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From ‘demonised’ White Lyan to international entrepreneur – how Ryan Chet grew an empire

Published:  28 February, 2022

Ryan Chetiyawardana, better known by alias Mr Lyan, says his first launch, White Lyan, was branded as a heretical concept by his peers and ‘demonised’ when it launched back in 2013 for its left-field approach to cocktails. Fast forward nine years, and the British entrepreneur is on the cusp of launching Seed Library, which sees him come full circle to where it all began in East London.


WSET takes a new approach to events via training hub

Published:  21 October, 2021

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) is launching the WSET Events Hub, which will offer virtual events, as part of a new trade and consumer events strategy.


Hometipple launch promises fair deal for all

Published:  06 May, 2021

A new online marketplace for drinks has been launched with the promise of a “fair deal” for every producer on the list.


One-size-fits-all approach will harm UK recovery

Published:  10 December, 2020

The UK must adopt a regionally tailored recovery strategy if it is to recover fully from the impact of the global pandemic, which has exacerbated London-centric trends.


Crucial final weeks will seal Brexit fate

Published:  03 December, 2020

The WSTA is sticking to its ‘hope for the best, prepare for the worst’ approach to Brexit as we hurtle towards the 1 January deadline with no deal in sight. Jo Gilbert speaks to chief executive Miles Beale about what we can expect at the eleventh hour.


Distell names new premium wine company

Published:  15 January, 2019

South African juggernaut Distell has officially announced the launch of its new premium wine division which will go by the name Libertas Vineyards and Estates.