writer & Spirits Judge, Summerfruitcup.com
14:00 14:30 Legends slot: Lesley Gracie, Hendrick’s Gin Christopher Hayman, Chairman, The Gin Guild
14:30 14:55 Sourcing and managing botanicals for a global gin brand Alessandro Garneri, Master of Botanicals, Bacardi
14:55 15:05 Introducing the Worshipful Company of Distillers Alex Oldroyd, Court Assistant, The Distillers Livery
15:05 15:35 Tea and Networking
15:35 16:00 The Growth in the Ultra Premium Celebrity-backed sector for Gins Emma Stokes, Writer & Spirits Judge, Gin Monkey
16:00 16:25 Launching in a new market Simon Ford, Founder, Fords Gin
16:25 16:50 A Spirits buyer’s perspective John Vine, Spirits Buyer, Waitrose & Partners
16:50 18:30 Gin & Tonic and networking


Meet the speakers

Alessandro Garneri from Bombay Sapphire/Bacardi will be speaking at Ginposium 2024

Alessandro Garneri, Bacardi

Alessandro's talk is about Sourcing and managing botanicals for a global gin brand where he share his knowledge from working at Bacardi's botanical centre in Geneva.


Simon Ford will be speaking about launching in a new market: Brazil & USA at Ginposium 2024

Simon Ford, Fords Gin

Simon, founder of Fords Gin is going to discuss his experiences in launching a gin brand in a new market - using knowledge from his recent Brazil launch as well as the experience of launching in the USA - to share what he has learnt along the way.


Lesley Gracie who will be in the Legends slot at Ginposium 2024

Lesley Gracie, Hendrick’s Gin

A Q&A with the legendary Lesley Gracie creator of Hendrick's Gin, hosted by Gin Guild Chairman, Christopher Hayman.


David T Smith will be speaking at Ginposium 2024

David T Smith, Summerfruitcup.com

Celebrating his 10th year at Ginposium David leads his tasting of what’s new in the world of gin, a fast-paced environment with constant innovation with many new releases since last year.


Stefano Trumpy, Webb James

Stefano will discuss the general state of the botanicals market and look at the challenges of sustainability in botanicals supply, as well as the impact of climate change on botanicals crops and examine the impact of global conflicts.


Emma Stokes, Gin Monkey - speaking at Ginposium 2024

Emma Stokes, Gin Monkey

Emma will guide attendees through a tasting session featuring a selection of the finest ultra-premium gins available, including from Guild members Renais, Cygnet as well as the gin created for Brad Pitt by Guild Lifetime achievement award winner Tom Nichol.


John Vine, Waitrose

John will give insights to gin producers around the world on what his role as Senior Spirits buyer at Waitrose entails, and give tips and suggestions for how to stand out in a crowded marketplace in Waitrose, the holy grail of spirits listings.


Alison Munro from the Portman Group who will be speaking at Ginposium 2024

Alison Munro, Portman Group

Alison will provide an updated version of the presentation made at Ginposium 2019 from her colleague, Alistair Taylor, and provide a refresher for gin brands on how the self-regulatory system for alcohol marketing works.


Chris Pitcher from Redburn Partners will be speaking again at Ginposium 2023

Chris Pitcher, Redburn Atlantic

Chris will help us map the performance of gin consumption, focus on the recent evolution in consumer trends by the key markets, and summarise where we are in the investment cycle and will examine the challenges facing the industry.


David Symons Director of Sustainability at WSP who is speaking at Ginposium 2024

David Symons, WSP

In this discussion, David will present an outline of the Gin Guild’s sustainability project and how its toolbox for Gin distillers can help them reduce their carbon footprint.


Ciara Cullen, Partner at RPC, Intellectual Property Law experts, presenting at Ginposium 2024 in London

Ciara Cullen, RPC

Ciara will discuss the latest developments in IP infringement in the drinks industry, including the recent well-publicised UK decisions in M&S v Aldi (gin case) and discuss how best to protect your rights when faced with look-a-like product.



Friday 14th June 2024
8:30 am - 6:30 pm
£150.00 – £200.00
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The Gin Guild
+44 (0)20 33 97 87 47


RSA House
8 John Adam Street, Charing Cross
London, WC2N 6EZ United Kingdom
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