Awards Ceremony

The BBI returned for a third Gala Awards Dinner at to One Whitehall Place on Thursday, 31st October 2019. As the numbers increased from last year, the hosts and guests commented that the location, catering and the ambience again worked really well. With the bar after the formal event staying open late, this gave a great opportunity for networking.

The event started with the Champagne Reception, at which the awards were handed out to winners of the 2019 Drinks Competition that was held in July, with the photographs of the recipients available here.

When the award ceremony concluded, David Griffiths who has been National Chairman of the BBI for four years, handed over his chain of office to Richard Portman, Richard is Managing Director of Makro Labelling UK.

After another magnificent dinner, Richard Portman welcomed the honoured guest, Stewart Bray of Fever Tree, members and their guests together with all the award winners.

His first presentation was to David Griffiths as a thank you for his most valuable time in office as National Chairman.

Richard's second presentation of the evening was to Tony Knight who, after many years, had made the difficult decision to step down from the BBI Council.

Richard then welcomed three new council members:
Chris Hodgkinson from Aston Manor
Alec MacEwan from KHS
Paul Johnston Knight from Papico

During his speech Richard commented that the industry had faced some challenges this year, after a wonderful summer in 2018, spoilt only by a lack of CO2, 2019 started with the "Beast from the East", which made Q1 for many a challenge. The summer finally got underway after Easter; the excitement of the Cricket World Cup was looming, which England won in a thrilling final. This was followed by the Ashes, which helped drinks sales and the Rugby World cup from mid-September through October. Even with the stagnation of Brexit, the industry continued to go from strength to strength.

Richard also thanked the three sponsors, Krones UK, Papico and Makro Labelling for their continued support.

Ed Binsted, BBI President, then began the presentation of the BBI Achievement Award, sponsored by Krones UK. Ed also added his thanks to David Griffiths for all his efforts during his four years as National Chairman. The BBI Council in January unanimously agreed that the winner this year of the Achievement Award should be Fever Tree.

Fever Tree products are available in 79 countries, the latest being the US, and Fever Tree sends over 139 containers of product abroad every month. This brilliant concept has been very beneficial to all the co-packers in the UK, the first being Brothers Drinks in Shepton Mallet together with all the suppliers of glass, cans, labels and closures, coupled with the transport companies in road, sea and air.

Stewart Bray, Chief Supply Chain Officer of Fever Tree, said how thankful the company was for the tremendous support they had received from the co-packers such as Brothers Drinks and Thomas Hardy, who have continually invested as the sales of Fever Tree continue to grow. Stewart was very grateful that Fever Tree had been honoured by the BBI to gain the Achievement Award.

After the formal speeches concluded the entertainment for the evening was from Ronnie Irani the ex-England, Lancashire and Essex allrounder, who gave a very amusing insight into his time playing professional cricket.

The BBI Awards Dinner next year will be on Thursday 5th November at One Whitehall Place. If you would like book a place or would like more information, please contact Jan Binsted.

You can view the winners of this year's competition here.

If you would like more information about the Dinner or photos from this years event please contact us.