World’s spirits industry to gather in Edinburgh


Scotland’s distillers will be joined by producers of spirits from around 30 when the Worldwide Distilled Spirits Conference (WDSC) 2020 happens at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) from 25-28 May. The theme will be ‘The spirit of diversity, knowledge and innovation’.

The last WDSC was held in Glasgow in 2017 and this is the first time the event has been held in Edinburgh since 2008.

Keynote speaker Ulrich Adam, director general of Brussels-headquartered trade organisation spiritsEUROPE, will open the conference. Around 500 delegates will also hear from Jean-Christophe Coutures, chairman and CEO of Chivas Brothers.

This is the seventh WDSC hosted by the Scottish section of the Institute of Brewing & Distilling and will be the biggest since the event began almost 40 years ago.

WDSC 2020 will bring together academic, business, trade, government and media experts to share knowledge and learn about the latest innovations in distilling. It will showcase Scotland’s growing spirits industry with Scotch whisky being joined by gin, vodka and rum.


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