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Inaugural bulk wine show pushed back

Published:  18 August, 2017

The International Bulk Wine and Spirits Show (IBWSS), which is coming to London for the first time in 2018, has had a slight change of date.

The event will now take place on the 26 and 27 February 2018, a month later than originally scheduled.

In line with original plans, the event will take place over two days, bringing together buyers and bulk producers from across the winemaking world.

Around 1500 wineries, distilleries, importers, distributors and retailers are expected to meet in London for the event’s debut at the Royal Horticultural Halls in Vincent Square, Westminster.

The show dipped its toe in the waters of the international trade diary last month, when the event opened in San Francisco.

The event in the UK will follow a similar format, with a focus on “the latest trends in bulk wine and spirits, including methods to use private labels as a way to win over customers, boost loyalty and drive new sources of revenue”.

Speakers include Harpers own Andrew Catchpole, Barry Dick from The Wine Superhero and David Richardson, regulatory and commercial affairs director at The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA).

“Our focus from the outset was to make this a truly global event, bringing in the biggest names in the wine industry from all over the world,” said Sid Patel of the Beverage Trade Network, the organisers of the event. “Right now, the IBWSS is the only show of its kind in the United Kingdom.”

The list of exhibitors at the IBWSS UK includes some large industry players, including Broadland Wineries, Trans Ocean Bulk Logistics, Terressentia Corporation and The Ciatti Company.

Producers include Grape Expectations from Australia, Belhara Estate from South America, Broken Earth Winery and The Wine Group from USA and Scotch Whisky specialists, Douglas Laing from Scotland.